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Andrea Saccomanno

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LIST OF FIGURES

CHAPTER 1
1.1 Introduction
1.2 Principles of flight control
1.3 Flight control surfaces
1.3.1 Fighter aircrafts
1.3.2 Commercial aircrafts
1.4 Flight control systems
1.4.1 Mechanical systems
1.4.2 Hydromechanical systems
1.4.3 Fly-by-wire systems
1.4.3.1 Analog Fly-by-wire systems
1.4.3.2 Digital Fly-by-wire systems
1.5 Aircraft navigation and positioning systems
1.5.1 Autopilot systems
1.5.2 Global Positioning System (GPS)
1.5.3 Autopilot systems hardware and software

CHAPTER 2
2.1 Introduction
2.2 Autopilot specification
2.2.1 Heading controller specifications
2.2.2 Altitude controller specifications
2.2.3 GPS Navigation controller specifications
2.3 Autopilot design
2.3.1 Microsoft® Flight Simulator and the plug-in FSUIPC
2.3.2 The function Plotter
2.3.3 Controller design
2.3.3.1 Proportional (P) algorithm
2.3.3.2 Proportional Integral (PI) algorithm
2.3.3.3 Proportional Integral Derivative (PID) algorithm
2.3.3.4 Windup
2.3.3.5 PID Tuning
2.3.4 Heading controller design
2.3.5 Altitude controller design
2.3.6 GPS navigation controller design
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2.4 Controller implementation
2.4.1 The function lateral
2.4.2 The function longitudinal
2.4.3 The function navigation

CHAPTER 3
3.1 Introduction
3.2 Experiment description
3.2.1 Test 1: lateral controller testing
3.2.2 Test 2: longitudinal controller testing
3.2.3 Test 3: navigation controller testing
3.2.4 Test 4: lateral + longitudinal controllers testing
3.2.5 Test 5: navigation + longitudinal controllers testing

CONCLUSIONS

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