1st Edition

Aerodynamics Principles for Air Transport Pilots

By Rose G Davies Copyright 2020
    266 Pages 157 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Equipping readers with the ability to analyze the aerodynamic forces on an aircraft, the book provides comprehensive knowledge of the characteristics of subsonic and supersonic airflow.

    This book begins with the fundamental physics principles of aerodynamics, then introduces the Continuity Equation, Energy Equations, and Bernoulli’s Equation, which form the basic aerodynamic principles for subsonic airflow. It provides a thorough understanding of the forces acting on an aircraft across a range of speeds and their effects on the aircraft's performance, including a discussion on the difference in aerofoil and aircraft shapes. Aircraft stability issues are analyzed, along with the development of a boundary layer over an aerofoil, the changes of air speed and air pressure, and boundary layer separation.

    Readers will gain a clear understanding of the nature of airflow over aircraft during subsonic, transonic, and supersonic flight. The book emphasizes the connection between operating actions in flight and aerodynamic requirements. The content will be of interest to senior undergraduates studying to obtain their Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL)/Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate, general aviation and air transport pilots, and aircraft maintenance engineers.

    1. Calculus Revision
    2. Fundamental Principles of Aerodynamics (Subsonic)
    3. Viscous Flow and Boundary Layer
    4. Aerodynamic Forces – Subsonic Flight
    5. Stability
    6. Speed of Sound and Mach Number
    7. Compressible Air Flow
    8. Aerodynamics of Transonic Aerofoil
    9. Transonic Flight and Aerofoils
    10. Supersonic Waves
    11. Introduction of Supersonic Flight


    Rose G Davies works at the School of Aviation, Massey University, New Zealand. She developed, and coordinates the current aerodynamics courses for the BAv degree in the Massey University Air Transport Program. She has teaching experience in aero-science and aircraft systems, physics and mathematics, and the foundation courses for various degrees. Rose has a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, majoring in internal combustion engine design, a Master’s degree in engineering-thermophysics–combustion, and a PhD in applied mathematics. Before starting her university teaching career, Rose had some 20 years research experience in mathematical modelling and fluid dynamics, combustion, and remote sensing of engine emissions. She is a member of ASME, AIAA, ANZIAM, and the Royal Society New Zealand, and a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Aviation/Aerospace Education and Research (JAAER).