AVI140 - Instruments and Avionics I

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Subject Title
Instruments and Avionics I

Subject Description
This subject covers basic aircraft communications and aircraft instruments. Air to ground VHF and HF communications, aircraft audio integration systems, pitot-static systems, flight pressure instruments, synchro systems, gyro instruments, compass systems and engine instruments are studied. Navigation systems covered include ADF, VOR, ILS and DME as well as ATC transponders. System specifications, methods of operation, and errors are studied.

Credit Status
One credit in the Aviation Commercial Pilot Certificate

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

1. Display detailed knowledge and understanding of basic aircraft communications and aircraft instruments

2. Display a thorough understanding of the principles of operation of basic navigation systems including ADF, VOR, ILS and DME as well as ATC transponders

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.

Pilot Navigation - AVI120 (can be taken concurrently) 

Topic Outline

  • Aircraft Communication Systems 
  • Pitot-Static Systems 
  • Flight Pressure Instruments 
  • Synchro Transmission 
  • Flight Gyro Instruments 
  • Compass Systems 
  • Basic Engine Instruments 
  • Automatic Direction Finding 
  • VHF Omni Range 
  • Instrument Landing Systems 
  • Distance Measuring Equipment
  • ATC Transponder 
  • Term Tests and Review 

Mode of Instruction
Lectures, class discussions

Prescribed Texts
Aircraft Instruments, 2nd Edition, E.H.J. Pallett, Pitman Publishing, ISBN #9780273317470 

Required Supplies

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 40%
Assignment(s) 20%
Final Examination 40%
Total 100%

Approved by: Denis Gravelle