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ASCI 438 : Advanced Helicopter Operations

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College of Aeronautics (WAERO)
Advanced Helicopter Operations
During this course, the student will obtain the foundation for advance and specialized commercial helicopter operations. The student will be introduced to specific areas of flight operations such as Long Line, EMS, Electronic News Gathering, Corporate, Off-Shore, and Federal and Municipal Law Enforcement. Emphasis will be placed on developing a safe and competent pilot who is adequately prepared for flight operations in these areas, and can assume the duties of any managerial position. The student will receive training in standard operating, safety and training procedures, aircraft selection, operating and capital budgets, aircraft purchasing and leasing agreements, and an understanding of maintenance requirements to include maintenance tracking, spare parts inventory, and record keeping. By the end of the course, the student will have sufficient knowledge to understand the concepts necessary for employment in the commercial helicopter industry.

This course is designed to teach the student the specific aeronautical knowledge and managerial skills required to be considered for a position as a flight crew member and possible promotion to a management level position in the field of Advanced Helicopter Operations.

Upon course completion, students will be able to;

1. Apply FAR requirements to flight and maintenance personnel participating in various advanced helicopter flight operations.

2. Create job pre-requisites for employment in this particular field of aviation.

3. Design an Organization Structure.

4. Generate job descriptions and the elements of the hiring process.

5. Implement basic elements of a feasibility study.

6. Apply best practices techniques for managing Corporate and Commercial Helicopter Flight Departments.

7. Develop a Capital and Operating Budget

8. Evaluate and select Aircraft Purchase or Lease Agreements.

9. Integrate special equipment used in advanced flight operations.

10. Produce an aircraft parts inventory and control procedures.

11. Compare and select Insurance – Airframe (Hull) and Liability.

12. Plan scheduled/unscheduled component and engine overhaul maintenance procedures.

13. Create training programs for flight, maintenance, and ground support personnel.

14. Design a Safety SOP which includes flight and ground operations safety practices.

15. Plan flight missions based on specific areas of operation.

16. Assess EPA, Hazmat and OSHA regulations pertaining to aviation activities.

17. Apply regulations pertaining to bulk aviation fuel purchases and fuel quality checks.

18. Interpret applicable FAR regulations pertaining to heliport design.

19. Integrate the human factors affecting specific types of advanced flight Operations.

20. Demonstrate effective speaking and writing skills.

Upon course completion, students will be able to:

21. Demonstrate appropriate selection and application of a research method and statistical analysis (where required), specific to the course subject matter. (Effective July 1, 2013)

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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. James DiRienzo - 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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