Fundamentals of Flight – A Practical Overview of Aeronautics (2.5 days)
“This course was a great overview of aircraft flight and performance” -Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
“Basics broken down to simple understanding” -Tinker Air Force Base
“I wish I would have taken this course 12 years ago when I started my career” -Hill Air Force Base
You will be given a set of course notes and a copy of Aerodynamics for Naval Aviators, one of the best references available. 2.0 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are awarded.
This course is designed for anyone working directly or indirectly in the field of aviation including program managers, engineers, scientists, analysts, and technicians, as well as aircraft operational, test, logistical, and maintenance personnel. A building-block approach is used. No prior knowledge is assumed. Since 2002, we’ve taught thousands of professionals from audiences across the Air Force, Navy, NASA, FAA, and industry. Our instructors have earned a tremendous reputation for teaching aeronautics, propulsion, and aircraft systems. In our classroom, theory and practical application come alive!
Introduction to Aeronautics – A Practical Perspective (4 days)
“The course was an in-depth, but general introduction to aeronautics and basic flight. It gave me a very excellent understanding of how airframes work and of their differences. Overall it was excellent!” -Tinker Air Force Base
“Made complex material less intimidating and conquerable. I feel very equipped to look at an aircraft and understand why it is designed the way it is” -Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
Packed full of examples, you will graduate with a solid understanding of the basics of aeronautics and the give-and-take inherent to aircraft design. With clear lesson objectives, the key aspects of aeronautics are presented:
- Low and High-Speed Aerodynamics Lift: Sources of Drag — Stall — Mach Number Effects — Designing for Speed
- Stability and Control: Ailerons, Elevator, and Rudder — Designing for Roll, Pitch, and Yaw Stability
- Structures and Materials: Ribs, Spars, and Pressure Bulkheads — G-Loading — Landing Gear…Composites
- Propulsion Systems: Propellers to SCRAMjets — Compressor, Combustor, and Turbine — Aircraft & Engine(s) Integration
- Aircraft Performance: Thrust Curves, Range and Endurance, Glides, Climbs, Takeoffs and Landings, and Turns
Although the focus is clearly on conventional airplanes, discussion will “stray” to other air vehicles, including airships, helicopters, UAVs, and stealth, hypersonic, STOL, and micro-air vehicles. You will be given a set of course notes and a copy of Aerodynamics for Naval Aviators, one of the best references available. A field trip will reinforce the learning objectives. 2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are awarded.