Courses & Events
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 is 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, certification and repair. Analysis exercises and a design project are included to better 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 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 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 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 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.
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 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 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 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.