Course detail: Flight Test Principles and Practices - ONLINE

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.


  • Flight test introduction/overview and brief history
  • The atmosphere
  • Mass, center of gravity and moment of inertia determination
  • Time/space position measurements
  • Air data calibration methods
  • Instrumentation system principles
  • Data recording and processing methods
  • Proper use of digital bus data
  • In-flight measurement of thrust and power
  • Stall tests
  • Flight test planning and interaction with program planning
  • Preliminary preparation: modeling and simulation preparation, and value of ground testing
  • Takeoff and landing and cruise performance
  • Climb performance
  • Advanced performance methods
  • Static stability and control
  • Structural flight tests
  • Spin testing
  • Systems testing and evaluation

Course Schedule
When this course is offered online for open enrollment delivery, it meets for 9 live-online sessions on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for 4 hours. All live sessions are recorded and made available online the following day.
For in-house training, contact us at for your custom scheduling needs.

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.

Course Fees
Regular online registration fee: $1,995
Late online registration fee: $2,195 (registrations received within 7 days of course start date)
Registration is open until the first day of the course; however, early registration is encouraged.
The online course fee includes individual access to the Zoom course meetings and to course materials, readings, videos, and resources in Blackboard, the University of Kansas Learning Management System.
No additional textbook purchases are required outside the course fee.

U.S. Federal Employee Discount
This course is available to U.S. federal employees at 10% off the registration fee. To receive the federal employee discount, you must enter the code FGVT116 during the checkout process. Please note that you must validate your eligibility to receive this discount by entering your U.S. government email address (ending in .gov or .mil) when creating your online registration profile. This discount is available for both the early registration and regular registration fees.

Canada Department of National Defence Discount
This course is available to Canada DND employees at 10% off the registration fee. Please contact the DND Procurement Authority (DAP 2-3) for details. Please note that you cannot register using our online system when requesting this discount. This discount is available for both the early registration and regular registration fees.

Certificate Track
Flight Tests and Aircraft Performance

Classroom hours / CEUs
35 classroom hours
3.5 CEUs

Course Accessibility
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to participate in University of Kansas educational offerings. If you require a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in our Aerospace Short Courses, please email or call 913-897-8530 at least three weeks before the first day of the event.
Please note: If you are attending an Aerospace Short Course onsite at your place of employment, please contact your company's training coordinator for accommodation requests.

Course Resources
Technical Requirements and Details for Aerospace Online Short Courses

Available sessions