Short Courses

Cross Section of Composite BladeShort Course on Rotorcraft Technology Development

Monday, May 16, 2016
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Organized by Dan Newman, The Boeing Company; and Erasmo Piñero, Bell Helicopter

A team of esteemed experts in rotorcraft technology will be giving a Short Course on Rotorcraft Technology Development. The day-long program on key aspects of vertical flight, by the leading technical authorities, will provide an understanding of the challenges and capabilities, through a review of the history and evolution and a description of the enabling technologies.

Topics include key technologies for the creation of the helicopter, rotor systems, vertical flight control, propulsion systems and power transmission, structures, and dynamics & vibration.

Course fee: $350 USD. See the full Short Course Description.

Short Course on Helicopter-Ship Qualification Testing

Monday, May 16, 2016
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Presented by Dr. Alrik Hoencamp, AeroMath

NLR NH90-Zr The goal of this short course is to familiarize attendants with all aspects of helicopter-ship qualification testing and acquaint them with an innovative approach that will drastically reduce costs. Helicopter-ship qualification testing (also known as helicopter-ship dynamic interface) is a mandatory step to obtain approval to land with specific helicopters on specific ships.

This implies that besides theoretical considerations, actual sea trials are required in various (weather) conditions to assess the ships and helicopters capabilities. This is often a lengthy and expensive procedure.

This short course will cover the relevant aspects for optimizing cost and time efficiency of helicopter-ship qualification testing. An innovative already proven approach will be presented that will drastically lead to a reduction of resources required for the sea trials fulfilling the highest safety standards.

For example a reduction of approximately 70% in sailing periods of the ship and allocated flight hours of the helicopter have been achieved for the NH90 NFH across the entire Dutch fleet. Just as important is that the developed flight envelopes enable the maximum operational capability for any helicopter-ship combination in a world-wide theatre and climate circumstances.

Many flight test application examples based on the instructor’s broad experience will be presented throughout the course in order to broaden practical and theoretical understanding of helicopter operations from ships.

The course will be presented by Dr. Alrik Hoencamp, an experimental flight test engineer and world-recognized expert in the field of helicopter-ship qualification testing. He has served for nearly 20 years within the Royal Netherlands Navy, whilst starting as a navigation officer on board of ships and ending at the maritime division of the flight test department.

The course will benefit both junior and experienced rotorcraft engineers, researchers, academia, flight test engineers and pilots, and managers interested in an overview of helicopter operations from ships. Participants will receive a syllabus with all the course material.

Course fee: $350 USD. See the full Short Course Description. An overview video on Shipboard Helicopter Operational Limitation (SHOL) is also available:

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