FLIGHT CONTROL STRATEGIES FOR PERFORMANCE COMPUTERS

J. M. H. Bruckner and J. S. Sadowsky

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Abstract: During the last several years, performance computers have established their claim as cost-effective avionics devices by demonstrating significant fuel savings. Many of these devices command different flight control strategies, yet all claim to yield (near) optimal performance. This paper addresses an in-depth study performed to determine the effectiveness of different flight control strategies on performance. Specifically, the issues of constant IAS/Mach climbs and descents versus more general speed schedules and constant maximum climb thrust versus modulated thrust schedules are addressed. Finally, the benefits of utilization of navigation data for descent guidance is presented. While a high bypass ratio business jet was used as the design example, analogous performance has been found for low bypass jet transport aircraft.
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 27, Number 2
Pages: 132 - 141
Cite this article: Bruckner, J. M. H., Sadowsky, J. S., "FLIGHT CONTROL STRATEGIES FOR PERFORMANCE COMPUTERS", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 27, No. 2, Summer 1980, pp. 132-141.
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