San Diego Aerospace Short Course

San Diego, California // September 14-18 and 21-25, 2020

University of Kansas

Aerospace Short Course Program
in San Diego

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Course Venue

San Diego Marriot Mission Valley

8757 Rio San Diego Drive
San Diego, California 92108

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3 Reasons to Attend

  • Network with top industry peers
  • Gain years of experience in one week
  • Receive professional development and CEU's from world class instructors

Course Schedule & Registration

Learn the latest industry knowledge from expert instructors

Early registration deadline for Week One (September 14-18, 2020): July 31, 2020

Early registration deadline for Week Two (September 21-25, 2020): August 7, 2020

Click on any course title below to see the course description, and click on the blue button at the bottom of the course description to get additional course details and to register for the course.

Week One

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

Instructor: C. Bruce Stephens
September 14-18, 2020 (Week One)
8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Thursday, and 8 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. on Friday.

This course covers recent advances in high-lift systems and aerodynamics as well as cruise drag prediction and reduction. It includes discussion of numerical methods and experimental techniques for performance analysis of wings and bodies and boundary-layer transition prediction/detection.

Earn 31.5 classroom hours and 3.15 CEUs.

Who should attend?

Designed for engineers and managers involved in the aerodynamic design and analysis of airplanes, rotorcraft and other vehicles.

What do past course attendees have to say?

“This was my first professional development course. I had a very positive experience and left equipped with the tools that I need to help make me and my company successful. Bruce was well-prepared with numerous real-life stories that made the course material relevant. I am sure this won’t be the last KU course in my career.”

Daniel Rykert, Engineer, Aerospace (2019 Kansas City attendee)

$2,495 (early registration)
$2,695 (regular registration)

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Cabin Safety and Crashworthiness of Aircraft Cabin Interiors

Instructor: Jose Mora-Vargas
September 14-18, 2020 (Week One)
8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Thursday, and 8 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. on Friday.

This course provides a fundamental review of transport airplane regulatory requirements and compliance-finding methodologies associated with cabin safety and crashworthiness regulations on aircraft cabin interior configurations. The course also reviews FAA/EASA criteria to determine the certification bases of Type Certification and Supplemental Type Certification projects.

Earn 31.5 classroom hours and 3.15 CEUs.

Who should attend?

This course is designed for FAA designees, FAA organizational designees/authorized representatives and certification engineers associated with STC cabin interior projects.

What do past course attendees have to say?

“The course helped me to understand the requirements to assess when looking at cabin configurations which are introduced via a major design change. The whole course was organized very professionally.”

Cameron White, Equipment Capability Design – Team Lead, Airbus Australia Pacific

 

“Very comprehensive look at FAA and EASA regulations associated with cabin safety and crashworthiness of cabin interiors. Provided guidance for responsibilities of delegated designees for this authorization.”

Joe Musco, Principal Engineer, Sierra Nevada Corporation

$2,495 (early registration)
$2,695 (regular registration)

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Conceptual Design of Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Instructor: Bill Donovan
September 14-18, 2020 (Week One)
8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Thursday, and 8 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. on Friday.

This course provides a conceptual approach to overall design of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) including concepts of operations, communications, payloads, control stations, air vehicles and support. It also covers requirements and architecture development, initial sizing and conceptual-level parametric and spreadsheet assessment of major system elements.

Earn 31.5 classroom hours and 3.15 CEUs.

Who should attend?

This course is designed primarily for practicing conceptual-level design engineers, systems engineers, technologists, researchers, educators and engineering managers. For maximum course benefit, students should have some knowledge of basic aerodynamics and conceptual aircraft design, although it is not mandatory. A basic knowledge of spreadsheet analysis methods is assumed.

What do past course attendees have to say?

“Bill did a great job of explaining subjects and being able to relate them to the different backgrounds in the class. Bill has an immense amount of experience outside of aerospace engineering. I would recommend this course to anyone who needs a high-level understanding of UAS canopy, mission planning, sizing and cost.”

Josh Clark, Engineering Manager, Sierra Nevada Corporation (2019 San Diego attendee)

 

“I took this course because it was a systems-oriented course, and I was also interested in UAS as a hobby. I was pleasantly surprised to find how everything covered in class closely related to job duties, and how applicable it would all be to designing a full-scale aircraft. I came away from the course feeling that I have a good grasp of all the concepts required in putting an UAS together, and where to concentrate efforts to increase the fidelity of the design.”

Xavier Dulin, Systems Engineer, Sierra Nevada Corporation (2019 San Diego attendee)

$2,495 (early registration)
$2,695 (regular registration)

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FAA Aircraft Certification and Airworthiness Approvals

Instructor: John Tigue
September 14-17, 2020 (Week One)
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

This course provides an overview of FAA Aircraft Certification in its regulatory context, including type design approvals, production approvals, airworthiness approvals, major repair and alteration approvals, field approvals, and continued operational safety. It includes an overview of FAA's airworthiness functions and related organizational structure, along with the FAA's customer principles including process improvement and the Partnership for Safety Plan (PSP). The course also examines the relevant Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) parts, including procedural rules and the airworthiness standards, FAA's rulemaking and advisory processes; and FAA's process for airworthiness validation of imported products. Prior certification activity is beneficial, but not required.

This course is FAA-approved for Inspection Authorization (IA) renewal.

Earn 28 classroom hours and 2.8 CEUs.

Who should attend?

Those involved in aircraft certification and airworthiness (equipment manufacturers, aircraft modifiers, suppliers and airworthiness authorities) including design engineers, airworthiness engineers, consultants, certification specialists, project managers, quality assurance managers, FAA designees, and FAA organizational Authorized Representatives (ARs).

$2,195 (early registration)
$2,395 (regular registration)

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Flight Control and Hydraulic Systems

Instructor: Wayne Stout
September 14-18, 2020 (Week One)
8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Thursday, and 8 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. on Friday.

This course covers fundamental design issues, along with analysis and design methodologies for aerospace hydraulic and flight control systems. Topics include design requirements, component description and operation, component and system math modeling, component sizing, system layout rationale, system sizing and airframe integration. The course emphasizes the fundamentals and necessary engineering tools (both analytical and otherwise) needed to understand and design aerospace hydraulic and flight control systems. Practical examples and actual systems are presented and discussed throughout the class.

Earn 31.5 classroom hours and 3.15 CEUs.

Who should attend?

This course is designed for system- and component-level engineers and managers, including airframe, vendor, industry and government. It is also designed for educators involved with aerospace mechanical systems.

What do past course attendees have to say?

“This course is excellent for mechanical systems engineers who are relatively new to the field. The course provides a strong foundation in a short period of time, quickly allowing engineers to understand existing hydraulic and flight control systems, or take an active role in the design of new ones.”

Lucas Sganderlia, Engineer, Hydraulic Systems (2019 San Diego attendee)

“This course is good for engineers working on hydraulic systems as it provides information and refresher aspects regarding certification requirements, hydraulic components, systems, flight controls and reference material standards and best practices that have been tested and approved by FAA, EASA”

Mnoneleli Justice Makaula, Certification Engineer, South African Civil Aviation Authority (2019 San Diego attendee)

$2,495 (early registration)
$2,695 (regular registration)

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Future Propulsion Systems and Energy Sources in Sustainable Aviation NEW COURSE

Instructor: Saeed Farokhi
September 14-18, 2020 (Week One)
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

This course explores developing propulsion systems and energy sources to support future sustainable air transportation. Students will review the impact of air transportation on the environment, and explore new technology development for sustainable aviation, including innovations in alternative jet fuels, hybrid electric, all-electric and nuclear propulsion power. Students will examine modern propulsion for transonic and supersonic-hypersonic aircraft and the impact of propulsion on aircraft design. They will review major advances in the field that will provide performance enhancement, revolutionize design configurations and ensure the long-term viability of sustainable power.

Earn 35 classroom hours and 3.5 CEUs.

Who should attend?

Propulsion and power technologists, practicing engineers in aircraft industry, engineers at NASA,FAA, DoD and DOE Labs , engineering faculty, mechanical, aerospace, industrial and power engineering, along with engineering students, undergraduates, graduate students and postdocs, government officials working in aviation and decision makers working on policies dealing with the future of aviation.

$2,495 (early registration)

$2,695 (regular registration)

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Introduction to Operational Test and Evaluation

Instructors: George Cusimano and Kent Nelson
September 14-18, 2020 (Week One)
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The end user will inherit a system that is safe, but has latent deficiencies, has been mostly tested against system specifications and has undergone limited "real world" integrated systems testing. Total system performance is of primary importance to the end user, and this is the primary responsibility of Operational Test and Evaluation (OT&E) - to test an operationally representative system, in an operationally representative environment, using typical operators and maintainers against user requirements.

This OT&E course is designed to introduce students to the language, processes and assorted tools to estimate, plan, accomplish risk assessment, provision, conduct, analyze and report on operational tests. It focuses on the challenges of safe and effective OT&E of ground support elements, aerospace vehicles, on-board systems, human-system interaction issues and logistics suitability.

The course focuses mainly on military systems, but is equally applicable to commercial systems.

Who should attend?

This class is designed specifically for operators, maintainers, engineers and other support personnel. It is also appropriate for those personnel involved in planning, provisioning, conducting, reporting and supporting operational test activities. The course is applicable for military and civilian students as well as academic researchers. It may also be beneficial to those involved in writing user requirements or those involved with defining new system concepts based on market analysis.

What do past course attendees have to say?

“I had over 35 years of government service, and this was the best class to-date - a “must” for all developmental testers. This class helps solidify DT efforts and adds valuable test planning methodologies for both DT and OT. Both Kent and George are extremely personable, and have a wealth of real-life knowledge that is both creditable and priceless for a class like this. They were the prefect blend, and made the class extremely enjoyable.”

Scott Davis, PM, USAF (2019 Seattle attendee)

$2,495 (early registration)
$2,695 (regular registration)

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MIL-STD Qualification: Purpose, Testing and Design Considerations

Instructors: Thomas W. Cash and Kevin L. Renew
September 14-16, 2019 (Week One)
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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

Earn 21 classroom hours and 2.1 CEUs.

Who should attend?

This course is designed to benefit 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.

What do past course attendees have to say?

“Having had experience with MIL-STDs before, I wasn’t expecting to learn very much new material. After this class, I’ve learned more about tests that I never had to run before. Edge cases and experiences from the instructors helped spark discussion on the proper way to run these tests going forward, Overall, I have been armed with information to take back and have meaningful discussions with my colleagues on how we run testing.”

Mitchell Gaylord, Electrical Design Engineer (2019 Kansas City attendee)

$1,895 (early registration)
$1,995 (regular registration)

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System Safety Assessment for Commercial Aircraft Aviation

Instructor: Pierre Trudel
September 14-18, 2020 (Week One)
8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Thursday, and 8 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. on Friday.

This course develops the skills necessary to write and review system safety assessments for regulatory compliance to 14CFR 2X.1309 and 23.2510. Class participants are walked through the evolution of the safety rule and specific techniques for compliance through a comprehensive look at the regulations and current regulatory guidance. In-depth reviews of industry standards in system safety such as SAE ARP4761 and SAE ARP4754A, and ASTM F3230-17 followed by exercises, examples, and class discussions strengthens the students understanding of safety for compliance. By the end of the class, students gain the ability to develop meaningful system safety requirements, design safety compliant systems and equipment, and improve their skills in developing system safety compliance documentation. 

Please note: This course replaces Commercial Aircraft Safety Assessment and 1309 Design Analysis. Completion of either course counts toward earning a certificate.

Earn 31.5 classroom hours and 3.15 CEUs.

Who should attend?

This course is intended for anyone involved in the regulatory compliance aspects of system safety. It is specifically designed for Parts 23, 25, 27 and 29 system certification engineers, system designers, FAA Designated Engineering Representatives (DERs), ODA Unit Members (UM), system safety engineers, engineering leadership, and military personnel procuring civil equipment.

$2,495 (early registration)
$2,695 (regular registration)

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Week Two

Advanced Flight Tests

Instructor: Donald T. Ward and Thomas W. Hermann
September 21-25, 2020 (Week Two)
8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Thursday, and 8 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Friday

This course provides the practical knowledge needed to plan a safe and comprehensive series of flutter envelope expansion tests. It includes suggestions and recommendations for flutter and post-stall certification as well as demonstration of new or significantly modified airplane designs to meet civil or military requirements.

Earn 33 classroom hours and 3.3 CEUs.

Who should attend?

Designed for practicing and entry-level flight test engineers and managers, aircraft engineers, and aircraft designers.

$2,495 (early registration)
$2,695 (regular registration)

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Aircraft Icing: Meteorology, Protective Systems, Instrumentation and Certification

Instructor: Wayne R. Sand and Steven L. Morris
September 21-24, 2020 (Week Two)
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

This course covers the meteorology and physics of aircraft icing. Topics include forecasting, finding and avoiding icing conditions, designing and evaluating ice protection systems, and certification of aircraft for flight into known icing conditions.

Earn 28 classroom hours and 2.8 CEUs.

Who should attend?

Designed for aerospace engineers, flight test and design engineers, test pilots, line pilots, meteorologists, FAA engineers and Designated Engineering Representatives (DERs), and program managers.

$2,195 (early registration)
$2,395 (regular registration)

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Aircraft Structural Loads: Requirements, Analysis, Testing and Certification

Instructor: Wally Johnson
September 21-25, 2020 (Week Two)
8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Thursday, and 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. on Friday

This course provides an overview of aircraft structural external loads analysis including: criteria, design, analysis, fatigue, certification, validation and testing. It covers FAR 23 and FAR 25 airplane load requirements. However, the concepts may be applicable for military structural requirements. Loads calculation examples using BASICLOADS software will be demonstrated throughout the course week. A copy of BASICLOADS software will be provided to attendees.

Earn 31.5 classroom hours and 3.15 CEUs.

Who should attend?

Designed for practicing engineers and engineering managers whose responsibilities include aircraft structures.

What do past course attendees have to say?

“I have been a loads engineer for years and this course still provided me with much-needed insight that I haven’t been able to get on the job.” ~ Micah Gee, Loads and Dynamics Engineer, The Boeing Company (2019 San Diego attendee)

$2,495 (early registration)
$2,695 (regular registration)

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Airplane Flight Dynamics

Instructor: Willem AJ Anemaat
September 21-25, 2020 (Week Two)
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Participants learn an overview of airplane static and dynamic stability and control theory and applications, as well as classical control theory and applications to airplane control systems. An overview of flying qualities and regulations is included.

Earn 35 classroom hours and 3.5 CEUs.

Who should attend?

Aeronautical engineers, mechanical engineers, electrical engineers needing to learn more about flight dynamics, along with pilots with some engineering background, government research laboratory personnel, engineering managers and educators.

$2,495 (early registration)
$2,695 (regular registration)

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FAA Type Certification Plan Development

Instructors: Travis L. Dahna
September 21-24, 2020 (Week Two)
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

This course will prepare you to develop a thorough FAA certification plan/project specific certification plan (CP/PSCP) that meets the requirements of Order 8110.4C associated with new type certification projects. Tools for developing a robust compliance checklist (CCL) and the use of appropriate means of compliance will be discussed in detail, including the necessary sections, required information and how to define the appropriate documentation supporting those means of compliance. You will utilize the outline and sample template of a certification plan, which can be crafted to meet your project's specific needs. You will also become familiar with the requirements and activities associated with an FAA conformity plan.

Earn 28 classroom hours and 2.8 CEUs.

Who should attend?

Those actively involved in product or article certification (aircraft/equipment OEM, aircraft modifiers, suppliers and ODA personnel) including airworthiness engineers, consultants, certification specialists, FAA designers (engineering/manufacturing), and FAA Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) unit and support personnel.

For those not actively involved in product or article certification, we recommend taking the following courses prior to taking this course:

FAA Aircraft Certification and Airworthiness Approvals
FAA Type Certification Process

$2,495 (early registration)
$2,695 (regular registration)

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Introduction to Cybersecurity for Aerospace Design, Engineering and Operations

Instructor: Amy Billinger or Jeremy Jackson
September 21-24, 2020 (Week Two)
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

This course will introduce students to cyber threats and vulnerabilities that U.S. aerospace businesses face daily. Tactics used by nation-state adversaries and individual hackers to attack U.S. networks and systems will be examined, with an emphasis on new and emerging techniques. This course builds designer, engineer, and operator risk understanding by demonstrating how they should identify vulnerabilities and consequences and correlate them with threats to identify risk. Prevention techniques and countermeasures will also be identified to support individuals as they return to their respective companies, so that they may work towards implementing cybersecurity measures that better protect their company systems and networks.

Earn 28 classroom hours and 2.8 CEUs.

Who should attend?

This course is intended for designers, developers, engineers, systems integrators, and project/program managers involved in the design and development of avionics and aerospace components and systems, as well as those involved in the support of those functions or aviation operations.

$2,195 (early registration)
$2,395 (regular registration)

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Introduction to Electromagnetic Effects (EME)

Instructor: C. Bruce Stephens
September 21-25, 2020 (Week Two)
8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Thursday, and 8 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. on Friday.

This course will provide participants with an understanding of electromagnetic effects related to aircraft engineering requirements, FAA certification requirements, testing requirements for both DO-160 bench testing and aircraft level testing related to EMC/P-Static/ESD/TPED's/HIRF/EWIS and lightning.

Earn 31.5 classroom hours and 3.15 CEUs.

Who should attend?

The course is designed for all aircraft design areas including certification engineers and managers, electrical, avionics, HIRF & lightning engineers, DO-160 laboratory and aircraft technicians. Aircraft managers, project engineers, and all other system engineers working in electrical/avionics/HIRF/lightning/EWIS-related areas should also attend.

What do past course attendees have to say?

“This course was very helpful in making the correlation between DO-160 testing, electrical bonding, P-static and FAA regulations.” ~ (2019 San Diego attendee)

$2,495 (early registration)
$2,695 (regular registration)

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Software Safety, Certification and DO 178-C

Instructor: Jeff Knickerbocker
September 21-24, 2020 (Week Two)
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

This course provides the fundamentals for developing and assessing software to the standard RTCA DO-178B and DO-178C Software Considerations in Airborne Systems and Equipment Certification, as well as associated RTCA DO-178C supplements in DO-330, DO-331, DO-332 and DO-333. Similarities and differences to RTCA DO-278A for CNS/ATM equipment will also be addressed. The course also provides insight into the FAA's software review process, the FAA's software policy, practical keys for successful software development and certification, common pitfalls of software development, and software challenges facing the aviation community. Practical exercises and in-class activities will further enhance the learning process

Earn 28 classroom hours and 2.8 CEUs.

Who should attend?

This course is designed for software developers, avionics engineers, systems integrators, aircraft designers and others involved in development or implementation of safety-critical software. The focus is on civil aviation, certification and use of RTCA DO-178C; however, the concepts may be applicable for other safety domains, such as military, medical, nuclear and automotive.

What do past course attendees have to say?

"The course structuring and content were very well organized. The instructor is articulate and experienced. He used a number of examples to simplify difficult questions." ~ Makhabane Molapo, Certification Engineer, South African Civil Aviation Authority (2019 Kansas City attendee)

“The instructor conveyed with software safety a useful mix of what is critical/vital, and which required thought and consideration, and that which requires work and diligence, but not as much thought. The balance was good and useful. Jeff is an approachable, informed, hard-working and communicative instructor.” ~ Bob Schulman, VP of Software, Transcend Air Corporation (2019 Kansas City attendee)

$2,195 (early registration)
$2,395 (regular registration)

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Stress Analysis for Aerospace Structures

Instructor: Dennis C. Philpot
September 21-25, 2020 (Week Two)
8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Thursday, and 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. on Friday

This course is designed for the practicing engineer who has an interest in the various aspects of stress analysis in aerospace structural-mechanical design and would like to enhance his or her expertise in this important field. The approach taken in this course is to start with a strong theoretical foundation and then build upon that foundation with practical applications that can be immediately put into practice in the workplace. In this manner, both the theory and practice of classical "hand" analysis techniques are presented as well as the more modern (numerical/computational) methods used in the industry. The subject-matter difficulty level is intermediate.

Earn 31.5 classroom hours and 3.15 CEUs.

Who should attend?

  • Design engineers who would like to become more familiar with the techniques and modern practices of stress analysis to help them be more efficient and productive in their work.
  • Mechanical engineers who have been out of college for a while and need to become more knowledgeable in the area of stress analysis due to a particular job assignment or new career opportunity that requires expertise in analyzing structures.
  • Department managers whose staff are involved in stress analysis work.

What do past course attendees have to say?

“It’s amazing that the instructor is so knowledgeable that he can combine the contents of 5-6 full semester college courses into this one highly efficient short course. This is a perfect course for anyone serious about becoming a stress analyst because it provides a complete knowledge map and adequate depth to explain what’s behind the equations.” ~ Ruoshui (Roy) Wang, Design Engineer, Windecker Aircraft, Inc.

$2,495 (early registration)
$2,695 (regular registration)

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Discounts

Canada Department of National Defence Discount
Most of these courses are available to Canada DND employees at 10% off the registration fee. Please contact the DND Procurement Authority (DAP 2-3) for details. Please note that you cannot register using our online system when requesting this discount. This discount is available for both the early registration and regular registration fees.

U.S. Federal Employee Discount
All of these courses are available to U.S. federal employees at 10% off the registration fee. To receive the federal employee discount, you must enter the code FGVT116 during the checkout process. Please note that you must validate your eligibility to receive this discount by entering your U.S. government email address (ending in .gov or .mil) when creating your online registration profile. This discount is available for both the early registration and regular registration fees.

Netherlands Defence Academy Discount
All of these courses are available to Netherlands Defence Academy employees at a discounted registration fee. Please contact the NDA Procurement and Contracting department for details. Please note that you cannot register using our online system when requesting this discount.