Design and development of aircraft systems: an introduction

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Copublished by American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Professional Engienering Pub., Oct 30, 2004 - Technology & Engineering - 188 pages
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Building on the international success of their previous two titles. Aircraft Systems and Civil Avionic Systems, Ian Moir and Allan Seabridge have provided a straightforward introduction to how aircraft systems are designed and evolved, encompassing the systems approach. The design and development process has been given prominence. The reader can thereby become familiar with the means by which the systems of a complex aircraft emerge from a customer requirement and become reality as individual systems, as an integrated system, and as a complete fit-for-purpose aircraft product. For many engineers, the design and development activity takes place at a single domain level--the fuel system, the hydraulic system, flight control system, etc. Increasingly, there is a need to consider integration issues, the bigger picture: for example, the engineer designing the display system will need to consider the entire weapons system. Concentrating on the product life cycle, the design and development process, and the skills required to develop a product as complex as an aircraft, Design and Development of Aircraft Systems is a book for people who want to understand how industry develops a fully integrated, tested, and qualified product that is safe to fly and fit for purpose. Aerospace engineers, both military and commercial, designers, operators, maintenance crew and those studying to become part of the aerospace industry will find Design and Development of Aircraft Systems an invaluable resource.

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After 20 years in the Royal Air Force, Ian Moir went on to Smiths Industries in the UK where he was involved in a number of advanced projects. Since retiring from Smiths he is now in demand as a highly respected consultant. Ian has a broad and detailed experience working in aircraft avionics systems in both military and civil aircraft. From the RAF Tornado and Apache helicopter to the Boeing 777, Ian's work has kept him at the forefront of new system developments and integrated systems implementations. He has a special interest in fostering training and education in aerospace engineering.

Allan Seabridge is the Chief Flight Systems Engineer at BAE SYSTEMS at Warton in Lancashire in the UK. In over 30 years in the aerospace industry his work has included avionics on the Nimrod MRA 4 and Joint Strike Fighter as well as a the development of a range of flight and avionics systems on a wide range of fast jets, training aircraft and ground and maritime surveillance projects. Spending much of his time between Europe and the US, Allan is fully aware of systems developments worldwide. He is also keen to encourage a further understanding of integrated engineering systems.

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