The aircraft manufacturing industry ranks among the largest manufacturing industries worldwide in terms of the employees and the value of output in that industry. Yet even beyond the sheer size of the aircraft industry, it was one of the most defining industries during and after the World War II. The aircraft industry aids several sectors of the economy in massive ways. As a socio-political phenomenon, the aircraft industry has continued to inflame the imaginations of many youths around the world, inspiring new schools of industrial design.
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The market requirements in this industry, as well as budget constraints coupled with stiff competitions set constraints in the design process of aircrafts. Along with environmental factors, competition leads the aircraft manufacturing industry to strive for better efficiency, especially in the aircraft design, without compromising its performance yet allowing the companies to incorporate new technology and techniques in the production of aircrafts.
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