Course detail

Principles of Flight II

FSI-OZ2Acad. year: 2017/2018

Static and dynamic longitudinal stability. Neutral point, static margin. Static directional stability. Static lateral stability. Factors affecting static lateral stability - dihedral and sweep angle of wing. Dynamic directional-lateral stability - spiral divergence, stable and unstable Dutch roll motion.
Dynamic stability modes and their influence on aircraft handling. Controllability and maneuvrability. Pitch (longitudinal) control, yaw (directional) control and roll (lateral) control. Trimming. Operating limitations.Aerodynamics of propeller.
Flight mechanics of the basic regimes - straight horizontal steady flight, climb, descent and turns. Asymmetric thrust.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Familiarizing with basic criteria for evaluating flying characteristics of an atmospheric aircraft. Qualitative and quantitative considering of flight performance and dynamic behaviour regarding piloting and optimal use of aircraft during flying activity.


The basics of mathematics - differential and integral calculus, common differential equations. The basics of common mechanics – force effect on a body, kinematics, dynamics.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Anon. Theoretical Knowledge Manual-Principles of Flight. Oxford: Jeppesen, GmBH, 2004. ISBN 0-88487-277-7. (EN)
Daněk,V.- Filakovský,K. Základy letu. Učební texty pro teoretickou přípravu dopravních pilotů dle předpisu JAR-FCL-1. Brno: Akademické nakladatelství CERM, 2006. 314 s. ISBN 80-7204-449-4. (CS)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through lectures explaining the basic principles and theory of the discipline. Exercises are focused on practical topics presented in lectures.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Conditions for obtaining the course-unit credit: participation in the course (80% at the minimum), presentation of calculation tasks records. The credit is necessary to be admitted to examinations. The exam has written form (the essential one) and oral parts. Evaluation process fulfils the University requirements.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


The goal is to familiarize students with basic problems of flying characteristics of an atmospheric aircraft, flight stability and controllability. Students will learn to judge the influence of operating parameters and flight conditions on aircraft flying characteristics.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Lectures and seminars are compulsory, and the attendance (80% at the minimum) is checked and recorded. The absence (in justifiable cases) can be compensated by personal consultation with the lecturer and elaboration of individually assigned topics and exercises. Individual tasks must be finished and handed in the week credits are awarded at the latest.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme B3S-P Bachelor's

    branch B-PRP , 2. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Equilibrium and stability of steady flight.
2. Longitudinal static stability. Neutral point, static margin.
3. Longitudinal dynamic stability - short period and phugoid oscillations.
4. Directional static stability.
5. Lateral static stability - influence of dihedral and sweep angle of the wing.
6. Lateral-directional dynamic stability - spiral divergence, Dutch roll.
7. Lateral-directional controllability - pitch, yaw and roll control.
8. Longitudinal controllability - stick force per "g".
9. Trimming.
10. Operating limitations - flutter, manoeuvring envelope, gust envelope.
11. Propellers.
12. Basic flight regimes - steady level flight, climb, descend and turns.
13. Asymmetric thrust.


13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Equilibrium and stability of stable flight.
2. Longitudinal static stability. Neutral point.
3. Lateral static stability.
4. Directional static stability.
5. Longitudinal control and manoeuvrability.
6. Lateral-directional control and manoeuvrability.
7. Minimum control airspeed.
8. Trimming.
9. Longitudinal dynamic stability with fixed-control and control free.
10. Short-period and phugoidal motion.
11. Lateral-directional dynamic stability.
12. Spiral and Dutch roll motion.
13. Operating limitations - manoeuvring and gust envelope.