University of Kansas

Aerospace Short Course Program
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Take advantage of high-quality and engaging live online professional development. Online aerospace courses include our highest demand topics and the latest innovations in the field. Enroll now to prepare for your next project or next role!

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Benefits of online courses

  • 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.

Aircraft Structures: Analysis and Design

Instructor: Mark S. Ewing
September 29 - October 29, 2020
This course meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. CT. Additional Q&A sessions will be held for up to 30 minutes directly following each of the live-online sessions.

Course Description

This course provides an introduction to the analysis and design of aircraft structures. Course content includes design criteria, structural design concepts, loads and load paths, metallic and composite materials, static strength, buckling and crippling, durability and damage tolerance, practical design considerations, certification and repair. Analysis exercises and a design project are included to better involve students in the learning process.

Who should attend?

Engineers, engineering managers, certification authorities and educators whose responsibilities include aircraft structures.

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
October 19 - November 18, 2020
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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Electrical Wiring Interconnection System (EWIS) Safety Assessment – 25.1709

Instructor: Thomas N. Taylor
October 21 – November 18, 2020
This course meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 – 9:30 p.m. CT.

Course Description

This course will focus on the requirements and methods that can be used to demonstrate compliance to 14 CFR 25.1709 (EWIS Safety Analysis). The discussion will examine the use of FAA AC 25.1701-1 to prepare a Functional and Physical Analysis. The course will also include an overview of the EWIS requirements included in 14 CFR Part 25, subpart H.

Who should attend?

The course is designed for engineers, technicians and managers involved in the design and certification of Transport Category Aircraft. The course is intended for both Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and aircraft modifiers.

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

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Flight Testing Unmanned Aircraft Systems - Unique Challenges

Instructor: George Cusimano
November 2-6, 2020
This course meets every weekday, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. CT.

Course Description

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) are comprised of an unmanned vehicle (UAV), a manned control element(s), and various data and control links. Although unmanned, the vehicle is still an aircraft and must be tested with the same rigor and precision as manned systems. However, being "unmanned" and being part of an integrated system, UAVs demand unique flight test approaches that present corresponding challenges.

Who should attend?

The course is designed for practicing flight test engineers, test pilots, test managers, aircraft engineers, aircraft designers and educators who already possess a fundamental understanding of flight test principles and practices. The course content is also appropriate for civilian, military and academic researchers.

Registration fee: $1,595
Late registration fee: $1,795 *for registrations received within 7 days for course start date

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FAA Aircraft Certification and Airworthiness Approvals

Instructor: John Tigue
November 30 - December 16, 2020
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.

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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Operational Test and Evaluation: User-Centric Systems Testing

Instructors: Kent Nelson & George Cusimano
February 1-19, 2021
This course meets on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CT.

Course Description

This course is designed to introduce students to the language, processes and assorted tools to estimate, plan, accomplish risk assessment, provision, conduct, analyze and report on operational tests.

Who should attend?

Operators, maintainers, engineers and other support personnel. It is also appropriate for those personnel involved in planning, provisioning, conducting, reporting and supporting operational test activities. The course is applicable for military and civilian students as well as academic researchers. It may also be beneficial to those involved in writing user requirements or those involved with defining new system concepts based on market analysis.

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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