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Submitted To: CUSTOMER NAME BY AUTHOR COMPANY NAME ADDRESS
1 December 2007

Approved by: Big Boss’ Signature

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make it VERY clear up here that the contracted/assigned work was all completed. Right-Click on the Table of Contents and List of Figures to update their information.no extra points for a surprise ending!) Notes Concerning This File: 1. Some Friendly Suggestions for Report Authors: 1. This isn't a novel . This allows you to: 3. 5. If writing in the third person (the design was created using…. 6. it is easiest to copy an existing one. and modify it. and learn the common grammar mistakes that make you look like an idiot (its / it’s. All abbreviations and Greek characters should be listed in the Nomenclature section. You may wish to open the File Properties to change the Summary information. so upper management can understand it!) . 2.DO NOT "cut & paste" executive summary from body of reportrestate it freshly! (If the report is for a contract (or a class). PDF is usually smaller and this also makes it harder for someone to steal your text! iii . Try to avoid the sexism built into our language (designers aren’t always a “he”). that / which.). Avoid even the mildest of swear words. 4. When making new Headings and when inserting figures. Convert your reports into PDF format (I use PDF995) so that what you see is what they see. paste it in..Why/how .) don’t switch to first person (then I analyzed it…. who’s / whose. but there is no hard rule. This document is copyright (don’t get rich selling it to others!) but you are welcome to use it as a starting point for your report. . Check spelling and grammar. and a few dozen others). 2.Key Results (Use pictures. Don't make them hunt to see if you did the job. Most technical reports are written exclusively in the third person. 3. Pick then keep a consistent “voice”.Must be able to stand alone! Many will only see this. Use Standard English.EXECUTIVE SUMMARY (< 1 page) (YOUR COMPANY’S NAME) is pleased to present its final report for…… Executive Summary . which does not include regional slang (“soda pop”) or textmessaging slang (“4” instead of “for”).What was done .

.........vi 1................................................... BACKGROUND...........................................................................................2 5.. APPROACH...............................................................................................................................................1 4......................................................... SUMMARY & CONCLUSIONS......................................................... INTRODUCTION...................................................................................................................................v NOMENCLATURE................................iii TABLE OF CONTENTS.....................................................................................7 iv ............................................................................................................................................................ STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM..................................................................................1 3.....................................................6 APPENDICES.iv LIST OF FIGURES.1 2..................................7 REFERENCES................................................................................................... RESULTS (or specific titles)...............................................3 6................................................................................................TABLE OF CONTENTS EXECUTIVE SUMMARY...........................................................................................................

.............................................4 Weights.......................LIST OF FIGURES Vehicle Arrangement Three-View.....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................4 Aero (L/D)..........5 v ....3 Design Data.......................................................................................................................

) = Thrust-to-weight ratio = Wing loading (weight/area) = Empty Weight = Vertical Landing vi . applied to wings and tails) = Wing Lift Coefficient = Computer-Aided Design = Computational Fluid Dynamics = Center of Gravity (mass) = Data Compendium (USAF aerodynamics methodology report) = Lift-to-Drag Ratio = Mach Number = Aerospace vehicle design software (product of Conceptual Research Corp.NOMENCLATURE A CL CAD CFD cg DATCOM L/D M RDS T/W W/S We VL = Aspect Ratio (span2/reference area.

. BACKGROUND (1/2 to 4 pages) There are many aircraft missions calling for…. 1 . what else is going on that affects what you will show. defines context. STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM (1/2 to 2 pages) The fundamental problem addressed by this research study is the technical means for allowing an aircraft to…. INTRODUCTION (< 1 page) (YOUR COMPANY’S NAME) has completed its contracted effort for… Introduction must be written as if the Executive Summary is NOT there!) .Value of results (use) 2. Background presents more detail on why the study was done.What was done/when .1.. and specifically defines and limits the “scope" of the effort. etc… This section should get them interested enough to read the rest! 3. The Statement of Problem should obviously follow from material in the background section.Who/for whom . sets the stage.

etc… This may be broken out by task. Alternatively. Air vehicle analysis was done using the methods of Raymer1 … The Approach section should give a clear and repeatable description of how you tackled the problem.. with enough information for a knowledgeable person to reproduce the results you are about to present. the tools and methods. the steps of the research or study. there can be an Approach subsection beginning each section of the RESULTS. APPROACH (1 to 10 pages) The overall project approach is described in this section…………. 2 . This should include the assumptions used.4.

In reporting on vehicle design studies I usually have separate sections titled System Requirements. figure 1. an initial design concept was prepared as shown in figure…. presenting the actual findings. and accuracy estimates. Use a lot of pictures! Results should include problems encountered. The Results section can be broken into several sections if that makes more sense for the type of work being reported.5. if suitable. This MUST be readable. and Cost-Effectiveness (or something similar). significant output of tests or calculations and other analysis. those could be subheadings as follows: Task 1: System Requirements Requirements for this system were defined by…. not pages of computer output (those go in the Appendices). Task 2: Design Concept From these requirements. Design Analysis. Design Concept.. Vehicle Arrangement Three-View 3 . believability of results.. Or. RESULTS (or specific titles) (2 to 10 pages) The Results Section is the main “meat” of the report.

56 0 30 -2.15 0.wing Area Sref Aspect Ratio Taper Ratio Sweep (LE) Sweep (c/4) Airfoil Thickness t/c Dihedral Twist Span Root Chord Tip Chord Mean Chord Y-bar Vtails 164 50 9 3.419 13.526 3.5 0.876 8. Design Data Task 3: Design Analysis The vehicle design was analyzed using the methods of … figure 3.229 6.12 3 135 0 0 38.846 2.4 0.417 NACA 65(216)-415 NACA 0006 0.233 2. Aero (L/D) 4 .098 4.439 2.726 26.714 4.996 figure 2.

0 67 13.Weight lbs STRUCTURES 1012.3 30 0.0 5.9 40 11.3 2142 7069 0 3366 464 40018 523.4 13.0 6.0 10 0.0 40 20.4 1981.0 Moment ft-lbs 1462 420 46 36 180 140 0 0 640 13. Engine Inst Propeller Starter Fuel System 683.0 20. Weights Task 4: Cost-Effectiveness Cost was estimated using…… 5 .6 2.0 9.6 1285 26976 PROPULSION Engine Air Induction Cooling Exhaust Engine Controls Misc.0 10 15.0 340 9.0 12.0 10 14.0 4.6 1253.0 4074 Flight Controls 35 1404 Instruments 10 2862 Hydraulics 3 2800 Electrical 36 320 Avionics 28 240 Air Conditioning 1754 Anti-Icing 64 Furnishings & Equipment 80 0 0 (% We Allow ance) 5 0 Empty Weight Allow ance 94.0 Moment Weight ft-lbs lbs 13518 EQUIPMENT 192.0 13.0 8.0 Wing 304 V-Tails(2) 54 Fuselage 318 Tail Booms (2) 140 Nacelle/cow ling 20 Motor Mount 15 Main Landing Gear 129 Nose Landing Gear 32 Loc ft 13.0 510 17.0 3 0.4 898 TAKEOFF GROSS WEIGHT figure 4.7 340.0 16.4 10712 TOTAL WEIGHT EMPTY 8670 140 USEFUL LOAD 150 Crew 0 42 0 812 0 Fuel Oil Passengers Payload Loc ft 12.5 10 0.0 5.6 3235.6 12.4 26.0 3 14.0 16.7 13.

you are doing good! Do not use prior text here – cut-and-paste is not your friend. SUMMARY & CONCLUSIONS (1/2 to 2 pages) (YOUR COMPANY’S NAME) has completed its contracted effort for …. but I often throw in a pretty picture at the end.6. such as….. it should clearly state what you think they should conclude as a result. Then.. It should briefly restate the background and problem. then lead them through the approach and technical results you found. You should never present new or additional information including graphics in this section. If they have read this far. 6 . the Summary and Conclusions section tells them what to believe and remember from all you’ve presented. Keep it short – if you can get them to remember two things about your study for six months afterwards. such as “this project is feasible and affordable” (but don’t use that cliché phrase!).

whatever… Appendices can be before or after References. REFERENCES 7 .APPENDICES Rest of the tables/graphs. Computer Listings.

. D. Fourth Edition 2006 .1 Raymer. American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Washington. AIRCRAFT DESIGN: A Conceptual Approach. D..C.

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