The course provides an introduction to the modelling of the dynamics of air vehicles for the purpose of simulation, with an emphasis on fixed-wing aircraft.

The numerical methods behind the simulation of air vehicle dynamics are explained. A number of suitable computational tools are introduced for their simulation and for the visualisation of the aircraft behaviour. Requirements for model testing, verification and validation are introduced. The process of building simulation models is described and demonstrated through example and computer exercises. A number of analytical tools are introduced including trimming and linearisation. The material is supported by examples and hands-on experience with the computational tools.

At a glance

  • Dates
    • 08 - 12 Jan 2024
  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost£1285.  The course fee includes refreshments and lunch during the day. Accommodation is not included and must be booked separately. Concessions available

Core content

  • Introduction
  • Numerical and computational tools
  • Axes systems, orientation and motion notation
  • Equations of motion
  • Model building
  • Model testing, validation and management
  • Trimming and linearization
  • Simulation and visualisation exercises.

Who should attend

The course will be of benefit to aeronautical, control and simulation engineers involved in design, test and certification of stability augmentation, flight control and autopilots for fixed wing and other aircraft.



20% discount for Cranfield Alumni. 
10% discount when registering 3 or more delegates, from the same organisation at the same time.  

Accommodation fees are not included in the discount scheme. Please ask about our discount scheme at time of booking.

Accommodation options and prices

This course is non-residential. If you would like to book accommodation on campus, please contact Mitchell Hall or Cranfield Management Development Centre directly. Further information about our on campus accommodation can be found here.  Alternatively you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel. 

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world. 

For further location and travel details

Location address

Cranfield University
College Road
MK43 0AL

How to apply

To apply for this course please use the online application form.

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