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Outline of Presentation
The Atmosphere
Newton’s Laws of Motion
Bernoulli’s Principle
Parts of an Airplane
The Four Forces of Flight
Three Axes of Movement
It is unnecessary that a mechanic be totally versed on
Aerodynamics and Theory of Flight. However he must
understand the relationships between the atmosphere, the
aircraft and the forces acting on it in flight, in order to make
intelligent decisions affecting the flight safety of both airplanes
and helicopters.
Aerodynamics is the study of objects in motion through
the air and the forces that produce or change such motion.
The Atmosphere
Air is a mixture of gases composed principally of nitrogen
and oxygen.
An aircraft operates in the air, therefore, the
properties of air that affect aircraft control and performance must
be understood.
Pressure – Atmospheric pressure varies with altitude. The
higher an object rises above sea level, the lower the pressure.
Density – It varies directly with the pressure and inversely with
the temperature. With the same horse power, an aircraft can fly
faster at high altitude because of less resistance of air at there.
Humidity – Humidity is the amount of water vapor in the air. It
varies directly with temperature.
Newton's First Law of Motion
According to Newton's first law of motion (inertia), an object at
rest will remain at rest, or an object in motion will continue in
motion at the same speed and in the same direction, until an
outside force acts on it. For an aircraft to taxi or fly, a force
must be applied to it. It would remain at rest without an
outside force. Once the aircraft is moving, another force must
act on it to bring it to a stop. It would continue in motion
without an outside force. This willingness of an object to
remain at rest or to continue in motion is referred to as inertia.
Newton's Second Law of Motion
The second law of motion (force) states that if a object moving
with uniform speed is acted upon by an external force, the
change of motion (acceleration) will be directly proportional to
the amount of force and inversely proportional to the mass of
the object being moved. The motion will take place in the
direction in which the force acts. Simply stated, this means that
an object being pushed by 10 pounds of force will travel faster
than it would if it were pushed by 5 pounds of force. A heavier
object will accelerate more slowly than a lighter object when an
equal force is applied.
Newton's Third Law of Motion
The third law of motion (action and reaction) states that for
every action (force) there is an equal and opposite reaction
(force). This law can be demonstrated with a balloon. If you
inflate a balloon with air and release it without securing the
neck, as the air is expelled the balloon moves in the opposite
direction of the air rushing out of it. Figure shows this law of
Bernoulli's principle states that when a fluid flowing through a
tube reaches a constriction or narrowing of the tube, the
speed of the fluid passing through the constriction is increased
and its pressure is decreased.
Pressure Drop in Venturi Tube
An airfoil is the shape of a wing or blade (of a propeller, rotor
or turbine) as seen in cross-section. An aircraft's wings,
horizontal, and vertical stabilizers are built with airfoil-shaped
cross sections, as are helicopter rotor blades.
- The mean camber line is a line drawn midway between the
upper and lower surfaces.
- The chord line is a straight line connecting the leading and
trailing edges of the airfoil, at the ends of the mean camber
Chord line
Mean camber line
Airfoil as a Venturi Tube
kinetic energy
potential energy
Lift force appear
Parts of an Airplane
 Cockpit
 Empennage
 Fuselage
 Stabilizers
 Wing
 Rudder
 Flap
 Elevator
 Aileron
 Engine
Parts of An Airplane
The Four Forces of Flight
The forces acting on an airplane in flight are lift, weight, thrust,
and drag. These forces are in equilibrium during straight-andlevel, unaccelerated flight.
Lift is the force created by the interaction between the wings
and the airflow. It always act upwards. It is considered to be
the 'most important force' as without it, an aircraft cannot
ascend from ground and maintain altitude.
 Lift is an aerodynamic force
 Lift must exceed weight for flight
 Generated by motion of aircraft through air
 Created by the effects of airflow past wing
 Aircraft lift acts through a single point called the center
of pressure.
Newton’s Third Law and Lift
Newton’s Second Law and Lift
Lift: Wing Section
Lift Equation: L=CL × ½ ρ × A × V2
Angle of Attack
• The angle of attack is the angle between the chord line
and the average relative wind.
• Greater angle of attack creates more lift (up to a point).
Angle of Attack and Lift Force
High velocity
Low pressure
Low velocity
High pressure
Angle of Incidence
• The angle of incidence is the angle between the chord line
and the longitudinal axis of aircraft.
• It is the angle of wing setting.
• When the leading edge of the wing is higher than the
trailing edge, the angle of incidence is said to be positive.
It is negative when the leading edge is lower than the
trailing edge of the wing.
Angle of incidence
Horizontal Component of Lift
Lift and Induced Drag
• Lift acts through the center of pressure, and
perpendicular to the relative wind.
• This creates induced drag.
induced drag
Shape of the Airfoil
• The shape of the airfoil determines the
amount of turbulences or skin friction
that it will produce. The shape of a wing
consequently affects the efficiency of
the wing. A wing may have various
airfoil section from root to tip, with
taper, twist, sweep back and sweep
Wing Shapes
This force acts on an aircraft due to the interaction between
the aircraft's body weight and Earth's gravity. Weight is a
downward force.
 Weight is not constant
Varies with passengers, cargo, fuel load
Decreases as fuel is consumed or payload off-loaded
 Direction is constant toward earth’s center
 Acts through a single point called the center of gravity
(the CG)
This force is created by an aircraft's engine and is required for
forward motion.
 Forward-acting force opposes drag
 Direction of thrust depends on design
 Propulsion systems produce thrust
 Equal to drag in straight, constant speed flight
This force acts in reverse direction to that of 'Thrust' and
hinders forward motion. Drag is considered as a negative force
and all engineers try their best to reduce drag.
 An aerodynamic force.
 Resists forward motion.
 Increases with the square of speed.
 Two broad drag classifications.
– Parasite drag: drag created by airplane shape.
A result of air viscosity.
– Induced drag: by-product of lift generation.
Caused by the wingtip vortices.
Drag Equation: D=CD × ½ ρ × A × V2
Example of Drag Formation
Skin Friction Drag
Three Axes of Movement
Axis of Yaw (Vertical Axis)
Axis of Roll (Longitudinal Axis)
Axis of Pitch (Lateral Axis)
Pitch Around the Lateral Axis
Roll Around Longitudinal Axis
Yaw Around the vertical Axis
An aircraft must have sufficient stability to maintain a uniform
flight path and recover from the various upsetting forces also
to achieve the best performance.
There are two types of stability
 Static Stability - The initial movement of an object after being
– Positive Static Stability – returns to position before
– Neutral Static Stability – tendency to remain in displaced
– Negative Static Stability – tends to continue away from
displaced position in same direction.
 Dynamic Stability - The behavior of the object over time.
– Positive Dynamic Stability – the oscillations or phugoids
dampen themselves out.
– Neutral Dynamic Stability – the oscillations or phugoids carry
on with out increasing in severity.
– Negative Dynamic Stability – the oscillations or phugoids
increase in severity and diverge.
Static Stability
Dynamic Stability
Positive Dynamic Stability
Natural Dynamic Stability
Negative Dynamic Stability
Stability recover by a dihedral wing
Smaller wing area
Larger wing area
More lift
Less lift
Stability recover by a sweep back wing
Stability recover by keel effect
To achieve the best performance, the aircraft must have the
proper response to the movement of the controls. Control is the
action taken to make the aircraft follow any desired flight path.
Different Control surfaces are used to control the aircraft about
each of the three axes.
Flight Control Surfaces – Hinged or moveable airfoils
designed to change the attitude of the aircraft during flight.
3. Auxiliary group
1. Primary group
- wing flaps
- ailerons
- spoilers
- elevators
- speed brakes
- rudder
- slats
2. Secondary group
- leading edge flaps
- trim tab, spring tab
- slots
- servo tab, balance tab
Flight Control Surfaces
wing flaps
leading edge slots
leading edge slats
speed brakes
Control around the Longitudinal Axis
Ailerons – The ailerons form a part of the wing and are located in
the trailing edge of the wing towards the tips. The control stick is
connected by means of wires or hydraulics to the wings’ ailerons. By
turning the stick, the pilot can change the positions of the ailerons.
Control around the Vertical Axis
Rudder – The rudder is a
moveable control surface
attached to the trailing edge of the
vertical stabilizer. The foot pedals
are connected by means of wires
or hydraulics to the rudder of the
tail section. The rudder can also
be used in controlling a bank or
turn in flight.
Moving rudder to the
right forces tail to the
left, nose to the right
Moving rudder to the
left forces tail to the
right, nose to the left.
Control around the Lateral Axis
Elevators – Elevators are the
movable control surfaces hinged to
the trailing edge of the horizontal
stabilizer. The control stick is
connected by means of wires or
hydraulics to the tail section’s
- Stabilator
- Ruddervator