Lightning Protection of Aircraft is a four-and-one-half day course to familiarize aircraft and system or equipment design engineers with the interaction of lightning and static electricity with advanced technology aircraft. The course begins by bringing the student up-to-date with the fundamentals of lightning and static electrification of aircraft and their effects on structures and systems. This is followed by a thorough review of applicable regulations and standards. Students will learn the basic approaches and techniques of protection design and certification for both new aircraft and for modifications and upgrades. Particular emphasis is placed on the efficient preparation of certification and verification test plans.
This course has been designed to give students the practical information and basic understanding required for meaningful work in this technology and to avoid common pitfalls such as misinterpretation of requirements and costly overdesigns. The course has been developed by engineers currently active in the lightning protection design and certification of the world's most advanced aerospace vehicles and systems.
Students should have experience with design of airframes, propulsion systems, electrical and avionics systems or other on-board components or systems. A degree in a related technical area is advisable but not required. Students should be conversant with design techniques and should be actively engaged in the planning, design or certification of new aircraft or components.
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Lightning Interaction with Aircraft
Design and Testing
Lightning Effects on Aircraft
Lightning Test Criteria and Standards
Basic Steps in Lightning Protection Design and Certification
Static Electrification and Protection
Unique Design Problems and Solutions
Organization and Management of Successful Lightning Protection Design and Certification Programs
Recent Research Programs
Laboratory Demonstrations of Simulated Lightning Testing