Abstract Title

Investigate the Stability and Control of the BD-5A Single Passenger Aircraft

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Authors' Class Standing

Shlok Karajgi, Senior Guru Prashad Lakshmi Narasimhan, Senior

Lead Presenter's Name

Shlok Karajgi

Faculty Mentor Name

Richard Beckwith

Abstract

The research is an attempt to investigate the stability and controls analysis of the BD-5A aircraft, and determine if any past incidents are caused due to an issue with the stability of the aircraft. Three different types of stability were determined: longitudinal, directional and lateral. For conducting the stability analysis the geometric, weight and physical parameters of the aircraft were determined and processed to be used by the three different stability and controls calculation method: Hand Calculation, USAF Digital DATCOM, and Surfaces (Vortex Lattice Method). Each of the stability and controls computation method was used to determine the stability coefficients of the aircraft, and then analyzed. The final findings were proved that the aircraft was longitudinally, directionally and laterally stable, and that no previously documented incidents were caused due to a lack of stability. The research helped the team ascertain that only an in depth aerodynamic and performance analysis would be able to give further insight about the various BD-5 incidents.

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Investigate the Stability and Control of the BD-5A Single Passenger Aircraft

The research is an attempt to investigate the stability and controls analysis of the BD-5A aircraft, and determine if any past incidents are caused due to an issue with the stability of the aircraft. Three different types of stability were determined: longitudinal, directional and lateral. For conducting the stability analysis the geometric, weight and physical parameters of the aircraft were determined and processed to be used by the three different stability and controls calculation method: Hand Calculation, USAF Digital DATCOM, and Surfaces (Vortex Lattice Method). Each of the stability and controls computation method was used to determine the stability coefficients of the aircraft, and then analyzed. The final findings were proved that the aircraft was longitudinally, directionally and laterally stable, and that no previously documented incidents were caused due to a lack of stability. The research helped the team ascertain that only an in depth aerodynamic and performance analysis would be able to give further insight about the various BD-5 incidents.