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ASCI 310 : Aircraft Performance

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College of Aeronautics (WAERO)
Aircraft Performance
This course explores the performance of airplanes powered by reciprocating, turboprop, and/or jet turbine and turbofan engines. Topics studied include stability and control, weight and balance, and performance charts and graphs.

This course of study will provide the student with an understanding of the performance characteristics of modern reciprocating, turbo-prop, and/or jet-powered airplanes. Students will acquire a knowledge of weight and balance; takeoff and cruise control; and airplane performance charts and curves, from which they will extract data that maximize performance.

Upon course completion, students will be able to:

1. Analyze the variable factors affecting an aircraft’s performance.

2. Interpret basic performance curves and analyze raw performance data.

3. Perform weight and balance determinations and relate aircraft weight and weight distribution to items aircraft performance and operational limitations.

4. Utilizing aircraft performance theory, explain the safe and efficient method of extracting the maximum performance from a flight vehicle.

Upon course completion, students will be able to:

5. Describe how atmospheric conditions affect airspeed and altitude measurements and aircraft performance.

6. Explain what computations are necessary to prepare aircraft performance charts.

7. Utilize typical flight handbook charts and graphs to analyze aircraft performance for takeoff, climb, cruise, descent, and landing. .

8. Analyze the performance characteristics of a hypothetical aircraft and prepare a report explaining the results and the performance analysis process.

9. The student will 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
Mr. Stefan Kleinke - 3/1/2015
Scott Burgess - 3/1/2015
Dr. Dennis Vincenzi - 3/1/2015
Dr. Kenneth Witcher - 3/1/2015
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