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Aircraft Intuitive Design (AID)

version (9.15 MB) by Zak Lietzau
An academic tool intended to assist in developing an intuitive understanding of aircraft design.


Updated 06 Apr 2018

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By interfacing user-friendly aircraft modeling with rapid aerodynamic analysis, this program visually depicts how various design parameters affect the way an airplane flies. A video demonstrating some of the code's capabilities can be found on the MathWorks website at

In addition to built-in, linearized stability approximations that are updated every time the aircraft model is adjusted, the program interfaces with the following software for more advanced analysis:
• Digital DATCOM – U.S. Air Force
• Tornado Vortex Lattice Method – Tomas Melin (KTH Royal Institute of Technology)
• AVL (Athena Vortex Lattice Method) – Mark Drela and Harold Youngren (MIT)

This program also gains added functionality from the following open source software:
• DATCOM Plot Interpolation Functions – Prof. Glenn Greiner and Lenny Gartenberg (ERAU, Daytona Beach, FL)
• AVL Input/Output Functions – Joseph Moster (Mathworks File Exchange)
• Datcomimport – MathWorks Aerospace Toolbox – loads DATCOM "for006.dat" file
• NACA456 – Ralph Carmichael (PDAS) – calculates NACA 6-series airfoil ordinates

Please refer to the documentation for information regarding how to use the program (Help > User's Manual)

Cite As

Zak Lietzau (2020). Aircraft Intuitive Design (AID) (, MATLAB Central File Exchange. Retrieved .

Comments and Ratings (31)

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phuc nguyen

Does anybody know how I would model an airplane with two tails similar to the P-38?

Can anyone help me on why I am not able to load the saved file? When ever I try to load it says "Interpolation requires at least two sample points in each dimension." and it also gives me error in evaluating menu call back. Is there anyway that some one can help me on this.
Thank you

Zhibi Lyu

fie xie
15 Feb 2019





Hi Thomas, I am not encountering any errors at all. I think you simply need to install the toolboxes mentioned before continuing. This is a great addon.


Hi Thomas, I am not encountering any errors at all. I think you simply need to install the toolboxes mentioned before continuing. This is a great addon.

Xi Chen

Xi Chen

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I am also getting the "range" error, which states I need the Machine Learning Toolbox or Antenna Toolbox.

Any fix for this?

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Robert Love

fie xie


Is there a way to import bodies such as an airfoil or pre-designed fuselage?

kai yue

This is a great piece of code! Is it for real? ;-) Keep up the good work.

I just can't get this to work under 2018b. Loads of Ui callback errors. No fuselage Is this a free-standing app or is there something else that I need? Can't seen to get the appropriate "range.m".

Greatful for any help.


Keep on the good work , please check



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Fixed issue loading PDF documentation in Windows.

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MATLAB Release Compatibility
Created with R2016b
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