"Did you ever think you'd want to take a class in combustion thermodynamics?" asked coworker Ed Hazelwood this morning, after I told him about a two-day course in July that examines engine emission and gas turbine combustion research. Okay, if you would have asked me this question 15 years ago, I might not have answered affirmatively. The fact is, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics is offering a interesting sounding course, "Combustion and Emission in Aircraft Engines," July 12-13 in Cincinnati that explores "fuel combustion and design issues in gas turbine combustors" and how those impact NOx emissions, and hence, greenhouse gases. AIAA also offers lots of other classes if this one doesn't interest you.
If engines aren't your thing, how about a hazmat class? Aviation Suppliers Association offers two-day hazardous materials training designed to meet U.S. Federal Regulatory Requirements 49 CFR 172 subpart H and 14 CFR 121.433a.
Or, how about maintenance human factors training? Grey Owl Aviation Consultants have been offering Human Factors in Aviation Maintenance workshops for years. They're practical, interesting and comply with Transport Canada, EASA and FAA requirements. The Aeronautical Repair Station Association also offers human factors training as well as courses such as "Complying With Part 145" and "Surviving Audits."
And last but not least, next week is WATS (World & Regional Aviation Training Conference & Tradeshow). It features a maintenance track moderated by Dr. Bill Johnson. Dr. George Ebbs, formerly the president of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and now president and CEO of Dubai Aerospace University, is the keynoter on June 12 and plans to talk about the aviation education's changing needs. --By Lee Ann Tegtmeier