Chapter 18

Performance – Climb


Fundamental relationships necessary to evaluate climb characteristics are developed in the chapter. These are used to establish the equations of motion for climbing flight. This is followed the derivation of an assortment of methods that allow the various climb characteristics of an airplane to be predicted. This is followed by introduction to climb sensitivity studies. Finally, the climb performance of selected aircraft types is presented to allow the reader an accessible reference to actual aircraft data.


Equation of motion; climb; free-body; steady climb; horizontal airspeed; vertical airspeed; rate-of-climb; climb gradient; climb angle; best angle-of-climb; best rate-of-climb; time to altitude; ...

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