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Digital Flight Control Systems Flight Test

35 Lecture Hour(s)
8 Simulation Hour(s)
2 Week(s)

The Digital Flight Control Systems Test Course addresses digital flight control systems design, testing and certification with specific reference to applicable military specifications including MILSTD-1797, ADS-33E PRF and case studies of civil airliner certifications in accordance with FAR Part 25 requirements. Students are taught Pilot Induced Oscillation (PIO) detection methods and have the unique opportunity to identify and experience them in the ITPS engineering simulator. Students will gain the fundamental knowledge and experience to be able to interact with flight control systems engineers on test programs.

Admission:  Graduate student standing or permission from the instructor


  • Math and Stability and Control Review
  • Flying Qualities Requirements
  • Feedback Control Systems
  • Laplace, Frequency Domain and Dynamic Elements
  • Root-Locus
  • Compensators and Nonlinearities
  • Testing Modern Airplanes
  • Rating Scales
  • Pilot Induced Oscillations – Airplane Pilot Coupling
  • Simulation Usage
  • Design for Flying Qualities: MIL-STD FARs
  • FBW Flight Test
  • Multi-axis Methods and Advances in Flight Control
  • System Performance
  • System Identification
  • CS25 Transport Category Aircraft Case Studies

Start date:       On-site in March and June 2023
Duration:         2 weeks academics


The new facility features a 27,000 sq.ft. hangar, big enough to house ITPS’s expanding fleet of aircraft. The administration and classroom building have been extended by 15,000 square feet and feature six additional classrooms, a simulator centre, a state of the art Telemetry Room, additional student facilities and change rooms. The new building features additional briefing rooms, a flight crew ready room and much enlarged canteen area.

CYXU is a modern regional airport 5 nm north east of the city of London, Ontario. The airport is an international gateway airport with direct flights from Chicago and Detroit and Immigration and Customs facilities. It is as of 2009 the 20th busiest airport in Canada, which makes for efficient school operations with little to no delays due to traffic. The airport is south of Toronto and outside the Toronto (CYYZ) FIR and has close access to large sections of Class E and G airspace minimizing transit times for the execution of flight exercises which can be flown up to FL180 on a VFR flight plan but are Controlled VFR (CVFR) with flight control by Toronto Center above 12000 feet. Two dedicated test areas Delta and Juliet a low altitude one to 12000 and a high altitude one over Lake Huron, up to FL350, north west of London may be used by the school under an agreement with NAV Canada, the Canadian Air Traffic Control Authority. The school therefore enjoys a very favourable air traffic environment for its training operations.

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