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General Aviation Aircraft Design

Applied Methods and Procedures

Find the right answer the first time with this useful handbook of preliminary aircraft design. Written by an engineer with close to 20 years of design experience, General Aviation Aircraft Design: Applied Methods and Procedures provides the practicing engineer with a versatile handbook that serves as the first source for finding answers to realistic aircraft design questions. The book is structured in an "equation/derivation/solved example" format for easy access to content. Readers will find it a valuable guide to topics such as sizing of horizontal and vertical tails to minimize drag, sizing of lifting surfaces to ensure proper dynamic stability, numerical performance methods, and common faults and fixes in aircraft design. In most cases, numerical examples involve actual aircraft specs. Concepts are visually depicted by a number of useful black-and-white figures, photos, and graphs (with full-color images included in the eBook only). Broad and deep in coverage, it is intended for practicing engineers, aerospace engineering students, mathematically astute amateur aircraft designers, and anyone interested in aircraft design.


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

Hardbound, 1048 Pages

Published: September 2013

Imprint: Butterworth Heinemann

ISBN: 978-0-12-397308-5


  • "A truly excellent book on aircraft design. Unlike many modern text books, it really tells the "story" of the subject with lots of current, real-world examples, data, and cautions, along with the mathematical equations that dominate many engineering texts. On that note I’d put it in with the aeronautical engineering classics like Perkins and Hage, or Bruhn for aircraft structures. The illustrations and graphics are also first-rate. I believe that this book will find wide acceptance among practicing engineers and students." Brian E. Meyer, Manager, Aircraft Applications Engineering, Hartzell Propeller Inc.


  • Introduction

    Aircraft Structural Layout

    The Power Plant

    Fluid Mechanics

    Trade Studies

    Aircraft Weight Analysis

    The Wing Planform

    The Anatomy of the Airfoil

    The Anatomy of the Wing

    Aircraft Drag Analysis

    The Propeller

    Tail Design

    Performance: Take-off

    Performance: Climb

    Performance: Cruise

    Performance: Range Analysis

    Performance: Descent

    Performance: Landing

    Static Longitudinal Stability

    Dynamic Longitudinal Stability

    Static Lateral and Directional Stability

    Dynamic Lateral and Directional Stability

    Control System Design

    Fuselage Design

    Miscellaneous Design Notes

    Aircraft Load Analysis

    Appendix A: Mathematics

    Appendix B: Physics


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