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Course Information

Cathay Pacific L-1011 on the notorious approach to Runway 13 at the old Kai Tak airport in Hong Kong. The new airport is located at Chek Lap Kok.

American Airlines DC-10 on final approach

Course documents


Grading criteria


Mid-term oral presentation


Final report and presentation

The Lockheed L-1011 and Douglas DC-10 were both designed to meet the American Airlines requirement for an ORD-LAX widebody. The commercial aircraft industry might be very different today if either company had looked beyond that requirement, considered the future growth in big high bypass ratio fan engines, and built a twin-engined aircraft instead.

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