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Advanced Avionics covers systems that will be the mainstay of CNS (communications, navigation and surveillance) in the future. Course material reviews the basic theory of navigation and provides a thorough introduction and survey of global navigation satellite systems (GNSS), with emphasis on GPS. Modern surveillance systems based on Mode-S and ADS-B are also covered as are both wired and wireless communications systems.
This course provides the practical knowledge needed to plan a safe and comprehensive series of flutter envelope expansion tests. It includes suggestions and recommendations for flutter and post-stall certification as well as demonstration of new or significantly modified airplane designs to meet civil or military requirements.
This course covers recent advances in high-lift systems and aerodynamics as well as cruise drag prediction and reduction. It includes discussion of numerical methods and experimental techniques for performance analysis of wings and bodies and boundary-layer transition prediction/detection.

This course is only available as an on-site course in 2017 (it may return to our open enrollment schedule in subsequent years). To learn more about bringing this course to your workplace, please email us at professionalprograms@ku.edu.

In this course participants learn how aerodynamics drive the detailed exterior design of transport aircraft. What aerodynamic phenomena play a role in the exterior design of a wing, a cockpit, or an engine intake? What is the effect of aerodynamic add-ons such as vortex generators, fairings, or winglets? What are the advantages and penalties of wing sweep and how can the penalties be mitigated by the aerodynamic design of the wing?

This course is only available as an on-site course in 2017 (it may return to our open enrollment schedule in subsequent years). To learn more about bringing this course to your workplace, please email us at professionalprograms@ku.edu.

Participants receive an introduction to systems engineering fundamentals as applied to aerospace systems with emphasis on manned aircraft, both commercial and military. The course is based on evolving systems engineering standards, the current versions of the INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook (the Systems Engineering Book of Knowledge), and the EIA/IS 632, IEEE P1220 and INCOSE papers.

This course is only available as an on-site course in 2017 (it may return to our open enrollment schedule in subsequent years). To learn more about bringing this course to your workplace, please email us at professionalprograms@ku.edu.

This course covers the meteorology and physics of aircraft icing. Topics include forecasting, finding and avoiding icing conditions, designing and evaluating ice protection systems, and certification of aircraft for flight into known icing conditions.
This course provides details for direct and indirect effects of aircraft lightning testing and certification. Requirements for both composite and metallic aircraft, including proper RTCA/DO-160 classifications, are examined. The course will also include a high-level overview of Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC), High-Intensity Radiated Fields (HIRF), Precipitation Static (P-Static) and Electrical Bonding requirements. The new requirements of Electrical Wiring and Installation System (EWIS) and Fuel Tank Safety (14 CFR 25.981 Amd. 102) will also be addressed.
This course studies the basic principles of propulsion systems with emphasis on jets and fan systems. It also includes the study of inlets and nozzles, compressors, burners, fuels, turbines and jets culminating in design and off-design engine analysis, performance and environmental considerations. The impact of propulsion system integration on external aerodynamics and (noise and IR) signature reduction is also presented, along with an introduction to novel concepts in propulsion.

This course is only available as an on-site course (it may return to our open enrollment schedule in subsequent years). To learn more about bringing this course to your workplace, please email us at ProfessionalPrograms@ku.edu.

This course provides an overview of aircraft structural external loads analysis including: criteria, design, analysis, fatigue, certification, validation and testing. It covers FAR 23 and FAR 25 airplane load requirements. However, the concepts may be applicable for military structural requirements. Loads calculation examples using BASICLOADS software will be demonstrated throughout the course week. A copy of BASICLOADS software will be provided to attendees.
This course delivers an introduction to 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 and certification and repairs. Analysis exercises and a design project are included to further involve students in the learning process.
Participants learn an overview of airplane static and dynamic stability and control theory and applications as well as classical control theory and applications to airplane control systems. An overview of flying qualities and regulations is included.
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.
This course provides an overview of the fixed-wing airplane sizing process. 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), drag, high lift device sizing, weight and balance, stability, control and geometry. Numerous examples are shown. Lessons learned and "what to watch out for" are discussed. Please note: If you prefer a more in-depth course on this subject matter, please review this instructor's course: Airplane Preliminary Design.
This introductory course will provide attendees with a solid foundation of knowledge and skills necessary to successfully apply Human Factors Engineering (HFE) and Human System Integration (HSI) to their daily work. Attendees will attain familiarity with and trust in HFE/HSI principles and practices to consider and implement at their workplace.
This course provides an introduction to cabin electronics, including cabin management, entertainment and connectivity systems. Fundamental elements of these systems will be presented along with common installation concerns. Certification aspects including FAA regulations and guidance for showing compliance to the regulations will be discussed. Practical examples and in-class activities further enhance the learning experience.
This course provides a fundamental review of transport airplane regulatory requirements and compliance-finding methodologies associated with cabin safety and crashworthiness regulations on aircraft cabin interior configurations. The course also reviews FAA/EASA criteria to determine the certification bases of Type Certification and Supplemental Type Certification projects.
This course reviews fundamental design considerations for the certification of propulsion systems. It discusses design requirements, methods of compliance, tests and analyses to demonstrate compliance to civil and military certification requirements. Using practical examples, participants will gain knowledge to support their role as propulsion engineers.
This course provides the practical knowledge of system safety requirements in 14 CFR 2X.1309 regulation, from fundamental philosophies and criteria to the analysis techniques used to accomplish safety requirement identification, validation and verification. It includes a detailed review of SAE ARP 4761 and system safety aspects of ARP 4754A, including allocation of safety requirements and assigning development assurance levels. Students will be able to apply the principles taught to all types of commercial aircraft certification and/or adapt them to any system safety activity.
This course reviews the fundamentals of developing and assessing electronic components to the standard RTCA/DO-254 Design Assurance Guidance for Airborne Electronic Hardware. The course also provides insight into the FAA's review process and guidance along with practical keys for successful development and certification. Practical exercises and in-class activities further enhance the learning process.

This course is only available as an on-site course in 2017 (it may return to our open enrollment schedule in subsequent years). To learn more about bringing this course to your workplace, please email us at professionalprograms@ku.edu.

This course provides a conceptual approach to the overall design of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) including concepts of operations, communications, payloads, control stations, air vehicles and support. It also covers requirements and architecture development, initial sizing and conceptual-level parametric and spreadsheet assessment of major system elements.
This course is designed to provide participants with a strong theoretical, as well as practical knowledge of the methodologies for performing rigid body and modal-based dynamics analysis on a wide range of structural and mechanical systems.
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.
This course focuses on the requirements and methods that can be used to demonstrate compliance to 14 CFR 25.1709 (EWIS Safety Analysis). The discussion will examine the use of FAA AC 25.1701-1 to prepare a Functional and Physical Analysis. The course will also include an overview of the EWIS requirements included in 14 CFR Part 25, subpart H.
This course discusses the concepts of aircraft ground and flight testing that may be required to ensure that aircraft level systems are safe for operation when exposed to the effects of electromagnetic effects (EME), high intensity radiated fields (HIRF), lightning, precipitation static (P-static), and transmitting personal electronic devices (TPEDs).
This course provides an overview of FAA functions and requirements applicable to Type Design Approval, Production Approval, Airworthiness Approval and Continued Airworthiness associated with military-procured commercial derivative aircraft and products. The course focuses on the unique military needs in procurement (customer versus contractor) of products meeting civil airworthiness requirements, which are aligned with military-specific mission/airworthiness goals. Prior certification experience is beneficial, but not required.
This course provides an overview of the FAA organizational structure and its function in aircraft certification, the rule-making and advisory process, production rules applicable to aircraft and aircraft components, the subsequent certification process, and continued airworthiness. The course is specifically tailored toward civil airworthiness certification. The course is FAA-approved for Inspection Authorization (IA) renewal. Prior certification activity is beneficial, but not required.
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.
This course provides an introduction to and definition of the basic flight test process, application of engineering principles to flight tests 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.
Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) are comprised of an unmanned vehicle (UAV), a manned control element(s), and various data and control links. Although unmanned, the vehicle is still an aircraft and must be tested with the same rigor and precision as manned systems. However, being "unmanned" and being part of an integrated system, UAVs demand unique flight test approaches that present corresponding challenges.
This course provides a very broad overview of avionics. It covers the historical evolution of the avionics industry and usage of avionics to the present day. This gives the student an understanding of why avionics is what it is today, in addition to understanding how it works. The course covers legacy systems still in use and the latest state-of-the-art systems currently being installed.
This course is designed to familiarize aerospace professionals with current project management techniques. Topics discussed include selecting the project team, identifying the functions of a project team and management team, integration of project management, work breakdown structures, interfaces, communications and transfers, estimating and planning, risk and challenges for the project manager, alternative organizational structures, and control and planning of time, money and technical resources.
This course will present key aspects of vertical flight and rotorcraft challenges through a review of the 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.
This course will discuss the Enhanced Airworthiness Program for Airplane Systems/Fuel Tank Safety (EAPAS/FTS) rule. This rule requires design approval holders (DAH) and applicants to develop instructions for continued airworthiness (ICA), consisting of maintenance and inspection tasks, intervals, and procedures for the representative airplane's electrical wiring interconnection systems (EWIS) for each affected type design.
This course provides the fundamentals for developing and integrating IMA systems, using TSO-C153 (Integrated Modular Avionics Hardware Elements), FAA Advisory Circular 20-170 (Integrated Modular Avionics Development, Verification, Integration and Approval Using RTCA/DO-297 and Technical Standard Order C153) and DO-297 (Integrated Modular Avionics (IMA) Development Guidance and Certification Considerations). Discussions and in-class activities further enhance the learning process.
This course provides details on all elements of fuel tank design needed for compliance with the regulation, with specific emphasis on electrical design aspects. Some review of regulatory history and 25.981 [25-102] is included for reference and TCA, STC work. Specific design implementations are examined and evaluated. The course will also include a high-level overview of electromagnetic effects and compatibility (EME/EMC), lightning effects (direct and indirect), high intensity radiated fields (HIRF), precipitation static (P-static), electrical bonding requirements, and requirements for electrical wiring interconnection system (EWIS).
This course will provide participants with an understanding of electromagnetic effects related to aircraft engineering requirements, FAA certification requirements, testing requirements for both DO-160 bench testing and aircraft level testing related to EMC/P-Static/ESD/TPED's/HIRF/EWIS and lightning.
This course will discuss the design concepts required to ensure all aspects of aircraft HIRF electrical wiring, installations, and aircraft-level systems are safe for operation. This course will discuss the typical certification process for HIRF from a very practical, step-by-step perspective and examine all steps used by aircraft OEMs to show compliance to HIRF regulations. The 14 CFR 25.1317 for transport category airplanes will be used as the baseline regulation.
This class is designed to educate program managers, system engineers, design engineers and test engineers/technicians about United States military standard-oriented environmental, electromagnetic interference and power quality testing, with the goal of obtaining an Airworthiness certification.
This course provides an overview of airplane performance theory and prediction, certification standards and basic flight test practices. The course will focus on turbojet/turbofan powered aircraft certified under JAR/CAR/14 CFR Part 25. This standard will briefly be compared to military and Part 23 standards to show different approaches to safety, certification, operational and design differences.

This course is only available as an on-site course in 2017 (it may return to our open enrollment schedule in subsequent years). To learn more about bringing this course to your workplace, please email us at professionalprograms@ku.edu.

This course is designed to provide a qualitative understanding of aeroelastic behavior for aerospace vehicles. The class will explore different forms of aeroelastic phenomena and associated issues in structural dynamics and aerodynamic-structure interaction. The level of class instruction is appropriate for engineers and managers with an undergraduate degree in engineering.

This course is only available as an on-site course in 2017 (it may return to our open enrollment schedule in subsequent years). To learn more about bringing this course to your workplace, please email us at professionalprograms@ku.edu.

This course provides an overview and integrated exposure to airplane aerodynamics, performance, propulsion, flight mechanics, mass properties, structural dynamics, aeroelasticity, structural loads, structures, ground testing, flight testing and certification. Examples to support the lecture are provided using Basic Aerospace Engineering software. This course demonstrates the relationship between aircraft certification requirements, engineering analysis and testing.

This course is only available as an on-site course in 2017 (it may return to our open enrollment schedule in subsequent years). To learn more about bringing this course to your workplace, please email us at professionalprograms@ku.edu.

This course covers foundational principles and the tools and techniques of Process Based Management (PBM), and delineates the strategies for successful implementation of PBM in an aerospace organization. Course content focuses on how to depict an enterprise process view, develop process measures, define key components and identify critical success factors to maintain the focus on priority requirements for managing processes to achieve sustainable performance improvements.

This course is only available as an on-site course in 2017 (it may return to our open enrollment schedule in subsequent years). To learn more about bringing this course to your workplace, please email us at professionalprograms@ku.edu.

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.
This is an introductory class, designed to educate system engineers, hardware design engineers and test engineers in the aspects of DO-160 as it pertains to equipment qualification in support of aircraft certification.
This is an introductory class, designed to educate engineers of all disciplines (hardware design engineers, test engineers, certification engineers, program managers, project engineers and laboratory employees) in the aspects of DO-160 as it pertains to equipment qualification in support of aircraft certification.

Plan to devote five continuous weeks of study to this online course, which will include readings, review of RTCA DO-160G and DO-357 documents, discussion posts, live discussion sessions, weekly learning summaries and progression toward your course project.

This course provides the fundamentals for developing and assessing software to the standard RTCA DO-178B and DO-178C Software Considerations in Airborne Systems and Equipment Certification, as well as associated RTCA DO-178C supplements in DO-330, DO-331, DO-332 and DO-333.
This course is designed for the practicing engineer who has an interest in the various aspects of stress analysis in aerospace structural-mechanical design and would like to enhance his or her expertise in this important field.
This course provides an introduction to high-performance composite materials, covering both engineering and manufacturing of composite parts and assemblies, basic material properties of the constituents (fiber and matrix), how they combine to form plies, or lamina, how to obtain lamina properties, how laminae are combined to form laminates and how to obtain the laminate properties. Other engineering topics include stress analysis, failure criteria and testing methods.
This course covers the software airworthiness requirements for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). It addresses the development and airworthiness evaluation of complex integrated software intensive unmanned aircraft systems, as well as the relationship between the acquisition/development processes for these systems and the key software airworthiness assessment processes.