SOME OPPORTUNITIES IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF LIGHT AIRCRAFT

In a brief review of the light aircraft development history, two early aircraft types, designed by the author, are shown as examples. This is followed by a presentation of several opportunities in the development of light aircraft of advanced type. They are: methods of cost and drag reduction, improvements in STOL performance by utilizing most of the available aerodynamic surfaces for the generation of lift, as well as the use of large propellers on single-engined aircraft. Finally, the integration of lift and thrust, its history, and a proposal of how to approach the problem is presented. The paper is illustrated with diagrams showing some aircraft of historic interest, as well as some proposed solutions to the presented design opportunities.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute

    77 Metcalfe Street
    Ottawa 4, ONo,   Canada 
  • Authors:
    • Irbitis, K
  • Publication Date: 1977-11

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  • Accession Number: 00176659
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 28 1978 12:00AM