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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

AVIA1020 Theoretical Knowledge for the Private Pilots Licence

20 creditsClass Size: 70

Module manager: Dr DW Dixon-Hardy

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

This module is not approved as a discovery module


The topics included will cover:
- Aircraft General Knowledge/Principles of Flight: a basic understanding of the construction of light aircraft, the aerodynamic forces acting upon these aircraft, the workings of the 4-stroke combustion engine and the fuel, ignition and electrical systems involved.
- Human Performance and Limitations: an understanding of the physiological, psychological and ergonomical challenges of flight crew.
- Meteorology: the ability to recognise and interpret weather phenomena pertinent to flying light aircraft and to understand the vital importance of weather conditions for the safety of flight. The ability to de-code aviation-related meteorological forms and information and make basic weather forecasts, again for the safety of flight.
- Air Law/Operational Procedures: to have knowledge of the rules and regulations required for safe flight within UK air space.
- Flight Performance & Planning: to have knowledge to plan and operate safe and efficient flights within UK air space.
- Communications: to be introduced to the rules of the strict language of the air required for flying.
- Navigation: a basic knowledge of the use of navigational procedures and radio aides to help with the accurate navigation in visual flight conditions.
- Students will have the opportunity to take 9 x CAA PPL exams through the year. These will be optional, though recommended, and act as a formative part of the module.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should have an understanding and knowledge of the theoretical requirements for gaining an EASA Private Pilot Licence.


- Human performance and limitations
- Aircraft general and principles of flight
- Air law and operational procedures
- Flight performance and planning
- Navigation
- Meteorology
- Communications
- Operational procedures
- Principles of flight.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours152.00
Total Contact hours48.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

This module is based on a strong element of private study of specific course texts. Lectures are used for guidance and exam preparation. The syllabus is based on the theoretical knowledge required for the issue of a CAA PPL.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

In-course formative assessments.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course MCQ9 CAA PPL exams0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)0.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)3 hr 100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 14/01/2020


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