Vista F-16 Lateral/Directional Design
The following sections describe the design and analysis of a full envelope, manual flight control system for the lateral/directional axes of the Variable Stability In-Flight Simulator Test Aircraft (VISTA) F-16 test aircraft. This example shows the utility of the inner/outer loop control structure as well as how various state-of-the-art technologies can be brought together in a comprehensive design. First, the aircraft and specific design requirements are described. Next, the design approach and results are presented, including linear and nonlinear results. Finally, the linear aircraft models and resulting controllers are given in an appendix so that these results may be verified, duplicated, or compared to other approaches.
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