CQUniversity Unit Profile
AVAT11007 Flight Planning, Performance and Operation (Private Pilot Licence)
Flight Planning, Performance and Operation (Private Pilot Licence)
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General Information


This unit will provide you with the aeronautical knowledge of flight planning, navigation, performance, loading and operations pertaining to small general aviation aircraft. You will calculate basic flight plans and fuel plans. You will also study meteorological and navigational factors that affect flying, including aerodrome forecasts and area forecasts. You will develop knowledge of planning flights on navigational charts and airspace requirements. You will also study the flight rules and procedures relevant to a Private Pilot. In this unit, you will cover the aeronautical knowledge requirements of Schedule 3 of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority's Part 61, Manual of Standards (Aeronautical Knowledge Standards) applicable to the Private Pilot Licence. This will allow you to sit the Private Pilot Licence (Aeroplane) Examination which is a prerequisite for attempting the flight test for the Private 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

Prerequisite unit: AVAT11002 Basic Aeronautical Knowledge

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 3 - 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. Online Quiz(zes)
Weighting: 40%
2. 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 DDLT


Spend less time in lectures and more interactive time with the students.


1. As the main teaching tool, continue with the teacher-centered style of learning (lectures) 2. Introduce and encourage student-centered style of learning using work books 3. Develop work books for T222 as a self-directed study tool used in conjunction with quizzes 4. Have more discussion around topics to encourage student engagement

Feedback from Self


Identify learning gaps


1. Obtain results from formative weekly quizzes and identify learning gaps 2. Spend time before each new lectures addressing learning gaps

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Extract and apply relevant information from aviation documents and charts in the Civil Aviation Publications, Civil Aviation Advisory Publications, Civil Aviation Legislation, and Notices to Airmen
  2. Explain the basic human factors considerations for a Private Pilot
  3. Convert between time standards using beginning and end of civil twilight graphs or charts
  4. Describe the principle of operation of Global Navigation Satellite Systems navigation, its advantages, disadvantages, limitations, and restrictions
  5. Demonstrate basic knowledge of the atmosphere including heat, temperature, humidity, pressure, clouds and precipitation, local weather, meteorological forecasts and reports, and their effect on planning a basic navigation exercise
  6. Complete a basic flight plan with an Equi-Time Point including take-off and landing, cruise, climb and descent performance, and weight and balance using available weather forecasts and operational briefing documents
  7. Demonstrate a knowledge of the Private Pilot Licence competencies in Schedule 3 of Part 61, Manual of Standards.

There is no external accreditation for aviation awards however, there are legal requirements to be met under the Civil Aviation Act and Civil Aviation Regulations.

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 - Online Quiz(zes) - 40%
2 - 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 - Online Quiz(zes) - 40%
2 - Examination - 60%
Textbooks and Resources



Aerodynamics for the private & commercial pilot licences.

Edition: 1st (2015)
Authors: David Robson
Aviation Theory Centre (NZ)
Darra Darra , QLD , Australia
ISBN: 9781875537839
Binding: Paperback

Aircraft General Knowledge for the Private and Commercial Pilot Licences

2nd Edition (2018)
Authors: David Robson
Aviation Theory Centre Pty Ltd
Narrangba Narrangba , QLD , Australia
ISBN: 978_1_875537_14_3
Binding: Paperback

Aircraft Operation, Performance and Planning for the Private and Commercial Pilot Licences

6th Edition (2022)
Authors: David Robson
Aviation Theory Centre Pty Ltd
Narrangba Narrangba , QLD , Australia
ISBN: 978-1-875537-27-3
Binding: Paperback

Flight Rules and Air Law : For the Private and Commercial Pilot Licences

22nd Edition (2022)
Authors: David Robson
Aviation Theory Centre Pty Ltd
Hamilton Hamilton , QLD , Australia
ISBN: 978-0-949499-41-7
Binding: Paperback

Human Factors for the Private and Commercial Pilot Licences

5th Edition (2021)
Authors: David Robson
Aviation Theory Centre Pty Ltd
Narrangba Narrangba , QLD , Australia
ISBN: 978-0-949499-18-9
Binding: Paperback

Meteorology : for the private and commercial pilot licenses

3rd Edition (2021)
Authors: David Robson
Aviation Theory Centre Pty Ltd
Hamilton Hamilton , QLD , Australia
ISBN: 978-0-949499-32-5
Binding: Paperback

Additional Textbook Information

Purchase all of your requirements, including uniforms at the CQUni Bookshop here: http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au (search on the Unit code)

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
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