UTSI SCHEDULES 3 AIRCRAFT COURSES IN FALL

For release June 30, 2006

UTSI SCHEDULES 3 AIRCRAFT COURSES IN FALL

Two flight-testing short courses and one on aircraft icing are planned this fall at The University of Tennessee Space Institute.

Dr. Ralph D. Kimberlin, who headed UTSI’s Aviation Systems program for years before retiring last fall, is director of a “Fixed Wing Performance Flight Testing” course set for Sept. 11-22. Rodney Allison, an adjunct professor and manager of UTSI’s Flight research Center is among instructors for this course.

Allison is director of a “Rotary Wing Performance Flight Testing” course scheduled for Oct. 2-6. A fee for each of the fixed-wing courses is $2995.

Richard J. Ranaudo, assistant professor of the Aviation Systems program, will repeat a course covering “all pertinent aspects of aircraft icing” on Oct. 16-20 at UTSI’s Flight Research Center located at the Tullahoma Airport.

Ranaudo first introduced the course in 2004. Enrollment in the icing course is limited to 17 persons and only ten of those can participate in the variable stability training flight.

Fee for the icing course is $1,765 with an additional charge of $440 for the training flight.

Ranaudo assembles guest lectures and Institute staffers “who are experts in various fields of icing technology, flight testing, and flight operations,” to provide a “comprehensive curriculum covering substantial subject matter.”

For the rotary wing flight-testing course, Allison will be joined by these instructors: Dr. U. Peter Solies, UTSI associate professor of Aviation Systems, and Bob Miller and John O’Connor, U.S. Naval Test Pilot School.

Additional information on the courses may be obtained from Becky Stines, director of Continuing Education, Mail Stop 15, UTSI, 411 B.H. Goethert Parkway, Tullahoma, Tenn., 37388-9700. She also may be reached at (931) 393-7276 or atbstines@utsi.edu. Faxes may be sent to Director Stines by dialing (931) 393-7327.

The Space Institute conducts short courses throughout the year that traditionally draw students from around the nation and overseas.