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 open for public registration. They are also available for online delivery at your organization.

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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Electrical Wiring Interconnection System (EWIS) and FAA Requirements

Instructor: Bruce Stephens
February 2 - March 2, 2021
This course meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. CT.

Course Description

This course discusses the FAA Code of Federal Regulations (CFRs) and design concepts required to ensure all aspects of aircraft electrical wiring and installation are safe. It examines aircraft wiring as a system and reviews all Part 25 CFRs related to EWIS FAA certification. Student teams will review FAA Advisory Circulars and present practical applications of the information in a simulation of the EWIS certification process. EWIS requirements for aircraft maintenance and inspection will also be discussed.

Who should attend?

The course is designed for all aircraft design areas including electrical, avionics, and HIRF/lightning engineers and aircraft technicians. Aircraft managers and project engineers working in electrical/avionics 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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Fundamentals of V/STOL Rotorcraft

Instructor: Harold Rosenstein
March 1 - 29, 2021
This course meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. CT.

Course Description

This course will present key aspects of vertical flight and rotorcraft challenges through a review of their historical evolution, basic principles and enabling technologies. It will cover the fundamental principles underlying rotorcraft flight, flight performance, rotor limitations, configurations and conceptual design. Emphasis is placed on relating rotorcraft aerodynamics to airplane aerodynamics for those making the transition.

Who should attend?

This course is designed for engineers, engineering managers, pilots, administrators and educators who are involved in rotary wing design, testing, evaluation or other technical aspects. The course is also suitable for entry- through intermediate-level students, engineers and pilots who are new to the industry..

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

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Aircraft Structures: Analysis and Design

Instructor: Mark Ewing
March 2 - April 1, 2021
This course meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. CT.

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?

This course is designed for 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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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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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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