Aircraft Performance: An Engineering Approach, Second Edition introduces flight performance analysis techniques of fixed-wing air vehicles, particularly heavier-than-aircraft. It covers maximum speed, absolute ceiling, rate of climb, range, endurance, turn performance, and takeoff run.

Enabling the reader to analyze the performance and flight capabilities of an aircraft by utilizing only the aircraft weight data, geometry, and engine characteristics, the book covers the flight performance analysis for both propeller-driven and jet aircraft. The second edition features new content on vertical takeoff and landing, UAV launch, UAV recovery, use of rocket engine as the main engine, range for electric aircraft, electric engine, endurance for electric aircraft, gliding flight, pull-up, and climb-turn. In addition, the book includes end-of-chapter problems, MATLAB® code and examples, and case studies to enhance and reinforce student understanding.

The book is intended for senior undergraduate aerospace students taking courses in Aircraft Performance, Flight Dynamics, and Flight Mechanics.

Instructors will be able to utilize an updated Solutions Manual and Lecture Slides for their course.

1. Atmosphere. 2. Equations of Motion. 3. Drag Force and Drag Coefficient. 4. Thrust Force. 5. Straight Level Flight – Jet Aircraft. 6. Straight Level Flight - Prop-Driven Aircraft. 7. Climb and Descent. 8. Take Off and Landing. 9. Flight Maneuvers. 10. Aircraft Performance Simulation Using Numerical Methods. Appendix A: Standard Atmosphere, SI Units. Appendix B: Standard Atmosphere, English Units. Appendix C: Performance Characteristics of Several Aircraft. Appendix D: Flight Records.