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Four airplane imagesHistory of Airplane Design Webinar Series
with Dr. Jan Roskam

The KU Aerospace Short Course Program is proud to collaborate with Dr. Jan Roskam, Ackers Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Aerospace Engineering, University of Kansas and founder of the Aerospace Short Course Program to present the History of Airplane Design webinar series. This webinar series includes four individual webinars, each focusing on specific companies and their contributions to the commercial, military and transport aircraft industries. During each webinar, Dr. Roskam provides interesting facts and historical details on a wide variety of airplane development programs, industry innovations, successes and failures. This is your opportunity to learn from a legend in aircraft design how some of today’s best known companies got started, persevered or went bankrupt, merged or made it on their own.

Dr. Jan Roskam is the Ackers Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Kansas, and founder of the KU Aerospace Short Course Program.

Each webinar is presented live, and will not be available for viewing following the live presentation. Registration for each live webinar is $50 per person.

 

May 10: Cessna, Beech and Piper

    Airplane imageHistory of Airplane Design: Cessna, Beech and Piper

    Wednesday, May 10, 2017
    Live Webinar
    11:00 a.m.–Noon CT

    This webinar will focus on three general aviation airplane companies.

    Attend this webinar to learn more about how the founders, Clyde Cessna, Walter Beech and William Piper came to start their companies. Also learn about:

    • Cessna and its immensely popular training and personal transportation and business airplanes, the pioneering T-37 military jet trainer and its attack derivative, the Citation jet series of business airplanes and the Caravan passenger and cargo turboprops. Also learn about the failures of the Model 407 personal jet, the four-engine Model 620 and the LSA Model 162 Skycatcher.
    • The innovative 336 Skymaster and its retractable gear derivative, the 337 Skymaster.
    • Beech and its famous Model 17S Staggerwing, WWII D-18, Kansan and the Grizzly attack airplane.
    • The novel but unsuccessful Model 34 Twin Quad passenger airplane.
    • The famous Bonanza, Queen-Air, Barron and King-Air business airplanes.
    • The popular Models 99 and 1900 airliners.
    • The remarkable but unsuccessful Starship.
    • Various business jets as well as the T-6 Texan II military turboprop trainer that flies like a jet.
    • Piper with its widely popular J-3 Cub and multiple derivatives.
    • The Apache and Comanche line of airplanes, the Pawnee agricultural airplane, the Navajo and Cheyenne turboprop business airplanes and the single engine turboprop Meridian.

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    August 23: Messerschmitt, Heinkel, Focke-Wulf, Junkers and Dornier

      Airplane imageHistory of Airplane Design: Messerschmitt, Heinkel, Focke-Wulf, Junkers and Dornier

      Wednesday, August 23, 2017
      Live Webinar
      11:00 a.m.–Noon CT

      This webinar will provide an overview of the contributions of five of Germany’s major airplane companies to military and civil aviation before, during and after WWII.

      Attend this webinar to learn more about:

      • Messerschmitt’s pioneering Taifun personal travel airplane and the famous Bf-109 fighter which followed it. Messerschmitt’s Amerika bomber and its Gigant transport airplane.
      • Heinkel’s 111 bomber, its 111z Zwilling derivative tow-plane and its He 177 Greif bomber. Also, Heinkel’s pioneering jet-powered airplane, the He 178 of 1938 (!) as well as its He 162 Salamander WWII jet fighter.
      • Focke-Wulf’s innovative Fw 19 “Ente” canard airplane and the Fw 189 Uhu twin-boom reconnaissance airplane.
      • Kurt Tank’s Fw 56 Stösser trainer and Fw 190 Wϋrger fighter.
      • Junkers first all-metal airplane, the F-13 of 1919 (!).
      • The Ju-52 and Ju-86 transports and Ju-88 bombers.
      • The Junkers Ju-90 Grosse Dessauer and the Ju 390 Amerika bomber.
      • The forward swept wing, four engine jet bomber, the Ju 287.
      • The early (1929!) Dornier flying boat, the 12-engine DoX with its luxurious interior.
      • The Dornier Do 18 and 24 military flying boats.
      • Dornier Do 217 bomber and the formidable Do-335 Pfeil fighter.
      • The post WWII Do 27 liaison airplane.
      • The VTOL Do 31 military jet transport.
      • The 228 commercial turboprop, its larger brother, the 328 and the 328Jet.

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      October 11: Grumman, Northrop, Republic and Fairchild

        Airplane imageHistory of Airplane Design: Grumman, Northrop, Republic and Fairchild

        Wednesday, October 11, 2017
        Live Webinar
        11:00 a.m.–Noon CT

        This webinar will discuss how today’s Northrop-Grumman arose and how Republic and Fairchild came to their demise. Attend this webinar to learn more about:

        • How Grumman became the prominent carrier airplane provider with their famous “cats”: Wildcat, Hellcat, Tigercat and Bearcat of WWII and the Panther, Cougar, Tiger and Tomcat.
        • How the world’s first variable swept wing airplane, the Grumman XF10F Jaguar failed.
        • How the experimental, forward swept wing X-29 was developed.
        • How Grumman entered the commercial world with the turboprop Gulfstream I.
        • Northrop Gamma and Delta commercial transports.
        • The failure of the XP-56 Black Bullet.
        • Northrop P-61 Black Widow, first radar equipped night fighter.
        • Various flying wings culminating in the post WWII Northrop B-35 and later the B-2 flying wing bombers.
        • The unsuccessful Pioneer transport.
        • The very successful line of fighters and trainers: F-89 Scorpion, F-5 Freedom Fighter, T-38 Talon and YF-17 Cobra which became the basis of the McDonnell-Douglas (now Boeing) F-18.
        • How Seversky Aircraft became Republic and how the Seversky P-35 was developed into the enormously successful Republic P-47 Thunderbolt.
        • How after WWII the company developed the Seabee amphibian and the Thunderjet, Thunderstreak and unique Thunderscreech jet fighters.
        • Fairchild 24 and PT 19 (the basic WWII trainer).
        • The twin-boom freighters: C-82 Packet, C-119 Flying Boxcar and innovative but unsuccessful XC-120 Pack Plane.
        • Fairchild’s attempt to enter the commercial airliner market with the FH227.
        • The famous tank-buster: A-10 and the infamous T-46 trainer which led to Fairchild’s demise.

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        Frequently-asked Questions
          How many webinars are planned for this series?

          In 2017, there are four individual live webinars scheduled for the History of Airplane Design webinar series.

          What platform do you use for your webinars?

          The KU Aerospace Short Course Program utilizes Zoom to present its webinars. We have found Zoom to be a reliable and user-friendly platform for webinar dissemination. More information about Zoom can be found at https://zoom.us.

          How can I view webinars in this series that I have missed?

          Each of the webinars in the History of Airplane Design series must be viewed live. We do not currently plan to provide access to past webinars in this series.

          Will the webinar be available on your website following the live presentation?

          No. The History of Airplane Design webinar series will not be placed on our website for viewing at a later date. However, there are other recorded webinars on our website that may be of interest to you.

          When is payment due for a webinar?

          Payment is due at the time you register. You may pay online via credit card. If you have questions, or need assistance during the registration process, please contact the registration department at 785-864-5823 or 877-404-5823 (toll-free in the U.S.), or via email at kupce@ku.edu.

          Are there discounts available if my company wants to register multiple employees?

          There are no discounts available for the History of Airplane Design webinar series.

          My company is not paying for my registration. Can a group of employees get together and request a discount?

          There are no discounts available for the History of Airplane Design webinar series.

          Is there a discount available if I register for multiple webinars?

          No, there is no discount available for an individual who wants to register for multiple webinars.

          Can my company purchase all webinars in the series for viewing at a later time?

          At this time, we do not plan to provide the History of Airplane Design webinar series for purchase.

          If I am not able to view the live webinar, can I request a refund?

          No refunds will be issued for webinar registration.

          Can I register with a downloadable form?

          Online registration is available for each course. In addition, you may also register by using this downloadable form. Follow the directions at the top of the form for submitting your registration. Please call 785-864-5823 or email ProfessionalPrograms@ku.edu if you have questions.

          Whom should I contact if I have additional questions?

          Please call 785-864-5823 or email ProfessionalPrograms@ku.edu

           


          Previous Webinars (available for viewing)

          Human Factors in the Aerospace Environment • October 27, 2016

          Human Factors in the Aerospace Environment imageHuman Factors in the Aerospace Environment

          Instructor: Andrew Appleton
          Thursday, October 27, 2016
          5:30 p.m. Central Time

          This webinar will highlight some key Human Factors principles as they apply to the design and modification of aircraft cockpits. It will also briefly discuss some key Human Factors considerations for aircraft maintenance.

          Webinar discussion will include:

          1.  What is Human Factors?
          2.  Person/Environment/Technology (PET) Principle of Human Factors
          3.  System of Systems Approach to Applying Human Factors
          4.  Anthropometrics—Fitting the Aircraft to the Human
          5.  The Impact of Aircraft Design/Modification on Human Workload/Situational Awareness
          6.  Don’t Neglect the Aircraft Maintainers!

          View the recorded webinar.

          Cabin Safety and Crashworthiness of Aircraft Cabin Interiors • August 10, 2016

            Cabin safety imageCabin Safety and Crashworthiness of Aircraft Cabin Interiors

            Instructor: Jose Mora-Vargas
            Wednesday, August 10, 2016
            11:00 a.m.–Noon CT

            This webinar highlights basic regulatory aspects related to the protection of airplane cabin occupants when the airframe is subject to crash load conditions within human tolerance, and emphasizes crashworthiness design objectives that would allow passengers to safely and rapidly evacuate the airplane.

            Webinar discussion will include:

            • Aircraft Type Certification and Supplemental Type Certification
            • FAA and EASA Regulatory Material
            • Cabin & Seats Compliance Inspection
            • Participant questions answered by the presenter

            View the recorded webinar.

            View Dr. Mora-Vargas's short course: Cabin Safety and Crashworthiness of Aircraft Cabin Interiors

            The Future of Flight Control: A Flight Control Engineer’s Perspective • May 4, 2016

              Airplane cockpit imageThe Future of Flight Control: A Flight Control Engineer’s Perspective

              Instructor: Dr. Wayne Stout
              Wednesday, May 4, 2016
              11:00 a.m.–Noon CT

              What are some possible directions for aircraft flight control systems? What are the next steps in the evolution of flight control, which are achievable today? Have we truly considered all the possibilities for mechanically actuated systems? What are the possibilities for fly by wire systems? What about single pilot operation?

              In this free live webinar, Dr. Wayne Stout will examine flight control systems, and present ideas for potential evolution of those systems. He will review secondary flight control systems and primary flight control. He will also discuss potential single pilot control (Part 25), and the pilot/flight control interface. Finally, Dr. Stout will suggest a unified concept for flight control. The webinar is primarily focused on Part 23 and Part 25 commercial aircraft.

              Attendees who will benefit from this webinar include flight control engineers, aerodynamic and stability control engineers, autopilot engineers, system engineers, aerospace students, pilots and anyone interested in the evolution of flight control.

              View the recorded webinar.

              View Dr. Stout's short course: Flight Control and Hydraulic Systems

              Why Projects Fail: How to Stay on Budget and on Schedule • March 23, 2016

                Airplane imageWhy Projects Fail: How to Stay on Budget and on Schedule

                Instructor: Herbert Tuttle
                Wednesday, March 23, 2016

                Two key components of any project are the budget and the project deadline. Everyone on the project team feels the stress when budget overruns occur, one or more scheduled deadlines are missed, and completion of the project must be extended. The presenter will discuss the responsibilities of both project leaders and individual team members—how both groups contribute to the problem, and how they can work individually and collectively to ensure that any given project stays on budget and is completed on schedule. No matter where you work, project management best practices can be applied to nearly any project, at any level.

                View the recorded webinar.

                View the related short course: Fundamentals of Project Management for Aerospace Professionals

                Aerodynamic Design Improvements—Airplane Active Flow Control • February 24, 2016

                  Aerodynamic Design Improvements—Airplane Active Flow Control

                  Instructor: C.P. (Case) van DamAirplane image
                  February 24, 2016

                  Active control of flow over wings, tails, and rotors is receiving significant attention in Europe and the United States. The goal of flow control is to improve airplane cruise and takeoff & landing performance, lower emissions and aeroacoustic noise, improve passenger comfort and to mitigate fatigue and/or extreme loading. This webinar will present an overview of the field of active flow control. Recent experimental results obtained with active lift control techniques will be highlighted.

                  View this webinar to learn:

                  • About different flow control techniques
                  • How active aerodynamic control is considered to mitigate fluctuations in lift due to gusts and other flow variations
                  • Ways to study this problem computationally as well as experimentally

                  Who will benefit from viewing this webinar:

                  • Aeronautical engineers
                  • Controls and aerodynamics engineers in wind power
                  • Rotorcraft engineers
                  • Educators
                  • Students focused on research in aerodynamics and/or fluid mechanics

                  View the recorded webinar.

                  View the related short course: Aerodynamic Design Improvements: High-Lift and Cruise

                  Flight Dynamics in Airplane Design: The Importance of Trim • January 27, 2016

                    Airplane imageFlight Dynamics in Airplane Design: The Importance of Trim

                    Instructor: Willem A.J. Anemaat
                    January 27, 2016

                    Often during preliminary airplane design, trim is not analyzed soon enough, and is one of the bigger issues during flight testing. If tail and control surfaces end up being too small or in the wrong location, and this is not discovered until the flight testing phase, major delays in certification, production and airplane sales can result.

                    Airplane designers and stability and control engineers will benefit from this webinar, along with industry professionals who want to become better versed in this topic.

                    View this webinar to learn:

                    • What is trim, and how you can alter a design to make sure the airplane is trimmable
                    • How trim differs in conventional tail aft, canard and three-surface aircraft
                    • How trim affects tail and canard design at forward and aft centers of gravity
                    • How trim relates to take-off rotation

                    View the recorded webinar.

                    View the related short course: Airplane Flight Dynamics

                    Airplane Design: Mistakes Made and Lessons Learned • December 9, 2014

                      Airplane imageAirplane Design: Mistakes Made and Lessons Learned

                      Instructor: Willem A.J. Anemaat
                      December 9, 2014

                      Learning from past mistakes has been a critical component in improving airplane design and safety. This live webinar presentation will showcase real-world examples of airplane design issues and mistakes. Citing specific cases, the instructor will analyze design flaws, and offer potential solutions.

                      View this webinar to learn:

                      • Key lessons from the design mistakes of past programs
                      • Ten questions all design engineers should ask
                      • Do’s and Don’ts to help today’s engineers avoid costly mistakes

                      View the recorded webinar.

                      View the related short course: Airplane Preliminary Design

                       

                      Previous Webinars

                      Vultee, Consolidated, Convair, General Dynamics and Chance-Vought

                        Airplane imageHistory of Airplane Design: Vultee, Consolidated, Convair, General Dynamics and Chance-Vought

                        This webinar was broadcast on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. It is not available for viewing.

                        In this webinar, Dr. Jan Roskam will provide an overview of five of the industry’s pioneering companies: Vultee, Consolidated, Convair, General Dynamics and Chance-Vought. Dr. Roskam will discuss each company’s contributions to the development of both military and commercial airplanes, from Vultee’s trainers and fighters to Consolidated’s flying boats and bombers, Convair’s bombers and commercial airliners, General Dynamics fighters and bombers and Chance-Vought’s fighters.

                        Attend this webinar to learn more about:

                        • Vultee trainers and fighters including the Swoose Goose and innovative XP-81.
                        • Consolidated-Vultee flying boats (starting with the PBY-3 Catalina), bombers (starting with the B-24 Liberator) and the unique double deck XC-99.
                        • Convair airliners, fighters and bombers including the B-58 Hustler.
                        • General Dynamics F-111 and F-16.
                        • Chance-Vought’s famous F4U Corsair, the innovative V-173 and Flapjack, the infamous F7U Cutlass and the very successful F-8 Crusader and A-7 Corsair II.

                        Questions?

                        Do you have questions about our webinars? Please contact us at ProfessionalPrograms@ku.edu or 913-897-8717.


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