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ASCI 620 : Air Carrier Operations

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College of Aeronautics (WAERO)
Air Carrier Operations
This course is an overview of air carrier operations from the viewpoints of the cockpit flight crew, cabin crew, operational specialists, managers, and dispatchers. Topics include airline history, organization, crewmember requirements, training programs, duty time, aircraft airworthiness, dispatch, flight operations, and maintenance. Air carrier operational problems, both domestic and internationally since deregulation and 9/11, will be explored.

In addition, it is designed to provide the student with a compilation of those regulated, and somewhat standardized, operational techniques and procedures utilized throughout the airline industry. As appropriate, existing differences between individual airlines’ philosophies, policies, procedures, and practices will be noted. The treatment and understanding of any airline’s operational considerations should be of valid concern for the vast majority of aviation professionals associated with air carrier safety, service, and efficiency.

Upon course completion, students will be able to:

1. Analyze and describe the history of the airlines, the major air carriers, the management personnel, and pivotal aircraft accidents.

2. Identify and apply the Federal Regulations utilized by air carriers to differentiate the operational requirements between domestic, flag, supplemental, and commuter operations.

3. Evaluate the operational documents and required management positions within air carriers.

4. Assess the duties and qualifications of an air carrier dispatcher.

5. Analyze the role of the system or operational control center in daily air carrier operations.

6. Identify and evaluate the Flight Operations Manual (FOM) and airman/crewmember requirements to include flight and duty time limitations.

7. Identify and apply flight operations standards as specified in the Federal Aviation Regulations.

8. Evaluate and discuss airplane airworthiness, instrument requirements, records, reports, and maintenance requirements.

9. Analyze the role of Threat Error Management (TEM) and Crew Resource Management (CRM) within all aspects of air carrier operations.

10. Demonstrate the role of the operations training program within an air carrier.

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. Patti Clark - 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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