Flying on Your Own Wings: A Complete Guide to Understanding Light Airplane Design

Flying on Your Own Wings: A Complete Guide to Understanding Light Airplane Design

by Heintz Chris Heintz, Chris Heintz

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Some have said that if God had wanted us to fly, He would have given us wings. And yet, we were given the ability to dream, to think with our heads, to have courage in our hearts, and to build with our hands. Truly, we have been given everything we need: We really can fly on our own wings!

Chris Heintz is a professional aeronautical engineer with a prolific career spanning over 40 years designing and building light aircraft. Recognized worldwide as a uniquely talented and accomplished designer, his aircraft are known and appreciated for their simplicity of construction, pilot-friendly cabins and controllability as well as remarkable performances. Today, Chris Heintz designs are flown throughout the world, mostly by recreational pilots who have assembled their own planes from a kit. His most popular models are also factory-assembled and sold as ready-to-fly sport aircraft on three continents.

In FLYING ON YOUR OWN WINGS, Mr. Heintz shares his knowledge and insights into the art and science of light aircraft design. He "walks" readers through the essential understanding and skills required to conceive, develop, build and even test-fly their own personal light airplane. Basic mathematics, essential aerodynamics and stress analysis are just a few of the chapters of this fascinating book. Heintz even provides a sample design to help would-be designers take their first step towards imagining and creating their own wings.

Truly a beginner's guide to everything you need to know in order to achieve that age-old dream: To fly on your own wings!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781425188283
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
Publication date: 01/26/2010
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 666,551
Product dimensions: 8.25(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

Chris Heintz is a professional aeronautical engineer with a prolific career spanning over 40 years designing and building light aircraft. Recognized worldwide as a uniquely talented and accomplished designer, his aircraft are known and appreciated for their simplicity of construction, pilot-friendly cabins and controllability as well as remarkable performances.

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Flying on Your Own Wings: A Complete Guide to Understanding Light Airplane Design 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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Chris Heintz' book, Flying on You Own Wings, is subtitled: "A Complete Guide to Understanding Light Airplane Design." The subtitle is a very accurate description of the book's contents. His first chapter, Mathematics, is a review of freshman and perhaps sophomore level college math, and physical symbology. Those already possessing this information could easily skip over this chapter and the following chapter. However, I feel it and the second chapter on units would help introduce many to these subjects, and provide a generally good basic grounding. Mr. Heintz hits his stride in the third chapter on aerodynamics and air loads, followed by chapters on structural stress analysis, and human factors. Although his approach provides reasonably rigorous mathematical backup, it is common sense, and has real world examples. He concludes with chapters on a sample design, and flight testing. I can't absorb all this book at a single reading period. It's going to take days or weeks to think some of this through. I am confident that this book will provide me with background missing in many areas. It's certain I will have a much better understanding of aircraft design when I finish. Now for the down side of things. The lot of the author of a book on a technical subject is a challenging one. If the book is too technical, it becomes turgid, and difficult to read, even for those knowledgeable in the field. If the author writes on too broad a level, some of the technical content is lost. I agree with his premise that the metric system is easier to use in most engineering calculations. But I wonder why, in a book whose largest audience is likely to be in the United States, this system was used. Maybe I underestimate the ability of aircraft builders, but those I know don't use the metric system, and most rather frown on its usage. Perhaps one purpose of the book is to educate on the use of the metric system, or to promote it. Some of the philosophy strikes the mark very well. For example, an aircraft should not only perform well, it should be handsome in appearance. But some of the philosophy is very cryptic, and I have no idea what its intent may have been. Unfortunately, some of the philosophy borders on metaphysics, and would put Shirley McClaine to shame. On page 51, there is speculation that the number of calendar years in a sidereal year are the approximately the same as the number of breaths a human takes in in one day. This is hardly a causual relationship, and included in a book on light aircraft design, throws the technical credibility into question. If I breathe more slowly, does the universe slow down? Do not take this criticism as damming the book with faint praise. It's a good book, and, if you want to understand aircraft design, well worth studying. In fairness, the answer to many of these issues is that children should not read books written for adults. When you read Mr. Heintz' book, you should simply be mature enough to recognize his rather unique outlook. Absorb the parts about aircraft design, and filter out some of the rest. This is a good book, and I recommend buying it if you own a Zenith, or want to understand aircraft design. My regret is that what is now a good book could have been an excellent book with the services of a good technical editor.
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