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Discipline: Aeronautics, Transportation Degree: AS - Commercial Flight - S0912
Course Name Course Number Objectives
Air Transportation AERO 152
  • Students will Identify the events, persons, equipment, facilities, and legislation which led to the development of the air transportation industry
  • Students will analyze the economic and marketing process within a typical airline
  • Distinguish economic, cultural, and political factors impacting the air transportation industry
  • Identify the events, persons, equipment, facilities, and legislation which led to development of air transportation industry
  • Evaluate the administrative processes of agencies regulating air transportation industry
  • Identify the components of a commercial organization which administers and operates a typical airline
  • Analyze economic and marketing process within a typical airline
  • Identify organizations controlling the regulatory processes in international aviation
  • Analyze aviation career opportunities in regard to personal strengths and weaknesses, minimum job requirements, and job outlook
Aircraft and Engines AERO 202
  • Students will be able to differentiate between fixed pitch and variable pitch propeller systems
  • Differentiate aircraft engine problems from malfunctions involving other aircraft subsystems, including relating decisions for successful troubleshooting of operational engine problems.
  • Students will be able to identify the Four Stroke Engine Cycle and the components of the aircraft engine
  • Identify engine components and their function on a four-stroke aircraft engine.
  • Diagram basic aircraft subsystems, including hydraulic systems and pneumatic systems (to include identification of system components and their function).
  • Interpret aircraft schematic diagrams and illustrated parts breakdowns.
  • Analyze operation of jet engine fuel systems, fuel storage, and fuel transfer.
Aviation Safety and Human Factors AERO 200
  • Students will be able to identify the common chain of events that lead to aircraft accidents
  • Students will be able to identify the aeronautical decision making process
  • Describe the various human factors that relate to and/or lead to an aviation accident.
  • Explain the common illusions that a pilot might experience during flight.
  • Analyze aviation accident case studies and identify key factors leading to the accidents.
  • Identify strategies recommended to reduce hazardous personal attitudes leading to pilot error and aviation accidents.
  • Combine techniques for Crew Resource Management into principles of applied cockpit and air traffic control efficiency and safety.
Aviation Weather AERO 102
  • Determine effect of earth's uneven heat distribution on atmospheric pressure and weather.
  • Students will be able to distinguish the various types of air masses and fronts that affect the weather of the United States.
  • Students will be able to decipher Federal Aviation Administration hourly airport weather observations (METAR) and terminal aerodrome forecasts (TAF).
  • Identify layers of earth's atmosphere and determine height and at least one characteristic of each layer.
  • Relate differences in true altitude, actual altitude, indicated altitude, and pressure altitude.
  • Appraise cause and effect of evaporation, saturation, condensation, and precipitation on atmosphere's water cycle.
  • Encode and decode hourly surface weather observations; and decode pilot reports, terminal forecasts, area forecasts, winds aloft forecasts, and meteorological advisories.
  • Correlate and summarize the aviation weather conditions and forecast for a specific location on a particular day using U.S. Low-Level Significant Weather Prognostic Chart, High-Level Significant Weather Prognostic Chart, and the Radar Summary Chart.
Commercial Pilot Ground School AERO 150
  • Students will be able to compute weight and balance calculations that include 'weight shift' and 'weight change' problems
  • Students completing the course will be able to compute takeoff and landing data.
  • Explain the principles of flight and aerodynamics as they relate to high-performance aircraft.
  • Calculate aircraft performance data necessary for takeoff and landing, and cross-country flight.
  • Appraise takeoff decisions based on computed aircraft weight and balance, including center of gravity and the aircraft's safe operating limitations.
  • Diagram the basic fuel system of a single-engine aircraft and relate the function of individual components to the overall system.
  • Describe the objective, procedures, and common errors of the Commercial Pilot flight maneuvers.
Federal Aviation Regulations AERO 104
  • Students will be able to identify FAA eligibility requirements and aeronautical experience requirements for each FAA pilot certificate and rating.
  • Students will be able to identify, classify, and describe FAA airspace by the operational differences and equipment requirements.
  • Identify the terms and vocabulary associated with aviation terminology and federal aviation regulations.
  • Classify airspace by operational differences and equipment requirements.
  • Analyze requirements for Visual Flight Rules operations, including weather minimums in a variety of airspace scenarios.
  • Identify the FAA eligibility requirements, aeronautical knowledge requirements and aeronautical experience requirements for each FAA pilot certificate and rating.
  • Examine the variety of planning requirements for cross-country flights including an analysis of FAR Part 1 regulations.
Instrument Ground School AERO 252
  • Students will be able to plan IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) cross country flights.
  • Students will be able to diagram holding patterns and holding pattern entries using a variety of radio navigation systems.
  • Explain the minimum flight instruments required for instrument flight
  • Analyze aircraft instruments to assure that each instrument is functioning properly
  • Examine departure situations, including analysis of aircraft equipment requirements for IFR flights.
  • Calculate and complete an instrument flight planning log using aircraft performance data, instrument routing, weather data, and flight computer
  • Diagram an instrument holding pattern and compute an appropriate holding pattern entry
Navigation AERO 250
  • Students completing the course will be able to identify, utilize, and integrate advanced radio navigation systems into their local and cross country flight planning procedures.
  • Students will be able to complete aircraft flight planning logs utilizing the various procedures and techniques for long range navigation.
  • Define the terms and vocabulary associated with aeronautical charting, aerial navigation, and electronic navigation.
  • Calculate solutions to aircraft performance charts and dead-reckoning navigation problems using a manual flight computer.
  • Evaluate flight scenarios and select appropriate courses of action in relation to navigation systems and methods.
  • Explain the principles of radio navigation.
  • Compare and contrast terrestrial radio navigation systems with satellite-based navigation systems.
Primary Pilot Ground School AERO 100
  • Students will be able to compute safe limits of aircraft weight and balance on light aircraft.
  • Students will demonstrate their understanding of the various procedures and techniques utilized in cross-country flight navigation
  • All AERO 23 students will demonstrate college level math skills.
  • Identify terms and vocabulary associated with piloting and air traffic control.
  • Calculate and complete a flight planning log using aircraft performance data, aeronautical charts, navigation plotter, and manual flight computer.
  • Analyze the fundamentals of airplane and helicopter aerodynamics and flight characteristics.
  • Recognize symbols and decode data from aeronautical charts.
  • Interpret radio navigation instruments and determine the aircraft line of position.
  • Use and read six basic flight instruments.