Aeroflightdynamics Division (AFDD)

AFDD plans, manages, and executes Science and Technology (S&T) related to aeromechanics, dynamics, flight control, cockpit integration, and the conceptual and preliminary design of advanced vertical take-off and landing air vehicles. AFDD has deep roots in the simulation of rotorcraft flight, as well as wind tunnel and experimental flight testing. The division supports other Research, Development, Test, and Engineering (RDT&E) programs of DoD and NASA in their areas of expertise, as requested.

Technical Areas

Wind Tunnel Testing, Flight Research, Concept Design, Rotors, Computational and Experimental Aeromechanics, Vehicle Management & Control, and Human-Systems Interface.


  • Perform Basic Research in Physical Sciences, Flow Physics, and Computational Methodology
  • Perform Applied Research in Rotary Wing Aerodynamics, Aeromechanics, Acoustics, Structural Dynamics & Rotor Technology
  • Perform Applied Research in Rotorcraft Guidance, Navigation & Control
  • Perform Applied Research in Crew Vehicle Interface, Human Factors, Flight Control and Autonomy Technology
  • Perform Air Vehicle Concept Design & Analysis - Develop and Apply Tools and Criteria for Concept Design and Performance Assessment
  • Lead and technically guide multi-agency investments in 6.1 Vertical Lift Research Centers of Excellence at Universities and 6.2 National Rotorcraft Technology Center with industrial Vertical Lift Consortium
  • Manage and Technically Execute External Agreements (Joint and International Programs)
  • Provide Aircraft Modification, Maintenance and Flight Operation for Assigned Piloted and UAS Rotorcraft
  • Develop Technology and Test Expertise in Assigned Rotorcraft S&T Programs