Flight Performance of Fixed and Rotary Wing Aircraft - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780750668170, 9780080461038

Flight Performance of Fixed and Rotary Wing Aircraft

1st Edition

Authors: Antonio Filippone
Hardcover ISBN: 9780750668170
eBook ISBN: 9780080461038
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 10th May 2006
Page Count: 600
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Calculation and optimisation of flight performance is required to design or select new aircraft, efficiently operate existing aircraft, and upgrade aircraft. It provides critical data for aircraft certification, accident investigation, fleet management, flight regulations and safety.

This book presents an unrivalled range of advanced flight performance models for both transport and military aircraft, including the unconventional ends of the envelopes.

Topics covered include the numerical solution of supersonic acceleration, transient roll, optimal climb of propeller aircraft, propeller performance, long-range flight with en-route stop, fuel planning, zero-gravity flight in the atmosphere, VSTOL operations, ski jump from aircraft carrier, optimal flight paths at subsonic and supersonic speed, range-payload analysis of fixed- and rotary wing aircraft, performance of tandem helicopters, lower-bound noise estimation, sonic boom, and more.

This book will be a valuable text for undergraduate and post-graduate level students of aerospace engineering. It will also be an essential reference and resource for practicing aircraft engineers, aircraft operations managers and organizations handling air traffic control, flight and flying regulations, standards, safety, environment, and the complex financial aspects of flying aircraft.

Key Features

  • Unique coverage of fixed and rotary wing aircraft in a unified manner, including optimisation, emissions control and regulation.
  • Ideal for students, aeronautical engineering capstone projects, and for widespread professional reference in the aerospace industry.
  • Comprehensive coverage of computer-based solution of aerospace engineering problems; the critical analysis of performance data; and case studies from real world engineering experience.
  • Supported by end of chapter exercises


Undergraduate & graduate students in aerospace & aeronautical engineering; Practicing aircraft engineers, fleet and operations managers; Organizations dealing with air traffic, regulations, standards, safety, environment & various financial aspects of the design & operation of the aircraft; Flight mechanics, those involved with aircraft design, scheduling, operations research, systems, controls, navigation, air traffic operations, optimisation & optimal control

Table of Contents

Preface Acknowledgements List of tables Nomenclature: organizations Nomenclature: acronyms Nomenclature: main symbols Nomenclature: Greek symbols Nomenclature: subscripts/superscripts Supplements to the text

Part I Fixed-Wing Aircraft Performance

1 Introduction 1.1 Physical units used 1.2 Performance parameters 1.3 Performance optimisation 1.4 Certificate of airworthiness 1.5 Upgrading of aircraft performance 1.6 Mission profiles Problems

2 The aircraft and its environment 2.1 General aircraft model 2.2 Reference systems 2.3 Forces on the aircraft 2.4 Moments of inertia 2.5 Flight dynamics equations 2.6 The international standard atmosphere 2.7 Non standard conditions Problems

3 Weight performance 3.1 The aircraft’s weight 3.2 Definitions of weights 3.3 Weight estimation 3.4 Weight management 3.5 Range-payload diagram 3.6 Direct operating costs Problems

4 Aerodynamic performance 4.1 Aerodynamic forces 4.2 Lift equation 4.3 Vortex lift 4.4 High-life systems 4.5 Drag equation 4.6 Glide ratio 4.7 Glide ratio at transonic and supersonic speed 4.8 Practical estimation of the drag coefficient 4.9 Compressibility effects 4.10 Transonic drag rise 4.11 Life and transonic buffet 4.12 Aero-thermodynamic heating 4.13 Aerodynamic penetration and radius 4.14 Aircraft vortex wakes<BR


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About the Author

Antonio Filippone

Dr. Antonio Filippone is a faculty member in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering at the University of Manchester, United Kingdom.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Manchester, UK