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KU Aerospace Short Course Program

Introduction to High Intensity Radiated Fields (HIRF)

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Course Schedule

June 5-9, 2017, Denver, Colorado

Early registration course fee: $2,495 if you register and pay by April 21, 2017

Regular registration course fee: $2,695 if you register and pay after April 21, 2017

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


This course will discuss the design concepts required to ensure all aspects of aircraft HIRF electrical wiring, installations, and aircraft-level systems are safe for operation. This course will discuss the typical certification process for HIRF from a very practical, step-by-step perspective and examine all steps used by aircraft OEMs to show compliance to HIRF regulations. 14 CFR 25.1317 for transport category airplanes will be used as the baseline regulation. A review of FAA Advisory Circulars and practical applications of the information will be conducted, as teams will be selected to simulate the HIRF certification process. HIRF requirements for aircraft maintenance and inspection will also be discussed. The course will also include a high-level overview for electromagnetic effects areas; topics discussed include Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC), Precipitation Static (P-Static), lightning, ESD, and electrical bonding requirements. An overview of the new requirements for Electrical Wiring Interconnect System (EWIS) will also be addressed.

Includes instruction, course materials, refreshments and lunches. The course notes are for participants only and are not for sale. This course may be taught by one or both instructors.


  • HIRF best practices
  • Team HIRF workshops
  • DER/UM HIRF requirements
  • HIRF examples and practical applications
  • Review of the HIRF Advisory Circulars

Who Should Attend?

The course is designed for all aircraft design areas including electrical, avionics, HIRF engineers, laboratory and aircraft technicians. Aircraft managers and project engineers working in electrical/avionics related areas should also attend.

Times / CEUs

31.50 classroom hours
3.150 CEUs

Certificate Tracks

Aircraft Maintenance and Safety, Avionics and Avionic Components, Electromagnetic Effects

Learning Objectives

  • Understanding of the HIRF CFR related to aircraft protection
  • How HIRF requirements relate to the different areas of the aircraft
  • HIRF bench testing and aircraft level testing requirements
  • Safety aspects of HIRF
  • Design requirements related to HIRF
  • How HIRF relates to other engineering requirements
  • Showing and finding compliance for HIRF

Course Outline

Day One

  • Introduction
  • The electromagnetic environment of aircraft—metallic and composite aircraft requirements
  • Electromagnetic Interference (EMI)
  • Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC)
  • Electrical bonding
  • Electrostatic Discharge (ESD)
  • Precipitation Static (P-STATIC)
  • Electrical Wiring Interconnect System (EWIS)
  • Lightning
  • FAA DER/UM HIRF requirements
  • HIRF overview and history
  • HIRF team workshop       

Day Two

  • Certification of HIRF systems on transport category airplanes
  • Supplier requirements documents
  • HIRF component classification
  • RTCA DO-160 Section 20 test requirements
  • Test witnessing requirements
  • HIRF team workshop

Day Three

  • HIRF certification case study design example
  • QTPs, QTR’s, analysis, and use of similarity
  • HIRF examples and practical applications
  • Aircraft level tests
  • HIRF team workshop

Day Four

  • Comparing aircraft data to bench test data
  • Compliance reports
  • HIRF team workshop

Day Five

  • CFR compliance statements
  • Final EWIS discussion and questions
  • EWIS final exam presentations

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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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