Fly-by-Wire Flight Control

  • R. P. G. Collinson


The introduction of fly-by-wire (FBW) flight control systems has been a watershed development in aircraft evolution as it has enabled technical advances to be made which were not possible before. One of the unique benefits of a FBW system is the ability to exploit aircraft configurations which provide increased aerodynamic efficiency, like more lift and lower drag, but at a cost of reduced natural stability. This can include negative stability, that is the aircraft is unstable over part of the range of speed and height conditions (or flight envelope).


Control Surface Sensor Output Flight Control Loop Gain Roll Rate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. P. G. Collinson
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  1. 1.Formerly of GEC Avionics (now part of BAE Systems)KentUK

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