University of Kansas

Aerospace Short Course Program
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  • Learn the same content as attending a face-to-face version of the course
  • Learn from industry-expert instructors
  • Engage with industry peers
  • Gain years of experience in just a few weeks
  • Eliminate travel costs and concerns

Online Course Schedule & Registration

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The following courses are currently open for public registration. They are also available for online delivery at your organization.

Flight Test Principles and Practices

Instructors: George Cusimano & Greg Lewis
April 5-23, 2021
This course meets on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. CT.

Course Description

This course provides an introduction to and definition of the basic flight test process, application of engineering principles to flight test and description of common flight test practices, along with an introduction to the flight test discipline. The course is embellished with a variety of examples from completed flight test programs.

Who should attend?

The course is designed for all levels of engineers and managers in industry working on flight test projects, military and civil project engineers, test pilots and flight test engineers, government research laboratory personnel and FAA and other regulatory agency engineers. It is ideally suited for engineers and managers from other disciplines who are moving into the flight test discipline for the first time or who must interact with flight test engineers regularly on a given project.

Registration fee: $1,995
Late registration fee: $2,195 *for registrations received within 7 days for course start date

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Flight Control and Hydraulic Systems

Instructor: Wayne Stout
April 26 - May 14, 2021
This course meets on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. CT.

Course Description

This course covers fundamental design issues, along with analysis and design methodologies for aerospace hydraulic and flight control systems. Topics include design requirements, component description and operation, component and system math modeling, component sizing, system layout rationale, system sizing and airframe integration. The course emphasizes the fundamentals and necessary engineering tools (both analytical and otherwise) needed to understand and design aerospace hydraulic and flight control systems. Practical examples and actual systems are presented and discussed throughout the class.

Who should attend?

This course is designed for system- and component-level engineers and managers, including airframe, vendor, industry and government. It is also designed for educators involved with aerospace mechanical systems.

Registration fee: $1,995
Late registration fee: $2,195 *for registrations received within 7 days for course start date

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System Safety Assessment for Commercial Aircraft Aviation

Instructor: Pierre Trudel
April 26 - May 24, 2021
This course meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7-10 p.m. CT (course presentations) and on Thursdays from 8-9 p.m. CT (Q&A/discussion sessions).

Course Description

This course develops the skills necessary to write and review system safety assessments for regulatory compliance to 14CFR 2X.1309 and 23.2510. Class participants are walked through the evolution of the safety rule and specific techniques for compliance through a comprehensive look at the regulations and current regulatory guidance. In-depth reviews of industry standards in system safety such as SAE ARP4761 and SAE ARP4754A, and ASTM F3230-17 followed by exercises, examples, and class discussions strengthens the students understanding of safety for compliance. By the end of the class, students gain the ability to develop meaningful system safety requirements, design safety compliant systems and equipment, and improve their skills in developing system safety compliance documentation.

Please note: This course replaces Commercial Aircraft Safety Assessment and 1309 Design Analysis. Completion of either course counts toward earning a certificate.

Who should attend?

This course is intended for anyone involved in the regulatory compliance aspects of system safety. It is specifically designed for Parts 23, 25, 27 and 29 system certification engineers, system designers, FAA Designated Engineering Representatives (DERs), ODA Unit Members (UM), system safety engineers, engineering leadership, and military personnel procuring civil equipment.

Registration fee: $1,995
Late registration fee: $2,195 *for registrations received within 7 days for course start date

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Introduction to Electromagnetic Effects (EME) and Aircraft Engineering Requirements

Instructor: C. Bruce Stephens
April 27 - May 25, 2021
This course meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. CT.

Course Description

This course will provide participants with an understanding of electromagnetic effects related to aircraft engineering requirements, FAA certification requirements, testing requirements for both DO-160 bench testing and aircraft level testing related to EMC/P-Static/ESD/TPED's/HIRF/EWIS and lightning.

Who should attend?

The course is designed for all aircraft design areas including certification engineers and managers, electrical, avionics, HIRF & lightning engineers, DO-160 laboratory and aircraft technicians. Aircraft managers, project engineers, and all other system engineers working in electrical/avionics/HIRF/lightning/EWIS-related areas should also attend.

Registration fee: $1,995
Late registration fee: $2,195 *for registrations received within 7 days for course start date

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FAA Aircraft Certification and Airworthiness Approvals

Instructor: John Tigue
May 3-19, 2021
This course meets on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 12:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. CT.

Course Description

This course provides an overview of FAA Aircraft Certification in its regulatory context, including type design approvals, production approvals, airworthiness approvals, major repair and alteration approvals, field approvals, and continued operational safety. It includes an overview of FAA's airworthiness functions and related organizational structure, along with the FAA's customer principles including process improvement and the Partnership for Safety Plan (PSP). The course also examines the relevant Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) parts, including procedural rules and the airworthiness standards, FAA's rulemaking and advisory processes; and FAA's process for airworthiness validation of imported products. Prior certification activity is beneficial, but not required.

Who should attend?

Those involved in aircraft certification and airworthiness (equipment manufacturers, aircraft modifiers, suppliers and airworthiness authorities) including design engineers, airworthiness engineers, consultants, certification specialists, project managers, quality assurance managers, FAA designees, and FAA organizational Authorized Representatives (ARs).

Registration fee: $1,795
Late registration fee: $1,995 *for registrations received within 7 days for course start date

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Aerodynamic Design of Commercial Airplanes

Instructor: Roelof Vos
June 1 - July 15, 2021
This course meets on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. CT.

Course Description

In this course participants learn how aerodynamics drive the detailed exterior design of transport aircraft. What aerodynamic phenomena play a role in the exterior design of a wing, a cockpit or an engine intake? What is the effect of aerodynamic add-ons such as vortex generators, fairings or winglets? What are the advantages and penalties of wing sweep, and how can the penalties be mitigated by the aerodynamic design of the wing? These are some of the questions this course addresses. Participants learn how the various aircraft components should be shaped in order to fulfill aerodynamic requirements in all corners of the flight envelope. The strong ties between aircraft performance, aircraft aerodynamics, and aircraft exterior design are also demonstrated through numerous historical and contemporary examples. Although the main focus is on jet aircraft, the course also covers the effects of propeller installation on the aerodynamic design of the empennage.

Who should attend?

The course has proven very helpful to those wanting a broad overview and/or a crash course in composites, experienced engineers looking for a refresher course, stress engineers wanting to understand how composites really work or fail and what to look out for when analyzing parts, data and margins, practicing engineers and managers with metal experience wishing to expand their skill set, anyone wanting to jump into the field but does not know how to go about it, and engineering teams embarking on new projects involving composites.

Registration fee: $1,995
Late registration fee: $2,195 *for registrations received within 7 days for course start date

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Structural Composites

Instructor: Max U. Kismarton
June 7-30, 2021
This course meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. CT.

Course Description

This course provides an introduction to high-performance composite materials, covering both engineering and manufacturing of composite parts and assemblies, basic material properties of the constituents (fiber and matrix), how they combine to form plies, or lamina, how to obtain lamina properties, how laminae are combined to form laminates and how to obtain the laminate properties. Other engineering topics include stress analysis, failure criteria and testing methods. Case studies and lessons-learned will be discussed. Design using composites will include material selection, lamination rules of thumb, weight analysis, fabrication process description, tool design, and preliminary cost and production rate analysis.

Who should attend?

The course has proven very helpful to those wanting a broad overview and/or a crash course in composites, experienced engineers looking for a refresher course, stress engineers wanting to understand how composites really work or fail and what to look out for when analyzing parts, data and margins, practicing engineers and managers with metal experience wishing to expand their skill set, anyone wanting to jump into the field but does not know how to go about it, and engineering teams embarking on new projects involving composites.

Registration fee: $1,995
Late registration fee: $2,195 *for registrations received within 7 days for course start date

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The following courses are available for online delivery at your organization.

For more information, contact Marina Enclarde at professionalprograms@ku.edu.

Additional short courses are in development, and will be listed here when available. Check back soon!

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