Understanding Performance Flight Testing: Kitplanes and Production Aircraft

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*Covers lightplane performance flight testing methods, measures, and computer applications
*Includes CD-ROM with sample spreadsheets containing equations to help readers perform their own flight tests
*Describes GPS (Global Positioning System) test method for airspeed calibration and rapid-wind camera method for takeoff performance

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PERFORMANCE-TEST YOUR AIRCRAFT WITH EASY-TO-USE METHODS

How fast does it fly? How nimbly does it climb? What speed will induce stalls? What's it's glide ratio? Are the instruments accurate? Pilots need this information for safety--but they also want it for fun and bragging rights. With UNDERSTANDING PERFORMANCE FLIGHT TESTING, you can get accurate data on your home built, kitplane, or production aircraft easily and precisely, without headscratching, complex instruments, or wrestling with higher math or engineering formulas.

DETERMINE YOUR PLANE'S TRUE CAPABILITIES--EXPERTLY AND EASILY

The bestway to assess every important flight characteristic of your plane, Skip Smith's unique handbook makes flight performance testing simple.


* Pre-worked math and engineering formulas--you just plug in your numbers
* Perfect for anyone with a new kitplane, homebuilt, recently modified production aircraft, or older plane requiring reassessment
* Helps you determine the true performance characteristics of any light aircraft with confidence
* Explains aerodynamics and other principles in everyday language
* No need to master calculus, physics, or other technical subjects

Includes PC Compatible Disk


* Plug in your numbers for quick results
* Get accurate data on airspeed, takeoff, drag, stall speed, endurance, range, glide distance, power, and more
* Works with Microsoft Excel

About the Author:

HUBERT C. "SKIP" SMITH is Associate Professor Emeritus of Aerospace Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University, where he has taught aircraft design, performance and aerodynamics for 30 years. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in aeronautical engineering from Penn State, and a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. An instrument-rated commercial pilot and flight instructor, he has been actively flying for over 45 years. He is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, has won a number of national awards for outstanding educational achievements, and is the author of another McGraw-Hill book, THE ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO AERODYNAMICS.

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