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KU Aerospace Short Course Program

Civil and Military Certification of Propulsion Systems To Support Aircraft and Helicopter Operations

Instructors: Luc Deniger, Derek Ferguson
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Course Schedule

September 18-22, 2017, San Diego, California

Early registration course fee: $2,495 if you register and pay by August 4, 2017

Regular registration course fee: $2,695 if you register and pay after August 4, 2017

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You can also bring this course to your workplace. Learn more about our on-site program.


This course provides fundamental design considerations for certification of propulsion systems. It discusses design requirements, methods of compliance, tests and analyses to demonstrate compliance to civil and military certification requirements. Using practical examples, the participants will gain knowledge to support their role as propulsion engineers.

Includes instruction, course materials, refreshments and lunches. The course notes are for participants only and are not for sale.


  • Propeller certification
  • Engine certification
  • Integration of propulsion systems on aircraft/helicopters
  • System safety and safety assessments for propulsion systems
  • Propulsion systems flight testing
  • Electronic control aspects, including FADECs
  • Helicopter gear boxes
  • Environmental aspects (rain, ice/hail, snow, sand, volcanic ash, etc.)
  • Fuel system considerations
  • ETOPS considerations
  • Thrust reversers
  • Critical components lives
  • In-Service monitoring and engine structural integrity programs
  • Continuing airworthiness of propulsion systems

Who Should Attend?

Designed for entry-level and practicing propulsion engineers and managers, aircraft engineers and aircraft designers.

Times / CEUs

31.50 classroom hours
3.150 CEUs

Certificate Track

Aerospace Compliance

Learning Objectives

  • Be conversant with propulsion systems requirements (civil and military)
  • Certification means of compliance applicable to propulsion systems (ground tests, flight tests, analyses, etcetera)
  • How to address environmental aspects
  • Specific design and operational considerations
  • In-service support for propulsion systems

Course Outline

Day One

Introduction and review of propulsion systems fundamentals:

  • Classification, design requirements and objectives of propulsion systems
  • Certification regulations and design rules (FAR 33, 23, 25, 27, 29, 35; EASA CS-E, 25, 29; CS-VLA, CS-P; DEF-STAN 00-971; MIL-HDBK-516B), general goals in propulsion system design
  • Helicopter and aircraft propulsion systems` installation considerations

General certification aspects: certification basis; certification plan; methods of demonstrating compliance.

Engine certification (gas turbine engines):

  • Basic design and construction;
  • Failure analysis;
  • Engine controls, including FADEC;
  • Induction system icing;
  • Bird ingestion;
  • Certification tests: endurance; vibration; operation; over temperature; over speed; rotor locking test; blade containment and rotor unbalance tests; engine-propeller systems tests; etcetera.

Day Two

Engine certification (continued):

  • Transmissions (turbo-shafts, turboprops)
  • Critical component lives
  • Instructions for continuing airworthiness.

Propeller certification:

  • Basic design and construction
  • Tests and inspections
  • Failure analysis (electronic controls).

Day Three

Aircraft and Helicopter propulsion systems installation considerations:

  • General aspects
  • Propulsion system vibration
  • Fuel system: Design and certification tests, independence, unusable fuel supply, hot weather operation, cold weather operation, fuel tanks, pumps, filters or strainers, vents, drains, pressure refueling and fueling provisions, fuel jettisoning
  • Flammable fluids considerations and engineering survey/inspection
  • Oil system: tanks, lines and fittings, strainer or filter, drains, radiators, valves
  • Powerplant cooling tests
  • Induction system: air induction, induction system icing protection, induction system screens
  • Environmental aspects (rain, ice/hail, snow, sand, volcanic ash, etcetera.)

Day Four

Aircraft and Helicopter propulsion systems installation considerations (continued):

  • Exhaust system
  • Powerplant controls
  • Auxiliary power unit
  • Powerplant fire protection: fire zones, fire extinguishing systems, fire detection systems
  • Rotorburst
  • Thrust reversers (aircraft)
  • Rotor brake (helicopter)
    • Rotor drive system (helicopters): design and rotor drive system and control mechanism tests.

Day Five

  • Continuing Airworthiness aspects: in-service safety issues and risk management
  • Airworthiness Directives; corrective action directives such as SFAR 88
  • Support to operations: performance and installed thrust; ETOPS/EROPS (aircraft); Category A or B operations (helicopters); One Engine Inoperative (helicopters); Heli-Logging; SAR Operations (aircraft and helicopters); single engine IFR aircraft
  • Conclusion

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On-site Contact Information

To learn about bringing a course to your workplace, contact Sarah Williams, on-site program manager, for a no-cost, no-obligation proposal.
Email ProfessionalPrograms@ku.edu
Phone 913-897-8782

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