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Aircraft Performance and Flight Test Engineering

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Aircraft Performance and Flight Test Engineering

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Course Description

Aircraft Performance and Flight Test Engineering is one of four non-credit courses in the Certification in Applied Aeronautics and Design (CAAD) program. This course can be taken individually, or as one of the four courses required to receive the CAAD certification. This course must be completed first if you are intending to complete all four courses for the certification.

Aircraft Performance and Flight Test Engineering covers applied elements of flight performance including developing flight operational envelopes, performing mission analysis, and developing flight testing procedures and analyzing flight test results. 

The Aircraft Performance and Flight Testing course is offered each autumn semester.


Upon completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Understand the theoretical foundations of the flight environment, aircraft performance, aerodynamics, and stability & control as it applies to flight testing
  • Be able to plan a flight test to evaluate the performance or handling qualities
  • Have the knowledge and background needed to perform post-flight analysis and data reduction


What Students Can Expect

The online delivery of each course is comprised of: 

  • All course lectures are recorded and available to you 24/7 through the university's Learning Management System CarmenCanvas
  • Course duration is approximately 14 weeks. 
  • A certificate of completion is provided after a student completes each individual course and after successfully completing all four courses, they receive the complete Certification in Applied Aeronautics and Design from the College of Engineering.



A bachelor's degree in aerospace or mechanical engineering or a related field is required.


Course Sequence

The courses can be taken individually for specific interests or students can pursue the full certification. If pursuing the certification in one-year, it is recommended to take (1) Aircraft Performance and Flight Test Engineering with (2) Applied Aerodynamics in autumn semester, followed by (3) Applied Flight vehicle Design with (4) Applied Flight Mechanics in spring semester. If additional time is permitted or preferred, then a recommended sequence would be(1) and (3) during year one, followed by (2) and (4) in year two.



Course registration will open soon. Please contact the program administration for additional information.

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