Browse Learn C1130

Flight Control Systems for Transport Aircraft C1130

This four hour short course will provide an overview of the flight control system design of recent transport aircraft. Topics will include the principles, system architectures, power sources, and main components of various technologies of flight control systems including mechanical, hydromechanical, fly-by-wire, power-by-wire, and high-lift systems. Additionally, future trends in flight controls will be discussed.

Learning Objectives
By attending this seminar, you will be able to:
  • Explain the operating principles of various flight control systems
  • Identify the various system architectures, including normal and back-up where applicable
  • Identify power sources for flight control systems
  • Identify the various components of flight control systems

Who Should Attend
This seminar is designed for engineers, executives, and other key personnel with little or no previous flight control knowledge or experience.

  • Generals
    • Flight control surfaces
    • Cockpit controls
  • Mechanical Flight Controls
    • Principles (mechanical linkages, tabs, horns…)
    • System Architecture
    • Components
  • Hydromechanical Flight Controls
    • Principles (mechanical linkages, hydro mechanical servo actuator)
    • System Architecture
    • Power sources (hydraulic systems)
    • Components (servo actuators, feel units, trim actuators…)
  • First Generation: Fly-by-Wire Systems
    • Principles (electro-hydraulic servovalve, computer architectures)
    • System architecture (normal and back-up)
    • Power sources (hydraulic systems)
    • Components (side stick, conventional controls columns, servo actuators, sensors,
    • digital computers, control law overview)
  • New Generation: Hybrid Power Sources and Full Fly-by-Wire Systems
    • Principles (reduced number of hydraulic systems, electrohydrostatic actuators)
    • System architecture (normal and back-up)
    • Power sources (hydraulic and electric systems)
    • Components (EHA, EBHA, back-up control)
  • High-Lift Systems
    • Leading edge and trailing edge high lift devices
    • System architecture
    • Components (PCU, actuators, transmission, computers)
  • Future Trends: More Electric Systems
Dominique van den Bossche

Dominique van den Bossche is presently an independent consultant for European and US flight control actuation companies. He retired from Airbus in 2009 as the Head of Department in charge of the Primary Flight Control Actuation and Hydraulics Department in the Systems and Integration Tests Center of Competence of the Airbus Engineering organization. He was responsible for the management of R&T, design, development, validation and in-service engineering support of the Primary Flight Control Actuation, Hydraulic Generation and Hydraulic Distribution equipment, for all Airbus models from A300B to A380, A400M and A350. Previously at Aerospatiale, Mr. van den Bossche was a development engineer in charge of A300B hydromechanical flight control equipment. He was also involved in the A310, A300-600, ATR42/72 and A320 flight control equipment developments. He was appointed as the Head of the Pilot Controls and Primary Flight Control Actuation Group prior to his appointment to Head of Department. Holding four patents involving flight control actuation equipment design and application, Mr. van den Bossche has also been recognized with an award by the French Academy of Technology for his achievements on electrohydrostatic actuation technology. In addition to actively serving on the SAE-A6 Fluid Power, Actuation & Control Technology as Vice-Chairman, his industry service also includes serving on the ISO TC20/ SC10/WG9 Hydraulics & Flight Control Actuation committee and the Mechanical Branch Committee and Hydraulic & Actuation working group of the French “Bureau de Normalisation Aéronautique”. He currently teaches Flight Control Actuation Systems at the Institut Universitaire de Technologie (IUT) in Blagnac, France and on-demand courses for various companies and organizations. Mr. van den Bossche received a Master's Degree in Aeronautics at the French “Ecole Nationale Supérieure d' Ingénieurs de Constructions Aéronautiques”.

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Fees: $325.00
SAE Members: $325.00 - $325.00

.4 CEUs
You must complete all course contact hours and successfully pass the learning assessment to obtain CEUs.

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Duration: .5 Day
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