Winner of the AIAA Summerfield Book Award and the Aviation/Space Writers Association Award of Excellence, Aircraft Design: A Conceptual Approach presents the entire process of aircraft conceptual design-from requirements definition to initial sizing, configuration layout, analysis, sizing, optimization, and trade studies. Widely used in industry and government aircraft design groups, it also the design text at major universities around the world. A virtual encyclopaedia of engineering, it is known for its completeness, easy-to-read style, and real-world approach to the process of design. In this sixth edition Dr. Raymer has expanded and updated his presentation of fast-moving technologies, added lots of new material, and re-written introductory material to make it even more user-friendly. Given the ever-growing importance of electric propulsion, Raymer has added a whole new chapter entitled Electric Aircraft. This presents technologies, design-to guidance, and rules of thumb, and offers electric aircraft performance and sizing equations derived in a format familiar to those designing conventionally-powered airplanes. This encyclopaedic book covers every topic necessary to the understanding of aircraft design. Preliminary sizing, aerodynamics, structures, stability and control, propulsion, configuration layout, performance, cost analysis, and much more are all presented starting from first principles and building to a set of tools allowing the reader to actually do a realistic job of aircraft conceptual design. All topics are presented from the point of view of the aircraft designer, not the specialist in any given topic area. After 19 Chapters detailing the way to design normal aircraft, Raymer concludes with four more chapters describing the design of more-exotic flight vehicles including electric aircraft, helicopters, vertical take-off jets, hypersonic aircraft, launch vehicles, airships, flying wings, forward-swept wings, asymmetric airplanes, and much more. RDSwin Software RDSwin allows engineering students to take an aircraft design from first conceptual layout through functional analysis, leading to performance, range, weight, and cost results. By automating the grunt work of vehicle analysis, RDSwin makes enough time for the student to truly learn design. RDSwin integrates Design Layout (CAD), aerodynamics, weights, propulsion (jet & prop), stability & control, sizing, range, performance, and cost analysis. All new, all-original code (even the CAD module), all optimized for aircraft conceptual design and analysis. A true 32-bit Windows Application, with Windows pulldown menus, popup boxes, fonts, graphics, dialog boxes, clipboard read/write, Undo/Redo, and more. RDSwin outputs analysis results and program data to popup boxes, text files, Windows printers, or directly to your spreadsheet, word processor, or internet browser. Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. RDSwin is not a product of, nor is it tested or endorsed by, Microsoft.