Course detail: Unmanned Aircraft System Software Airworthiness

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. The course also identifies the deliverables, artifact requirements and approaches for documenting the software airworthiness assurance case, which is required to ultimately provide the certification/qualification basis for approval of the airworthiness of the unmanned aircraft system. The course offers key lessons learned in the application of the airworthiness assessment processes in software intensive unmanned aircraft systems.


  • Overview of UAS software requirements
  • Software acquisition and development
  • Software airworthiness products and assessment process during the system life cycle
  • Assessments of: planning and requirements analysis; preliminary and architectural design; detailed design, coding and unit test; software integration and formal qualification test and system integration test; and aircraft integration, ground test and flight test
  • Developing recommendations for formal flight and airworthiness releases to approval authority
  • Documenting the UAS software airworthiness assurance case
  • Keys to successful software airworthiness process implementation for UAS
  • Problem areas, concerns and lessons learned
  • Future trends
Who Should Attend?
This course is intended for managers, systems engineers, software system safety engineers and software engineers who design, develop or integrate software in unmanned aircraft systems or evaluate these systems to provide the qualification/certification basis for their software airworthiness.

Course Fees
Early registration fee: $1,995 if you register and pay by the early registration deadline (45 days prior to the first day of class).
Regular registration fee: $2,095 if you register and pay after the early registration deadline.

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.

Canada Department of National Defence Discount
This course is available to Canada DND employees at 10% off the registration fee. Please contact the DND Procurement Authority (DAP 2-3) for details. Please note that you cannot register using our online system when requesting this discount. This discount is available for both the early registration and regular registration fees.

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
Avionics and Avionic Components, Unmanned Aircraft

Classroom hours / CEUs
21 classroom hours
2.1 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.

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Course Resources
AERO0500 Course Information and Outline (PDF Document)

 Session Information: PA25060F

Schedule: This course meets September 16 - 18, 2024. Class times are 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Wednesday.
Times: 08:00am-04:00pm CDT
Early registration for a 3 day class : $1995.00

Session Resources
San Diego Aerospace Short Course Event Information - Lodging, Event Schedule, Transportation, etc.


Important Note: Students enrolled in this course will receive electronic copies of the course materials prior to the start of the course (notebooks, textbooks, etc.) as included in their course registration fee. To access these materials, students will need to bring a computer or other electronic device with PDF-viewing capabilities with them to class each day. Internet access and power supply will be provided on site. If you require learning accommodations contact us at and we will work with you on an accessible solution. For location details, such as lodging, course venue and transportation, visit:


Name Additional Resources
Willie J. Fitzpatrick, Jr.

Facility Detail

San Diego Marriott Mission Valley
8757 Rio San Diego Drive
San Diego, CA 92108

Facility Resources
San Diego Venue Lodging & Transportation Details

San Diego Marriott Mission Valley

Cancellation Policy

A refund less a $250.00 cancellation fee will be assessed for all cancellations made in writing prior to 5 days before the start of the event. After that time, no refunds will be made.