A novel software framework for teaching aircraft dynamics and control

Praveen Shankar, Wen Ting Chung, Jenefer Husman, Valana Wells

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Aircraft dynamics and control (ADC) is a core course requirement for an undergraduate program in aeronautical engineering. This article presents an undertaking that reconfigures the instruction of fundamental concepts in ADC by replacing traditional problem-solving approach with a method that relies on a simulation framework comprising of Matlab, USAF DATCOM, and flight simulation software. The typical challenges experienced by students including their inability to visualize complicated, multi-modal aircraft were overcome by the new method thus enhancing the student's learning experience. The implemented approach improved students' motivational belief and its calibration, their use of active learning strategies and actual performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)63-71
Number of pages9
JournalComputer Applications in Engineering Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015


  • Aerospace engineering
  • Aircraft dynamics and control
  • Engineering education
  • Matlab simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Education
  • Engineering(all)


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