Webinars

The KU Aerospace Short Course Program presents free webinars, as well as the History of Airplane Design webinar series, for which a fee is charged.

Free Webinars

Throughout the year, our industry-expert instructors create and present free, one-hour webinars on a variety of aerospace topics. These webinars are recorded and made available on our website.

History of Airplane Design Webinar Series

Dr. Jan Roskam presents the History of Airplane Design webinar series. Each one-hour webinar focuses on specific companies and their contributions to the commercial, military and transport aircraft industries. Learn from a legend in aircraft design how some of today's best known companies got started, persevered or went bankrupt, merged or made it on their own. History of Airplane Design webinars are not available for viewing following the live presentation.

Courses & Events

Dr. Jan Roskam will provide an overview of two of the industry's pioneering companies: De Havilland and Douglas.



Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Dr. Jan Roskam will discuss the carrier-based aircraft and other military aircraft produced by the McDonnell Aircraft Corporation, along with the early military and commercial aircraft produced by Boeing. Dr. Roskam will also discuss the B-19 bomber, the Boeing 314 commercial flying boat, the Stratoliner, Stratotanker and Stratofreighter, and Boeing's 7 series.



Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Dr. Jan Roskam will provide an overview of two of the industry's pioneering companies: Lockheed and Martin. He will discuss each company's contributions to the development of both military and commercial airplanes, from Lockheed's Skunk Works and their miracle airplanes to Martin's firsts, feats and failures.



Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Dr. Jan Roskam will discuss Fokker's beginnings as the creator of fighter aircraft for Germany, the company's move to The Netherlands and then to the U.S., where Fokker America was eventually taken over by General Motors and became North American Aviation.



Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Dr. Jan Roskam will discuss how the founders - Clyde Cessna, Walter Beech and William Piper - came to start their companies. He'll cover some of the successful and not so successful personal and business airplanes, passenger and cargo turboprops, and military trainers made by these three companies.



Wednesday, November 13, 2019