måndag 10 februari 2020

Letter to Scientific American on New Theory of Flight

To: Scientific American

Att: Article by Ed Regis: No One Can Explain Why Planes Stay In The Air

Yes, it is true, that there is no scientific explanation to be found within the established aerodynamics community in academics and industry, why it is possible to fly.

But there is an explanation as a New Theory of Flight developed outside the established aerodynamics community based on mathematics and computation, which allows accurate prediction of full flight characteristics of an aeroplane and which is well documented in articles, books and open source software.

The New Theory is presented in full on the web site  Secret of Flight and summarized in compact form in this flyer.

Basic scientific documentation consists of
We invite Ed Regis to go through this material and consider a follow up article in Scientific American, which we offer to contribute or write together.

The fact that the aerodynamics community despite massive efforts over 100 years has not been capable of explaining why planes stay in the air is an unbelievable story, yet true. The debacle of the Boeing 737 Max is an expression of the limitations of conventional theory and computation, in particular concerning the dangerous phenomenon of stall.

The New Theory of Flight explains the physics of generation of lift and drag of a wing including stall supported by solid mathematical analysis and computation, and more generally allows the computational simulation of the full flight characteristics of an airplane.

But New Theory is not welcomed by the aerodynamics community since it threatens making established routines obsolete. An article in Scientific American could be instrumental in breaking the silence and allow progress.

The New Theory of Flight offers an exciting story of historic dimensions which could also capture the interest of a broad public.

We hope to get in direct contact with Ed Regis to have a discussion of the subject and how to proceed.


Johan Jansson assoc prof scientific computing KTH Stockholm
Claes Johnson prof em applied mathematics KTH Stockholm
Ridgway Scott prof em mathematics and computer science UChicago

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