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Techniques aéronautiques - 2024

Introduction to flight mechanics


This training gives an overview of flight mechanics. It is proposed through blended learning, a series of lectures delivered with tutored distant learning, through videos, quiz and exercises. Then, a one day session at EUROSAE training center in Toulouse is proposed, including a flight on a light instrumented aircraft and a guided tutorial dedicated to flight data analysis.


Blended course with tutored distant learning and one day session in the training center.


Blended learning with tutored distant and in presence learning.
- Distant learning: The first part of this training is available through the tutored online Learning platform, allowing to learn at your own pace, whenever you want, wherever you want.

- Classroom learning: Part of the training is in EUROSAE Toulouse training center (1 day), allowing to deepen certain aspects and to benefit from concrete experiments with a flight simulator and a test flight.

- Tutoring: A personal tutoring is set up throughout the training to help you understand the concepts and ask the questions you want.

- Certification: A certificate of competence is delivered at the end of training to those who pass all the tests offered during the course.


Level of attendance: Intermediate scientific background

Commitment: Equivalent to 18h of classical learning

Language: English

Certification: Pass all graded assignments to complete the course

Distant learning activities: Learning management system, quiz, lecture videos, exercises, forum, chat, webinar

Classroom learning activities: Tutorials, actual in flight experimentation, flight simulator session


Flight Test Engineer / Flight Dynamics Professor


  • The airplane and its environment
    • Context of Flight Mechanics

This section is dedicated to the general context of the activity. It concentrates first on the aircraft itself, how to describe properly the various parts and measure the main characteristics like the span or the reference area. The basics of the atmosphere physics are provided, focusing on the effect of altitude, and the differences between standard and actual atmospheres.

  • Basics of Flight Mechanics
    • Concepts and Foundations

After a reminder on Newton's laws applied to an airplane, the basic notions of flight mechanics are introduced, from the principal angles describing the attitude or the flight path, to the concepts of total energy, total height or load factor. The fundamental lift and propulsion equations are introduced.

  • Lift and Trajectory
    • Lift modelling and trajectory

This section concentrates on the lift modelling and its effect on the control of the trajectory. The limitation of lift due to stall and Mach number are explored and the concept of flight domain is exposed. The basic mechanisms of trajectory control, in the vertical plan or during a turn, are analyzed.

  • Energy management

This last section is dedicated to energy management, i.e. speed and altitude control. The various sources of drag are described and modelled, as well as thrust origin, and evolution with speed and altitude. Important concepts like flight regime or propulsion ceiling are introduced.


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Toulouse one day session : 05/27/2024


€ 2280 excluding tax (20% VAT) see general terms

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