Aeronautical Engineering BEng/MEng

Aircraft Design 3 ENG3006

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Engineering
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 3 (SCQF level 9)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course gives an introduction to the aircraft design process covering the various design choices which have to be made in order to satisfy the performance requirements of the aircraft role. The course has a particular focus on aerodynamic design and includes a group mini project focussed on a concept aircraft design.



Excluded Courses

SIT3016 Aircraft Design 3G




70% Written Exam

30% Group Project Report

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 


This is a group project and individual reassessment is therefore impractical for the group project part of this course.

It is not practicable to offer reassessment of the mini project element of this course as that requires practical or group work.

Course Aims

The aims of this course are to:

■ develop a broad understanding of the aircraft design process, including awareness of the importance of market forces and role of airworthiness requirements;

■ appreciation of the environmental and sustainability issues associated with aircraft design

■ review future trends and directions in aircraft concepts

■ work in a small group developing a new concept aircraft to meet specified requirements

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ use the aircraft design process to create a basic conceptual design of an aircraft;

■ identify the basic components of an aircraft configuration;

■ describe the various market and regulatory issues which influence aircraft design;

■ perform a basic weight estimation for an aircraft;

■ explain the various features of the aerodynamic design of an aircraft;

■ be aware of the factors which drive the choice of powerplant, materials and structural design of an aircraft;

■ analyse the static stability of an aircraft (tailplane and Fin sizing, and static margin);

■ describe the sustainability and environmental issues which influence aircraft design;

■ identify the future trends in aircraft conceptual design.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the other components of the course's summative assessment.


Students must attend the timetabled laboratory classes.


Students should attend at least 75% of the timetabled classes of the course.


Note that these are minimum requirements: good students will achieve far higher participation/submission rates.  Any student who misses an assessment or a significant number of classes because of illness or other good cause should report this by completing a MyCampus absence report.