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KU Aerospace Short Course Program

MIL-STD Qualification: Purpose, Testing and Design Considerations

Instructor: Tom Cash
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Course Schedule

November 14-16, 2017, Orlando, Florida

Early registration course fee: $1,895 if you register and pay by September 29, 2017

Regular registration course fee: $1,995 if you register and pay after September 29, 2017

Orlando Lodging and Travel Information

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


This class is designed to educate program managers, system engineers, design engineers and test engineers/technicians in the aspects of the United States military standard-oriented environmental, electromagnetic interference and power quality testing, with the intention of obtaining an Airworthiness certification. The intention of this course is to acquaint personnel involved in new military aircraft efforts or the modifications of existing military aircraft to add enhanced capabilities with the knowledge of the testing that will be required so that system and design engineers may develop equipment designs that are robust enough to pass the Military Standard testing, test engineers may properly design test plans for their equipment, and program managers are aware of the time necessary to accomplish this testing.

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


  • Top level overview of the U.S. military airworthiness process
  • Comparison of the military versus civilian airworthiness process
  • Introduction and overview of the documents defining military testing
  • An introduction to the environmental tests, their purpose, and a typical setup for performing each test
  • An introduction to the electromagnetic Interference tests, their purpose, and a typical setup for performing each test
  • An introduction to the power quality tests, their purpose, and a typical setup for performing each test

Who Should Attend?

Any program manager, systems engineer, design engineer and/or test personnel who are or may become involved in the design and manufacturing of any items for which an airworthiness certification is desired.

Times / CEUs

21.00 classroom hours
2.100 CEUs

Certificate Tracks

Aerospace Compliance, Avionics and Avionic Components

Learning Objectives

  • The purpose of each test, and the adverse effects the test is intended to identify;
  • The ability to properly select test thresholds;
  • A basic understanding of each test procedure;
  • And a correlation of these U.S. military tests with the corresponding DO-160 test.

Course Outline

Day One

  • Instructor, class, and course introduction
  • Comparison of the civilian versus military qualification processes
  • Overview of the various documents pertaining to military qualification
  • Introduction of the areas covered by each document
  • Introduction of terminology used in those documents
  • MIL-STD-810G introduction
  • MIL-STD-810: Method 500 (Low Pressure); Method 501 (High Temp); Method 502 (Low Temp); Method 503 (Temp Shock); Method 504 (Contamination by Fluids); Method 505 (Solar Radiation); Method 506 (Rain); Method 507 (Humidity); Method 508 (Fungus); Method 509 (Salt Fog); Method 510 (Sand & Dust); MIL-STD-810: Method 511 (Explosive Atmosphere); Method 512 (Immersion); Method 513 (Acceleration)

Day Two

  • Method 514 (Vibration); Comparing the MIL-STD Vibration to the DO-160 Vibration; Method 515 (Acoustic Noise); Method 516 (Shock); Method 517 (Pyroshock); Method 518 (Acidic Atmosphere); Method 519 (Gunfire Shock); Method 520 (Temp, Humidity, Vib, Altitude); Method 521 (Icing/Freezing Rain); Method 522 (Ballistic Shock); MIL-STD-810G: Method 523 (Vibro-Acoustic/Temp); Method 524 (Freeze/Thaw); Method 525 (Time Waveform Replication); Method 526 (Rail Impact); Method 527 (Multi-Exciter); Method 528 (Mechanical Vibration of Shipboard Eqpt)
  • MIL-STD-461G Introduction
  • MIL-STD-461: CE101, CE102, CE106, RE101, RE102, RE103, Compare the MIL-STD RE102 to the DO-160 Section 21 Radiated Emissions test, CS101, CS103, CS104, CS105, CS109, CS114, CS115, CS116, CS117, CS118, RS101, RS103 (ADS-37A-PRF), RS105.

Day Three

  • MIL-HDBK-704-1: Introduction
  • MIL-HDBK-701-2: Single Phase, 400 Hz, 115 volts
  • MIL-HDBK-701-3: Three Phase, 400 Hz, 115 volts
  • MIL-HDBK-701-5: Three Phase, Variable Frequency, 115 volts
  • MIL-HDBK-701-6: Single Phase, 60 Hz, 115 volts
  • MIL-HDBK-704-7: 270 VDC
  • MIL-HDBK-701-8: 28 VDC
  • MIL-HDBK-701-4: Single Phase, Variable Frequency, 115 volts
  • System Level Testing and how it’s tailored based on the Component testing results
  • Class Exercise
  • Wrap-up

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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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