Promising Configurations for Future Passenger Aircraft
Passenger aircraft carries passenger with their baggage and often additional cargo over a certain distance or range. Passenger, baggage, and cargo are called payload because they generate revenue for the airline operating the aircraft for profit. An aircraft consists of major components. For a conventional aircraft these components are one fuselage, one wing, a horizontal tail, and a vertical tail. Horizontal tail and vertical tail are together called empennage and are located aft. An unconventional configuration deviates in one or more aspects from the definition of the conventional configuration.