Identification of a Cessna Citation II Model Based on Flight Test Data

Marlon van den Hoek, Coen de Visser, Daan Pool

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As a result of new aviation legislation, from 2019 on all air-carrier pilots are obliged to go through flight simulator-based stall recovery training. For this reason the Control and Simulation division at Delft University of Technology has set up a task force to develop a new methodology for high-fidelity aircraft stall behavior modeling and simulation. As part of this research project, the development of a new high-fidelity Cessna II simulation model, valid throughout the normal, pre-stall flight envelope, is presented in this paper. From an extensive collection of flight test data, aerodynamic model identification was performed using the Two-Step Method. New in this approach is the use of the Unscented Kalman Filter for an improved accuracy and robustness of the state estimation step. Also, for the first time an explicit data-driven model structure selection is presented for the Citation II by making use of an orthogonal regression scheme. This procedure has indicated that most of the six non-dimensional forces and moments can be parametrized sufficiently by a linear model structure. It was shown that only the translational and lateral aerodynamic force models would benefit from the addition of higher order terms, more specifically the squared angle of attack and angle of sideslip. The newly identified aerodynamic model was implemented into an upgraded version of the existing simulation framework and will serve as a basis for the integration of a stall and post-stall model.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication4th CEAS Specialist Conference on Guidance, Navigation and Control
Subtitle of host publicationWarsaw, Poland
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event4th CEAS Specialist Conference on Guidance, Navigation and Control - Warsaw, Poland
Duration: 25 Apr 201727 Apr 2017
Conference number: 4


Conference4th CEAS Specialist Conference on Guidance, Navigation and Control
Abbreviated titleEuro GNC 2017
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