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Dr. Pierluigi Capone

Dr. Pierluigi Capone

Dr. Pierluigi Capone

ZHAW School of Engineering
Forschungsschwerpunkt Flugmechanik und Flugregelungssysteme
Technikumstrasse 71
8400 Winterthur

+41 (0) 58 934 47 25

Work at ZHAW

Position at the ZHAW

Team leader Flight Mechanics and Flight Control Systems
Lecturer of Flight Mechanics and Flight Control Systems

Professional development teaching

WBK Specific Operations Risk Assessment (SORA) for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV)

Education and Continuing education

Expertise and research interests

Design and Development of Flight Control Systems for fixed and rotary wing aircraft
Flight Mechanics and Simulation

Professional milestones

2008-2013: Head of Control Laws Design - Fly by Wire Integrated Team, AgustaWestland
2006: Chief Project Engineer for Fly by Wire, Sistemi Dinamici (on behalf of AgustaWestland)
2004: Managerial Staff, Flight Control System Group, AgustaWestland
2001: Engineer Specialist, Active Control Technology Group, Bombardier Aerospace
2000: Senior Engineer, Flight Controls and Handling Qualities Groups, Bell Helicopter
1995: Guidance, Navigation & Control Engineer, Flight Control System Group, Aermacchi
1995: Aerodynamics Office, Pilatus Aircraft

Educational background

MSc Aerospace Engineering, 1994, Politecnico di Milano (Italy)



Articles in scientific journal, peer-reviewed
Books and monographs, peer-reviewed
  • Moorhouse, David J.; de Boer, Wim; Fielding, Chris; Hahn, Klaus-Uwe; Hofinger, Georg; Magni, Jean-Francois; Verde, Leopoldo; Amato, Francesco; Attar, Moshe; Black, Thomas; Barfield, Finley; Cord, Thomas; Capone, Pierluigi; Dinkelmann, Michael; Duda, Holger; Gibson, John; Iervolino, Raffaele; Jategaonkar, Javindra; Moormann, Dieter; Scala, Stefano; van der Weerd, Rogier,


    Flight control design : best practices.


    Research and Technology Organization, North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

    RTO technical report ; 29.

    ISBN 92-837-1047-9.

    Available from:

Conference contributions, peer-reviewed

Publications before appointment at the ZHAW

NATO RTO-MP-095 - Challenges in Dynamics, System Identification, Control and Handling Qualities for Land, Air, Sea and Space Vehicles, 2003

NATO RTO Technical Report 29 Flight Control Design – Best Practices, 2000