A Generic Model of Aircraft Dynamics


  • John Robinson

Publish date: 2012-05-24

Report number: FOI-R--3185--SE

Pages: 50

Written in: English


  • Flight mechanics
  • Flight dynamics
  • Aircraft model


This report describes a generic aircraft model which is based on a simplification of the full rigid body equations of motion most often used for realistic simulations. The model is applicable to piloted simulations as well as modeling of autonomous behavior of aircraft when there is a path planner och behavior generator present. For the latter types of applications a simple velocity vector following autopilot is included in the model . Particular emphasis has been put on making visible the various assumptions used when obtaining the model. This makes it easy to adapt the model to other applications, such as bank-to-turn operated missiles and aircraft with nonstandard configurations.