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ASCI 185 : Introduction to Flight

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College of Aeronautics (WAERO)
Introduction to Flight
This course examines the basics of aerodynamics, aircraft performance, VFR cross-country navigation techniques, weather reports and forecasts, Federal Aviation Regulations, elements of resource management, and safe flying practices.

Upon completion of this course, the student will possess the basic knowledge necessary to be a competent and safe private pilot, pursue further study in Aeronautical Science, and will orient students to basic piloting skills and aeronautical knowledge.

Upon course completion, students will be able to:

1. Locate, interpret, and explain the Federal Aviation Regulations/Aeronautical Information Manual and other aviation publications as they apply to private pilot privileges, limitations, and flight operations in VFR conditions. Describe the accident reporting requirements of the National Transportation Safety Board.

2. Procure aviation weather reports and forecasts from various government and commercial sources, both on the ground and in-flight, and apply weather theory to interpret them correctly for use in VFR flight planning, recognize critical weather situations including wind shear avoidance.

3. Explain the principles of flight as applied to light, general aviation aircraft to include stall awareness, spin entry, spins, and spin recovery techniques.

4. Describe and explain airport operations, including marking and lighting, radio communications, and the correct applications of FARs.

5. Explain how to use radar, FSS and ATC services, basic radio communication procedures, and interpret the National Airspace system as depicted on sectional charts.

6. Explain basic aviation physiology and apply it to aviation safety as it relates to single- pilot, single-engine, VFR flying.

7. Calculate and describe aircraft performance and weight and balance factors, using charts, graphs, and other data representative of single-engine, non-complex aircraft. Determine the effects of density altitude on takeoff and climb performance.

8. Describe the proper operation of aircraft systems, instruments, and powerplants associated with single-engine, non-complex aircraft.

9. Properly describe radio navigation equipment and systems, including VOR, ADF and GPS and interpret all information depicted on sectional charts for VFR navigation using pilotage and dead reckoning. Explain safe and efficient operation of aircraft, including collision avoidance, and recognition and avoidance of wake turbulence.

10. Demonstrate proper preflight action to plan VFR cross-country flights of various lengths, in various locations. Properly applying FARs and correctly interpreting weather reports and forecasts. Obtain information on runway lengths at airports of intended use, data on takeoff and landing distances, and fuel requirements. Use appropriate aircraft performance data, radio navigation aids and ATC services, and describe the decision-making process necessary to insure safe outcome of the planned flights, including how to plan for alternatives if the planned flight cannot be completed or delays are encountered.

11. Describe how good aeronautical decision making and judgment utilize all available resources in a safe and effective manner so as to minimize hazards; recognize traps, and mitigate pilot errors; to insure a safe flight.

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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