NEW - Introduction to Manned and Unmanned Operations in the National Airspace (4 days)
- Introduction and Setting the Stage
- The National Airspace System
- Weather and its Impact on Operations
- Aircraft/UAS Capabilities/limitations
- Air Vehicle Systems Overview
- Flight Avionics
- Navigation/Safety Avionics
- FAA Certification Process
- Vehicle Certification
- Operator Certification
- Certification – Impact on Operations
- Group Case Study collaboration
- Group Case Study presentations
- Concluding Remarks
Each student is provided a set of course notes and a copy of a textbook (not yet selected). 2.0 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are awarded.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Anyone who can benefit from an understanding of how air vehicles operate in the airspace system – – their environment, how their systems are integrated, and how they (and their operators) are certified. Notably, a study of manned and unmanned air vehicle operations is not traditionally incorporated into university curricula–this course provides that foundational knowledge for those in government and industry. 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 of similar PAI courses:
“Great way to ‘connect the dots’ for those working in sectors of aviation.” – Columbia, South Carolina
“Helps me to better understand how my specific system works with the other areas of the aircraft and the demands it places on the system.” – Ogden, Utah
“It was practical aeronautics! Simple and covered material clearly. The personal experience of the instructors added so much depth to the material.” – Dayton, Ohio
“Good level of knowledge without getting bogged down with technical details, a good overview that helps understand the ‘big picture.’” – North Charleston, South Carolina
“Technical expertise and laid-back approach created a relaxed but informative environment. No complaints!” – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
COURSE DIRECTOR: Lt Col Mark Jones is Practical Aeronautics’ course director and author of the Operating Manned and unmanned Aircraft in the National Airspace course. He is a 1999 Distinguished Graduate of the US Air Force Academy and 2008 graduate of the US Air Force Test Pilot School. He holds a BS and MS in Mathematics, plus a MS in Flight Test Engineering. Mark is an active US Air Force remotely piloted aircraft pilot with over 4,000 flying hours in over 30 aircraft types, including almost 400 combat hours in the C-17A. He is an active FAA Certified Flight Instructor and Airline Transport Pilot.
Fundamentals of Flight – A Practical Overview of Aeronautics (2.5 days)
“The information presented gave a good overview of the big picture…This course presented the info in a way that not only teaches, but also opens people’s eyes to see what we are a part of.” – Ogden, Utah
“This was a great class for new trainees and journeymen. The course helped me understand my customer better allowing me to provide better support” – Warner Robins, Georgia
“Better know and understand both the products and foundations of many concepts/designs. Made me more excited/passionate about the products and aerospace industry” – North Charleston, South Carolina
“Worked in engines 15 years, would have liked to have had this course a long time ago. Very good info” – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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)
“Understanding why things are designed will help me better understand how best to repair and troubleshoot on our aging aircraft” – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
“This course has helped me make the connection from theory (school) and work (application).” – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
“Now I at least have a better understanding of the tasks the engineers on my project are working in. There are so many more factors associated with flying than I previously was aware of.” – Hampton, Virginia
“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” – Dayton, Ohio
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.