The Naval Postgraduate School flight mechanics laboratory : a feasibility study.
Reightler, Kenneth S., Jr.
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The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) currently has no laboratory facilities to support the teaching of flight mechanics. This thesis concerns a feasibility study con- ducted to define the need for a flight mechanics laboratory at NPS, determine the methods used at other universities and availability of resources, develop a plan to integrate laboratory facilities into the NPS aeronautical engineering syllabus, and make recommendations concerning changes needed in the NPS Department of Aeronautics to enhance the teaching of flight mechanics. The general conclusion of the study is that a flight mechanics laboratory is essential to the study of flight mechanics at NPS. The proposed laboratory should include the selective use of flight simulators, computer instructional devices, a flight demonstration airplane, a fully instrumented flying laboratory, and a variable stability airplane. Extensive use should be made of contracted services. A flight mechanics laboratory used to support classroom instruction and research should be established at NPS as soon as possible.
Distinguished Alumni Award Program author. CAPT Kenneth Reightler, Jr. USN (Ret) (Presented 6 Aug 09)
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