As part of an ITPS module on Stealth, I reproduced a Naval Postgraduate School exercise calculating analytically the RCS of the fictitious Mig-31 Firefox. To be more accurate, the RCS is approximated by modelling various aircraft components with simpler shapes which RCS can be analytically calculated.
However, I find that the modelling described in the original document is way over simplifying and highly overestimating the expected Mig-31 RCS. Some modifications were made, especially in the modelling of the engine inlets and exhausts to give more realistic values. Still, the exercise’s purpose is more to introduce students to some of the RCS concepts, rather than an realistic estimation. Followig the RCS peaks plot at 0 deg elevation angle.
Today I performed a basic evaluation of a Glass Upgrade for DG/HSI and Attitude Instruments on a Cessna 172. It is not a fast jet, but I much enjoyed the process. In the end of the day I feel that what matters most is not “what” you are flying, but “why” you are flying, and for me flying for science and engineering sits in the top of the “flying purpose” list, being surpassed only by flying for the purpose of saving human lives and defending one’s homeland. Cheers
Another very good SFTE Symposium celebrating the 50th year of the Society. Actually It’s the first one I have been to and not giving a presentation, but was really worth it attending some interesting papers and meeting some colleagues, among them Jon Whitworth, Member #2 and first Vice President of the Society.
Getting some tail-dragger experience at Woodstock Flying Club, flying a classical airplane older than my father! So much fun…
Delivering a Colloquium at Bandung Institute of Technology on Flight Test Science, attended by 4th year students of Aeronautical Engineering, the Department’s Dean and faculty. Looking forward to the next time!
From last night’s event, celebrating the successful completion of another course against the initial odds. Decorating myself and promoting the organizations I am currently involved.