Introduction to Experiments in Flight

By Prof. A.K. Ghosh   |   IIT Kanpur
Learners enrolled: 247
This course is designed to conduct experiments in airplane to determine different parameters. This course will also in creating a background to design an experiment to determine a specific parameter.

Intended Audience : PHD, M.Tech & B.Tech
Prerequisites  : Aircraft Performance, Aircraft Stability and Control.
Industries Support : NAL Bangalore, ARDE Pune, ADE Bangalore, ADA Bangalore
Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Core
Duration : 4 weeks
Start Date : 21 Feb 2022
End Date : 18 Mar 2022
Exam Date : 23 Apr 2022 IST
Category :
  • Flight Mechanics
  • Aerospace Engineering
Credit Points : 1
Level : Undergraduate

Course layout

Week 1: Planning of Experiment
Weighment and Calculation of CG (Theory)
Cruise Experiment (Theory)
Weighment Experiment and cockpit panel description
Drag Polar Experiment
CG and Climb Experiment

Week 2: Calibration of Control Surface
Calibration of Control Surfaces (Experiment)
Introduction to Flight Data Recorder
Sensors- Part I
Sensors - Part II
Data Acquisition using MEMS devices

Week 3: Estimation of Stick-Fixed Neutral Point
Stick-Free Neutral Point & Stick-Free Maneuvering Point
Static: Lateral-Directional Stability Test
Static: Lateral-Directional Stability Test... continued
Steady Coordinated Turn

Week 4: Introduction to parameter estimation
Parameter Estimation using Least Squares Method
Aerodynamic Parameter Estimation using Least Squares Method
Aerodynamic Parameter Estimation using Delta Method
Aerodynamic Parameter Estimation using Delta Method Contd..

Books and references

Introduction to Flight By - Anderson

Instructor bio

Prof. A.K. Ghosh

IIT Kanpur
Prof. A.K. Ghoshis a faculty of Aerospace Engg. Department of IIT Kanpur. He is also the in-charge of the flight laboratory and unmanned aerial vehicle of IIT Kanpur. His research areas include system identification through flight tests using conventional and neural network based methods, design of aircrafts and airborne projectiles, supercavitation, unmanned aerial systems. Before joining IIT Kanpur, he worked as a scientist with Defense Research Development Organization (DRDO). He has published many peer reviewed journal papers and conference papers, guided 13 doctoral students, and 38 masters students. He is also a mentor of multiple aerospace start-up companies, and also been associated with major industry contributions of high speed low drag aircraft bomb, Pinaka Mk-I, 105mm sabot round for tracked vehicles, etc.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 23 April 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 3 assignments out of the total 4 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kanpur .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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