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TRAN 321 : Air Transportation Systems

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College of Aeronautics (WAERO)
Air Transportation Systems
This course examines operations and management of air transportation as part of a global transportation system. The course reviews the evolution of the technological, social, environmental, and political aspects of this system since its inception. The effects of U.S. economic deregulation, energy shortages, federal regulations, national and international issues, including security concerns, are discussed. Passenger, cargo and general aviation transportation modes are studied in relation to ever-changing transportation requirements.

The goal of this course is to provide the student with the basic air transportation issues, problems, concerns, and knowledge necessary to meet the needs of today’s transportation industry. An additional goal is to provide transportation professionals with a working knowledge of air transportation as part of a global system and the unique characteristics of its operation and management.

1. Describe the post-deregulation market forces that caused all but one "new entrant" jet carrier to fail prior to 1990, and recognize the various successful growth and maturity techniques and tactics used by "surviving" major U.S. airlines.

2. Identify major U.S. airlines use of Global Distribution Systems (GDS) and other marketing strategies.

3. Recognize the main relative passenger and cargo contribution of air transportation in a global transportation system.4. Explain the impact of regional jet (RJ) aircraft service on both regional (commuter) and major airline operations, with an emphasis on the most appropriate contracting for regional service by major airlines.

5. Identify the economic impact on U.S. carriers after the terrorist acts of September 11, 2001, considering the present organization of the DOT’s Transportation Security Administration. Recognize the various management strategies used to maintain/regain profitability.

6. Explain the impact on U.S. airlines of the FAA/NASA Small Aircraft Transportation System (SATS), with its predicted very large fleet (15,000 by 2020) of very light jets (VLJs) and subsequent "air taxi" services as an alternative for leisure and business travelers, considering ownership, fractional ownership, lease and "for hire" service possibilities.

7. Report the domestic and international economic factors that result in decreasing profitability of U.S. airlines, and those short and long-term operational and managerial strategies that can minimize the effects of these economic factors, including the benefits and deficits of creating/joining either a domestic U.S. airline alliance or a global alliance.

8. Recognize and explain an airline’s (or a "low fare" component of a major US airline) current passenger and cargo operations, and, as applicable, recommend operational changes to ensure continuing or future profitability.

9. Demonstrate appropriate selection and application of a research method and statistical analysis (where required), specific to the course subject matter. (Effective July 1, 2013)

Located on the Daytona Beach Campus, the Jack R. Hunt Library is the primary library for all students of the Worldwide Campus. The Chief Academic Officer strongly recommends that every faculty member, where appropriate, require all students in his or her classes to access the Hunt Library or a comparable college-level local library for research. The results of this research can be used for class projects such as research papers, group discussion, or individual presentations. Students should feel comfortable with using the resources of the library. 

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Publication: Adamski, A. & Doyle, T. (2005). Introduction to the aviation regulatory process. (5th ed.). Hayden McNeil. Plymouth, MI. ISBN: 0-7380-1172-X Websites: Air Transport Association: Bureau of Transportation Statistics: Department of Transportation: Databases and Periodicals available via Hunt Library Federal Aviation Administration: International Civil Aviation Organization: International Air Transport Association: International Air Cargo Association: National Transportation Safety Board: U.S. Dept of Labor/Air Transportation: Journals: Aviation Week & Space Technology Electronic: 01/06/1975 to present in LexisNexis Academic from 07/06/1998 to present in Aviation Week Intelligence Network (AWIN) Print: Current 6 Months Periodicals v.1, 1916/1917 - (ALL AWST MICROFILM FILED UNDER THIS TITLE) Microfilm v.1, 1916/1917 - Special Collection Distribution Worldwide (formerly Distribution, Logistics: Management and Distribution Report, now Logistics Management.) Electronic: 12/01/1987 to current in ProQuest Central (Legacy Platform) 09/01/1992 to current in Business & Company Resource Center 06/01/2002 to present in LexisNexis Academic, and Wilson OmniFile: Full Text Mega Edition Distribution Worldwide (Continued by: Distribution) Print: v.67, 1968 – v.78, no.9, Sep 1979 Microfilm Distribution (Absorbed by: Logistics: Management and Distribution Report) Print: v.78, no.10, Oct 1979 – v.96, 1997 Microfilm Logistics Management and Distribution Report (Continued by: Logistics Management) Print: v.37, 1998 – v.41, no.5, May 2002 Logistics Management Print: Current 12 Months Periodicals v.41, no.6, Jun 2002 – Microfilm Journal of Air Law and Commerce Electronic: 04/17/1994 to present in LexisNexis Academic 02/01/1998 to present in Wilson OmniFile: Full Text Mega Edition Print: 2004 – Periodicals 1968 - Microfilm 1939 - Special Collection Journal of Air Transportation Electronic: 01/01/2004 to 05/01/2007 in ProQuest Print: v.7, 2002 - Periodicals v.7, 2002 - Special Collection Journal of Air Transport Management Electronic: 01/01/1995 to present in ScienceDirect Social & Behavioral Sciences College Edition Print: v.1, 1994 - Periodicals Journal of Commerce: (1542-3867) Electronic: 10/01/2002 to present in Business & Company Resource Center and Wilson OmniFile: Full Text Mega Edition Print: 2009 – Periodicals Transportation Journal Electronic: 03/01/1992 to present in Business & Company Resource Center 01/01/1993 to present in ProQuest Central (Legacy Platform) Print: Current 12 Months Periodicals v.12, 1972 - Microfilm Database Recommendations: • National Technical Information Service (NTIS)/Aerospace & High Technology Database • Transportation Research Record(TRR)/ Journal of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) • Airline Monitor • ScienceDirect • ProQuest • Aviation Week & Intelligence Network (AWIN)

Written assignments must be formatted in accordance with the current edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) unless otherwise instructed in individual assignments.

ActivityPercent of Grade
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Undergraduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 60% F

Graduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
0 - 69% F
Written and oral communications of the subject matter as well as computer skills are emphasized in each course offered throughout the Worldwide Campus.
Dr. Larry Jenkins - 3/1/2015
Dr. Larry Jenkins - 3/1/2015
Dr. Dennis Vincenzi - 3/1/2015
Dr. Kenneth Witcher - 3/1/2015
1-17 Bachelor of Science in Transportation PO #1 - Critical Thinking: The student will show through a variety of mediums (for examples, examinations, term-papers, presentations and assignments) a knowledge at a synthesis level to define and solve problems within professional and personal environments.

PO #2 - Quantitative Reasoning: The student will demonstrate the use of digitally-enabled technology and analysis techniques to interpret data for the purpose of drawing valid conclusions and solving associated problems. This may be in the form on direct assignments with software programs, systems and experimentation.

PO #3 - Information Literacy: The student will gather information from primary and secondary sources and incorporating and documenting source material in their writing, for example by referencing – but not limited and also using to justify and explain methodologies and critiquing work and findings. This scope will not be limited to libraries, but digital searching and use of learning resource centers within ERAU and industrial based centers

PO #4 - Communication: The student will communicate concepts in written, digital and oral forms to present technical and non-technical information for the purpose of assessment, information sharing and presentation to their peers.

PO #5 - Scientific Literacy: The student will include in all appropriate applications the process analyzing scientific evidence as it relates to the physical world and its interrelationship with human values and interests.

PO#6 – Cultural Literacy: The student will be able to analyze historical events, cultural artifacts, and philosophical concepts

PO#7 - Life Long Personal Growth: The student will be supported by the role of ERAU of the skills needed to enrich the quality of life through activities that enhance and promote lifelong learning, for example, the opportunity to attend seminars, conferences and partake in the lectures from visiting Professors. Likewise, the role of the Alumni in sharing and developing experiences.

PO#8 - Air Transport System outcome: The student will identify and apply the fundamentals of air transportation as part of a global transportation system, including the technological, social, economical, and political aspects of the system as they applies to passenger and cargo operations and management.

PO #9 - Highway Systems outcome: The student will demonstrate and discuss the characteristics of commercial, public, and private vehicles, as well as road and highway infrastructure, and the factors that lead to differences in the economics, pricing, and operations of the various forms of highway transportation and evaluate each method where used.

PO #10 - Rail Systems outcome: The student will apply the operational, economic, and regulatory characteristics of rail vehicles and rail right-of-ways for the movement of people and freight, to identify the advantages and potential of rail to the transportation system as a whole.

PO #11 - Marine Systems outcome: The student will apply their knowledge of the characteristics of marine vessels and the waterways on which they operate, as well as the economics, regulatory considerations, maritime and international laws, to evaluate the role of marine transport systems in the efficient transport of passengers and cargo.

PO #12 - Pipeline Systems outcome: The student will demonstrate and justify the economics and regulatory aspects of pipelines, to include the movement of liquids, gases, slurries, and other bulk materials, as well as the various environmental and land use issues related to the construction and operation of pipelines.

PO #13 - Strategic Intermodal Alliance outcome: The student will demonstrate, through comparisons and analysis, an evaluation of the physical, economic, and regulatory aspects of intermodal transportation alliances at a local, national and international level.

PO #14 - Transportation Legislation outcome: The student will discuss and recall the evolution and development of federal transportation legislation including highway, air, railroad, maritime, transit, and pipeline, including funding mechanisms and past and present underlying problems. A critical review of applicable international treaties and conventions is included.

PO #15 - Transportation and the Environment outcome: The student will identify and describe the challenges of developing and maintaining an effective and efficient transportation system while mitigating the negative environmental impacts, to include economic, regulatory, legal, political, and energy consumption considerations.

PO #16 - Transportation Safety and Security outcome: The student will relate and recommend improvements for safety and security issues pertaining to transportation networks, vehicles, people, and facilities, as well as the construction and design of operational and managerial criteria for the defense of people and property.

PO #17 - Urban Transportation and City Planning outcome: The student will analyze city planning as it relates to meeting the needs of transporting people, goods and cargo. Evaluation will include examples of best and worst city practices and historical, technological and environmental influences. Students will assess city development, urban transportation public and private, motorized and non-motorized, as well as identifying the complex relationships between transportation and land use within the urban environment to evaluate existing and proposed designs.
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