Mark L. Psiaki, Robert F. Stengel

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The problem of safe microburst wind shear encounter during the approach and climb-out flight phases is addressed using flight path optimization. The purpose was to investigate the physical limits of safe penetration and to determine control strategies that take full advantage of those limits. Optimal trajectories for both jet transport and general aviation aircraft were computed for encounters with idealized and actual microburst profiles. The results demonstrate that limits to control system design rather than to the aircraft's physical performance may be the deciding factor in an aircraft's capability for safe passage through a wide class of microbursts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)494-503
Number of pages10
JournalAIAA Paper
StatePublished - Jan 1 1985

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  • Engineering(all)

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    Psiaki, M. L., & Stengel, R. F. (1985). OPTIMAL FLIGHT PATHS THROUGH MICROBURST WIND PROFILES. AIAA Paper, 494-503.