Course detail: Propulsion Systems for UAVs and General Aviation Aircraft - ONLINE

This course provides an in-depth understanding of the state-of-the-art propulsion issues specific to UAVs and general aviation aircraft, including propulsion options, cycle analysis, principles of operation, systems, components, performance and efficiencies.

  • Fundamentals of aircraft propulsion systems, engine types and aircraft engine selection
  • Aircraft spark-ignition, diesel and Wankel engines
  • Two-stroke and four-stroke cycle engines
  • Aircraft engine classification by cylinder arrangement, cooling, cycle, etc.
  • Carburetion, ignition and lubrication systems
  • Aviation fuels
  • Propellers
  • Engine testing and simulations
  • Electric propulsion
  • Overview of turbo-propeller and turboshaft engines
  • Engines for special applications, UAVs, RPVs, blimps, etc.

Course Schedule 
For in-house training, contact us at for your custom scheduling needs. 

Who Should Attend?
This course is designed for propulsion engineers, aircraft designers, aerospace industry managers, educators, research and development engineers from NASA, FAA, and other government agencies.

Course Fees
Regular online registration fee: $2,195  
Late online registration fee: $2,395  (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.  

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 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.

Certificate Tracks
Aircraft Design, Unmanned Aircraft

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.

Available sessions