University of Kansas

Aerospace Short Course Program
Online Courses

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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 available for online delivery, with more courses in development. They are open for public registration and in-house training.

Click on any course title below to see the course description, and click on the blue button at the bottom of the course description to get additional course details and to register for the course.

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Electromagnetic Effects Aircraft Level Testing and FAA Requirements

Instructor: C. Bruce Stephens
August 11 - September 8, 2020
This course meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-9 p.m. CT (course presentations) and on Wednesdays from 6-7 p.m. CT (discussion sessions).

Course Description

This course discusses the concepts of aircraft ground and flight testing that may be required to ensure aircraft level systems are safe for operation when exposed to the effects of electromagnetic effects (EME), high intensity radiated fields (HIRF), lightning, precipitation static (P-static), and transmitting personal electronic devices (TPEDs). This course presents the fundamentals of coordinating and performing aircraft testing from a very practical, step-by-step perspective, and examines the process used by aircraft OEMs to show compliance to regulations relating to EME, HIRF, lightning, p-static, and TPEDs. The course will also include a high-level overview for electromagnetic effects areas including electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), high intensity radiated fields (HIRF), lightning transit analysis, precipitation static (P-static) and transmitting personal electronic devices (TPEDs) requirements.

Who should attend?

The course is designed for engineers and technicians working in all aircraft design and testing areas, including electrical, avionics and communications. Aircraft managers and project engineers who coordinate airplane testing and/or certification-related areas are also recommended to attend.

What do past course attendees have to say?

"Thanks to the instructors for your great explanations on a difficult and extensive EME subject. I highly value your expertise in both the classroom setting and from industry experience."

~ Michael Manuel, Engineering, The Boeing Company

"This course and content helped to advance my professional skills and expanded my knowledge to the next level."

~ Imad Alchammas, Qualification Engineer, Zii

Registration fee: $1,995

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Aircraft Icing: Meteorology, Protective Systems, Instrumentation and Certification

Instructors: Wayne R. Sand & Steven L. Morris
September 17 - October 13, 2020
This course meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CT.

Course Description

This course covers the meteorology and physics of aircraft icing. Topics include forecasting, finding and avoiding icing conditions, designing and evaluating ice protection systems, and certification of aircraft for flight into known icing conditions.

Who should attend?

Aerospace engineers, flight test and design engineers, test pilots, line pilots, meteorologists, FAA engineers and Designated Engineering Representatives (DERs), and program managers.

Registration fee: $1,795

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Flight Control and Hydraulic Systems

Instructor: Wayne Stout
September 21 - October 9, 2020
This course meets on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1:30 – 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.

Who should attend?

System- and component-level engineers and managers, including airframe, vendor, industry and government as well as educators involved with aerospace mechanical systems.

Registration fee: $1,995

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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

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Operational Test and Evaluation - User-Centric Systems Testing

Instructors: Kent Nelson & George Cusimano
October 5 - 15, 2020
This course meets every weekday, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 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

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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

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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

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