- Series: AIAA Education Series
- Hardcover: 883 pages
- Publisher: Amer. Instit. of Aeronautics and Astronautics (August 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1600867510
- ISBN-13: 978-1600867514
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 2.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #486,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1: Fundamentals of Aircraft and Airship Design (AIAA Education Series)
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The book has a excellent mix of theory and practical application. Much theory is given to explain how and why things are the way they are but this is accompanied by real world data and practical application.
My only gripe, though very petty in the overall scope of things, is the lack of mention of light sport aircraft which I believe is the best thing to happen to light general aviation in recent years.
In his book, Nicolai also refers to Roskam and Raymer's text. Having Roskam's set of books, I can say that they are indeed an invaluable resources however, Nicolai's book is significantly better laid out and features somewhat better explanations of things. This is particularly true of the introductory chapters which I believe is sufficient to get the new aircraft designer on his feet with a clear idea of how to proceed. I can't exactly say the same for Roskam's Part I which involves less theory and more explanation of the use of formulae and method.
Once I read the book in more depth, I will edit this review as necessary.
Highly recommended to students in aircraft design and also to engineers who are looking for an answer on why aircraft look the way they do.
AIRSHIP ENTHUSIASTS BEWARE: This book does not cover airship design at all.