Male student in a flight simulation

Professional course

Flight Test and Airworthiness

About this course

Course code:
Z41000023
Applications:
University
Level:
Professional/Short Course
Department:
Engineering Design and Mathematics
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
Five days
Programme leader:
Pritesh Narayan

Page last updated 19 September 2017

Introduction

This course introduces you to the field of airworthiness processes; type and aircraft certification, along with flight test principles and processes, tools and techniques. It will enable you to understand the complete aircraft as an integrated complex aircraft and identify workable aircraft configurations and layouts.

By completing the optional course assessment, this course can contribute towards one or more of the Awards within our Engineering Capability Development Framework. This framework of engineering modules gives participants the opportunity to take a flexible route towards a named Postgraduate Award, such as MSc Aerospace, MSc Professional Engineering, MSc Engineering Management or MSc Engineering Operations and Improvement.

Careers / Further study

Flight Test Principles and Practice can be taken as a stand-alone short course, or used to build up to a named postgraduate qualification (PG Certificate, PG Diploma or Masters) within our Engineering Capability Development Framework. For a full list of short courses please see our Engineering and Aerospace course list.

Professional accreditation

This module contributes towards the MSc Aerospace Programme, which is accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAS) and the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). Both professional bodies also endorse the other professional engineering courses that we offer.

Our Engineering courses can also contribute to your portfolio of evidence for Chartered Engineering registration. Please refer to the Benefits of Professional Study for more information.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for participants wishing to undertake this course as a standalone short course without the optional module assessment.

Participants wishing to complete the module assessment are expected to have a first degree at 2.2 level or above (or equivalent) or alternatively have industrial experience.  We strongly recommend that you speak to the course tutor prior to the course if you are unsure about your suitability to complete the assessment.

Careers / Further study

Flight Test and Airworthiness can be taken as a stand-alone short course, or used to build up to a named postgraduate qualification (PG Certificate, PG Diploma or Masters) within our Engineering Capability Development Framework. For a full list of short courses please see our Engineering and Aerospace course list.

Structure

Content

The course will cover the following topics:

  • The role of flight test in aircraft design, development and certification
  • Flight test theory, principles and processes, tools and techniques
  • Testing the boundaries of the flight envelope for fixed wing and rotary aircraft
  • Data transmission, telemetry, data analysis- Links to design and product development, military, civil fixed and rotary wing
  • The performance and safety implications of the aircraft envelope
  • Aircraft static and dynamic characteristics and control
  • Instrumentation & systems test equipment, ground and air vehicle mounted
  • Understanding when handling characteristics are acceptable
  • Understanding the complete aircraft as an integrated complex aircraft
  • Identifying workable aircraft configurations and layouts
  • Airworthiness processes; Type and Aircraft certification for civilian and military aircraft, and engines

Guest lectures will, if possible, be included, including a session on accident investigation.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods will include lectures, presentations, case studies and considering a variety of different scenarios through the tutorial exercises.

Assessment

A post-course assignment will be set which will comprise two parts:

  • Part 1: Airworthiness assessment of design project vehicle
  • Part 2: Assessment of vehicle balance, stability and control-ability

Features

Study facilities

You will plan and undertake three practical flight test exercises in a Beech King-Air simulator. The simulator sessions will require attendance outside of normal office hours.

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

Full fee: £1,530 (includes optional UWE module accreditation)

All course prices include course materials, car parking, lunch and refreshments.

Course dates

February 2018 run: Monday 26 February - Friday 2 March 2018

Location

Bristol Business School, UWE Bristol, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol BS16 1QY

How to apply

How to apply

To make a full or provisional booking for the February 2018 run of our course, please complete our online booking form.

If you wish to gain university credits by completing the assignment, please register for our Engineering Capabilty Development Framework (If you have already registered, please contact your course administrator directly to make a booking.)

For all enquiries, please complete our online enquiry form, or contact us on the number below.

For further information

  • Email: For all course queries, please complete the on-line enquiry form above.
  • Telephone:

    +44 (0)117 32 87265

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