CQUniversity Unit Profile
AVAT12010 Flight Planning, Performance and Loading (Commercial Pilot Licence)
Flight Planning, Performance and Loading (Commercial Pilot Licence)
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General Information

Overview

This unit will provide you with the knowledge required to plan a Visual Flight Rules (VFR) flight in a small commercial aircraft. You will learn how to interpret small commercial aircraft performance data. From meteorological forecasts, you will determine the appropriate route, altitude and alternate aerodromes. You will also learn how to conduct a weight and balance assessment for a flight.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 2
Credit Points: 12
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.25

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisites: AVAT12008 Meteorology (Commercial Pilot Licence); AVAT12009 Navigation (Commercial Pilot Licence) and AVAT11006 Aviation Law

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 - 2019

Bundaberg
Cairns
Online

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. Group Work
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 Source: Self-reflection.

Feedback

The students found it difficult to correctly answer the scenario-based questions in the tutorials as well as in the final examination.

Recommendation

Incorporate more scenario-based examples and tasks to build confidence in students.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Interpret small commercial aircraft performance data
  2. Critically analyse appropriate route, altitude and aerodromes using forecast meteorological conditions
  3. Calculate weight and balance and prepare a load sheet for a small commercial aircraft
  4. Prepare a small commercial aircraft Visual Flight Rules (VFR) flight plan, including navigation plan and fuel plan
  5. Exercise judgement in the flight planning process for small commercial aircraft.

N/A

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
1 - Group Work - 40%
2 - Examination - 60%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
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 - Group Work - 40%
2 - Examination - 60%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Supplementary

CPL Performance

(2017)
Authors: Bob Tait
Bob Tait's Aviation Theory School
Redclife Redclife , Queensland , Australia
ISBN: 978164136590-1
Binding: Paperback

IT Resources

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

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: Harvard (author-date)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Aruna Ranganathan Unit Coordinator
a.ranganathan@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 15 Jul 2019

Module/Topic

Aerodrome & Aeroplane Landing Areas

Chapter

Chapter 1 - ATC
Topic 1 - Bob Tait

Events and Submissions/Topic

Lecture and Tutorial.

Week 2 Begin Date: 22 Jul 2019

Module/Topic

Aircraft Performance - Part 1
a. Understanding Density altitude, Pressure Altitude
b. Density Altitude calculation using various methods.

Chapter

Chapter 2 - ATC
Topic 2 - Bob Tait

Events and Submissions/Topic

Lecture and Tutorial.
Assignment Overview

Week 3 Begin Date: 29 Jul 2019

Module/Topic

Aircraft Performance - Part 2
a. Understanding Take-off and Landing Performance
b. Take-off and Landing calculations using performance charts.

Chapter

Chapter 2 - ATC
Topic 3 - Bob Tait

Events and Submissions/Topic

Lecture and Tutorial.

Week 4 Begin Date: 05 Aug 2019

Module/Topic

Aircraft Performance - Part 3
a. Understanding Climb, Cruise and Descent performance.
b. Climb, Cruise and Descent performance calculations using performance charts.

Chapter

Chapter 3 - ATC
Topic 4 - Bob Tait

Events and Submissions/Topic

Lecture and Tutorial.

Week 5 Begin Date: 12 Aug 2019

Module/Topic

Aircraft Loading -  Part 1
PPL

Chapter

Chapter 6 - ATC

Events and Submissions/Topic

Lecture and Tutorial.

Vacation Week Begin Date: 19 Aug 2019

Module/Topic

Vacation week.

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 26 Aug 2019

Module/Topic

Aircraft Loading - Part 2
CPL

Chapter

Chapter 7 - ATC
Topic 5 - Bob Tait

Events and Submissions/Topic

Lecture and Tutorial.

Week 7 Begin Date: 02 Sep 2019

Module/Topic

Aircraft Loading - Part 3
Aircraft loading calculations using flight manual/graphs.

Chapter

Chapter 7 - ATC
Topic 5 - Bob Tait

Events and Submissions/Topic

Lecture and Tutorial.

Week 8 Begin Date: 09 Sep 2019

Module/Topic

Flight Planning - Part 1
Understanding flight planning preparation and various mandatory requirements.

Chapter

Chapter 4 - ATC
Topic 6 - Bob Tait

Events and Submissions/Topic

Lecture and Tutorial.
Discussion - Assignment submission.

Week 9 Begin Date: 16 Sep 2019

Module/Topic

Flight Planning - Part 2
National aeronautical information processing system.

Chapter

Chapter 4 - ATC
Topic 6 - Bob Tait

Events and Submissions/Topic

Lecture and Tutorial.
Assignment due date.


Written Assignment Due: Week 9 Monday (16 Sept 2019) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 10 Begin Date: 23 Sep 2019

Module/Topic

Flight Planning - Part 3
Operational Considerations - PNR, ETP.

Chapter

Chapter 5 - ATC
Topic 6 - Bob Tait

Events and Submissions/Topic

Lecture and Tutorial.

Week 11 Begin Date: 30 Sep 2019

Module/Topic

Flight Planning - Part 4
Airworthiness and Equipment

Chapter

Chapter 8 - ATC
Topic 7 - Bob Tait

Events and Submissions/Topic

Lecture and Tutorial.

Week 12 Begin Date: 07 Oct 2019

Module/Topic

Flight Planning  and Loading - Overall Review

Chapter

Review CPL Exam

Events and Submissions/Topic

Lecture and Tutorial.

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 14 Oct 2019

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 21 Oct 2019

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Begin Date: 28 Oct 2019

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Term Specific Information

I am the Unit Coordinator and Lecturer for this subject.

During this term, please contact me; if and when, you feel it is necessary for you to progress successfully in this Unit.

Aruna Ranganathan

Assessment Tasks

1 Group Work

Assessment Title
Written Assignment

Task Description

Assignment type: Group work followed by individual report submission online. 

Word limit: Nil. 

Due date: 16 September 2019. 

Task description: The assignment will require students to research and report on aircraft operations, performance and planning issues related to a typical general aviation charter operations within Australia. 

Please follow report writing format and referenced using the Harvard referencing style. Also, please use Arial font with 12 size and 1.5 line spacing. 


Assessment Due Date

Week 9 Monday (16 Sept 2019) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 11 Monday (30 Sept 2019)


Weighting
40%

Assessment Criteria

Assessment criteria/ rubric will be provided to students during week 2 lecture. 


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Please submit the assessment item online.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Interpret small commercial aircraft performance data
  • Critically analyse appropriate route, altitude and aerodromes using forecast meteorological conditions
  • Calculate weight and balance and prepare a load sheet for a small commercial aircraft
  • Prepare a small commercial aircraft Visual Flight Rules (VFR) flight plan, including navigation plan and fuel plan
  • Exercise judgement in the flight planning process for small commercial aircraft.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Team Work
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

Examination

Outline
Complete an invigilated examination

Date
During the examination period, at a CQUniversity examination centre

Weighting
60%

Length
150 minutes

Details
Calculator - non-programmable, no text retrieval, silent only
Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
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