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Assessment of advanced technologies for high performance single-engine business airplanesThe prospects for significantly increasing the fuel efficiency and mission capability of single engine business aircraft through the incorporation of advanced propulsion, aerodynamics and materials technologies are explored. It is found that turbine engines cannot match the fuel economy of the heavier rotary, diesel and advanced spark reciprocating engines. The rotary engine yields the lightest and smallest aircraft for a given mission requirement, and also offers greater simplicity and a multifuel capability. Great promise is also seen in the use of composite material primary structures in conjunction with laminar flow wing surfaces, a pusher propeller and conventional wing-tail configuration. This study was conducted with the General Aviation Synthesis Program, which can furnish the most accurate mission performance calculations yet obtained.
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Conference Proceedings
Kohlman, D. L.
(Kohlman Aviation Corp. Lawrence, KS, United States)
Holmes, B. J.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 10, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1982
Subject Category
Aircraft Design, Testing And Performance
Meeting Information
International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences(Seattle, WA)
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