A new session of this self-paced Mooc offered by Embry Riddle is available. Start date : February 11, 2019
This course will cover Aircraft maintenance like overhaul, repair, inspection or modication of an aircraft or aircraft components. including piston and jet engines. Maintenance includes such tasks as ensuring compliance with Airworthiness Directives.
Organization : onlinecourses.nptel.ac.in
Costs : free, except for certification
Start Date : Feb 25, 2019
Duration : 8 weeks
Language : English
Course Instructors : Prof. A.K. Ghosh, MR. Vipul Mathur, Department of of Aerospace Engineering, IIT Kanpur.
Pre-Requisites : Aircraft Maintenance (Online Courses Portal / NPTEL), see review
Course Layout :
Week 1 : Introduction, Construction
Week 2 : Performance, Lubrication system, Induction system
Exam : The Certification examen (online, in one of the Indian Exam centres) is optional, costs not yet communicated. Exam dates : April 27, 2019 (2 sessions : 9am to 12 noon; AN-2pm to 5pm).
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Personal recommended reference documents :
Aviation Maintenance Technician Handbook– Powerplant FAA :
This Mooc offered by NPTEL (National Program on Technology Enhanced Learning – India) is currently the only free Mooc about technical aircraft engine maintenance. The strength of this course is the detailed explanation of how piston engines work and what you have to consider for maintenance of aircraft engines. A chapter about jet engines concludes the course. The course design, mainly based on lecture of video slides is somewhat different of European or American Moocs : it doesn’t allow a lot of interactions and visual and sound quality could be improved. What I appreciated most about this course were several Lab session videos, where the instructor disassembled real aircraft engines for maintenance and also illustrated eventual risks of engine failures due to fatigue, pre-ignition or bad assembling. This Lab session videos completed perfectly the theoretical explanations. Apart some exceptions, the NPTEL course team answered promptly to questions of the participants on the discussion forum. Personal average score of the 8 assignments was 97%.
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Air safety investigations are complex and affect people from all over the world, with different backgrounds. This course is aimed at different target groups so you can experience different perspectives.
We will focus on the legal framework behind air safety investigations world-wide, and the generic procedures followed when an aviation occurrence happens. 6 weeks, 695 €
Perfect your FEA Skills and become more efficient. Learn to evaluate designs with a critical eye. For practicing and future stress analysts, designers and more. 8 weeks, Cost : 750 €
Engineering course on rotor design, aerodynamics models, simulation and more. Gain the skills needed to design rotors for wind turbines and wind farms. 17 weeks, Cost : 1000 €
Learn principles of Aeroelasticity for aircraft and wind turbine design. 12 weeks, Cost : 750 €
Learn how to develop and run advanced system models to solve engineering problems. 17 weeks, Cost : 1250€
Admission deadlines : Feb 04,2019
Start dates : Feb 11, 2019
By Estonian Aviation Academy
The course is dedicated to categorization of aircraft. All possible categories of aircraft flying up to date are been discussed starting from their history and brief information about most known representatives of each category is given.
Course authors: Jaan Susi, Hans Künka
Training volume: 1 ECTS (26 hours)
Course duration: 6 weeks
Course dates: 15.10.2018 to 25.11.2018
Platform : Moodle
Course target group: people intrested in aviation
Course certification: Students who successfully complete weekly quizzes ( scores of at least 50%) will receive the Estonian Aviation Academy certificate
All of the persons, having passed the course, will know the basic principles of categorization of aircraft, know the categories of aircraft, distinguish the belonging of some different aircraft to different categories, know some facts from the history of aircraft and also some basic technical data of some aircraft.
The course is presented in a form of full E-aid, containing 11 different lessons. For each lesson (video lectures, about 30 minutes per video)), an additional brief written form content of the particular lesson is given, as well as a glossary and a 10-question multiple choice test is proposed at the end of each lesson.
A very well structured course of presentation and classification of aircraft, including lot of videos, pictures and links. I really enjoyed this introduction Mooc, easily accessible for beginners, but also including useful information for those who are already familiar with aircraft (for instance infos about VTOl Jets, tiltwing aircraft,…). One of the few Moocs, where the required time-investment isn’t too important and corresponds to reality (26 academic hours, with the optional possibility to get more information via the provided links and personal researches). For each test you have two attempts, personal score was 95%, based on one single attempt.
Course description :
How do you design an aircraft or spacecraft? And in doing so, how do you keep the risk of failure minimal while bearing in mind that they will eventually fail?
In this course you will be taken on a journey through the structural and material design of aircraft. You will see and understand how aircraft and spacecraft are manufactured, and learn how safety is enshrined at every stage.
Experts from the Aerospace Structures and Materials Department of Delft University of Technology will help you explore and analyze the mechanical properties of materials; learning about manufacturing techniques, fatigue, loads and stresses, design considerations and more – all the scientific and engineering principles that structural and materials engineers face on a daily basis. By the end of the course, you will have learned to think like they do! What you will learn :
TU Delft : Delft University of Technology (largest and oldest Dutch public technological university)
Starts on August 28, 2018
Language : English
Platform : edX
Length : 7 weeks
Effort : 4 to 6 hours per week
Price : free, possibility to add a verified Certificate for $50 USD
Prerequisites : Basic knowledge of Physics (concepts of forces and moments, springs and temperature) and some familiarity with aircraft and spacecraft terminology: (e.g. wing, fuselage, tail plane, rocket, launcher).
Trailer : https://youtu.be/lGjtqxOgHf0
Content : An interesting Mooc in which theoretical concepts of strenght, stiffness, stress of materials and structures of aircraft are explained. The course is nevertheless very theoretic and doesn’t contain many practical examples. A lot of not guided researches by your own are required, especially about the materials used in aircrafts and how to design structural elements. For instance, without any introduction or given links, you’re asked to list the principal materials and their properties of your favorite aircraft or to design a firewall bulkhead for a two-seater sports-aircraft. Personally, I’ve got the impression that I’ve learned more by my own researches than by the Mooc content in itself, an approach which is interesting but very time-consuming and which requires much more investment than announced. Also, the content and the explanations aren’t always very clear, and some formula errors and missing units don’t facilitate the required calculations of values.
Discussions: Interesting questions and contributions by the students. More responsiveness by the staff to the numerous questions and remarks would be welcome.
Evaluations / Certifications : Different forms of evaluation are available and the given explanations of the evaluation criteria are more than confusing. So, here my personal experience: Each of the 7 chapters finishes with a 10 question multiple choice test (1 to 3 attempts available in function of the question); minimum required is 60% for each test. Only if you are successful in this test, a second assignment to accomplish for each chapter becomes available: mostly a more or less complicated essay to publish in relation to design and material topics; evaluations are either self-evaluations, peer-to-peer evaluations or sometimes pre-defined multiple choice questions. There again, a minimum of 60% of good answers is required. To accomplish successfully the Mooc and to get an EDX-certification (50$), the lower limit is fixed to 85% of success, which doesn’t let a lot of margins of errors or bad peer-to-peer evaluations. My personal overall score was 97%, but it costs me a lot of time- and research-investment.
This was the very first session of the Mooc. It’s a Mooc with much potential and is worth to continue, but I hope that the mentioned deficiencies will be corrected.
Explore the history of space travel and learn the basics of aerospace engineering.
Space exploration plays a major role in the history of humankind. The cultural, political and sociological repercussions are extraordinary, and the amount of resources dedicated to space exploration is enormous. This aerospace course is a first step for those interested in learning more about the history of the space and the impact of space exploration on our daily lives.
Each week we will focus on a major chapter in the history of space exploration accompanied by an introduction to the relevant technical topics to fully understand these historical developments. During the seven weeks of the course, we will follow the technical, political and cultural contexts that lead to the birth of the space age, uncover the evolution of space exploration from competition to cooperation in the Apollo and post-Apollo era and finally, analyze current trends in space exploration.
By successfully completing this course, you will acquire the critical tools to understand the key events and developments of the Space Age. You will learn to solve basic technical and engineering problems of space travel, rocket propulsion, space systems, and human space flight.
The evaluation is based on seven final tests about the contents: videos and documents. To pass the course it is necessary to obtain the 60% of the final grade.
History of space travels and flights, of missiles, rockets and space stations, life in space, space exploitation for humankind (telecom, earth observation, GNSS,…), propulsion systems – a very well structured and rich content Mooc, containing videos and lecture materials. Each test consists of 10 questions, a few of them are based on calculations, others are more general and refer to the presented documents and videos. Some internet researches are necessary to respond. There is only 1 single attempt to answer the questions, so one has to be careful and pay attention to each word. Personal score was 91%.
Mooc (2018) by Delft University of Technology (TU Delft, largest and oldest Dutch public technological university)
Type : self-paced, designed for 7 weeks duration, 84 h. You may spend more than 7 weeks to finish the course. This aviation Mooc is challenging but it is also very well designed; one of my favorite aviation Moocs.
Platform : edX
Language : English
Reinhard Finke – VdN