Helicopter Design for Handling Qualities Enhancement

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Citation Formats
İ. Yavrucuk, “Helicopter Design for Handling Qualities Enhancement,” presented at the 35th European Rotorcraft Forum 2009, ERF 2009 (22 - 25 Eylül 2009), Hamburg; Germany, 2009, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: https://hdl.handle.net/11511/73365.