2nd Edition

Aircraft Performance An Engineering Approach

By Mohammad H. Sadraey Copyright 2023
    692 Pages 184 Color & 71 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    692 Pages 184 Color & 71 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Aircraft Performance: An Engineering Approach, Second Edition introduces flight performance analysis techniques of fixed-wing air vehicles, particularly heavier-than-aircraft. It covers maximum speed, absolute ceiling, rate of climb, range, endurance, turn performance, and takeoff run.

    Enabling the reader to analyze the performance and flight capabilities of an aircraft by utilizing only the aircraft weight data, geometry, and engine characteristics, this book covers the flight performance analysis for both propeller-driven and jet aircraft. The second edition features new content on vertical takeoff and landing, UAV launch, UAV recovery, use of rocket engine as the main engine, range for electric aircraft, electric engine, endurance for electric aircraft, gliding flight, pull-up, and climb-turn. In addition, this book includes end-of-chapter problems, MATLAB® code and examples, and case studies to enhance and reinforce student understanding.

    This book is intended for senior undergraduate aerospace students taking courses in Aircraft Performance, Flight Dynamics, and Flight Mechanics.

    Instructors will be able to utilize an updated Solutions Manual and Figure Slides for their course.

    1. Atmosphere. 2. Equations of Motion. 3. Drag Force and Drag Coefficient. 4. Engine Performance. 5. Straight-Level Flight – Jet Aircraft. 6. Straight-Level Flight: Propeller-Driven Aircraft. 7. Climb and Descent. 8. Takeoff and Landing. 9. Turn Performance and Flight Maneuvers. 10. Aircraft Performance Analysis Using Numerical Methods and MATLAB(R) Appendix A: Standard Atmosphere, SI Units. Appendix B: Standard Atmosphere, English Units. Appendix C: Performance Characteristics of Several Aircraft [9,65]. Appendix D: Flight Records.


    Dr. Mohammad H. Sadraey is a Professor in the School of Engineering, Technology, and Aeronautics at the Southern New Hampshire University, and the national president of Sigma Gamma Tau honor society. Dr. Sadraey’s main research interests are in aircraft design techniques, robust nonlinear control, autopilot, design and automatic control of unmanned air vehicles, and manned-unmanned aircraft teaming. He received his M.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering in 1995 from RMIT, Australia, and his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Kansas, USA in 2006. Dr. Sadraey is a senior member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and is in Who’s Who in America for many years. He has over 26 years of professional experience in academia and industry. Dr. Sadraey is the author of eight textbooks including "Aircraft Design: A Systems Engineering Approach", "Design of Unmanned Aerial Systems", published by Wiley Publications in 2012, and 2019, and Aircraft Performance Analysis by CRC in 2016.

    "Each major airplane performance topic is treated in depth with separate coverage of propeller and jet-propelled aircraft, as well as gliders, where applicable. The starting chapter is a comprehensive treatment of the structure and properties of the atmosphere and is very helpful for analyzing aircraft performance at all altitudes. Example problems are interspersed with the theoretical development and are solved in detail to illustrate how the theory is to be applied." - Peter Rosner, Southern New Hampshire University