Aeronautical courses are typically available through bachelor's, master's, or doctorate degree programs in aeronautical engineering or aviation. These courses are specifically designed for individuals who want to become maintenance technicians, air traffic controllers and professional pilots, and they typically combine information about aircraft construction, engineering, and mechanics.
A common aeronautics program includes an introduction to the history of both atmospheric and space flight, including the basic elements of aerodynamics, fluid mechanics, rocket propulsion, launch systems, and thermodynamics. Intermediate courses will allow students to further explore the specifics of aerodynamics and current technologies in this field, and hands-on training opportunities may be included. Advanced courses include aviation law and mechanical diagnostics.
Here are some major topics covered in aeronautics courses:
- Aeronautical physics
- Rocket propulsion
- Contemporary aeronautical engineering
- Aviation law
- Mechanical flaw diagnosis
List of Courses
Fundamentals of Aerospace and Space Technology Course
While aeronautical degree programs concentrate on atmospheric flight, many schools teach aeronautics and aerospace, which concentrates on space flight, together. In an aerospace fundamentals course, students discover the basic elements of aerodynamics, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, rocket propulsion, spaceflight dynamics and launch systems. They also learn the way these elements affect airplane and spacecraft performance, along with the engineering problems associated with operating spacecraft outside the earth's atmosphere.
Through these aeronautical courses, which are taken at multiple levels through the degree program, students become familiar with the principles of how air moves around objects, and the effects of this moving air on aircraft. Topics include airfoils, vortex panels, lattice methods, fluid dynamics, subsonics and transonic flow. The course includes labs that allow students to conduct experiments in fluid dynamics and aerodynamics.
Current Topics in Aeronautical Engineering Course
Students examine issues relating to current technological advances and issues in aeronautical engineering. The intermediate aeronautical courses familiarize students with research in the field as they learn about the past, present and future of aeronautics. Many professors require that students in this course read articles and magazines pertaining to aeronautics for class discussion, and sometimes research papers are required.
Aviation Law Course
This advanced aeronautic course covers the law's relevance, uses and practical applications for the pilot, engineer and airplane staff. Issues currently facing airlines, such as aviation security, are also discussed in the course. Students study marketing and advertising tactics used by airlines to draw in customers and ways to remain competitive in the industry.
Mechanical Diagnostics Course
Students taking this advanced aeronautical course learn to detect mechanical problems and develop ways to diagnose, isolate and analyze the severity of a problem. Students study multiple diagnostic and basic repair techniques. Other topics include domain and signal processing. Usually, this class is taken toward the end of a bachelor's or master's degree program.