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ASCI 317 : Rotorcraft

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College of Aeronautics (WAERO)
This course traces the historical development of rotorcraft and introduces the many unique aspects of rotorcraft operations. Rotorcraft operations are examined from the operations, management, and maintenance perspectives. Included are rotorcraft operations and airworthiness regulations, airspace and facilities requirements, and environmental considerations. Uses of rotorcraft to include military and civilian applications are studied. Rotorcraft design, manufacturing, materials, systems, and the variations in rotor configuration are topics of study.

The course is structured upon the assumption that the student has a reasonably good background in fixed wing aircraft so that most topics can be discussed from a standpoint of how rotorcraft differ from their fixed wing counterparts. No previous rotary wing experience is necessary. The student will become familiar with the basic helicopter aerodynamics and components. The course will provide the student with basic helicopter literacy.

Upon course completion, students will be able to;

1. Trace the evolution of the helicopter.

2. Describe the contributions of pioneers within the industry and their role in the evolution and development of helicopter design and manufacturing.

3. Evaluate all aspects of rotory-wing flight with emphasis on control, performance, stability, flying qualities, flight envelope, structures and load limitations.

4. Explain the basic helicopter rotor configurations, systems and components required for flight.

5. Assess and evaluate the development and current military and civil uses ofthe helicopter to include the economic, social and regulatory environment and the potential forfuture industry growth.

6. Examine and analyze airspace and heliport requirements in terms of noise, safety and land use considerations.

7. Describe the global helicopter industry to include manufactures of airframes and components.

8. Demonstrate the ability to do academic research by preparing a college level written project on a rotorcraft topic approved by the course instructor.

9. 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
Input Grading Item100

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. Scott Burgess - 3/1/2015
Mr. Scott Burgess - 3/1/2015
Dr. Dennis Vincenzi - 3/1/2015
Dr. Kenneth Witcher - 3/1/2015
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