Upon course completion, students will be able to:
1. Understand and be able to determine aircraft powerplant and propeller designation, type, configuration, and application and its importance in an aircraft/powerplant accident investigation.
2. Recognize and apply fundamentals in aircraft powerplant and propeller design and construction as they relate to powerplant accident investigations.
3. Identify key aircraft powerplant and propeller systems, their functions and mechanical relationship to each other in order to determine if the systems and/or systems components were a possible factor in the aircraft/powerplant accident.4. Perform calculations in determining aircraft powerplant and propeller performance as a function of aircraft/powerplant accident investigation.
5. Identify and analyze indicators in determining whether the powerplant was a factor of the aircraft/powerplant accident.
6. Compare differing investigative procedures and analysis involved with reciprocating versus gas turbine engines.
7. Understand and apply investigative methods in determining the operational capability of the powerplant prior to impact.
8. Analyze post-impact damage due to dissipating kinetic energy versus pre-impact damage due to engine malfunction.
9. Determine field investigation limitations and the use of off-site engine and propeller maintenance facilities.