- Series: Aviation
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 2 edition (September 2, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0071626964
- ISBN-13: 978-0071626965
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.9 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 27 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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David Anderson is a lifelong pilot. He holds a Ph.D. in Physics from Columbia University.
Scott Eberhardt works in high-lift aerodynamics with Product Development, at Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
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A problem with the approach is that it does not directly lead to the simplified mathematical relationships resulting from changes in drag coefficients and the reader is not really introduced to the standard nomenclature used by the aeronautical community. Few basic equations are really used either. The reader is also subjected to many "factoids" that are not really related to the subject material being discussed. The later chapters also stumble in explaining lift augmentation devices and propulsion systems due to the unconventional introduction. As an engineering educator, I came away from the book with a feeling that the book fails to provide the reader with background to further delve into the subject matter. I have read better introductory books such as Smith's Illustrated Guide to Aerodynamics.
This book is written by very accomplished aeronautical industry/academic professionals. Do you want their insights? Or, do you want their formulae?
Many want the formulae, but I wanted the insights. And that is exactly what this book provides.
If you are looking for a fresh, experienced, and non-dogmatic view of the principles of flight then this is the book for you.
You'll get it as soon as you get through about 20 pages. This isn't your sad physics teacher's regurgitation text on flight. It is real and begins to point light on lift and aerodynamics for those of a more philosophically curious nature.
Simple, straight-forward, and with the gravity of experience. Excellent.
The authors scientifically challenge the Bernoulli explanation of flight found in many textbooks and pilot's manuals. Anderson and Eberhardt explain and prove that the Bernoulli explanation is just plain wrong.
The book is written for the average reader who does not have a degree in physics. It is a non-mathematical approach to the physics of flight that reads like a novel.
There are insertions, like sidebars, which contain facts about flight and aviation history. These make for fascinating reading, yet do not take away from the flow of the book. The many illustrations and pictures complement the points the authors are making.
An excerpt of the book is found on the ALLSTAR website ([...] which I administer. People who have read the excerpt always have said that the explanation of Bernoulli and the transit time idea really did not match the reality of what people see; and that Eberhardt and Anderson have done a great job of explaining this anomaly without having to use circulation theory to do it. All who have read the excerpt have had very positive comments regarding the topic. Because the book follows the same writing style, it also does a very creditable job in explaining other aspects of flight. I would recommend it to those who want to know and understand more than formulas can provide.
I was a novice (at best) when it comes to understanding how enormous chunks of metal can fly... but this book is beyond informational, it is also a joy to read! I highly recommend this Second Edition, whatever your working knowledge of air travel.
For the record, this gift soared with its recipient, but now there's an ETA for it to land on my own coffee table. Props (ugh, another plane pun!) to the authors for presenting a thoughtful and visually-stimulating read.