This module can be taken as a Short Course for Credit or a Standalone Short Course.

Please go to the 'Upgrade to a professional qualification' section for more information.

This module will provide students with an understanding of the principles, concepts and analysis techniques of fixed-wing platforms.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield University at Shrivenham
  • Cost£1,925 Concessions available

What you will learn

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:


  • Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the fundamental concepts of fixed- wing aerodynamics and flight mechanics.


  • Relate the flight envelope and control surfaces to an aircraft’s trim and stability,
  • Relate the principles of flight mechanics and the fundamental concepts of subsonic and supersonic aerodynamics to aircraft analysis.

Core content

  • Aerodynamics: fundamental definitions; basic fluid dynamics; basic aerodynamics; the origins of lift; drag subsonic flight speeds; compressible flow; transonic flight; supersonic flight; drag reduction in high-speed flight.
  • Aerostructures: history of aircraft structural design developments; fundamental aerospace stress and structural analysis methods; structural layout methods; structural loads.
  • Flight mechanics 1: performance; airspeeds; cruise performance; mass definitions; climbing and descending flight; manoeuvres; take-off and landing; energy-height concept. 
  • Flight mechanics 2: trim, stability and control; longitudinal static stability; lateral/directional static stability; lateral dynamic stability; control methods.
  • Tutorials.

Upgrade to a professional qualification

When taken as a Short Course for Credit, 10 credit points can be put towards the Military Aerospace and Airworthiness MSc.

Find out more about short course credit points.


A limited number of MOD sponsored places are available.

How to apply

To apply for this course please use the online application form.

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