1993-05-01

Zen and the Art of Airplane Sizing 931255

ABSTRACT

This paper describes the development of a set of algorithms that find the takeoff gross weight of an aircraft for given vehicle and engine characteristics, and mission requirements. A major objective was to find the most elementary set that would still yield useful answers. The result was a set that could be encoded on an inexpensive programmable pocket calculator with only 24 lines of code. Results are compared with actual characteristics of an executive jet and its derivative versions.

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