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Airworthiness Assurance and Component Tracking of Small Unmanned Aerial Systems

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

Start Date

June 15, 2019

End Date

June 19, 2019

Conference Session

Aerospace Engineering Education

Tagged Division

Aerospace

Page Count

15

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https://peer.asee.org/32051

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5

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Kristoffer Borgen Purdue University

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currently works as a Graduate teaching assistant in the Aviation Technology department at Purdue University. Received a BS in 2018 in Aerospace Engineering Technology from Purdue University and is currently working on a Masters in Aviation and Aerospace Management. Currently a teaching laboratory sections in statics and unmanned aerial systems (UAS).

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William Theodore Weldon Purdue University

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PhD student at Purdue University studying UAS operations.

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Brian Kozak Purdue Polytechnic Institute

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Dr. Brian J. Kozak is a faculty member in the School of Aviation and Transportation Technology at Purdue University where he teaches in the Unmanned Aerial Systems and Aeronautical Engineering Technology majors. He also teaches at the graduate level. Dr. Kozak developed new courses on aeronautical statics, autonomous vehicle operations, and drone operations in outdoor flight environments. He is currently collaborating with industry partners to teach skills that are required for a new generation of aviation graduates.

Dr. Kozak earned his B.S. in Applied Physics, B.S. in Interdisciplinary Science, M.S. in Aviation and Aerospace Management, and Ph.D. in Technology from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. He has strong personal interests in aviation where he enjoys piloting aircraft and building a composite airplane. Dr. Kozak holds FAA private pilot, airframe and powerplant, and remote pilot certificates

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Tracy L. Yother Purdue Polytechnic Institute

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Tracy L. Yother is a PhD student in Career and Technical Education in the College of Education at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. Ms. Yother currently teaches the undergraduate Powerplant Systems course in the Aeronautical Engineering Technology (AET) program. She possesses a B.S. and M.S. in Aviation Technology. She also holds an airframe and powerplant certificate.

Ms. Yother has 18 years’ experience in the aerospace and defense industry working for companies such as Boeing, McDonnell Douglas, and Pratt and Whitney. She has held positions in product support, customer support, and program management.

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Abstract

With the rising prominence of small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS), there is an increasing need to maintain safety. Current Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations require that each sUAS undergo a simple visual and operational preflight check. There is no detailed airworthiness assurance or tracking requirement as required for certificated aircraft. However, as the number of commercial sUAS increases, this requirement for detailed airworthiness assurance and component tracking may change. In order to familiarize students in an Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) major with this possible change, a junior level course was structured around tracking sUAS in a way which mirrored certified aircraft. The course focused on integration on an off the shelf autopilot into a five pound 3d printed quadcopter. Students in groups of two were required to fly ten missions in outdoor, real world conditions. At the start of class, students within the class, created a course specific preflight checklist. Before each flight, there students were required to follow this checklist. Also, each component on the quadcopter had its own individual serial number recorded in a logbook. In the event of a hard landing or flight anomaly that required the replacement of a component, the student group has to file several pieces of paperwork which were recorded in the quadcopter's specific logbook. First, a flight incident report with weather conditions, operators, and description of the event was included. Then an FAA form 337 was filled out. Finally, the serial number of the components removed and the serial number of the new components were recorded. With this focus on airworthiness assurance and part tracking, students within the course are better prepared for future changes in sUAS regulations

Borgen, K., & Weldon, W. T., & Kozak, B., & Yother, T. L. (2019, June), Airworthiness Assurance and Component Tracking of Small Unmanned Aerial Systems Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. https://peer.asee.org/32051

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