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Introduction to Aeronautical Engineering - Delft University of Technology

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Discover the fascinating world of aviation by investigating aeronautics, aerodynamics and flight mechanics.
With this course you earn while you learn, you gain recognized qualifications, job specific skills and knowledge and this helps you stand out in the job market.

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Requirements: High school level Mathematics & Physics


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What I would highlight Everything was excellent, contennt, instructor, provider. Just great! I was very motivated to follow aerospace engineering at university, and now I just can't wait to get started! This was very interesting, cool and motivating.

What could be improved Nothing bad.

Course taken: October 2016 | Recomendarías este centro? Sí.

What I would highlight This was a tough introductory course by EdEx standards, with a strong emphasis on derivation of equations, so I suspect it had a high drop-out rate for students not expecting the amount of maths involved. I now have a real appreciation of the important aspects of aircraft design and flight. The course would be improved by the provision of a set of course notes (not just lecture transcripts) and faster responses to questions on the discussion board.

What could be improved No negative aspects.

Course taken: March 2016 | Recomendarías este centro? Sí.

What I would highlight This course will enhance my interest in aeronautics and help to boost my electronics engineering technology skills.

What could be improved Everything OK.

Course taken: April 2015 | Recomendarías este centro? Sí.

What you'll learn on the course

Aeronautical Engineering

Course programme

This course provides an overview of and introduction to the fundamentals of aeronautics, using the history of aviation as a story line. The course uses examples from the very beginning of aviation (the Montgolfier brothers’ balloon flight in 1783 and the Wright brothers’ heavier-than-air flight in 1903) and continues all the way through to the current Airbus A380 and future aircraft. During this trajectory three major topics are discussed: aeronautics, aerodynamics and flight mechanics.

Lectures are frequently accompanied by related exercises and demonstrations. The course also incorporates (design) challenges/competitions, based on the knowledge obtained through the lectures.

What you'll learn

  • A general introduction to aeronautics
  • Detailed knowledge of aerodynamics
  • A specific understanding of flight performance

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Jacco M. Hoekstra Professor CNS/ATM (Communication, Navigation, Surveillance/Air Traffic Management) After 16 years of researcher and manager in the field of flight simulation, handling qualities, avionics, human factors and CNS/ATM at the National Aerospace Laboratory (NLR) of the Netherlands, a.o. working for the FAA and NASA, professor Hoekstra was asked to be the Dean of the Aerospace Engineering faculty of the Delft University of Technology. After serving two terms as dean, he was appointed as chairholder CNS/ATM at the Control & Simulation group at this faculty. Apart from the awards for his research, he has also been chosen as best teacher of the faculty and is the recipient of the International Open Courseware award for multimedia usage in 2013. Professor Hoekstra is the course coordinator of this course.