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General Aviation Aircraft Design by Snorri Gudmundsson

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Chapter 20

Performance – Range Analysis

Abstract

The chapter presents the fundamental theory of range analysis, as well as information required to complete such analysis. It is shown that classic range analysis methods can be used for at least three disparate cruise profiles for aircraft powered by fossil fuels, and one for aircraft that use electric power. These profiles are referred to as a constant airspeed/altitude, constant attitude/altitude, constant airspeed/attitude, and constant weight profiles, respectively. Range sensitivity is also introduced. Then, the concept of specific range is discussed. This is followed by the presentation of some classic endurance analysis methods in a manner similar to that for range analysis. Then methods that ...

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