Design process of an aircraft system prior to its production stages can be decomposed into three phases: conceptual design, preliminary design and detailed design, which are traditionally executed in that sequential order. In brief, conceptual design results in a broad definition of the flying mission and its components and finally, it results in feasible aircraft concepts polar, tailored to the established driving requirements, refined through higher fidelity analyses in preliminary design before the complete specification is finalized in detailed design stage. The formal design phase, results in detailed definition of the aircraft components and development of test hardware and software. In the operations and support phase, the day to day operation of the flying system, its maintenance and support, and finally its disposal or recovery at the end of mission life will be considered. The main challenge in designing procedure of an aircraft is its multidisciplinary nature. This is characterized by degrees of influences that each design discipline has on the others, such as how aerodynamic lift and yaw moments, drive the sizing of horizontal stabilizer and rudder, which consequently affect flight control systems.
Last date updated on July, 2014