by Daniel P. Raymer, Ph.D.
Interesting and easy to read, AIRCRAFT DESIGN: A Conceptual Approach is the number one selling AIAA technical book (over 60,000 copies to date). Widely used in industry and government aircraft design groups, it has received the Aviation/Space Writers' Association Award of Excellence and the prestigious AIAA Summerfield Book Award. A virtual encyclopedia of aircraft design engineering, it is known for its completeness, easy-to-read style, and real-world approach to the process of design.
In his monthly column, Peter Garrison of Flying Magazine recommended it as the best book for learning how to design an airplane. The book is in university use throughout the world, and is also a favorite of practicing design engineers who find it a trusty reference for a wide range of design information. As one measure of its utility and acceptance - well-worn copies are commonly seen at designers' desks and in government aerospace offices.
AIAA's Editorial Echoes column did an interesting interview with Daniel Raymer about the writing of the book and the award of the AIAA Summerfield Book Award.
"Thumbs up on an excellent book. Wish I had it as an undergrad." Greg Marien, Northrop Grumman Unmanned Systems
"It's truly a treasure trove of information on Aircraft Design." Chung Wang Cheung, Airbus Helicopters Hong Kong
"I have two copies of your book Aircraft Design: A Conceptual Approach. I keep one here and one at my home engineering office. I use it on every new design I work on." August Bellanca, designer of the AviaBellanca Skyrocket and son of aviation pioneer Giuseppe Bellanca.
"...thank you for your aircraft design book. Being an aerospace engineering student it helps me a lot in my studies. Although our instructor insists on another book, which is really boring, almost 95 percent of our design class use your book." (name withheld for obvious reasons!)
AIRCRAFT DESIGN: A Conceptual Approach is over a thousand pages of design methods, illustrations, tips, explanations and equations, and has useful appendices with the key data required by designers.
There is also an amazing and Windows10-friendly version of the RDS-Student aircraft design software which complements the text, automating the tedious analysis tasks allow the students to spend more time learning the concept and philosophy of aircraft design. Click here for more information.
14 Structures And Loads
16 Stability, Control, And Handling Qualities
17 Performance And Flight Mechanics
18 Cost Analysis
19 Sizing And Trade Studies
20 Electric Aircraft
21 Vertical Flight Ė Jet & Prop
22 Extremes Of Flight
23 Design Of Unique Aircraft Concepts
24 Conceptual Design Examples
"AIRCRAFT DESIGN: A Conceptual Approach" and the
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