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ASCI 602 : The Air Transportation System

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College of Aeronautics (WAERO)
The Air Transportation System
A study of air transportation as part of a global, multimodal transportation system, the course reviews the evolution of the technological, social, environmental, and political aspects of this system since its inception at the beginning of the previous century. The long-term and short-term effects of U.S. economic deregulation, energy shortages, governmental restraints, national and international issues, and international terrorism are examined. Passenger and cargo transportation, as well as military and private aircraft modes, is studied in relation to ever-changing transportation requirements.

This course is considered one of the foundation courses for the degree program. The course surveys the various component systems found in the air transportation industry. The course is designed to provide the student with the basic knowledge of air transportation issues, problems, and concerns, all of which is necessary to understand the needs of today’s aviation/aerospace industry. The aviation professional should not only be well versed in the specifics of his/her chosen career area, but to be truly effective, must have a good working knowledge of the air transportation system as a whole. The goals of this course are designed to meet that requirement.

Upon course completion, students will be able to:

1. Predict those airline operational and administrative policies and practices that will be necessary for gaining and/or sustaining profitability through the next decade of the twenty-first century.

2. Evaluate the direct and indirect variables that impact and influence passenger ticket pricing.

3. Demonstrate major U.S. airline use of Internet flight reservation and marketing services, and compare/contrast major U.S. airline marketing strategies.

4. Analyze the most important issues facing the contributing partners (air, maritime shipping, rail, truck, and auto) in contemporary and future inter-modal transportation systems, understanding the relative passenger and cargo contribution of air transportation.

5. Evaluate the post-regulation era in terms of airline financials, new market entrants, fare and service (route/hub)strategies, regulation of air transportation, and controversy surrounding potential relationships between economics and passenger safety.

6. Assess and apply General Aviation’s role in the Air Transportation System.

7. Evaluate the current and future outlook of airport and airspace capacity, applying the potential benefits of NextGen technologies.

8. Evaluate the domestic and international economic factors that impact 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.

9. Analyze the relative metrics of airline, military and general aviation passenger and cargo transportation operations as components of the U.S. air transportation system.

10. Critically analyze an airline’s or cargo carrier’s current passenger and/or cargo operations, and, as applicable, recommend operational and procedural changes to ensure continuing or future profitability.

Upon course completion, students will be able to:

11. 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.

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
Dr. Katherine A. Moran - 3/1/2015
Dr. Kent Anderson - 3/1/2015
Dr. Ian R. McAndrew - 3/1/2015
Dr Kenneth Witcher - 3/1/2015
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