Aeronautical Science (ASCI)


ASCI 110  Introduction to Space Flight  3 Credits (3,0)

This course provides the student with a background in the major aspects of space flight. Topics covered include the history of space flight; propulsion theory; orbital mechanics fundamentals; space transportation operations; U.S. space policy; and present and future commercial, industrial, and military applications in space.

ASCI 202  Introduction to Aeronautical Science  3 Credits (3,0)

An introductory course in aeronautical sciences that provides students an orientation in aviation topics appropriate to Aeronautical Science degree programs. Subjects include: the aviation profession, the science of flight, safety, security and human factors; aviation resources; the aviation environment; and meteorology.

ASCI 254  Aviation Legislation  3 Credits (3,0)

This course examines the evolution of federal civil aviation regulations in the United States. Students will examine the past and present problems prompting regulation of the industry, the resultant safety, legislation, airport development, funding legislation and international aviation legislation.

ASCI 301  Introduction to Air Traffic Control  3 Credits (3,0)

This course is designed to introduce the student to the operating environment of air traffic control. An overview of major governing authorities including the Federal Aviation Administration, the International Civil Aviation Organization, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, Eurocontrol, and Brazil's Department of Airspace Control along with other controlling agencies will be covered, including the mission, organization and operations, regulations, publications, manuals, maps, charts, and regulations used by pilots and air traffic controllers. ATC procedures, and future air traffic control systems are also discussed. This course provides students with a fundamental knowledge of the air traffic control systems and traffic management principles.
Prerequisites: RSCH 202.

ASCI 303  Tower and Radar for Air Traffic Control and Management  3 Credits (3,0)

This course covers the basic air traffic control (ATC) procedures for tower terminal operations and terminal radar ATC facilities. Fundamental knowledge of tower operations within the air traffic control system and content knowledge however, not limited to the following areas will be covered: (a) control tower equipment and operating positions; (b) the airport traffic area; (c) navigation aids; (d) airspace; (e) traffic patterns; (f) controller/pilot phraseology; (g) aircraft taxi instructions; (h) Interagency communications and intra-facility coordination; (i) aviation regulations; (j) notification and handling of emergency aircraft. Duties and responsibilities of the terminal radar air traffic controller are integrated into an understanding of how the total ATC system works.
Prerequisites: RSCH 202.

ASCI 309  Aerodynamics  3 Credits (3,0)

Students are provided with an opportunity to explore incompressible flow airfoil theory and wing theory. Topics center on calculation of stall speed, drag and basic performance criteria, configuration changes, high and low speed conditions, special flight conditions, and an introduction to compressible flow.
Prerequisites: MATH 112 or MATH 142 or MATH 143 and PHYS 102 or PHYS 150 and RSCH 202.

ASCI 317  Rotorcraft  3 Credits (3,0)

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.
Prerequisites: RSCH 202.

ASCI 378  Helicopter Flight Environments  3 Credits (3,0)

During this course, the student obtains the foundation for helicopter operations in terrain flight and in varying environmental conditions. The student will be introduced to aspects particular to helicopter flight as it pertains to adverse weather and day and night environments specifically pertaining to take off, cruise and landing. Emphasis will be placed on understanding principles of flight close to the Earth and hazards both natural and man-made. Additional emphasis will be placed on helicopter flight in and around mountains, snow, desert and overwater operations. The student will be exposed to visual references and how to adjust perceptions to maintain safe, low-level flight in and around hazardous conditions present in commercial helicopter operations. By the end of the course, the student will have sufficient knowledge to understand the concepts necessary for employment in the commercial helicopter industry. Pre-Requisite: FAA/military helicopter pilot certificate or course listed.
Prerequisites: ASCI 317 and RSCH 202.

ASCI 388  Helicopter Flight Planning  3 Credits (3,0)

During this course, the student obtains the foundation for FARs as they relate to flight planning and navigation for various operations. The student will be able to use regulatory and operational considerations used in helicopter flight operations. Remote location operations and low level flight and navigation procedures will be studied closely. Cargo planning for internal and external operations nodes during near-ground operations will be discussed. By the end of the course, the student will have sufficient knowledge to understand the concepts necessary for effective flight planning and operation in the commercial helicopter industry. Pre-Requisite: FAA/military helicopter pilot certificate or course listed.
Prerequisites: ASCI 317 and RSCH 202.

ASCI 403  Air Traffic Management  3 Credits (3,0)

The course introduces the student to traffic flow management definitions, concepts, technologies (current and planned for future air traffic systems and operations, and applications required to perform system analysis of the constraints and their impact on efficiency of traffic flows within the air traffic airspace. Management concepts related to technology, collaboration, and innovation in Air Traffic Control (ATC) and Air Traffic Management (ATM) will also be covered. Topics covered include Global Air Navigation Plan (GANP), governance restrictions, regulatory capabilities, ATM systems, sustainable infrastructure, and environmental impacts. The implications on managers of ongoing air navigation improvement programs of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Member States (SESAR in Europe; NextGen in the United States; CARATS in Japan; SIRIUS in Brazil, and others in Canada,China, India, Asia, Pacific, Africa and The Russian Federation) are also introduced.
Prerequisites: RSCH 202.

ASCI 404  Applications in Aviation/Aerospace Law  3 Credits (3,0)

Applications in Aviation/Aerospace Law explores the chronological development, federal and state regulatory functions, and rights and liabilities of pilots, maintenance personnel, aircraft manufacturers, and airport and aircraft operators. Students will examine case histories, liens and security interest in aircraft, as well as international conferences, bilateral and multilateral agreements, and criminal statutes. Students will also examine the legal aspects of unmanned aerial systems and operations, as well as space commercialization.
Prerequisites: RSCH 202.

ASCI 411  Human Factors in ATM  3 Credits (3,0)

This course focuses on the major human causative agent in aircraft accidents as they apply to air traffic control and management: the human being. Emphasis is placed on the psychological and physiological factors that enhance the accident probability. Ergonomic capabilities of humans as related to Air Traffic Control (ATC) and its influence in aviation design is also covered. Performance limitations of air traffic controllers are examined to assess how these limitations are impacted by different variables in the ATC environment. This course will also investigate how human factors can result in human error, but at the same time be used to bring about strategies that can enhance efficiency, effectiveness, and safety to mitigate human error in ATC.
Prerequisites: RSCH 202.

ASCI 426  Airport Management in ATM  3 Credits (3,0)

The focus of this course will be an examination of the management of airports. An emphasis on the facilities that comprise an airport system, including airspace, airfield, terminal and ground access operations will be covered, as well as the aspects of global air traffic management systems that are directly linked to airports. Airports are tangibly the beginning and end of aircraft movements within air traffic management systems. Knowledge of the operational aspects of air traffic systems and other international air navigation system components such as WAAS, ADS-B and PBN-OPD that are owned, operated or occur on airport properties are critical concepts of air traffic management. The course also evaluates the influences of NextGen and other international modernized air navigation systems on airport operations management with regards to facilities, local ATC, airport tenants, airline operations, environmental impacts and community relations programs.
Prerequisites: RSCH 202.

ASCI 428  Advanced Helicopter Systems and Functions  3 Credits (3,0)

During this course, the student will study the principles and functions of advanced helicopter systems with an emphasis on automatic flight control systems and associated pilot interface mechanisms, power and rotor systems, avionics, environmental systems and structures. Pre-Requisite: FAA/military helicopter pilot certification or courses listed.
Prerequisites: ASCI 317 and ASCI 388 and RSCH 202.

ASCI 438  Advanced Helicopter Operations  3 Credits (3,0)

During this course, the student will obtain the foundation for advance and specialized commercial helicopter operations. The student will be introduced to broad areas of commercial flight operations. Emphasis will be placed on developing knowledge in organization, budgeting, airframe selection, mission support, insurance, maintenance, ground support operations, safety and training programs, recordkeeping and regulatory compliance. By the end of the course, the student will have sufficient knowledge to understand the concepts necessary to function as a professional in the aviation industry.
Prerequisites: ASCI 317 and ASCI 388 and ASCI 378 and RSCH 202.

ASCI 491  Operational Applications in Aeronautics  3 Credits (3,0)

Culminating experience for students in the Aeronautics degree program. Students to explore how their chosen career field fits into the broader aviation industry while examining more deeply issues related to their minor field of study. Macro-level review of the aviation industry and how to prepare to meet industry expectations for those entering the profession. Contemporary issues and emerging trends within the industry. Assignments will challenge student critical thinking, collaborative problem solving, written and oral communications, and lifelong learning skills. Pre-Requisite: Course listed and Senior Standing.
Prerequisites: RSCH 202.