Propulsion Systems for UAVs and General Aviation Aircraft
Instructor: Ray TaghaviPrintable Course Information (PDF)
September 11-15, 2017, San Diego, California
Early registration course fee: $2,495 if you register and pay by July 28, 2017
Regular registration course fee: $2,695 if you register and pay after July 28, 2017
You can also bring this course to your workplace. Learn more about our on-site program.
This course provides an in-depth understanding of the state-of-the-art propulsion issues for UAVs and general aviation aircraft, including propulsion options, cycle analysis, principles of operation, systems, components, performance and efficiencies.
Includes instruction and a course notebook.
The course notes are for participants only and are not for sale.
- Fundamentals of aircraft propulsion systems, engine types and aircraft engine selection
- Aircraft spark-ignition, diesel and Wankel engines
- Two-stroke and four-stroke cycle engines
- Aircraft engine classification by cylinder arrangement, cooling, cycle, etc.
- Carburetion, ignition and lubrication systems
- Aviation fuels
- Engine testing and simulations
- Electric propulsion
- Overview of turbo-propeller and turboshaft engines
- Engines for special applications, UAVs, RPVs, blimps, etc.
Who Should Attend?
Times / CEUs
- A broad knowledge of engines for UAVs and general aviation aircraft and their operation
- Engine selection process for a specific aircraft and UAVs
- Aircraft Engine Systems: Carburetion, fuel injection, FADEC, ignition and lubrication
- The advantages and disadvantages of different propulsion options
- Engine classifications based on cycle, cylinder arrangement, cooling, etc.
- Propellers: classifications, practical issues, definitions and systems
- Engine scaling
- Small engine simulations
- Electric propulsion
- Aircraft engine testing
- Overview: Fundamentals of aircraft propulsion systems, engine types and aircraft engine selection
- Aircraft reciprocating engines: spark ignition and diesel engines: theory and cycle analysis, four stroke and two stroke cycles; brake horsepower, indicated horsepower and friction horsepower; engine parameter, efficiencies, classifications and scaling laws; practical issues
- Aircraft reciprocating engines (continued): components and classification: cylinder, piston, connecting rod, crankshaft, crankcase, valves and valve operating mechanism; lubrication systems, pumps, filters, oil coolers, etc.; induction system, supercharging, cooling (air and liquid), exhaust engine installation and compound engine; engine knocks (pre-ignition and detonation), aviation fuels, octane and performance number, backfiring and afterfiring
- Aircraft reciprocating engines (continued): carburetion and fuel injection systems, FA DEC; magneto (high and low tension), battery and electronic ignition systems, ignition boosters and spark plugs
- Rotary engines: propeller: theory, types airfoils, material, governors, feathering, reversing, synchronizing, synchrophasing, de-icing, anti-icing and reduction gears
- Small gas turbine engines: cycles, inlets, compressors, combustors, turbines, exhaust systems, thrust reversers and noise suppressors; turbojet, turboprop, turboshaft, turbofan and propfan engines
- Engine noise: sources, suppression, measurement techniques and practical issues
- Foreign Object Damage (FOD): ice, sand, bird
- Engines for special applications: UAVs, RPVs, HALE, blimps