Resources

Welcome to the AeroToolbox.net Resources page. Here you’ll find a convenient list of the various resources available from this website. We’ve also included some external resources to get you going.

This 10 Part series will introduce you to a wide range of topics regarding the development of a conceptual aircraft from idea to reality. You’ll learn how to size each of the major aircraft components (wing, fuselage, tail), be introduced to aircraft structural design principles, and perform a drag estimation of a conceptual Light Sport Aircraft. Click the link below to get started!

A range of aeronautical calculators designed to make your work a little easier.

The books below all come highly recommended by AeroToolbox.net and are perfect if you want to further your study in a particular aeronautical field.*

Illustrated Guide to Aerodynamics

Aerodynamic theory is a difficult subject to master, primarily due to the complicated mathematical formulae and abstract physical concepts traditionally presented in aerodynamic textbooks. The Illustrated Guide to Aerodynamics provides an excellent introduction to aircraft aerodynamics by avoiding technical jargon and complex calculations. Easy to read and a great book for pilots!

Fundamentals of Aerodynamics

A very comprehensive aerodynamics textbook designed for engineering students. A very readable and up-to-date book that looks at both the theoretical and physical background of aerodynamics. Prescribed reading at many tertiary institutions.

Airplane Design Part 1

Written by the legendary Dr. Jan Roskam, this is the first book in a series of eight volumes on airplane design. Part 1 is concerned with preliminary aircraft sizing, weight estimation, wing area, lift and thrust required, sizing for stall, field performance and cruise performance. Essential reading for students and practicing engineers alike.

Airplane Design Part 6

Part six in the eight part series on aircraft design. This practical reference covers all aspects of aerodynamic, thrust, and power characteristics including airplane lift and drag estimation, pitching moments, installed thrust and stability and control derivatives.

Fluid Mechanics

Fluid Mechanics by Frank White is aimed at engineering students and offers a clear and comprehensive presentation of the subject. This is a prescribed textbook in many undergraduate engineering classes and will become a useful resource to the owner long after graduation.

Theory of Wing Sections

This book is an essential part of any aerodynamicist’s collection and provides a concise compilation of the subsonic aerodynamics characteristics of modern NASA wing sections together with a description of their geometry and associated theory. A wonderful reference book for engineers and students alike.

Aircraft Structures

Still relevant decades after its 1950 publication, this legendary reference text on aircraft stress analysis is considered the best book on the subject. It emphasizes basic structural theory, which remains unchanged with the development of new materials and construction methods, and the application of the elementary principles of mechanics to the analysis of aircraft structures.

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The aviation industry is full of jargon, strange lingo and scientific terms. The AeroToolbox.net Glossary is here to help.

Important terms and concepts that require more than a sentence or two to explain.

XFOIL is an interactive program for the design and analysis of subsonic isolated airfoils. The code is open-source and authored by Mark Drela at MIT.

This great airfoil database consists of nearly 1600 airfoils and coordinates. The site is maintained by the UIUC Applied Aerodynamics Group.