Training Day Schedule – Monday, 30 October 2017

Descriptions & Instructor Bios

Aeroelasticity – Theory and Practice: Dr. Vin Sharma
0800 – 0900

Aeroelasticity pertains to the study on interaction among aerodynamics, elastic structure, and inertia properties which can lead to instabilities such as control reversal, divergence, and flutter. Fundamental concepts of structural dynamics and unsteady aerodynamics leading up to the formulation of equations of motion will be presented.  Various techniques of solving these equations will be discussed.

Dr. Vin Sharma has over 37 years of experience in the aerospace industry. He is currently pursuing research in fluid-thermal-structure-interaction of high speed vehicles at the Air Force Research Lab.  He is also an Adjunct Faculty at the University of Florida teaching Structural Dynamics and Aeroelasticity courses.  He earned his doctoral degree from Georgia Institute of Technology in Dynamics-based Structural Health Monitoring.

Flight Control – Theory and Practice: Dr. Benjamin Dickinson
0915 – 1015

Automatic control systems underlie the performance of modern aircraft and weapon systems. This lecture will introduce the basic elements of flight control design, including equations of motion, trim, linearization, basic feedback control architectures, and gain scheduling. Mathematical theory will be contrasted with practical challenges leading to concluding comments on areas of future research.

Dr. Ben Dickinson earned his PhD in Dynamic Systems and Control from Oregon State University. He is a research engineer at the Air Force Research Lab pursuing guidance and control in basic and applied research programs. He is also an Adjunct Faculty at the University of Florida teaching Robust and Adaptive Control for Aerospace Systems.

Envelope Expansion Flight Testing: Mr. James Dubben
1030 – 1130

This topic will cover envelope expansion flight testing. Envelope expansion, by its very nature, is unique by the “first time” exposure of atmospheric and flight conditions on the airframe system. Considerations for flight test planning, instrumentation and test approach will be discussed in an introductory fashion.

Mr. James Dubben offers his experience of over 30 years in flight test of various aircraft at the Naval Air Warfare and the Air Force SEEK EAGLE Office. His interests cover nonlinear computational fluid dynamics to flight tests of aeroelastic phenomena like Limit Cycle Oscillation on F-18 and F-16 aircraft.  He earned his master’s degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Experimental and Theoretical Unsteady Aerodynamics.

Cybersecurity: Mr. Randolph Kelly
1300 – 1500

The topic of Cybersecurity has taken on increased emphasis in light of media attention to cyber incursions as well as Congressional mandate to assess critical military cyber resilience before 2020. This is an INTRODUCTORY course of basic cybersecurity definitions, DoD cybersecurity policy, and a systems engineering based approach to analyzing cybersecurity risk of complex integrated avionics. The course briefly examines how traditional information assurance based security controls are insufficient for modern complex systems, how mission functionality drives both system designers and cybersecurity experts, and presents a methodology for decomposing mission essential functionality into information flow technologies that may be susceptible to cyber attack.

Mr. Randolph H. Kelly is the senior mission systems expert responsible for overall architecture of, oversight, updating, and executing the systems curriculum phase for the accredited TPS Master’s Degree program in Flight Test Engineering.  Mr. Kelly updates and teaches academics related to communications/datalinks, air-to-air and air-to-ground radar (including Doppler sharpening, synthetic aperture, and moving target radars), electro-optical (EO)/infrared (IR) imaging systems, integrated navigation systems, remotely piloted aircraft (RPA), electronic warfare (EW)/low-observables (LO) technology, avionics systems integration, air-to-air/air-to-ground weapons testing, information fusion, and cyber susceptibility testing.  Mr. Kelly instructs and/or demonstrates ground and flight test principles in simulators (USAF flight simulators, ZedaSoft flight simulators, LabVolt communications/radar simulators), hardware-in-the-loop test facilities, and aircraft including gliders and small transport aircraft.

Flight Test Parameter Identification: Dr. Kent Kaiser
1515 – 1615

Parameter Identification pertains to collecting flight test information that can be used to extract the aerodynamic characteristics of an air vehicle. This short course will serve as an introduction to the most rudimentary concepts behind the approach, as well as discuss some of the complex issues encountered with the methods.

Dr. Kent Kaiser earned his PhD in Aerospace Engineering from University of Florida.  He has over 25 years of experience in guidance, navigation, and control of aerospace vehicles and is currently supporting advanced systems development at Eglin Air Force Base.

Real-World Data Analysis with MATLAB: Mr. Tom Fotiades
1630 – 1730

Analyzing real-world data can get messy! This sessions is intended to show how to get ugly, real-world data into MATLAB and get it ready for analysis. With flight test data in mind, the content in this presentation is meant to help engineers with the following key items:

– Key updates to the MATLAB environment, capabilities, data-types, etc.
– Importing data (large data sets, varying formats)
– Data Management (efficient storage/access strategies)
– Handling missing or misaligned data
– Handling outliers