Course detail: AERO0140 - Airplane Sizing - online
This course provides an overview of the fixed-wing airplane sizing process. It is applicable to jet transport, turboprop commuter transport, military (trainers, fighter bomber, UAV) and general aviation aircraft. The design process covers sizing (weight, wing area, thrust/power), drag, high lift device sizing, weight and balance, stability, control and geometry. Numerous examples are shown. Lessons learned and "what to watch out for" are discussed. Please note: If you prefer a more in-depth course on this subject matter, please review this instructor's course: Airplane Preliminary Design.

  • Introduction to airplane design: flowchart of the design process
  • Review of drag polar breakdown for subsonic and supersonic airplanes, rapid method for drag polar prediction, check of drag polar realism
  • Two airplanes: same mission, different design: comparison of the Boeing B-47 with the B2 Vulcan
  • Preliminary sizing of airplane takeoff weight, empty weight and fuel weight for a given mission specification: applications; sensitivity of takeoff weight to changes in payload, empty weight, range, endurance, lift-to-drag ratio and specific fuel consumption; role of sensitivity analyses in directing program-oriented research and development: applications
  • Performance constraint analyses: relation between wing loading and thrust-to-weight ratio (or wing loading and weight-to-power ratio) for the following cases: stall speed, takeoff field length and landing field length, statistical method for estimating preliminary drag polars, review and effect of airworthiness regulations; relation between wing loading and thrust-to-weight ratio (or wing loading and weight-to-power ratio) for the following cases: climb and climb rate (AEO and OEI), cruise speed and maneuvering; the matching of all performance constraints and preliminary selection of wing area and thrust required: applications
  • Preliminary configuration selection; what drives unique (advanced) configurations? Discussion of conventional, canard and three-surface configurations; fundamentals of configuration design
  • Preliminary Design Sequence:
  • Fuselage/cockpit
  • Type of propulsion
  • Wing planform
  • Type, size and disposition of high lift devices
  • Layout of empennage (horizontal tail, canard, V-tail, vertical tail sizing)
  • Type of landing gear
  • Preliminary drawing (CAD)
  • Class I weight and balance including loading diagram
  • Class I stability and control
  • Class I moment of inertia estimate
  • Example airplane sizing exercise using Advanced Aircraft Analysis (AAA)
Who Should Attend?
Aeronautical engineers, mechanical engineers, electrical engineers needing to learn more about design, pilots with some engineering background, government research laboratory personnel, engineering managers and educators.

Course Fees
Early registration course fee: $1,495 if you register and pay by the early registration deadline (45 days prior to the first day of class).

Regular registration course fee: $1,595 if you register and pay after the early registration deadline.

U.S. Federal Employee Discount
This course is available to U.S. federal employees at 10% off the registration fee. To receive the federal employee discount, you must enter the code FGVT116 during the checkout process. Please note that you must validate your eligibility to receive this discount by entering your U.S. government email address (ending in .gov or .mil) when creating your online registration profile. This discount is available for both the early registration and regular registration fees.

Certificate Track
Aircraft Design

Classroom hours / CEUs
14 classroom hours
1.4 CEUs

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Course Resources
Willem Anemaat discusses Airplane Sizing (video)
AERO0140 Course Information and Outline : Airplane Sizing - online

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