Mathematics - which general readers may skip - is the minimum needed to work out common sense shapes, aimed at meeting the certification requirements of the three world airworthiness. Land and seaplanes are included, from microlight and commuter, to a seat surface-effect ekranoplan regional transport, to satisfy specific markets. A new chapter, on "Using the back of an envelope," shows how to make "ballpark" technical judgements. He is qualified test pilot and aeronautical engineer who worked in the design offices of the Blackburn and De Havilland aircraft companies before joining the RAF. His test flying spanned 35 years and more than types of aircraft, first as an experimental test pilot at Farnborough; then 20 years as airworthiness certification test pilot for the UK Civil Aviation Authority on light aeroplanes and seaplanes, before turning freelance. His company specializes in cross-fertilization between aircraft and marine craft design and operation.
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Mathematics - which general readers may skip - is the minimum needed to work out common-sense shapes, aimed at meeting the certification requirements of the three world airworthiness authorities: the American FAA, the British CAA and the European JAA. Land and seaplanes are included, from microlight and commuter, to a seat surface-effect ekranoplan regional transport, to satisfy specific markets. A new chapter, on using the back of an envelope, shows how to make ballpark technical judgements.
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Verified Purchase. I'm perhaps not the most qualified person to review this book, as my educational background is electronics engineering, not aerospace. However, as an EAA member and wannabe aircraft designer, I've been reading a number of aircraft design books recently. This one has been the best I've come across so far. Unlike a number of the other books out there that focus on airliners and military craft, the emphasis here is on smaller single-engine airplanes, making it a great book for homebuilders interested in design.
The math is kept simple for aircraft design with a working knowledge of algebra being the primary prerequisite. As a 2nd revision with a copyright of the book is up-to-date with modern design, including discussions of canards and three-surface aircraft among others. The author rightfully uses metric, imperial and US units as appropriate, which combined with the fluid writing style makes the book easy to read on this side of the big pond.
My main complaint is the index, which is not as complete as I would like. For example, winglets are mentioned in a number of places in the text, but there is no index entry for 'Winglets'.
This book has lots of meat, but is not a detailed design reference. For example, there is almost nothing on structural design. Instead, look at this book as a general overview of the principles of aircraft design, giving you enough information and tips based on experience to work out the basic shape of your own design. According to my aeronautical knowledge, I found this book wery helpfull to guide you through the comprehension of the airplane design. Together with the book of the same author regarding testflights, this is a masterpiece in airplane knowhow.
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Design of the Aeroplane, 2nd Edition
The Design of the Airplane -Darrol Stinton