Course detail: Propulsion Systems for UAVs and General Aviation Aircraft

This course provides an in-depth understanding of the state-of-the-art propulsion issues specific to UAVs and general aviation aircraft, including propulsion options, cycle analysis, principles of operation, systems, components, performance and efficiencies.

  • Fundamentals of aircraft propulsion systems, engine types and aircraft engine selection
  • Aircraft spark-ignition, diesel and Wankel engines
  • Two-stroke and four-stroke cycle engines
  • Aircraft engine classification by cylinder arrangement, cooling, cycle, etc.
  • Carburetion, ignition and lubrication systems
  • Aviation fuels
  • Propellers
  • Engine testing and simulations
  • Electric propulsion
  • Overview of turbo-propeller and turboshaft engines
  • Engines for special applications, UAVs, RPVs, blimps, etc.

Who Should Attend?
This course is designed for propulsion engineers, aircraft designers, aerospace industry managers, educators, research and development engineers from NASA, FAA, and other government agencies.

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

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
Ray Taghavi discusses Propulsion Systems for UAVs and General Aviation Aircraft (video)
AERO0440 Course Information and Outline (PDF Document)

 Session Information: PA25325F

Schedule: This course meets May 19 - 23, 2025. 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
Ray Taghavi

Facility Detail

Edwards Campus
BEST Conference Center
12604 Quivira Road
Overland Park, KS 66213
(913) 897-8472

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.