What is it about?

This paper proposes an algorithm to compute the optimal flight speed based on an optimization that trades-off the consumption of fuel and the flight time. The input to the algorithm is the trade-off coefficient between fuel consumption and flight time denoted as the cost index.

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Why is it important?

The importance of the paper is that a formula is provided to determine the flight speed based on the cost index that trades-off fuel consumption and flight time.

Perspectives

This paper validates the proposed formula with flight simulation data.

Professor Luis Rodrigues
Concordia University

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This page is a summary of: Optimal Control Framework for Cruise Economy Mode of Flight Management Systems, Journal of Guidance Control and Dynamics, May 2016, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), DOI: 10.2514/1.g001373.
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