Introduction to Aircraft Systems – A Practical Perspective
The aircraft is a collection of systems, a “collection” that must be successfully integrated for the aircraft to accomplish its mission. This 2.5 day short course introduces the major systems—their purpose, how they operate (including theory), integration considerations, certification challenges, and industry trends (including both military and civil designs).
With clear lesson objectives and packed full of real-world examples, the course covers the following subjects and includes an air museum or major aircraft facility tour:
- The powerplant—energy source for most systems (and “customer” of some)
- Fluid-based systems—fuel, hydraulics, and pneumatics
- Environmental, pressurization, and ice protection systems
- Takeoff and landing systems
- Electrical and avionics systems
- Flight control systems
- Systems case study/group design project
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. 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 their practical teaching style–in our classrooms, theory and practical application come alive!
Each student will be provided with a set of course notes and a copy of “Aviation Maintenance Technician Handbook – Airframe, Volumes 1 and 2.” 2.0 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are awarded.
Although written for a technical audience, a building-block approach is used — no prior knowledge is assumed. Here are a few comments from recent offerings:
- “I liked [the instructors’] backgrounds and real life experiences they could share…and easy nature.”
- “When you understand the whole it makes it easier to understand the smaller components.”
- “As a [Liaison Engineer], I will work on all systems. This class is essential for new LE hires.”
- “I loved the perspective from pilots.”
- “The instructors are very knowledgeable—I couldn’t expect more.”
- “I enjoyed the layout of each section going from history to theory to modern day trends. I learned a tremendous amount…”