Automation of Prototype General Aviation Aircraft Development
Developments in low cost computing and multi-axis automation are making an impact on the development process for prototype composite general aviation aircraft. The integration of design, fabrication, and testing using PC class computers makes possible reductions in the cost and time required. The methods currently used for the prototype process are reviewed and the activities which can be automated are identified. Planned integration of automation equipment into the Raspet Flight Research Laboratory aircraft development projects is outlined. Implications of automation for aerospace engineering education and the general aviation aircraft industry are briefly discussed.
KeywordsGraphite Mold Fiberglass
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