On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Explain the qualifications, attributes, ethics, and responsibilities of aviation professionals and examine the financial and educational requirements of those aviation careers.
2. Describe the qualifications, privileges and limitations of all classes of certification to include pilot, maintenance, avionics, dispatch, and air traffic control.
3. Explain the aerodynamic considerations and performance capabilities of aircraft and discuss the importance of environmental factors affecting aircraft performance.
4. Describe the operating characteristics of aircraft propulsion, control, electrical, environmental, and hydraulic systems.
5. Identify aviation reliability and maintainability issues and compare typical maintenance cycles.
6. Discuss aviation safety and security concerns including, Safety Management Systems (SMS), aircraft accident prevention, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) regulations on accident reporting, and the regulations, policies, and procedures of the Transportation Security Agency.
7. Determine the responsibilities of operators, pilots, mechanics, managers, and owners regarding human factors and team resource management.
8. Explain the framework of National and International Laws and Regulations that regulate the aviation industry.
9. Explain the impact of airport design, development, operations, funding sources, environmental issues, and environmental laws on airport systems.
10. Outline the basic structure of the national airspace system and compare air traffic control systems between enroute, terminal, tower, and flight service functions; and describe equipment and capacity limits. Describe the impact of the FAA's National Airspace System Plan (NASP) on these current air traffic control system.
11. Explain weather hazards, structure and energy of the atmosphere, and air mass circulation and fronts. Use weather observations, analysis, and forecasting to determine risk management policies for critical weather situations and severe storms.