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AVAT11002 Basic Aeronautical Knowledge
Basic Aeronautical Knowledge
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General Information


This unit will provide you with basic aeronautical knowledge of small general aviation aircraft. You will calculate basic take-off and landing performance and weight and balance information. Other factors that affect flying such as local weather, will be examined. You will develop knowledge of aerodynamics and aircraft power plants and systems. In this unit, you will cover the aeronautical knowledge requirements of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority Syllabus applicable to the Recreational Pilot Licence. This will allow you to sit the Recreational Pilot Licence (Aeroplane) Examination which is a prerequisite for attempting the flight test for the Recreational Pilot Licence.


Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 1
Credit Points: 12
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.25

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

There are no requisites for this unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 2 - 2022


Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 12-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 25 hours of study per week, making a total of 300 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Written Assessment
Weighting: 20%
2. Online Quiz(zes)
Weighting: 20%
3. Examination
Weighting: 60%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Self/Students


Slides too busy.


Reduce the number of points on a slide. David has reduced the number of slides and has reduced the number of points of most slides.

Feedback from Students/Staff


Tutorials to have actual CASA type questions.


Tutorials and quizzes to include CASA exam type questions. David has included CASA exam type questions in the tutorials. However, with the changes made in the CASA RPL exam, there needs to be more questions around Meteorology and Navigation.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Communicate basic aviation terminology
  2. Describe the basics of aircraft power plants and systems
  3. Explain the basic aerodynamic principles of flight
  4. Calculate basic take-off and landing performance information
  5. Calculate basic weight and balance information
  6. Examine local weather information
  7. Describe local flight rules and procedures.

N/A. There is no external accreditation for this course.

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment - 20%
2 - Online Quiz(zes) - 20%
3 - Examination - 60%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
10 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Written Assessment - 20%
2 - Online Quiz(zes) - 20%
3 - Examination - 60%
Textbooks and Resources



Basic Aeronautical Knowledge

Fifth Edition (2020)
Authors: David Robson
Aviation Theory Centre PTY Ltd
ISBN: ISBN Printed 978-0-949499-06-6 ISBN Digital 978-0-9494
Binding: Hardcover

Additional Textbook Information

BAK text available online as an eBook from the Aviation Theory Centre. Paper copies can be purchased from the CQUni Bookshop here: http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au (search on the Unit code).

IT Resources

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