The successful development of a control surface hinge moment based flight envelope monitoring system has a large potential for use on both existing and future air vehicles, including general aviation, military, commercial planes, and especially unmanned aircraft systems and commuter and turbo prop cargo aircraft. Commuter class and smaller cargo aircraft would be a very valuable application of the flight envelope monitoring system. These aircraft typically operate from smaller airports and spend a greater percentage of their flight time at lower altitudes and airspeeds. Operation at lower altitudes and airspeeds put the aircraft at greater risk of experiencing environmental or structurally based aerodynamic performance degradation, including ice accumulation, storm and rain encounters, and even bird strikes. The technology is equally valuable for unmanned platforms where it is difficult for a remote operator to sense envelope boundaries or any difference in performance due to environmental or battle damage. The flight envelope monitoring system can aid this class of aircraft either as a standalone warning system, or it can be licensed to the aircraft manufacturer and be built into a more complex, integrated system. The proposed control surface hinge moment based flight envelope monitoring system technology is synergistic with the national priorities in aerospace R/R&D. The new technology will mitigate environmental hazards for future operational concepts and provide increased safety for the expansion of flight envelopes for aerospace vehicles. The flight envelope monitoring system will provide state-of-the-art on-board envelope assessment including continuous diagnosis and prognosis. The proposed envelope monitoring system has significant potential application in several NASA programs. The robust and integrated sensing technology could be fielded in both manned and unmanned NASA aircraft systems.