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Aeronautics, Aircraft Systems, & Jet Engine courses
Aeronautics, Aircraft Systems, & Jet Engine courses

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Afterburners capture our attention, but you might be surprised to learn that the “core” of this fighter engine is largely the same as that of commercial engines! Learn all this and more by attending our “Intro to Jet Engines,” short course offered 20-22 Aug in Beavercreek, OH. Register on our website today: https://practicalaero.com/schedule/
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Sign up today for "Introduction to Aircraft Systems," offered 18-20 June, in Beavercreek, OH. This 2.5 day short course is great for technical folks that need to know more about the generic systems on an airplane—their components, how they work, and how the systems are integrated. This course can be valuable for anyone in the aerospace community and is team taught by highly experienced educators and flight crew. Non-government employees who register by May 25th receive an early registration discount! Gov't pricing and groups discounts are also available. Review course details and register on our website: https://practicalaero.com/
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Thanks to all who attended our short course "Introduction to Aeronautics" last week in Ohio! Our next open enrollment offering of this course is scheduled in Hampton, VA. Register on our website: http://practicalaero.com/schedule/ for your seat in the upcoming class!
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Sign up today for your seat in our 22-25 January, 2018 course offering of "Introduction to Aeronautics," at the National Institute of Aerospace in Hampton, VA. Review our website for additional details and to register: http://practicalaero.com/schedule/

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One of the most eye (and ear!) catching components of certain aircraft gas turbine engines is the afterburner (or augmentor)! A component found in military fighter jets, most know that the “AB” is used for increased thrust, but do you know the source of that thrust increase? When a pilot moves the throttle into AB, additional fuel is added at the augmentor entrance. The fuel reacts with leftover oxygen in the air releasing a lot of energy (temperatures approaching 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit)! A carefully controlled convergent-divergent nozzle (like a rocket nozzle) opens to allow gas expansion to supersonic exhaust speeds. The pressure acting on the inner walls of the divergent section of the nozzle is higher than ambient pressure resulting in a 30-60% increase in thrust! Incredibly enough, the engine rotational speed does not change when AB is selected!
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We spent some time at the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum with some of our favorite aerospace enthusiasts, students from Wings Aerospace Academy! Read all about it on the Outreach section of our website. http://practicalaero.com/outreach/

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J58 turbojet which powered the SR-71 to speed in excess of Mach 3 (3 times the speed of sound) at altitudes exceeding 80,000 feet!
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Practical Aeronautics' owners and key personnel met earlier this month to plan for a successful 2017. We've come a long way from our humble beginnings in 2009 and appreciate the opportunities to help in your workforce development needs. We are proud to continue to serve and support the United States military, NASA, and private aerospace industries. Thank YOU for supporting our small business. #smallbusiness #smallbusinesssaturday #veteranownedbusiness
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We received our Veteran Owned Small Business status this month.  Practical Aeronautics is proud to stand tall with other Veteran Business Owners!
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PAI loves gaining inspiration from Colorado's future engineers!  Last week, John and Keith spent time with 8th graders from Wings Aerospace Academy, introducing basic aerodynamic concepts and applying those concepts to glider flight tests.
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