The PilotsReference Guide - Professional Edition

Pilots Reference Guide PRO - Cover 600by Michael Grossrubatscher


The PilotsReference Guide - Professional Edition© is a comprehensive Textbook for Flight Test Crews and advanced ATPL Pilots. It covers all topics of the PilotsReference Guide - Classic Edition with special enhanced emphasis on Pitot/Statics, Performance and Flying Qualities.

This summarization can be effectively used as Introduction into Flight Testing or as knowledge review for Flight Testers. It covers the required contents for a Test Pilot, category one course in accordance with FCL.820.


Features of Professional Edition:

  • Pages: 512
  • Size: 32 x 21 x 4 cm
  • ISBN: 978-3-00-078566-5


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Table of Contents:


Table of Contents

    The ICAO Atmosphere
    Mach Number
    Airspeed and Mach Number Measurement
    Altitude Measurement
    Position Error Correction (PEC)
    Civil certification requirements
    Special cases for military applications
    Transonic and Supersonic Flight
    PEC basic formulas:
    ICAO Unit formulas
    Imperial Unit formulas
    Common calibration Strategies
    Trailing Cone
    Ground course or GPS triangle
    Tower fly-bys

Subsonic Aerodynamics
    Boundary Layer
    Airfoil Profile Geometry
    Wing Design
    Control Surfaces and Balancing
    Wing Flaps
    Polar Diagrams
    Airspeed References
    Vortex Generators
    Ground Effect
    Spoilers and Airbrakes
    Propeller Influence on Flight

Supersonic Aerodynamics
    Supercritical Profiles
    Shock Waves
    Transition to Supersonic Speeds
    Transonic Mach Effects
    Buffet boundary
    Certification requirements
    Wing Dropping
    Mach tuck
    Aileron snatch
    Supersonic Layouts

Performance Basics
    Test to Verify
    Test Crew Coordination
    Fundamental Mathematics
    Principle Forces
    Force, Work, Acceleration and Energy
    Required & Available Thrust & Power
    Mathematical derivation
    Practical application of the model as flight test estimate
    The big picture
    Cruise Performance
    Excess Thrust and Power
    Performance Factors
    Performance Legislations
    Aircraft Mass
    Aircraft Balance
    Engine-Out Performance
    Turn Performance
    Coordinated Turn
    Spiral Dive
    Turn Radius
    Level-Off Radius
    Windup turn

Field Performance
    Takeoff Performance
    Takeoff Field Considerations
    Takeoff Field Condition Considerations
    Flight Test Estimates for contaminated runways
    Takeoff with Reduced Thrust/Power
    Assumed Temperature
    Runway Weight Chart
    Climb Performance
    Approach and Landing Performance
    Braking Action
    Certification Requirements
    Braking coefficient
    Operational Experience
    Landing Techniques
    Crosswind Techniques
    Airspeed Definitions
    Front and Backside Flying

Flying and Handling Qualities
    Flight Test Envelope
    Stability and Control
    Longitudinal Stability and Control
    Static Longitudinal Stability
    Power/Thrust Effects on Longitudinal Stability
    Unsteady Aerodynamic Effects
    Short Period
    Flight Testing
    Longitudinal Static Stability
    Short Period
    Phugoid (long period)
    Maneuvering Stability
    Flight Testing
    Civil Certification Requirements
    Realistic Results
    Lateral Stability and Control
    Lateral Static Stability
    Roll Control
    Flight Testing
    Flight Test Technique
    Realistic Results
    Directional Stability and Control
    Directional Static Stability
    Power/Thrust Effects on Directional Stability
    Directional Control
    Yaw and Roll Coupling
    Coupling Effects
    Steady Heading Sideslip (SHSS)
    Operational Applications
    Cross Wind Landing
    OEI Flight
    Dutch Roll
    Flight Testing
    Flat Turn
    Combining SHSS, Raising wing and Skid Recovery
    Dutch Roll
    Flight Test Safety
    Equations of Motion
    Control Theory
    Command Systems
    Beta Command
    Roll Command
    Common pitch command mode combinations
    Common Issues with FBW Systems
    No Direct Feedback
    Actuator Saturation
    Time Delay
    Fly-By-Wire Installations
    Flight Testing
    Flight Characteristics
    Handling Characteristics
    Grading Handling Characteristics
    Special Flight Conditions
    Minimum Control Speed
    Minimum Control Speed in the Air
    Minimum Control Speed on the ground
    Flight Testing
    Flight Testing
    Spin Phases
    Recovery Techniques
    Flight Testing
    High AOA Flight Test Safety

Aircraft Systems
    Air Conditioning and Pressurization (ATA 21)
    Auto Flight (ATA 22)
    Autopilot Modes
    Autopilot Setups
    Electrical Power (ATA 24)
    Electric Generators
    Electric Components
    Electric Airplane Circuits
    Fire Protection (ATA 26)
    Flight Controls (ATA 27)
    Flight Control Systems
    Classic Flight Control Systems
    Fuel (ATA 28)
    Hydraulic Power (ATA 29)
    Hydraulic System Basics
    Hydraulic Devices
    Ice & Rain Protection (ATA 39)
    Structural Icing
    Ice Protection Systems
    Landing Gear (ATA 32)
    Landing Gear
    Navigation (ATA 34)
    Barometric Instruments
    Mechanical Gyros
    Inertial Reference Systems
    Weather Radar
    Integrated Modular Avionics (ATA 42)
    Data Busses
    Integrated Aircraft
    Propeller ATA 60

    Material Properties
    Design Factors
    Design Philosophies
    Damage Tolerant
    Maintenance Philosophies
    Airframe Structures
    Transport Aircraft Layout
    Design Limits
    Design airspeeds
    Maneuvering loads
    Dynamic loads
    Derivation of Peak Gust Intensity in idealized conditions
    Derivation of Peak Gust Intensity in Real Conditions
    Reference to Old FAR25 Mod State
    CS25 Reference Gust Requirements
    Dynamic Load Envelope
    Combined Static and Dynamic Load Envelope

Power Plant
    Piston Engine Principles
    Piston Engine Designs
    Piston Engine Power Increase
    Piston Engine Fuel Systems
    Piston Ignition, Lubrication, and Cooling
    Piston Engine Power Definitions and Mixture
    Turbine Engine Principle
    Jet Engine Designs
    Turbo Propeller Engine Designs
    Air-Intake Casing
    Combustion Chambers
    Thrust Nozzles and Afterburners
    Thrust Reverser Systems
    Auxiliary Jet Systems
    General Jet Considerations
    Efficiency of Jet Propulsion

Flight Planning, Human Performance - Basic Knowledge Review
    Flight Planning
    Long-Range Flight Planning
    Electrical Systems Basics
    Altitude Sickness, Rapid Decompression
    Optical Illusions

Navigation - Basic Knowledge Review
    Navigation Basics
    Course Schemes
    Chart Projections
    Grid Navigation
    Bearings and Interceptions
    The Day
    Depression and Dip
    Time Definitions
    Magnetic Compass
    Electromagnetic Waves
    Approach Equipment
    Radio Navigation
    Area Navigation
    Navigation Indications
    Round Dial Instruments
    Combined Displays
    Basic Instrument Procedures
    Instrument Approach Basics

Weather - Basic Knowledge Review
    Atmospheric Analysis
    Coriolis Force
    Global Circulation
    Jet Streams
    Air Masses
    Extratropical Cyclones
    Weather in the Cyclone
    Tropical Cyclones
    Atmospheric Electricity
    Local Winds

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