A kinematics-based flight model, for normal flight regimes, currently uses precise flight data to achieve a high level of aircraft realism. However, it was desired to further increase the model’s accuracy, without a substantial increase in program complexity, by determining the vertical velocity and vertical acceleration using EUROCONTROL’s Base of Aircraft DAta (BADA) model [1]. BADA is a well-known aircraft performance database model maintained and developed by EUROCONTROL Experimental Centre in France. The hybrid model uses the BADA algorithm to determine the vertical velocity and gives original results for determining the vertical acceleration. The approximate accuracy of these vertical parameters was checked by comparing them with preexisting test distributions [2] and an in-house flight simulator application. The hybrid model uses kinematic algorithms for all other functions and parameters. To obtain specific results, C code was written to access text data from BADA’s collection of approximately one hundred airplanes. Accessing this database causes an increase in overall program execution time that was deemed acceptable due to the infrequency of changing plane types. Also, by examining many airplane trajectories obtained from different BADA airplanes, we determined that the model is accurate enough to uniquely represent many different types of aircraft.

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