Recovery of desired flying characteristics with an l1 adaptive control law: Flight test results on calspan’s vss learjet

Kasey A. Ackerman, Javier Puig Navarro, Naira Hovakimyan, M. Christopher Cotting, Dustin J. Duke, Miguel J. Carrera, Nathan C. McCaskey, Dario Esposito, Jessica M. Peterson, Jonathan R. Tellefsen

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This paper presents flight test results from a flying and handling qualities assessment of a stability augmentationf flight control law for Calspan’s variable-stability Learjet aircraft. The control law comprised a baseline stability augmentation system (SAS) designed to provide level 1 flying qualities, as defined in MIL-HDBK-1797A, and an L1 adaptive control law. Details regarding the design of the baseline SAS and the L1 flight control law are presented in the companion paper titled “A Flying and Handling Qualities Evaluation of an L1 Adaptive Control Law on Calspan’s Variable-Stability Learjet.” The apparent dynamics of the Learjet were modified in flight using the aircraft’s variable stability system, allowing the validation of the L1 flight control law against several off-nominal aircraft configurations, some of which had severe flying qualities deficiencies and aggressive tendencies toward adverse pilot-aircraft interaction. All off-nominal configurations were opaque to the control law, and no fault detection and isolation methods were employed. The flight test results demonstrate that the L1 augmentation was able to significantly restore the dynamic characteristics of the desired baseline Learjet model, and provide consistent and safe handling qualities across all configurations. This flight test was conducted by the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, CA, and builds on prior fight testing of L1 adaptive control on Calspan’s Learjet.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAIAA Scitech 2019 Forum
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA
ISBN (Print)9781624105784
StatePublished - 2019
EventAIAA Scitech Forum, 2019 - San Diego, United States
Duration: Jan 7 2019Jan 11 2019

Publication series

NameAIAA Scitech 2019 Forum


ConferenceAIAA Scitech Forum, 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering


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