Course detail: AERO0440 - Propulsion Systems for UAVs and General Aviation Aircraft

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.
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
Early registration course fee: $2,495 if you register and pay by the early registration deadline (45 days prior to the first day of class).

Regular registration course fee: $2,695 if you register and pay after the early registration deadline.

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

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Course Resources
Ray Taghavi discusses Propulsion Systems for UAVs and General Aviation Aircraft (video)
AERO0440 Course Information and Outline (PDF Document)

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