ECTS credits: 6
Lectures: 3
Exercises: 2

Course objective:

Acquiring fundamental knowledge of aircraft aerodynamics and flight mechanics essential for training to work in the field of aircraft exploitation and maintenance.

Course contents:

Fundamentals of aerodynamics: equations of state, conserving mass and motion quantity, the first law of thermodynamics, equation of isentropic flow, energy equation, speed of sound, isentropic flow, supersonic flow, nozzles. Friction drag: laminar, turbulent and mixed boundary layers. Thin airfoil at a small angle of attack: geometry, aerodynamic coefficients, incompressible flow, asymmetric airfoil, airfoil database, impact of compressibility, superposition principle, critical Mach number, supercritical airfoil. Supersonic flow: Mach cone, aerodynamic coefficient of a panel. Finite wing: geometry, influence of tips, lift, induced drag, flaps and slats, control surfaces. Fuselage. Static stability, lift, pitching moment, steady flight, static stability, neutral point, mass centre limits, yawing moment, free elevator influence on the neutral point, joystick force. Level flight: flight attitude, required force (power), available force (power), envelopes, range (propeller and jet power plants), flight duration (propeller and jet power plants). Climbing: BRC and BAC, climbing and fuel consumption time. Descending: range and angle. Level turn: turn radius and rate, load factor. Vertical turn: turn radius and rate, load factor. Take-off and landing: take-off procedure, rolling and take-off lengths, description of landing, descending, braking. Total energy: energy height, aircraft specific power, the scope of aircraft use. Aircraft performance testing: measurement accuracy, preparation and reporting, ground measurements (theodolitic and radar), on-board measurements (speed, angle of attack and temperature). Experimental setting of the polar star, BRC, lift stall. Take-off and landing tests.


Acquired basic knowledge in the field of aerodynamics and flight mechanics applicable to the field of aircraft maintenance. Competence for flight scheduling in the performance department of an airline company.

Learning outcomes:

Having passed the exam, the student will be able to: 1. Explain the types of airfoil in relation to speed and sound. 2. Clarify aerodynamic properties of a body depending on the speed of sound. 3. Describe aerodynamic forces of a propeller, airfoil, lift and drag. 4. Clarify aircraft performances and forces acting on a level flight and at a change of attitude. These learning outcomes contribute to the following outcomes of the study programme of aircraft maintenance: - Complete operating manuals based on the analysis of aviation regulations relating to aircraft maintenance, airworthiness and operating requirements. - Classify the levels of maintenance according to the impact on safety and costs of ordinary and extraordinary maintenance. - Distinguish aircraft maintenance according to MSG-2 and MSG-3 concepts. - Distinguish single parts of an aircraft in relation to the physical laws of flying and functioning of aircraft systems. - Make a diagram of change of the centre of gravity in compliance with the aircraft design performances, and with the operational limitations for aircraft flying and maintenance. - Solve problems and tasks in the field of mechanics, thermodynamics, electrical engineering, aerodynamics and fluid mechanics, relating to aircraft operations.