In this paper, a robust control algorithm, based on sliding modes techniques, designed for trajectory tracking is applied to a fixed-wing small Autonomous Aerial Vehicle (AAV). Based on a mathematical modeling, parameters identification, and aerodynamics of both the AAV fuselage and its mobile surfaces a full dynamical model is obtained, where the control is proven. However, for control design, simplified versions of the motion models are studied resulting in simplified independent controller for the roll, pitch and yaw trajectories. Due to the nature of such controller, time derivative of control variables are needed but not available. Numerical differentiators also based on sliding modes are used in order to estimate those derivatives. Simulation results are given to illustrate the performance of the proposed tracking controller under parametric and unmodeled dynamics.

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