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General Aviation Aircraft Design by Snorri Gudmundsson

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Chapter 4

Aircraft Conceptual Layout

Abstract

The chapter presents information intended to help the designer justify the selection of a specific aircraft configuration. First, in a section aimed at the student of aircraft design, the reader is introduced to various aircraft components. This is intended to improve the basic appreciation for the complexity of aircraft structures and systems. Then, the chapter details the pros and cons of a number of configuration styles. Among those are wing position and shape, landing gear style, fuselage and cabin type, engine type and location, as well as tail configuration is discussed. The chapter is intended to help the designer develop a keener eye for the implications of selecting a particular configuration ...

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