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Fundamentals of Gas Dynamics (FGD) is an introductory training experience in compressible flow. The central objective of the course is to help participants achieve a firm understanding of elementary compressible flow principles and processes. This course also provides the analytical tools needed to perform basic compressible flow calculations for a wide variety of flow problems.



This course is best suited for individuals with academic or professional experience in fluid mechanics and aerodynamics.

General Requirements

  • Algebra
  • 1st Year College Calculus
  • 1st Year College Physics

Suggested WEA Preparatory Courses

  • April 24-27, 2023

J. Terry White Curriculum Vitae

J. Terry White is president and CEO of White Eagle Aerospace. His 50 years of professional aerospace experience includes the NASA Space Shuttle Program, NASA X-43A Flight Research Project, and the United States Navy STANDARD Missile Program.  During his far-ranging professional career, Terry has served on the engineering technical staff of Rockwell International, General Dynamics Corporation, Hughes Missile Systems Company, NASA Dryden Flight Research Center and Raytheon Missile Systems.  In addition, he has served as an engineering consultant to numerous corporate and private aerospace enterprises.

Terry is a subject matter technical expert in the disciplines of  aerodynamics, 6-DOF aerodynamics models, aerothermodynamics, hypersonics, flight simulation, and flight testing.

Terry previously served as manager of the Aerodynamics Department in the Guidance, Navigation, and Control Center at Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, Arizona. In this capacity, he was responsible for all aerodynamics work performed at the world’s largest tactical missile producer.  He concluded his career with Raytheon in 2010 as a Senior Engineering Fellow in Aerodynamics.

Terry has authored more than 180 technical papers on a wide variety of aero-science and aerospace subjects. His teaching credentials include 15 years as an instructor in the Aerospace Engineering Department of the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, 10 years as an instructor in the professional development program at Raytheon and 17 years developing and teaching technical courses at White Eagle Aerospace. Those who have taken Terry’s courses say that he brings an extensive technical knowledge and uncommon instructional skill to the training environment.

Terry is particularly well-known for his inspiring aerospace history presentations, which are intense, technically relevant reviews of significant events in United States aerospace history. He has lectured extensively on aerospace history topics at the USAF Test Pilot School, the Society of Experimental Test Pilots, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, academia and industry.

Terry and his wife Phyllis reside in Oro Valley, Arizona. They are the happy parents of five remarkable children and the grateful grandparents of nine delightful grandchildren.

Mark Bateup

Dr. Mark Bateup has spent a career spanning 25 years in rocketry and hypersonics within the science and technology research group of the Australian Department of Defence.

A large part of his career has been involved in flight trials and experimentation, both at ground-test facilities and through free-flight trials. He has investigated rocket motor service-life extension for solid rocket motors for a range of missile systems and human safety-critical ejection systems, such as on the F-111 aircraft. His PhD in Aerospace from the University of Queensland involved investigation of hydrocarbon fuel in a scramjet duct. This research was conducted within one of Australia’s free-piston reflected shock tubes.

Mark was a critical team member of the USA-Australian collaboration in the Hypersonic International Flight Research and Experimentation (HIFiRE) Program as well as its predecessors: HyCAUSE and HyShot. These programs had a combined total of more than a dozen flight trials investigating hypersonic phenomena for both external and internal aerodynamics. He also spent several years in the Australian aerospace industry where he led a team that developed safety templates for rocket and missile systems through Monte Carlo analyses.

He has a passion for education across the STEM domain and is a great believer in the ‘learn by doing’ philosophy. He serves on the Committee of the AIAA Adelaide Section as a lifetime Member of the AIAA.

The fee for this 3.5-day virtual course is $750 per student.