Course detail: Airplane Preliminary Design

This course provides an overview of the fixed-wing airplane design decision-making process and the relation of design to manufacturing, maintainability and cost-effectiveness. It is applicable to jet transport, turboprop commuter transport, military (trainers, fighter bomber, UAV) and general aviation aircraft. The design process covers sizing (weight, wing area, thrust/power), aerodynamics, weight and balance, stability, control and cost. Numerous examples are shown. Lessons learned and "what to watch out for" are discussed.

  • Review of drag polar breakdown for subsonic and supersonic airplanes
  • Preliminary sizing of airplane takeoff, empty and fuel weights for a given mission specification
  • Performance constraint analyses
  • Preliminary configuration selection
  • Fundamentals of fuselage and wing layout design
  • High-lift and lateral control design considerations
  • Fundamentals of powerplant integration
  • Fundamentals of landing gear layout design
  • Class I weight and balance prediction
  • Class II weight, balance and moment of inertia prediction
  • Fundamentals of static longitudinal stability
  • Deep stall and how to design for recoverability
  • Takeoff rotation and the effect of landing gear location
  • Review of dynamic stability concepts and prediction methods
  • Unusual configurations
  • Design optimization
  • Cost
Who Should Attend?
Aeronautical engineers, mechanical engineers and electrical engineers needing to learn more about design, pilots with some engineering background, government research laboratory personnel, engineering managers and educators.

Course Fees
Early registration fee: $2,595 if you register and pay by the early registration deadline (45 days prior to the first day of class).
Regular registration fee: $2,795 if you register and pay after the early registration deadline

Netherlands Defence Academy Discount
This course is available to Netherlands Defence Academy employees at a discounted registration fee. Please contact the NDA Procurement and Contracting department for details. Please note that you cannot register using our online system when requesting this discount.

U.S. Federal Employee DiscountThis 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.

Certificate Track
Aircraft Design

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 785-864-6779 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
Willem Anemaat discusses Airplane Preliminary Design (video)

Available sessions