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Flight Control Systems The “Beaver” Autopilot. Brian Jewell Engr. 315 Professor Ribeiro. Overview. Introduction and brief history Functions Guidance Control Longitudinal Lattitudinal MATLAB Example the “Beaver” system. Introduction and Brief History.

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flight control systems the beaver autopilot

Flight Control SystemsThe “Beaver” Autopilot

Brian Jewell

Engr. 315

Professor Ribeiro

overview
Overview
  • Introduction and brief history
  • Functions
    • Guidance
    • Control
      • Longitudinal
      • Lattitudinal
  • MATLAB Example

the “Beaver” system

introduction and brief history
Introduction and Brief History
  • Pre 1947: First Autopilots controlled flight path and gave level flight. System comprised of spinning weightsthat maintain a specific orientation
  • 1947: The U.S. Air Force successfully tested the first fully functioning autopilot system. The system controlled takeoff, landing, and flight path.
      • These early systems were prone to error and required a full staff to work them
  • Now: “Fly by wire” systems are the most common. Computers do most the flying.
functions
Functions
  • Guidance
    • Measures the condition of the aircraft
    • Outer Loop
    • Does not actually guide the aircraft
    • Feeds the values into the control loop
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Functions
  • Control
    • Does the actual work
    • Receives values from guidance and controls the aircraft.
    • Two major controllers:
      • Longitudinal
      • Latitudinal
matlab
MATLAB
  • Simulation Attempt
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