The History of Airplane Design Live Webinar Series

Presented in 4 individual webinars.
Dates: March 8, May 10, August 23 and October 11, 2017.
Each webinar is 11am to 12pm CT, U.S.
Instructor: Dr. Jan Roskam
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Course Description

The KU Aerospace Short Course Program announces the History of Airplane Design webinar series, presented by Dr. Jan Roskam. This webinar series will include four individual webinars, each focusing on specific companies and their contributions to the commercial, military and transport aircraft industries. Each webinar provides interesting facts and historical details on a wide variety of airplane development programs, industry innovations, successes and failures. 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, 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.

Webinar Schedule:

  • March 8, 2017 - History of Airplane Design: Vultee, Consolidated, Convair, and Chance Vought
  • May 10, 2017 - History of Airplane Design: Cessna, Beech, and Piper
  • August 23, 2017 - History of Airplane Design: Messerschmitt, Heinkel, Focke-Wulf, and Dornier
  • October 11, 2017 - History of Airplane Design: Grumman, Northrop, Republic, and Fairchild

Airplane Sizing (Online Course)

Presented in 8 live, online discussion sessions every Tuesday and Thursday beginning October 3, 2017.
2017 Dates: October 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, & 26
Live discussion sessions take place from 11am to 12:30pm CT, U.S.
Dr. Willem Anemaat
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Course Description

This course provides an overview of the fixed-wing airplane sizing process. It is applicable to jet transport, turboprop commuter transport, military (trainers, fighter bomber, UAV) and general aviation aircraft.

Course Includes: Instruction and course material.

Expect to Learn:

  • How to perform initial design of an airplane
  • Sizing of lifting surfaces, engine size, high-lift devices
  • Weight & balance

Airplane Preliminary Design

September 18-22, 2017 - San Diego, California
Instructor: Dr. Willem Anemaat
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Course Description

This course provides an overview of the fixed-wing airplane design decision-making process and the relation of design to manufacturing, maintainability and cost-effectiveness. It is applicable to jet transport, turboprop commuter transport, military (trainers, fighter bomber, UAV) and general aviation aircraft. The design process covers sizing (weight, wing area, thrust/power), aerodynamics, weight and balance, stability and control and cost. Numerous examples are shown. Lessons learned and "what to watch out for" are discussed.

Course includes instruction, Airplane Design Parts I-VII; Lessons Learned in Aircraft Design, all by Jan Roskam; Advanced Aircraft Design: Conceptual Design, Technology and Optimization of Subsonic Civil Airplanes, by Eghert Torenbeek, refreshments and lunches. The course notes are for participants only and are not for sale.


  • Review of drag polar breakdown for subsonic and supersonic airplanes
  • Preliminary sizing of airplane take off, empty and fuel weights for a given mission specification
  • Performance constraint analyses
  • Preliminary configuration selection
  • Fundamentals of fuselage and wing layout design
  • High-lift and lateral control design considerations
  • Fundamentals of powerplant integration
  • Fundamentals of landing gear layout design
  • Class I weight and balance prediction
  • Class II weight, balance and moment of inertia prediction
  • Fundamentals of static longitudinal stability
  • Deep stall and how to design for recoverability
  • Take-off rotation and the effect of landing gear location
  • Review of dynamic stability concepts and prediction methods
  • Unusual configurations
  • Design optimization
  • Cost

Comments & Reviews

  • "Willem is one of a kind! His motivation really inspires to design airplanes. The course is very rich in history and details. It should be taken by every preliminary design engineer."
  • "Very comprehensive course! Professor Willem has a lot of energy and knowledge."
  • "KU short aero courses are a phenomenal tool for somebody who is looking to either develop a new skill set or knowledge area, or for people who would like to expand on their current knowledge base. It makes a great 'immersion' program."
  • "Very broad course and very good for me as a system integrator to understand the effects on the whole aircraft."
  • "Airplane Preliminary Design gives you all design criteria's needed when starting a new airplane program and it gives an understanding why aircraft are designed in a certain manner in present programs."

Airplane Flight Dynamics

November 13-17, 2017 - Orlando, Florida
Instructor: Dr. Willem Anemaat
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Course Description

Overview of airplane static and dynamic stability and control theory and applications, classical control theory and applications to airplane control systems.

Course Includes: Airplane Flight Dynamics and Automatic Flight Controls, Parts I-II, Airplane Design Part VI and Part VII, Lessons Learned in Aircraft Design, by Jan Roskam, refreshments and five lunches.

Expect to Learn:

  • Airplane dynamic behavior
  • How to perform trim
  • How to check stability
  • How aerodynamics and propulsion affect flying qualities and trim
  • Introduction to stability augmentation systems

Comments & Reviews

  • "I felt the course will be immediately applicable to my current position and that the materials and knowledge from the class will continue to be useful in the future. The instructor was excellent and had a great command of the course material from both a theoretical and practical point of view."
  • "It helped me to recharge my knowledge and understanding about Flight Dynamics, because I have background in aeronautical engineering. It will also help me with my works which are related to stability topics."
  • "Excellent Course!!! Thanks Prof. Anemaat for explanations and answering my questions. Excellent books and classroom examples." - Dr. Felix Martinez, PhD - Universidad Pan Americana

About the Instructor:

Dr. Willem Anemaat has been actively involved with more than 350 airplane design projects and has run many subsonic wind tunnel tests for clients. Anemaat has more than 25 publications in the field of airplane design and analysis; and is the recipient of the SAE 2010 Forest R. McFarland Award, Vice Chair of the AIAA Aircraft Design Technical Committee, an AIAA Associate Fellow and an associate editor for the AIAA Journal of Aircraft. Anemaat holds an M.S.A.E. degree from the Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands and a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from The University of Kansas.

Aerospace Structural Analysis Short Course

This is an "On-Demand" 24-hour short course offered at DARcorporation and on-line. Each course is specific to individual needs and offers one-on-one interaction with instructor. Discounts for additional attendees. Please specify preferred dates for short course.

Fee: $3,600 - Instructor: Dr. Wanbo Liu - Reserve Short Course

Course Description

This course is an introduction to basic concepts and practical techniques of aircraft structural analysis with case studies. It is intended for engineers and managers whose work involves or interacts with aircraft structural design and analysis. Course includes instruction and notes. Short Course Outline (pdf)

Topics include:

  • Design Criteria
  • Materials
  • Loads
  • Static Stress Analysis
  • Dynamic Normal Mode Analysis and Frequency Response Analysis
  • Elastic Stability
  • Joints
  • Aeroelasticity Analysis
  • Fatigue Analysis
  • Static Load Test
  • Dynamic Test and Ground Vibration Test

About the Instructor:

Dr. Wanbo Liu Dr. Liu is an expert in aerospace structural analysis and has published several papers on this topic. He led the engineering effort at DARcorporation for the design and analysis of multiple external radar installations mounted on the NASA Lockheed P-3, NASA DC-8, NOAA Lockheed P-3 and the German Alfred Wegener Institute Basler BT-67 research airplanes, which all involved dissimilar materials under severe flight and environmental loads. Dr. Liu's contribution to NASA's Operation IceBridge (OIB) Airborne Radar Surveys won him the NASA Group Achievement Award in 2011.

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