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Externally Sourced Components
To test our evolving design environments and build capabilities, a range of aircraft types have been considered. In all cases, these started with the knowledge that some of the major airframe components have to be externally sourced and that one has therefore to work with what is readily available in appropriate sizes. The following list of such components forms a key starting point for what follows. To maintain low costs, some things simply have to be sourced off the shelf:
At larger take-off weights, items such as propellers and undercarriages are more difficult to source, and then it is sometimes necessary to have bespoke items made by specialist suppliers - even so, it is desirable to use companies with sufficient turnover and expertise so that costs can be controlled and quality maintained. Given a ready supply of such items and the intention to build a conventional fixed-wing monoplane, the primary layout choices available to the designer then concern the number and positioning of engines/motors and the choice of fuselage/empennage type.
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