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Short Course Modules:

Module 1: Early Pioneers in Flight

1.1. Leonardo da Vinci’s Flying Machines

1.2. The Montgolfier Brothers and the Hot Air Balloon

1.3. Sir George Cayley and the Modern Glider

1.4. Otto Lilienthal’s Contributions to Aerodynamics

Module 2: The Wright Brothers and Powered Flight

2.1. The Wright Brothers’ First Powered Flight

2.2. Development of the Wright Flyer Models

2.3. Early Challenges and Achievements

2.4. Legacy of the Wright Brothers

Module 3: World War I and the Dawn of Military Aviation

3.1. Fighter Aces of World War I

3.2. Evolution of Aircraft Design in WWI

3.3. Reconnaissance and Bombing Missions

3.4. Impact of WWI on Aviation Technology

Module 4: The Golden Age of Aviation Between the Wars

4.1. Charles Lindbergh and Transatlantic Flight

4.2. Aircraft of the “Barnstorming” Era

4.3. Record-Breaking Flights of the 1920s and 1930s

4.4. The Influence of Air Mail Services

Module 5: World War II and Technological Advancements

5.1. Role of Aviation in WWII

5.2. Iconic WWII Aircraft (Spitfire, P-51 Mustang, etc.)

5.3. Development of Jet Engines

5.4. Post-WWII Transition to Civilian Aviation

Module 6: The Jet Age and Commercial Aviation

6.1. Chuck Yeager and Breaking the Sound Barrier

6.2. Introduction of Commercial Jetliners (Boeing 707, Douglas DC-8)

6.3. The Age of Propellers to Turbojets

6.4. The Boeing 747 and the Era of Wide-Body Aircraft

Module 7: Space Exploration and the Space Race

7.1. Early Rocketry and Robert Goddard

7.2. Sputnik and the Space Race

7.3. Yuri Gagarin and Alan Shepard: First Humans in Space

7.4. The Apollo Program and the Moon Landing

Module 8: Modern Aircraft Design and Technology

8.1. Advances in Composite Materials

8.2. Glass Cockpits and Avionics

8.3. Role of Computational Fluid Dynamics

8.4. Impact of Fly-by-Wire Systems 

Module 9: Sustainable Aviation and Future Trends

9.1. Environmental Concerns and Green Aviation

9.2. Electric and Hybrid Aircraft

9.3. Autonomous and Urban Air Mobility

9.4. The Prospects of Commercial Space Travel

Module 10: Challenges and Opportunities in Aviation

10.1. Aviation Safety and Accident Investigations

10.2. Regulatory Agencies and Aviation Regulations

10.3. Future Workforce and Pilot Shortages

10.4. The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Aviation