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Commercial Airplane Design Principles

Commercial Airplane Design Principles is a succinct, focused text covering all the information required at the preliminary stage of aircraft design:  initial sizing and weight estimation, fuselage design, engine selection, aerodynamic analysis, stability and control, drag estimation, performance analysis, and economic analysis.

The text places emphasis on making informed choices from an array of competing options, and developing the confidence to do so.


aircraft designers, aircraft maintenance and modification organizations, students in aerospace engineering.

Hardbound, 622 Pages

Published: February 2014

Imprint: Butterworth Heinemann

ISBN: 978-0-12-419953-8


    1. Market Survey and Mission Specification
    2. Preliminary Weight Estimation
    3. Fuselage Design
    4. Engine Selection
    5. Wing Design
    6. Tail Design
    7. Landing Gear Design
    8. Refined Weight and Balance Estimate
    9. Drag Estimation
    10. Aircraft Performance
    11. Aircraft Pricing and Economics

    Appendix A: Airfoil Characteristics

    Appendix B: Atmospheric Properties

    Appendix C: Airfoil and Wing Theory and Analysis

    Appendix D: Critical Mach Number Curves

    Appendix E: Units and Conversion Factors

    Appendix F: General Database for Commercial Aircraft


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