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ASCI 121 : Private Pilot Operations

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College of Aeronautics (WAERO)
Private Pilot Operations
This course develops the aeronautical knowledge required for certification as a Private Pilot with an Airplane Single Engine Land rating. Topics include; regulations, safety, pre-solo operations, cross-country planning, airspace, chart use, communications, weather, performance, weight and balance, aerodynamics and decision-making.

This course provides the basic knowledge and skills to establish a firm foundation for a career as a professional pilot through the practical application of basic aerodynamics, aircraft performance, regulations and flight planning in single pilot, single-engine aircraft. This course also provides a foundation and understanding of the essential elements of resource management and teamwork as required by the aviation industry.

Upon course completion, students will be able to:1. Demonstrate a working knowledge of NTSB accident reporting requirements and Federal Aviation Regulations applicable to private pilots.2. Locate and effectively apply information found in Advisory Circulars and the ADM that is applicable to private pilot operations.3. Demonstrate a working knowledge of aeronautical charts, VFR navigation methods, navigation systems, radio communications appropriate to private pilot operations and airspace.4. Obtain and interpret aeronautical weather reports and forecasts needed to effectively address flight through selected normal and critical weather situations.5. Demonstrate a working knowledge of safe and efficient aircraft operations, including ground and flight operations, collision avoidance, wake turbulence, still awareness and spins.6. Correctly calculate and analyze density altitude, aircraft performance, and weight and balance.7. Demonstrate a working knowledge of basic aerodynamics, power plants and aircraft systems appropriate to single-engine general aviation aircraft.8. Effectively apply the basic concepts of human factors to include aeronautical decision making and judgment.9. Obtain and apply all pertinent information to the development and documentation of VFR cross-country flight plans and logs, including consideration of contingencies.10. Demonstrate a working knowledge of radio navigation aids appropriate to VFR navigation.

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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
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