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Is there an aviation career where I would help design an entire aircraft and its systems?

You were born 100 years too late. In order to be an improvement over existing designs, airplanes become ever more complex and every detail is optimised over years and years. The days when someone like ...
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Is there an aviation career where I would help design an entire aircraft and its systems?

Rather than being concerned with titles, let's take a look what's involved in designing/analyzing/certifying a modern airplane: External aerodynamics: deduce the aerodynamic characteristics and ...
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Is there an aviation career where I would help design an entire aircraft and its systems?

I'll address the question in the title: how to get into actually designing an entire aircraft. Not every component, but making the major, visible decisions. Such jobs do exist, but they aren't easy to ...
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What are some common aileron failures?

When talking about that sort of thing, you're really looking for single-point-of-failure weak links that are difficult to detect during a walkaround or inspection. Hinges don't normally just let go ...
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How do I become a flight test engineer?

Go to college and get an engineering degree, preferably in Aerospace Engineering or Mechanical Engineering with an Aerospace emphasis. You may also want to pursue a Masters in this area after your ...
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How to read representations of pressure around an airfoil?

The arrows are more for the "gee wiz" factor - while they help to show in which direction which pressure is acting, the regular way of depicting pressures is using the pressure coefficient. Now to ...
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How do I become a flight test engineer?

There are no FAA requirements for becoming a flight test engineer (FTE); however, EASA has a formal certification process. This also means that you can become an FTE with no flying training at all. ...
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Is there an aviation career where I would help design an entire aircraft and its systems?

Not for modern airplanes. Let's look at an example. Take a small airplane, the Cessna Skyhawk. Even on an airplane that small, Cessna doesn't make all of the components itself. For example, the engine ...
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Is there an aviation career where I would help design an entire aircraft and its systems?

Probably the last guy that was able to do that successfully was Burt Rutan. A person whose history is worth studying if you are interested in this sort of thing. Designing a complete aircraft from ...
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Is there an aviation career where I would help design an entire aircraft and its systems?

If to see an aircraft as a vehicle that is able to fly by gaining support from the air, the definition may cover also drones of all kinds. Then a realistic way would be to create a startup that ...
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Is it possible to work for free in Aerospace Industry for experiences

Sure you can. What you're looking for is called an internship, and they're hardly limited to just IT work. Since most internships are targeted specifically at students looking for experience, they're ...
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What are some common aileron failures?

Flutter due to excess airspeed is one of the more common failure modes for ailerons that operate via a mechanical linkage. In some cases even adding an extra coat of paint or gel coat to the ...
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Is there an aviation career where I would help design an entire aircraft and its systems?

At one step remove, technical computing. Over the four years I in technical computing at BAE SYSTEMS, I was helping design: Operational research simulation Observe Orient Decide Act loops Sensor ...
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