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Aerodynamics for Aviators

Mark Dusenbury Gary Ullrich Shelby Balogh

256 pages
Aviation Supplies & Acad Inc

Aerodynamics is the study of forces and the resulting motion of objects through the air. Judging from the story of Daedalus and Icarus, humans have been interested in aerodynamics and flying for thousands of years, although flying in a heavier-than-air machine has been possible only in the last hundred years. However, the pilot of today must have a greater technical knowledge and understanding than the pilot of even 15 years ago, with today's multimillion-dollar, highly complex aircraft with many more systems and aerodynamic problems than their predecessors. To operate today's aircraft, a pilot must have more than just a basic knowledge of principles of flight.

Aerodynamics for Aviators is written specifically for pilots, by pilots, and its purpose is to present the basic fundamentals of aerodynamics, communicated at the "pilot level." The safety and effectiveness of flying operations depends greatly on the understanding and appreciation of how and why an airplane flies, which makes aerodynamics a critically important subject for pilots. The book's content has been arranged to provide a complete reference for all phases of flying, for both low and high altitude operations, applicable to the problems of flight training, transition training, and general flying operations.

This textbook is designed to be used with a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-approved Part 141 Pilot School Training Course Outline, and will be equally effective for aviation maintenance training, university courses and self-study. The major topics discussed in this textbook mirror the FAA requirements for training a new private pilot, commercial pilot, and future transport category (ATP) pilot.

Features key terms, color illustrations throughout, and mathematics described and depicted graphically for maximum comprehension. Review questions conclude each chapter.

Author Bio

Mark Dusenbury is an Associate Professor for the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Before coming to the University of North Dakota, Professor Dusenbury was an airline pilot for American Eagle Airlines, and a member of the United States Marine Corps Reserves. He also holds a Commercial Pilot certificate with instrument, single, and multi-engine ratings, and is a Certified Flight Instructor in single, multi-engine, and instrument airplanes.

Gary Ullrich is an Assistant Professor for the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Before joining the University of North Dakota, Professor Ullrich was a Test Group Pilot for Flight Safety, Adjunct Assistant Professor for Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, and instructor/evaluator pilot with the United States Air Force. Professor Ullrich is a commercial pilot with multi-engine, instrument, and Boeing 720 and 707 type ratings.