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A Helicopter Flight Laboratory Experience in an Undergraduate Helicopter Aeronautics Course

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

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June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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Efficient Authenticity: Modeling, Labs, Real-World Applications in Aerospace

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Richard Melnyk U.S. Military Academy Orcid 16x16

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LTC Rich Melnyk is an Army Aviator and Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering at the United States Military Academy, West Point. He developed and implemented the first course offering of Thermal-Fluid Systems I in 2005. He was an Instructor and Assistant Professor from 2004-2007 and returned to teaching in 2015. He has a PhD in Aerospace Engineering, a PE in Mechanical Engineering, an MBA in Technology Management and recently commanded a Battalion at Hunter Army Airfield, Savannah, Georgia.

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While there are numerous Aeronautical or Aerospace undergraduate engineering programs throughout the country, fewer offer courses associated with rotorcraft or rotary-wing aerodynamics. Rotorcraft, being more complex than fixed-wing aircraft are typically studied more in a graduate degree setting. However, several schools are now offering courses related to rotorcraft or vertical lift technology and this number could increase with the increasing importance of vertical lift unmanned aircraft systems. Of the top twelve undergraduate aerospace engineering schools, according to U.S. News and World Report, three offered courses in rotorcraft or vertical lift technology. The purpose of this paper is to outline the conduct and benefits of implementing a flight laboratory in a helicopter during a rotary-wing aerodynamics course.

Melnyk, R. (2017, June), A Helicopter Flight Laboratory Experience in an Undergraduate Helicopter Aeronautics Course Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--27468

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