Upon course completion, the student will be able to:
1. Evaluate and assess the evolution of the helicopter from the ideas of early aeronautical inventors to the contrasting designs and versatility of the machines of today.
2. Appraise the advanced aerodynamics of rotary-wing flight in terms of cause and effect relationships to the unique mandates on control designs, performance, stability qualities, flight envelope, structures and load limitations.
3. Compare and differentiate the technological contributions of Igor Sikorsky, Larry Bell, and other pioneers in the helicopter world by correlating and assessing their early developments to advanced categories and application of modern helicopters.
4. Analyze and assess the effect of advanced helicopter component designs, such as electro optical systems, avionics, airfoil designs, flight controls, power plants, anti-torque devices as they apply to the theory of and limitations to rotorcraft flight.
5. Appraise and correlate the economic, social and regulatory issues involved in current helicopter civil uses and related employment fields, thence predict how this matrix affects potential future growth of these commercial categories of helicopter applications.
6. Examine, compare and categorize the various civil helicopter niches, such as public service, corporate, commercial, courier, and passenger transportation thence contrast and compare such applications between fixed-wing and helicopter capabilities.
7. Evaluate and extrapolate the economic cause and effect of commercial and business developments in regards to current regulatory mandates, such as heliport requirements, noise standards, flight rules and helicopter safety, thence contrast these elements with various advanced helicopter designs regarding future commercial expansion, public acceptance and improved utilization of vertical lift aircraft.
8. Identify and distinguish the various advanced technologies including, tilt-rotors, glass cockpits, Unmanned Aerial Rotorcraft Vehicles, and other advanced rotor and tail-rotor systems, and assess their impact on the current and future economics of marketing and utilizing vertical aircraft that embrace such technologies and devices.
9. Conduct graduate level research paper and presentation on a specific aspect of rotorcraft operations such as design, economics, manufacturing, application, safety etc.