Rotorcraft Report: Book Illuminates System Identification of Flight Vehicles

By Staff Writer | March 1, 2007
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Although many books have been written on the theory of system identification, few are available that provide a complete engineering treatment of system identification and how to successfully apply it to flight vehicles.

"Aircraft and Rotorcraft System Identification: Engineering Methods with Flight-Test Examples" aims to do just that.

This book provides the unique perspective of more than 20 years of flight test applications to both aircraft and rotorcraft and is a valuable resource for students, working engineers, and others interested in atmospheric flight mechanics, modeling and simulation, and test and evaluation. It presents proven methods, practical guidelines, and real-world flight test results for a wide range of state-of-the-art flight vehicles, from small, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to large, manned aircraft and rotorcraft.


The book assumes knowledge of the basic concepts of aeronautics, Laplace transforms, and flight dynamics and classical control. Emphasis is placed on engineering methods and interpretation of flight test results, and each key method or analysis application is illustrated with graphics obtained from the system identification software (CIFER) provided with the book.

The lead author, Mark Tischler, is a senior scientist and flight control group leader for the U.S. Army Aeroflightdynamics Directorate at NASA’s Ames Research Center, Calif. He leads Army aviation R&D in handling qualities, flight dynamics, and flight control applied to fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, including unmanned air vehicles.

Robert Remple works for the University of California – Santa Cruz as a senior technical writer supporting the University Affiliated Research Center at Ames Research Center. His work focuses on technical documentation, software validation, and technology transfer.

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