This is the best textbook that I would not hesitate at all to recommend for students taking Flight Dynamics course. Based upon a comparison between this book and 3 other flight dynamics books (Flight Dynamics Principles, The Dynamics of Flight: The Equations, and Dynamics of Flight: Stability and Control), which I used for my course AE 426 at my university KFUPM, below is a list that summarizes my personal view about this book:
1.The starting point of this book, which was reviewing the ABC of aerodynamics, is excellent because of the fact that the subject of aircraft flight dynamics depend on an understanding of many physical fields including propulsion, structure, aerodynamics, and engineering mechanics. And this is something remarkable about this book in contrast to the others mentioned above.
2.The author stated the objective of every chapter.
3.Concepts are clearly explained in this textbook and are easy to understand.
4. The textbook has very good balance between theory and application.
5.The textbook has made me very interested in further study of this discipline of aerospace engineering.
6.There is a good number of problems to solve given at the end of each chapter. But, their final answers are not provided.
7.This textbook has excellent number of examples making it worthy of remark compared to other flight dynamics books I used. Actually, I am very happy indeed with its examples. You will find many provided examples with different level of difficulty that covers many concepts in flight dynamics.
8.The book was helpful in doing my projects as well as my major exams.
9.In the event that you have no idea about Matlab, which is a suitable computer software tool for flight dynamics analysis, this book has very simple Matlab flavor. You will find, in this book, some examples solved by using Matlab plus you have one appendix that deals with the usage of Matlab Programs. None of the other flight dynamics books mentioned above use Matlab Programs. Some Aerospace Engineering students are required to develop a Matlab program as a project, which we did at my university.
10.In addition to the Matlab appendix, there are 4 other good appendices in this book, which help me reviewing mathematical concepts required to understand in this course.
11.Airframe equations of motions in 3-D are very difficult indeed to visualize and learning how to get them was important part in my course, unfortunately the figures that the author, Mr. Schmidt, provided in this book did not meet my satisfaction very much.
Otherwise this book, to my way of thinking, is the best choice for students taking flight dynamic course. It deserves to get 4.5/5.0 if I were grading it individually. But, since I am grading it based on a comparison, it deserves full mark.