Automatic takeoff of a general aviation research aircraft

Alexander W. Zollitsch, Nils C. Mumm, Simona Wulf, Florian Holzapfel, Markus Hochstrasser, Patrick J. Lauffs, Lars Peter

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The paper presents an automatic takeoff control system for a general aviation research aircraft, specifically a modified Diamond Aircraft Industries DA42 M-NG. The takeoff system is part of a modular control architecture, capable of full automatic flight from takeoff to landing. To conduct the takeoff, functionalities provided by existing modules of the control system were efficiently utilized. In the design, emphasis was placed on a safe activation and automatic abort criteria. The takeoff maneuver was split into distinct phases, which were implemented as states in a state machine. For each phase, the control modes and transition criteria are presented in detail. The proposed system was successfully demonstrated in several flight tests. The results show the performance of the system under real operating conditions. Building on an existing automatic control system, it is demonstrated that the automation of a takeoff can be accomplished without the need for dedicated controller design.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2017 Asian Control Conference, ASCC 2017
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781509015733
StatePublished - 7 Feb 2018
Event2017 11th Asian Control Conference, ASCC 2017 - Gold Coast, Australia
Duration: 17 Dec 201720 Dec 2017

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Name2017 Asian Control Conference, ASCC 2017


Conference2017 11th Asian Control Conference, ASCC 2017
CityGold Coast


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