AVI100 - Aeronautics

Outline info
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Subject Title

Subject Description
This subject covers the theory of flight, aircraft engines, airframes and propellers, aircraft instruments, aircraft performance, aeronautical facilities, the Canadian airspace structure, aeronautical radio communications, personnel and aircraft licensing, air traffic rules and procedures and an introduction to medical facts for pilots and flight safety. These topics prepare students for Transport Canada Exams.

Credit Status
One credit in the Commercial Pilot Training Certificate

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Relate basic laws of physics to the theory of flight.
2. Describe the construction and core systems of a single engine aircraft.
3. Identify the fundamentals of licensing, regulating and controlling aircraft and air traffic both on the ground and in the air.
4. Describe the systems used to facilitate aeronautical communications.
5. Identify factors that affect the performance of aircraft and pilots, their implications, and systems in place to ensure airworthiness and safety.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline

  • Introduction and motivation
  • Components, structure, loads, stresses, documents
  • Bernoulli’s Theorem, Newton’s Laws, airfoils and production of lift, weight and   C of G, drag, couples and turning moments, wing design, highlift devices, attitudes and movements, stability and  control, flight performance
  • Flight instrument, pitot-static system, gyroscopic principles, magnetic compass
  • Design and construction, definition of horsepower, 4-stroke cycles, cooling, lubrication, fuel system,  ignition system, electrical system, the propeller, engine instruments, engine operation
  • Runway and taxiway marking and lighting, aerodrome traffic procedures
  • Altimeter and standard pressure regions, high and low level airspace, control zones, aerodrome traffic zones, control areas, terminal radar service areas
  • Clearance and instruction, flight rules, flight plans, cruising altitudes, weather minima
  • Transmission and reception of radio signal, wavelengths and frequencies, communication equipment and facilities and procedures
  • Care of the airplane, weight and balance, aircraft performance
  • Personnel licensing, aircraft registration and airworthiness requirement, documentation, inspection requirement, flight rules and procedures
  • General health, diet, physical fitness, hypoxia, hyperventilation, decompression sickness, sensory illusions, alcohol, drugs, fatigue, emotional stress, checklist for safe flight
  • Tests and review

Mode of Instruction
Lectures, class discussion

Prescribed Texts
From the Ground Up,  Millennium Edition / 29th Edition
Author:  S.A.F. MacDonald
Publisher: Aviation Publishers Co. Ltd.   ISBN # 978-0-9730036-3-5

Cessna 150M (1977) Pilot’s Operating Handbook,   Cessna Aircraft Corporation - Available Online

Reference Material

Required Supplies
Air Command Weather Manual, National Defense  

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Since this is a professional credit subject, marking standards reinforce professional practice by demanding legible, tidy work. Assignments should be well organized and grammatically correct, with proper spelling and punctuation. Late assignments are penalized. For particulars, please obtain standards, dated, etc. from your instructor.

While attendance and participation in class discussions are not formally part of this evaluation schedule, you should be aware that absenteeism will almost guarantee your inability to achieve satisfactory grades. Some of the progress tests and quizzes may not be announced in advance and details of assignment requirements may be explained in class. There is no formal provision for make-up tests to replace tests you miss.

To attain a passing grade for the subject, a student must complete and obtain a passing grade on all combined assignments and tests. For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see a copy of Academic Policy. 

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

Term Test 45%
Term Assignments 10%
Final Examination 45%
Total 100%

Approved by: Denis Gravelle, Barb Shannon, Sharon Estok