Modern Aircraft Need Modern Control Systems

Most new aircraft use fly-by-wire control systems. Although an aircraft flight manual tells pilots "what" to do, the fly-by-wire control system is usually treated as a black box and not explained in an easily understood way. This short course addresses questions of "how it works" and "why it's designed that way", in a conversational style. 

Knowledge of fly-by-wire principles gives professional pilots an advantage to apply the flight manual procedures for their aircraft. These interactive course materials describe the fundamentals of aircraft fly-by-wire designs in an approachable way for professional pilots, aviation enthusiasts, and aspiring aerospace engineers. Although fly-by-wire flight control systems are designed by engineers, the system concepts can be explained without any math or complicated wiring diagrams.

This is not an engineering course and there will be no math! Rather than describe a particular aircraft’s design, it explains general concepts from a pilot's perspective.

Enroll in this course today and understand:

  • What are the problems/limitations with mechanical flight control systems?

  • Why are four computers better than one or two?

  • What the advantages of Fly-by-Wire flight controls?

  • What are the popular control laws for designers?

  • What sensors are needed, and why?

  • How do flight control designers mitigate risk?


  • Free copy of eBook included

    Includes the eBook in PDF format, "Introduction to Fly-by-Wire Flight Control Systems", a $6.99 value.

  • Extended audio explanations

    Nearly an hour of descriptions, lectures, and examples of fly by wire concepts and applications.

  • Embedded multimedia

    Numerous photos, diagrams, and videos add depth, while making the learning relatable and enjoyable.

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Course curriculum

  1. 1
    • Introduction

    • Module 1: Intro, Objectives, and Overview

    • Pre-Course Survey

  2. 2
    • Fundamental Concepts

  3. 3
    • Control Laws

  4. 4
    • Aircraft Systems

  5. 5
    • Risk Mitigation

  6. 6
    • Conclusions

    • Before you go...

Social proof: testimonials

Fantastic Primer for Any Pilot

Clint E.

This is a fantastic primer for any pilot transitioning into a fly by wire aircraft! The current training industry is still rooted legacy control systems and is missing the opportunity to provide the proper perspective on fly by wire to become a competent operator. Specifically the control law transition triggers and their associate behavior. Thank you for putting this course together and I will be strongly recommending it to my organization.

Making Complex Concepts Easy

Vitale B.

This is my third Daedalus course, and for sure I can say this: the Instructor Test Pilot David Kern has an excellent way of teaching, making complex concepts easy to understand and accessible to all. The courses have a very clear structure and excellent step by step learning approach. I fully recommend these amazing courses!

My hand flying has improved exponentially

Don C.

The content here is OUTSTANDING. The missing link... exactly what airmen need to avoid being an NTSB fatality. This is relevant to all, and the impact you are having here is also HUGE for NON Fly by Wire aircraft.


Instructor Test Pilot

David Kern

David Kern is a graduate of the US Air Force Test Pilot School, with experience planning and flying hundreds of flight test missions for civil aircraft certification and military projects. In 2011, he was the USAF F-16 project test pilot for the Collier Trophy-winning Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System (AGCAS). In his USAF career, he served as Instructor Test Pilot and Director of Operations at the USAF Test Pilot School, teaching all parts of the multi-engine and fighter curricula. David is an Associate Fellow with the Society of Experimental Test Pilots, Member of the Society of Flight Test Engineers, and serves as a flight test pilot for the Aircraft Certification Service with the Federal Aviation Administration. He holds a Master of Science in Flight Test Engineering and B.Sci. Electrical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics. He also holds an Airline Transport Pilot certificate with seven type ratings, is an active Certified Flight Instructor for instrument conditions, and has logged piloting time at the flight controls of over 80 different types of aircraft. His publications include "Flight Test Techniques for Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Radar", "Accelerated Development of Flight Tested Sensors and Systems", and “Introduction to Fly-by-Wire Flight Control Systems: The professional pilot’s guide to understanding modern aircraft controls.”

Single Enrollment

Immediate, on-demand, course enrollment. Certificate available upon completion.