Catalogue 2012 - 2013

ME 447 Fundamentals of Flight


3 cr.


ME 203 or ME 207, ME 303 or concurrently, and ME 316 or concurrently, or permission of instructor.

Course Description

This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of flight, with a focus on engineering aspects of flight. Topics include basic aerodynamics of sub-sonic flight, airfoil and wing design, airplane performance at various flight attitudes and conditions, aircraft stability and control, airplane systems and instruments, airport and flight environments, navigation, and aviation weather. Basic wind tunnel experiments and a flight simulator are also used to demonstrate the concepts covered during classroom sessions. The methods of assessing students include homework, quizzes, examinations, classroom discussions, a team-based aerodynamic design project, and a final exam.