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ASCI 320 : Commuter Aviation

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College of Aeronautics (WAERO)
Commuter Aviation
This course acquaints the student with the development, administrative policies, and operational factors peculiar to commuter aviation, especially since passage of the Airline Deregulation Act of 1978. The impact of mergers and acquisitions, profiles of passenger and cargo carrying commuters, and analysis of commuter successes and failures are discussed. Emphasis is placed on the establishment of a new commuter airline, which includes market and financial analysis, the company plan, aircraft selection and acquisition, route structure and timetable, marketing strategy and pertinent regulatory requirements. The course culminates in a formal proposal soliciting for venture capital to start a commuter airline.

This course is designed to familiarize the student with managerial and operational problems of a Commuter Airline when operating under part 135 of the Federal Aviation Regulations. It is designed to aid the student in preparation for a career in commercial aviation starting from the base knowledge of a commercial pilot and proceeding into the intricacies and fine points of the more advanced concepts required of the Airline Transport Pilot in Commuter/Regional operations.

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)

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
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