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ASCI 560 : Advanced Rotorcraft Operations

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College of Aeronautics (WAERO)
Advanced Rotorcraft Operations
The course introduces the complexities of rotary wing flight systems and the advancements made to overcome them. The unique problems facing an organization involved in rotorcraft operations are studied, from the initial inception of a program to the government rules and regulations, environmental and noise considerations, special landing and take-off facilities, flight and maintenance ratings, and techniques of control. Special consideration is given to the unique problems and issues facing such rotorcraft operations as police, medical evacuation, forestry service, and corporate aviation.

The course is structured upon the assumption that the student has a reasonably good background in fixed wing aircraft so that most topics can be discussed from a standpoint of how rotary wing aircraft differ from their fixed wing counterparts. No previous rotary wing experience is necessary. The student will become familiar with the basic helicopter components and aerodynamics required for flight. The course will provide the student with basic helicopter literacy.

Upon course completion, the student will be able to:

1. Evaluate and assess the evolution of the helicopter from the ideas of early aeronautical inventors to the contrasting designs and versatility of the machines of today.

2. Appraise the advanced aerodynamics of rotary-wing flight in terms of cause and effect relationships to the unique mandates on control designs, performance, stability qualities, flight envelope, structures and load limitations.

3. Compare and differentiate the technological contributions of Igor Sikorsky, Larry Bell, and other pioneers in the helicopter world by correlating and assessing their early developments to advanced categories and application of modern helicopters.

4. Analyze and assess the effect of advanced helicopter component designs, such as electro optical systems, avionics, airfoil designs, flight controls, power plants, anti-torque devices as they apply to the theory of and limitations to rotorcraft flight.

5. Appraise and correlate the economic, social and regulatory issues involved in current helicopter civil uses and related employment fields, thence predict how this matrix affects potential future growth of these commercial categories of helicopter applications.

6. Examine, compare and categorize the various civil helicopter niches, such as public service, corporate, commercial, courier, and passenger transportation thence contrast and compare such applications between fixed-wing and helicopter capabilities.

7. Evaluate and extrapolate the economic cause and effect of commercial and business developments in regards to current regulatory mandates, such as heliport requirements, noise standards, flight rules and helicopter safety, thence contrast these elements with various advanced helicopter designs regarding future commercial expansion, public acceptance and improved utilization of vertical lift aircraft.

8. Identify and distinguish the various advanced technologies including, tilt-rotors, glass cockpits, Unmanned Aerial Rotorcraft Vehicles, and other advanced rotor and tail-rotor systems, and assess their impact on the current and future economics of marketing and utilizing vertical aircraft that embrace such technologies and devices.

9. Conduct graduate level research paper and presentation on a specific aspect of rotorcraft operations such as design, economics, manufacturing, application, safety etc.

Upon course completion, students will be able to:

10. 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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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.

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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
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Dr. Kent Anderson - 3/1/2015
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