2d Edition of GA Aircraft Design - Gudmundsson Available

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SpruceForest

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For those that found the first edition of Professor Gudmundsson's GA Aircraft Design - Applied Methods and Procedures useful, but wanted a hard cover, better paper (and color!), more cohesive editing, better arrangement/presentation, and more specifics on thrust and power for electrics - as well as electric aircraft design - the second edition appears to deliver based on a couple hours with the new book. Unlike 2nd ed's of Perry and Stinton, or Bruhn's FVS, niche material such as biplane and seaplane design was not only retained for GA Aircraft Design 2d Ed, but moved into the text from the 1st ed's online appendices.

Given how long I've been out of the design space and therefore at best a dabbler versus doer, I'm not the guy to offer a detailed critical review. But I like the book and shelved it in my office within arm's reach, versus deep storage down in the shop's back room.

Elsevier sells the Butterworth-Heinemann imprint 2nd edition direct-to-customer for $126 + state tax versus the $155 + state tax that Amazon Prime wants. Also note the the 1st ed is still on sale, so good idea to check eds if a copy pops up on the used book listings. My first ed will go to our local EAA chapter library...no lost material, and lots of additions and tweaks worth the $$$.
 

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I have the 1st edition in hardback, and I find it a very useful book. I didn't realize there was a second edition out. I'll have to look into what's changed in the new version!
 

SpruceForest

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Good change summary on the publisher's website, but lots of subtle stuff that is not mentioned other than in the 2d Ed preface (see below)


The excerpt shot of the 2nd Ed preface covers the changes in detail, and is provided here under what seems a reasonable interpretation of fair use doctrine (specifically, no significant content from the book, advances the publisher's and author's interests, and is supporting a review of the book. If the mods feel otherwise, feel free to delete.

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J Galt

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I agree, I have most all of them available and I consider Gudmundsson the best. Picked up the 2nd edition just on principle and for the stability stuff but had really already given Perkins & Hage a good working over.
Justin
 
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