CHAPTER 2: AERODYNAMICS

Aircraft aerodynamics

Aerodynamics is the study of flight in the atmosphere, in which the relative motion between a body and the surrounding air produces lift and drag aerodynamic forces. In addition, the atmosphere environment brings about hazards to airplanes, such as ice, snow, fog, wind, and storms. 

Aerodynamics for all phases of flight are fully covered, from the boundary layer, viscous forces, lift, drag, aerodynamic stalls, high altitude flight, takeoff, climb, landing and turning performance. Angle-of-attack, pitch attitude and flight path angle are uniquely related and provide a means of flying the airplane safely when the pilots airspeed indicators fail.

  • Standard Atmosphere
  • Properties of the Atmosphere
  • Pressure
  • Temperature
  • Density
  • Viscosity
  • Altitude