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General Aviation Aircraft Design by Snorri Gudmundsson

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Chapter 2

Aircraft Cost Analysis

Abstract

An introduction to the state of the GA industry is provided, using industry data dating back to 1945. Reasons for its current state, including liability costs, are discussed to shed light on the volatility of the GA market. Then methods to calculate project development and operational costs are presented. The development cost is estimated using the so-called Eastlake model, which is based on the so-called DAPCA-IV aircraft procurement cost analysis method that has been especially tailored for GA aircraft. This is presented for conventional GA aircraft and business aircraft. Then, methods to help estimate the operational cost of operating GA and business aircraft is presented. Such methods are essential ...

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