by Daniel P. Raymer, Ph.D.
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.
Says an engineering student, "...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!)
"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.
"Thumbs up on an excellent book. Wish I had it as an undergrad." Greg Marien, Northrop Grumman Unmanned Systems
AIRCRAFT DESIGN: A Conceptual Approach is a thousand pages of design methods, illustrations, tips, explanations and equations, and has useful appendices with the key data required by designers. This fifth edition is enhanced in many areas, and now includes Dr. Raymerís advice on how to become an aircraft designer, the design of Electric aircraft including batteries, fuel cells, and solar cells, plus the design of Green Airplanes including biofuels, GTL, hydrogen, methane, and nuclear. Material is added on the Active Aeroelastic Wing technology and the design of advanced tailless concepts. The text itself is extensively re-written and includes enhanced learning materials including chapter opening summaries with set-the-stage art, descriptive sidebar definitions and tips, and what-we-learned chapter wrap-ups.
There is also an all-new, Windows based 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 Vertical Flight Ė Jet & Prop
21 Extremes Of Flight
22 Design Of Unique Aircraft Concepts
23 Conceptual Design Examples
"AIRCRAFT DESIGN: A Conceptual Approach" and the
RDSwin-Student software are available
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Or click here to order directly from the publisher (AIAA)