2022-2023 Catalog and Student Handbook 
    Jul 20, 2024  
2022-2023 Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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AV 110B - Private Pilot Ground School

Credits: 4
A study of aviation fundamentals including principles of flight, aircraft and engine operations, weather, navigation and radio communication as required by FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) regulations. This course will prepare the student to take the FAA Private Pilot Airplane Certificate Knowledge exam.

Student Learning Outcomes
  1. Describe basic aircraft design, identify structural and mechanical parts, and relate this information to the four forces of flight.
  2. Demonstrate and conduct a simulated pre-flight, engine start and shutdown, and aircraft tie down using correct protocols and procedures.
  3. Identify, describe and compare the aerodynamics of flight and flight maneuvers, including stability, climb and descents, turns, maneuvering during slow flight traffic patterns.
  4. Describe flight safety rules according to visual scanning, aircraft design and blind spots, airport operations, right-of-way rules, minimum safe altitudes.
  5. In general terms, describe and discuss normal and cross wind landings, sand takeoffs, power one and power off stalls.
  6. Identify and describe basic flight maneuvers required to pass an FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) practical flight examination and relate these maneuvers to normal flight procedures.
  7. Identify and describe in specific detail designated airspace and be able to identify each type as shown on aeronautical charts, apply the concepts of designated airspace to the general aviation pilot.
  8. Describe the function, purpose and use of a transponder with and without Mode C: correctly identify emergency frequencies and their applications.
  9. Describe communication systems, select appropriate frequencies, and demonstrate correct radio calls at both controlled and uncontrolled airports.
  10. Using both charts and computations, correctly determine airplane performance incorporating such factors and density and pressure altitudes, temperature and humidity. Including weight and balance, runway length for landing and takeoffs, climb and descent, cruising altitudes and speeds.
  11. Identify and describe weather patterns and the relationship to flight. Also be able to read and decode various types of printed or charted weather reports and briefings.
  12. Compare terminal, sectional and WAC (World Aeronautical Chart) aeronautical charts, and extrapolate information depicted on these charts.
  13. Give sample information, solve problems of wind correction, distance, time en route, fuel consumption and other vital information using a flight computer.
  14. Identify and describe navigational aids such as VOR (Very High Frequency OMNI Directional Range) and DME (Distance Measuring Equipment). Describe the use and limitations of GPS (Global Positioning System) systems.

Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None
Graded: Letter Grade

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