Real-time system to control aircraft propeller pitch

Jeffrey C. Nash, Phillip A. Laplante

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A novel software system is proposed for the purpose of automatically controlling the propeller pitch of a small single engine aircraft as a function of throttle setting and aircraft altitude. This system decreases single pilot workload considerably during critical periods of flight. After introducing the problem and the proposed solution, the functional requirements are elucidated and a design presented. The design was validated for a Cessna 172RG using a simulator built with the CVI visual programming package and the results are described.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)198-212
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Aerospace Computing, Information and Communication
Issue numberAPR.
StatePublished - Apr 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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