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KU Aerospace Short Course Program

Aircraft Lightning: Requirements, Component Testing, Aircraft Testing and Certification

Instructor: C. Bruce Stephens
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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

San Diego Lodging and Travel Information

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

Description

This course provides details for direct and indirect effects of aircraft lightning testing and certification. Requirements for both composite and metallic aircraft, including proper RTCA/DO-160 classifications, are examined. The course will also include a high-level overview of Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC), High-Intensity Radiated Fields (HIRF), Precipitation Static (P-Static) and Electrical Bonding requirements. The new requirements of Electrical Wiring and Installation System (EWIS) and Fuel Tank Safety (14 CFR 25.981 Amd. 102) will also be addressed.


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

This course may be taught by one or both instructors.

Highlights

  • The electromagnetic environment of the aircraft
  • Metallic and composite aircraft requirements
  • The history of lightning requirements for aircraft certification
  • Direct and indirect effects of lightning testing
  • FAA compliance for lightning effects

Who Should Attend?

This course is designed for all design engineering disciplines, project managers, project engineers and laboratory personnel whose aircraft system may require protection from the effects of lightning.

Times / CEUs

31.50 classroom hours
3.150 CEUs

Certificate Tracks

Aerospace Compliance, Avionics and Avionic Components, Electromagnetic Effects

Learning Objectives

  • FAA certification process and requirements
  • Directs effects of lightning criticalities
  • RTCA/DO-160 levels for direct effects testing
  • Indirect effects of lightning
  • RTCA/DO-160 levels for indirect bench testing
  • EASA requirements

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)
  • Prescription Static (P-STATIC)
  • High Intensity Radiated Fields (HIRF)
  • FAA certification process and requirements

Day Two

  • The lightning environment
  • The history of lightning requirements for aircraft certification
  • Aircraft lightning attachment
  • Effects of lightning on aircraft
  • Directs effects of lightning
  • Direct effects testing
  • RTCA/DO-160 levels for direct effects testing
  • Direct effects certification requirements
  • EASA requirements
  • Simulation for direct effects requirements

Day Three

  • Indirect effects of lightning
  • Indirect effects aircraft level testing
  • Indirect effects design
  • RTCA/DO-160 levels for indirect effects bench testing
  • Indirect effects certification requirements
  • EASA requirements
  • Simulation for indirect effects requirements

Day Four

  • Fuel systems
  • 14 CFR 25.981, Amendment 102
  • Aircraft wiring and shielding
  • Electrical Wiring and Installation System (EWIS)

Day Five

  • Pre-selected teams will simulate the process of determining aircraft lightning certification and testing requirements for various components installed on the aircraft.
  • Electromagnetic Effects (EME) program management
  • Future EME testing techniques; Final EME discussion and questions




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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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