Course detail: Aerodynamic Design of Military Aircraft

In this course it is demonstrated how the aerodynamic design of combat aircraft affect their overall performance. Particular topics that are treated are the effect of (supersonic) aerodynamics on trim, stability, control, and (supersonic) maneuverability. It is demonstrated what means are available to the designer in terms of (the interposition of) lifting surfaces, the use of high-lift devices, and the design of intake and exhaust to satisfy disparate requirements on high-g maneuvers, supersonic dash, and field performance. Through many historic and contemporary examples the participant learns to relate the functionality of the combat airplane to its aerodynamic design. In addition, it is shown how many technologies that were pioneered on combat aircraft have spilled over to civil aviation.This is an intermediate level course. To get the most out of this course, it is good to have a basic understanding of flight mechanics, flight dynamics, and aerodynamics. This course is of a qualitative nature and therefore does not require the participant to know the mathematical models that are used in each of these disciplines.

Learning Objectives
  • Recognize the aerodynamic phenomena occurring at a variety of conditions (Mach number, Reynolds numbers, angles of attack and sideslip)
  • Derive how these phenomena can be affected by the detailed external shape and/or location of various airplane components such as the wing, tail, intake, and fuselage.
  • Show how wing and tail movables can be applied to influence the aerodynamic characteristics of the airplane (i.e. maximum lift, aerodynamic efficiency).
  • Explain the effect of the aerodynamic characteristics on the airplane's performance, stability, maneuverability, and controllability.
  • Identify the advantages and disadvantages of various external design features on the airplane's aerodynamic characteristics and non-aerodynamic attributes such as stealth, aeroelasticity, weight, pilot's visibility, system complexity, etc.

Who Should Attend?
This course is targeted to aeronautical engineers, pilots with some engineering background, government research laboratory personnel, engineering managers and educators.

Course Fees
Early registration fee: $2,595 if you register and pay by the early registration deadline (45 days prior to the first day of class).
Regular registration fee: $2,795 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.

U.S. Federal Employee DiscountThis 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 Track
Aircraft Design

Classroom hours / CEUs
35 classroom hours
3.5 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
Roelof Vos discusses Aerodynamic Design of Transport Aircraft (video)
AERO0640 Course Information and Outline (PDF Document)

 Session Information: PA25005F

Schedule: This course meets September 16 - 20, 2024. Class times are 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Friday.
Times: 08:00am-04:00pm CDT
Early registration for a 5-day class : $2595.00


Name Additional Resources
Roelof Vos

Facility Detail

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