1971-02-01

A Review of The University of Kansas Light Airplane Research Program 710379

Significant progress has been made in several areas of research relating to general aviation technology at the University of Kansas.
This paper describes the design and operation of the major systems of a fixed-base visual and instrument flight simulator, now operating as a valuable research tool in configuration analysis, handling qualities research, control system and cockpit design studies, and other areas.
Also included is a report on the status of a NASA sponsored project on improvements in light aircraft design, with attention focused on the wing design, high lift systems, spoiler lateral controls, and a direct lift system. Results of theoretical and wind tunnel studies in these areas are being incorporated in a Cessna 177 Cardinal for an extensive flight test program next year.
A brief discussion is also given of two projects recently initiated which will investigate the use of separate auxiliary control surfaces for stability augmentation and for gust alleviation.

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