System Level Airworthiness Tool: A Comprehensive Approach to Small Unmanned Aircraft System Airworthiness.

Show full item record

Title: System Level Airworthiness Tool: A Comprehensive Approach to Small Unmanned Aircraft System Airworthiness.
Author: Burke, David Alexander
Advisors: Dr. Nelson Couch, Committee Member
Dr. Stephen Cook, Committee Member
Dr. Paul Ro, Committee Member
Dr. Ashok Gopalarathnam, Committee Member
Dr. Charles E. Hall Jr., Committee Chair
Abstract: One of the pillars of aviation safety is assuring sound engineering practices through airworthiness certification. As Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) grow in popularity, the need for airworthiness standards and verification methods tailored for UAS becomes critical. While airworthiness practices for large UAS may be similar to manned aircraft, it is clear that small UAS require a paradigm shift from the airworthiness practices of manned aircraft. Although small in comparison to manned aircraft these aircraft are not merely remote controlled toys. Small UAS may be complex aircraft flying in the National Airspace System (NAS) over populated areas for extended durations and beyond line of sight of the operators. A comprehensive systems engineering framework for certifying small UAS at the system level is needed. This work presents a point based tool that evaluates small UAS by rewarding good engineering practices in design, analysis, and testing. The airworthiness requirements scale with vehicle size and operational area, while allowing flexibility for new technologies and unique configurations.
Date: 2010-04-30
Degree: PhD
Discipline: Aerospace Engineering
URI: http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/resolver/1840.16/6267


Files in this item

Files Size Format View
etd.pdf 2.477Mb PDF View/Open

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show full item record