Course detail: Fundamentals of V/STOL Rotorcraft

This course will present key aspects of vertical flight and rotorcraft challenges through a review of their 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.


  • Practical understanding of how rotorcraft evolved and differences with fixed-wing
  • The technologies that were needed to bring the industry to its current level, and those needed for continued evolution and growth
  • Basic procedures to estimate rotorcraft flight performance, and understand rotor limitations
  • Vertical/ Short Takeoff & Landing (V/STOL) configurations, attributes and limitations
  • Overview of the design process and introduction to conceptual design, with case studies to illustrate how different configurations compare
Who Should Attend?
This course is designed for engineers, engineering managers, pilots, administrators and educators who are involved in rotary wing design, testing, evaluation or other technical aspects. The course is also suitable for entry- through intermediate-level students, engineers and pilots who are new to the industry.

Course Fees
Early registration course fee: $2,195 if you register and pay by the early registration deadline (45 days prior to the first day of class).

Regular registration course fee: $2,395 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.

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.

Certificate Track
Flight Tests and Aircraft Performance; Aircraft Deisgn

Classroom hours / CEUs
28 classroom hours
2.8 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 913-897-8530 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.

 Session Detail: PA22135F

Schedule: Class times are 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday-Thursday.
Times: 08:00am - 04:00pm
Early registration for a 4 day class : $2195.00


Name Additional Resources
Harold Rosenstein

Facility Detail

B Resort Hotel Orlando
1905 Hotel Plaza Boulevard
Lake Buena Vista
Orlando, FL 32830
B Resort Hotel Orlando

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.