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An Introduction to the An Introduction to the Stability and Control
by Eric Kendall
The subject of airplane stability and control has advanced much since the elements were first learned just over one hundred years ago. Those who discovered them built gliders and piloted them.
College texts must teach far beyond the lessons of those early years, so only a few pages can be allocated, in college texts, to the basics upon which today’s technology is based.
This book presents only the basic elements of the subject and does not include the more advanced material needed for graduation from college. Rather it is intended as a primer that can be used to teach at the senior high school or college freshman level or as a college senior-level supplemental text.
It seeks to preserve the early lessons and to explain clearly the fundamental physical phenomenon of inherently stable and controllable airplane flight
Only a minimum level of mathematics is used so that these lessons may be easily understood by more junior students, laymen, private pilots, and aero modelers who may wish to comfortably read through the material presented.About the Author
Eric Kendall has worked in aviation for more than sixty years, beginning as an apprentice in 1949. He graduated from Southampton University and the College of Aeronautics in the United Kingdom. He moved to America in 1966 and worked with Lockheed Georgia, Learjet, and McDonnell Douglas in a technical management capacity. He taught evening classes at the California State University in varied aeronautical subjects, including avionics.He completed his career in 2011 as a Senior Technical Specialist and Associate Technical Fellow of the Boeing Aircraft Corporation in Long Beach, California.
(2013, paperback, 102 pages)