2016-2017 Light Business Jet Design Competition
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2016-2017 Light Business Jet Design Competition

2016-2017 Light Business Jet Design Competition

  • 8 Passenger 3 View
  • 6 Passenger 3 View
  • Cockpit
  • 6 Passenger Top View Interior
  • 6&8 Passenger Light Business Jet Family


Published: July 13, 2017 1 0 809
By: Luke Glanzman, Cal Poly Pomona
Category: Aerospace Engineering
Hashtags: #CSU_Student_Showcase_Challenge

In response to the 2016-2017 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Undergraduate Team Aircraft Design Competition Request for Proposal (RFP), Zenerjet would like to present the ZJ business jet family consisting of the ZJ-6 and ZJ-8. The Zenerjet team of undergraduate aerospace engineering students at California Polytechnic State University of Pomona received the RFP on September 2016. The RFP was a request for a design of a new business jet family that offers better performance at lower acquisition and operating costs. According to the RFP, the first variant of the family shall accommodate six passengers and 500 lb/ 30 ft3 of baggage, while the second variant shall accommodate eight passengers and 1000 lb/ 30 ft3 of baggage. The aircraft shall takeoff at ISA conditions and climb to a cruise altitude of 35,000 ft at a rate of climb of 3,500 fpm. Both variants shall cruise at a maximum speed of Mach 0.85 and at a range of 2,500 nmi with 100 nmi diversion in case of an aborted landing. The aircraft shall have a maximum sea level takeoff balanced field length of 4,000 ft and a maximum landing field length of 3,600 ft. The short takeoff and landing distances will allow these jets to have greater operational flexibility. Also, the higher speed and longer range will give the customers the ability to reach more destinations at a shorter time. The ZJ-6 shall meet the FAA FARs Part 23 airworthiness standards and enter service in 2020, while the ZJ-8 shall meet the FAA FARs Part 25 airworthiness standards and enter service in 2022. Both variants shall meet the commonality requirement, stated that at least 70% of the airframe structure and systems by weight shall be common. The ZJ aircraft design, submitted by Zenerjet, features a strut-braced wing with high aspect ratio to reduce drag and thus keeping the operating cost comparable to other competitors while delivering further range and higher speed. This design also achieves a 92% commonality, and thus, reduces the RDT&E cost and production cost by 17%. The flyaway cost is 9.7 million (2020 dollars) for the ZJ-6 and 10.8 million for the ZJ-8 (2022 dollars).AIAA design competition details

Tagged Teammates:

  • Aireal Tran
  • Christopher Burch
  • Emerson Baker
  • Jake Banuelos
  • Kyle Winterer
  • Michael Pham
  • Ronnie Burcker


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