Basic aerodynamics

Basic Module 8

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This module is required for the following AML categories:


Issued on Regulation (EU) 2018/1142

  • International Standard Atmosphere (ISA), application to aerodynamics.
  • Airflow around a body;
  • Boundary layer, laminar and turbulent flow, free stream flow, relative airflow, upwash and downwash, vortices, stagnation;
  • The terms: camber, chord, mean aerodynamic chord, profile (parasite) drag, induced drag, centre of pressure, angle of attack, wash in and wash out, fineness ratio, wing shape and aspect ratio;
  • Thrust, Weight, Aerodynamic Resultant;
  • Generation of Lift and Drag: Angle of Attack, Lift coefficient, Drag coefficient, polar curve, stall;
  • Aerofoil contamination including ice, snow, frost.
  • Relationship between lift, weight, thrust and drag;
  • Glide ratio;
  • Steady state flights, performance;
  • Theory of the turn;
  • Influence of load factor: stall, flight envelope and structural limitations;
  • Lift augmentation.
  • Longitudinal, lateral and directional stability (active and passive).


  • AML Cat B1 & B2
    20 multi-choice and 0 essay questions.
    Time allowed: 25 minutes.

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