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Identification of the Longitudinal Mode of an Aircraft by Using Time and Frequency Response Methods

This work presents the identification of the longitudinal mode of an aircraft by using time and frequency response methods. To do this, the transfer function was identified based on the sampled response to a step input. The transfer function was validated comparing the model step response with the original system step response. The identification of the system transfer function was performed by using the Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) and Bode Graphs methods. The model validation quantification was performed by means of the mean quadratic-error method applied to the step response difference. Based on that, the identified model was considered to be quite representative, thus proving the suitability of the applied methods.