Aircraft performance is one of the key aspects of the aircraft industry. Starting with the consideration that performance theory is the defining factor in aircraft design, the author then covers the measurement of performance for the certification, management and operation of aircraft. This practical book discusses performance measures which relate to airworthiness certificates (a legal requirement), as well as those needed when compiling the aircraft performance manual for the aircraft. In addition, operational performance is covered, including the financial considerations required by airlines to ensure maximisation of commercial return. * Available in North and South America from the AIAA, 1801 Alexander Bell Drive, Suite 500, Reston, VA 20191, USA

Key Features

Complete coverage of aircraft performance. Includes flight measurement of performance, including airworthiness, certification and the performance manual.


Senior undergraduates and postgraduates on aeronautical engineering degrees. Professional aeronautical engineers. Flight engineers.

Table of Contents

An introduction to the performance of fixed wing aircraft * The atmosphere and air data measurement * The force system of the aircraft and the equations of motion * Cruising performance * Climb and descent performance * Take-off and landing performance * Aircraft manoeuvre performance * Aircraft performance measurement and data handling * Scheduled performance * The application of performance * Performance examples * Appendices.


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© 2000
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About the author

Martin E. Eshelby

Affiliations and Expertise

College of Aeronautics, Cranfield University, UK


'This is a very practical should appeal to students, pilots and others who seek not only proper orders of magnitude for the classical set of performance factors, but also the appropriate equations through which to determine them.' The Aeronautical Journal, June 2000