Key Facts  
Lecturer Prof. Dr.-Ing. Florian Holzapfel
Contact Hannah Reindle, M.Sc.
Language of Instructions English
Language of Materials English
Type / ECTS Lecture, Exercise / 5 (Master Module)
Semester Winter Semester
Time and Place (2022W) Lecture: Tuesdays, 11.30-13.00, MW 0250 (TUM-Online)
Exercise: Thursdays, 17.00-17.45, MW 2250 (TUM-Online)
Prerequisites Introduction to Flight Mechanics and Control (Bachelor course) OR must watch Centralized Definition Notes Lecture Videos
Content / Educational Objectives The lecture Aircraft Performance gives an insight on flight performance calculations and explains the relations in flight dynamics based on analytical approximations of aerodynamic, thrust and gravitational forces. Based on the definition of a consistent nomenclature, the nonlinear equations of motion of aircraft are introduced that are used to derive stationary flight conditions. Based on these derivations, the optimal states for the individual conditions are derived – i.e. the flight performance parameters like for example the optimal glide angle or the maximum range of an aircraft.

  1. Introduction
  2. Equations of Motion of the Aircraft
  3. Glide
  4. Straight and Level Flight
  5. Climb and Descent
  6. Turning Flight
  7. Cruise
  8. Acceleration / Deceleration
  9. Combined Flight
  10. Flight Envelope Limitations
  11. Takeoff and Landing
  12. High Speed Flight
  13. Certification and Operational Requirements

After attendance of this lecture, the student is able to understand the relations of flight performance calculations and to apply this knowledge for flight performance calculations as they are common for the pre-design of aircraft.

Teaching Methods / Materials
  • Lecture notes (slide collection)
  • Exercises
Exam Exam in two parts:

  1. Theoretical section:
    • 45 minutes with a collection of short questions
    • Allowed aids: None
  2. Calculation section:
    • 45 minutes with 3-4 sample calculations
    • Allowed aids: All written notes, calculator
Reference Literature
  • Roskam, J.: Airplane Flight Dynamics and Automatic Flight Control, Part I and II, DARCorporation, Lawrence, KS, 1998,
  • Stevens, B.L. & Lewis F.L.: Aircraft Control and Simulation, John Wiley & Sons, New York, NY, 1995
  • Schmidt L.V.: Introduction to Aircraft Dynamics, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Reston, VA, 1998,
  • Abzug, M.J.: Computational Flight Dynamics, Americal Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Reston, VA, 1998,
  • Hafer, X. & Sachs, G.: Flugmechanik – Moderne Entwurfs- und Steuerungskonzepte, 3. Auflage, Springer, Berlin, 1993
  • Russel, J.B.: Performance and Stability of Aircraft, John Wiley & Sons, Baffins Lane, 1998

Lecture contents FSD 1