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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

AVIA2000 Aircraft 1

20 creditsClass Size: 70

Module manager: Dr DC Peacock

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

This module is not approved as a discovery module


On completion of this module, students should:
- have an appreciation of the legislative background directly relating to performance requirements;
- have a basic awareness of aircraft performance requirements in terms of take off/landing and in-flight limitations;
- have an overview on the full aircraft components fitted to form systems on a large commercial aircraft (RJ100);
- be introduced to the topic of aircraft engines with an emphasis on important applications in aviation of both piston and gas turbine power-plants fitted to aircraft;
- develop an understanding of aircraft stability and control, the factors that influence them and how to analyse and calculate pertinant variables related to them.

Learning outcomes
For Aircraft Systems and Performance:
Upon successful completion of this module students should:
- understand important parameters which influence aircraft performance and their significance to flight planning;
- appreciate the tradeoffs in performance and the limitations of aircraft;
- understand the operation of aircraft systems.

For Aircraft Engines:
Upon successful completion of this module students should:
- have a general understanding of the aircraft engines, including classification, basic structure and components, working principles, operation procedures and other essential knowledge.

For Stability and Control:
Upon successful completion of this module students should:
- be able to define and use common vocabulary/terms used in the analysis of aircraft stability and control;
- be able to describe the different types of stability and explain the factors that influence them;
- be able to calculate the moments and forces on a aircraft in various simple flight conditions.

Skills outcomes
For aircraft performance, the course content is based closely on approved ATPL publications (Jeppeson). Aircraft systems is presented to students as an ATA 104 level 1/2 general familiarisation course based upon BAe RJ100 aircraft materials.

Aircraft engines will be delivered by the combination of lectures and the use of a computer based teaching (CBT) package on both Gas Turbine and Piston Engines produced by Oxford Aviation Training, an approved supplier of ATPL training materials.


For Aircraft Systems and Performance:
- Aircraft Performance: Certification under JAR/FAR. V-speeds. Manoeuvre limits. Manoeuvring loads. Performance in take-off, climb, cruise and descent. Field length limited take-off mass. Contaminated runways. The increased V2 procedure. Forces in the climb. Best angle/rate of climb Vx/Vy. Engine failure on take-off. Effect of centre of gravity (CG) position. Landing considerations.

- Aircraft Systems: Hydraulics, primary and back-up systems. Flight control surfaces. Landing gear and brakes. Environmental control and pneumatics. Ice and rain protection. Aircraft sensors. New generation systems.

For Aircraft Engines:
- Aircraft gas turbines, piston engines. Engine air intakes, compressor types, combustion chambers, turbine assembly, exhaust, fuel systems, lubrication systems, engine cooling including film impingement, performance parameters, engine instrumentation and FADEC, propellers including turbo-prop applications.

For Stability and Control:
- Coordinate system, forces and moments. Rotations and control surfaces that produce them. Trim and stability. Longitudinal static stability. Lateral-directional static stability. Aircraft dynamic modes of motion.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours150.00
Total Contact hours50.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Review of lecture notes each week
Use of recommended on-line and literature resources to support lecture material
Preparation of group work
Directed reading of recommended texts and on-line resources to support lecture material
Short self-assessed exercises
Revision for written examination

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Informal feedback on the group assignments and written feedback on individual coursework
Oral feedback on presentations.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
EssayEngines Essay10.00
In-course MCQAircraft Systems & Performance10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)20.00

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 80.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)80.00

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: 13/06/2019


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