e-Περιοδικό Επιστήμης & Τεχνολογίας

e-Journal of Science & Technology, (e-JST)


A Simple Model for Ski Jump Flight Mechanics Used as a Tool for Teaching Aircraft Gliding Flight


Vassilios McInnes Spathopoulos


Department of Aircraft Technology

Technological Educational Institute of Chalkis

Psachna, Greece, vspathop@teihal.gr


 A teaching tool is presented in the form of a spreadsheet mathematical model of a ski jumper in free flight. The aim of the simulation exercise is to introduce students taking courses in basic flight mechanics, to fundamental theoretical concepts and to simple simulation techniques. Using an example from the field of sports can stimulate student interest and enhance their motivation. It is concluded that the model can easily be implemented and correctly simulates the physical principles of ski jumping free flight and can therefore fulfill its purpose of enhancing the teaching of a key topic in the field of flight mechanics.

Keywords- flight mechanics; model; ski jump; gliding flight