Presenter Information

Richard Stigall

Funding Source

The support by the OURE program is also greatly acknowledged.

Meeting Name

1st Annual UMR Undergraduate Research Symposium (1991: Apr., Rolla, MO)


A flight simulator was recently developed at the University of Missouri-Rolla for a single engine aircraft. The need soon arose for a higher performance aircraft. After exploring several possibilities, a Learjet Model 24D was chosen to include the high performance aircraft.

The purpose of this project was to develop a model for the Learjet 24D. This was accomplished by examining the computer code previously written and determining the changes needed. The code for the simulation is located in various subroutines. Each subroutine was analyzed to determine if changes needed to be made. When a modification was needed, appropriate methods were used to determine the parameter. When this process was complete, the aircraft was flown on the simulator. Each flight was used to analyze the performance of the aircraft and then compared to the Operating Manual for the Learjet. After evaluating the performance of the flights, changes were again made to meet the performance of the Learjet. Several assumptions were made in this process with the end justification being the performance of the simulation. The completed Learjet model has produced a simulation which flies much like the actual aircraft.

This report will outline the steps employed to develop the Learjet model, the assumptions made, and the results of evaluating the model performance.

Research Category

Improving the Interface Between People and Technology

Document Type



3rd Place

Presentation Date

April 1991