I believe that we at a point where designers have, within their grasp, the performance standards, criteria and test techniques, the understanding of rotorcraft aeromechanics and control and the design tools to ensure that handling deficiencies should never again have to define the boundary of the operational flight envelope.
(the author's Introduction to the 32nd Alexander A. Nikolsky Honorary Lecture, Ft. Worth, TX, May 2012, Ref. 9.1)
9.1 Introduction and Scope
During the first few years of the twentieth century, the Wright brothers had carefully and thoroughly documented developments with their 1901–1902 gliders and their 1903–1905 powered aircraft (Ref. 9.2). In contrast, no such recordings are available, to this ...
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