Upon course completion, students will be able to:
1. Solve common management and operational problems related to Regional/Commuter Air Carrier Operations.
2. Correctly interpret the Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR 119/135/121) as they apply to situations relating to Regional/Commuter Air Carrier Operations.
3. Recognize current regional/commuter airline organizational chart and be able to relate the basic airframe and engine manufacturer.
4. Draw a typical Regional/Commuter Airline organization chart and describe the requirements, qualifications and responsibilities of the Director of Operations, Chief Pilot and Director of Maintenance.
5. Explain the DOT/FAA requirements for starting a regional/commuter airline.
6. Recite operational cost and break-even points for commonly used regional/commuter aircraft in terms of cost per mile and passenger load.
7. Select an appropriate Regional/Commuter aircraft to meet operational needs based on standardized selection criteria.
8. Calculate monthly aircraft payments and conduct a Capital Recovery (cash flow) Analysis for a typical regional/commuter aircraft.
9. Interpret weather data appropriate to IFR flight conditions and list the necessary equipment and aircrew requirements for operation of a typical Regional/Commuter Air Carrier aircraft under adverse weather (category II) conditions.
10. Analyze the performance characteristics of a typical light regional/commuter aircraft to determine if it meets FAR 135 regulation takeoff, en-route and landing criteria under given environmental conditions.
11. Write a business proposal to start a Regional/Commuter Airline to include: market analysis (need), organizational structure, aircraft selection, and financial planning.
12. Demonstrate appropriate selection and application of a research method and statistical analysis (where required), specific to the course subject matter. (Effective July 1, 2013)