Commercial Airplane Design Principles is a succinct, focused text covering all the information required at the preliminary stage of aircraft design: initial sizing and weight estimation, fuselage design, engine selection, aerodynamic analysis, stability and control, drag estimation, performance analysis, and economic analysis.
The text places emphasis on making informed choices from an array of competing options, and developing the confidence to do so.
Pasquale Sforza received his PhD from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn in 1965. He has taught courses related to commercial airplane design at the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn and the University of Florida. His research interests include propulsion, gas dynamics, and air and space vehicle design. Dr. Sforza has also acted as Co-Editor of the Journal of Directed Energy and Book Review Editor for the AIAA Journal. His previous books include Theory of Aerospace Propulsion (Butterworth-Heinemann, 2011) and Commercial Airplane Design Principles, (Butterworth-Heinemann, 2014)
Market Survey and Mission Specification Preliminary Weight Estimation Fuselage Design Engine Selection Wing Design Tail Design Landing Gear Design Refined Weight and Balance Estimate Drag Estimation Aircraft Performance Aircraft Pricing and Economics Appendix A: Airfoil Characteristics Appendix B: Atmospheric Properties Appendix C: Airfoil and Wing Theory and Analysis Appendix D: Critical Mach Number Curves Appendix E: Units and Conversion Factors Appendix F: General Database for Commercial Aircraft