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

Unit Profile Correction added on 20-09-21

Currently, this unit has the following assessment components:

a) Online quizzes: 40%

b) Invigilated Exam: 60% (hurdle 50% pass rate)

This amendment replaces the invigilated exam (60%) with an online test (60%).

The online test will be held at the same time and date as the previously scheduled exam in the exam timetable for T2/2021.

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 - 2021

Bundaberg
Cairns
Online
Perth

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 Student evaluation

Feedback

Continued engagement with the students and ensured a comprehensive understanding of the core concepts by everyone.

Recommendation

Will continue the efforts in delivery, and further identify improvements for making the interactions more worthy.

Feedback from Student evaluation

Feedback

All content required to pass the CASA examination and practical application are thoroughly covered

Recommendation

Assessment material must be kept updated with CASA requirements.

Feedback from Student evaluation

Feedback

Expect more challenge in the exam

Recommendation

Invigilated exam will replace the online test to make it inline with CASA practices.

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

Textbooks

Prescribed

Aircraft Operation, Performance and Planning

Edition: Sixth (2019)
Authors: David Robson
Aviation Theory Centre
Darra Darra , QLD , Australia
ISBN: 978-1-875537-27-3
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
Chris Bernecic Unit Coordinator
c.bernecic@cqu.edu.au
Aruna Ranganathan Unit Coordinator
a.ranganathan@cqu.edu.au
Doug Drury Unit Coordinator
d.drury@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 12 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

Aerodrome & Aeroplane Landing Areas ALA's)

Chapter

Chapter 1 - ATC
Topic 1 - Bob Tait

Events and Submissions/Topic

Lecture 1 & 1A and Tutorial.

Week 2 Begin Date: 19 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

Aircraft Performance - Part 1
a. Factors affecting performance
b. Density Altitude and pressure height calculation using various methods.

Flight computer, flow chart


Chapter

Chapter 2 - ATC
Topic 2 - Bob Tait

Events and Submissions/Topic

Lecture 2 & 2A and Tutorial.
Assignment Overview

Week 3 Begin Date: 26 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

Aircraft Performance - Part 2
a. Understanding Climb, Cruise, Enroute, Descent performance.

b. Range and Endurance

Chapter

Chapter 2 - ATC
Topic 3 - Bob Tait

Events and Submissions/Topic

Lecture  Lecture 3 and Tutorial.

Week 4 Begin Date: 02 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Aircraft Performance - Part 3
a. Echo performance charts and tables.

b. Take-off, Landing and Climb weight limited charts Question and Exercises

Chapter

Chapter 3 - ATC
Topic 4 - Bob Tait

Events and Submissions/Topic

Lecture 4 (a) 4A (b) and Tutorial.

Week 5 Begin Date: 09 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

ECHO performance charts and tables and Exercise 4.8

Chapter

Topic 4 pages 87 to108  CPL Performance Bob Tait

Events and Submissions/Topic

Lecture 4B and Tutorial.

Vacation Week Begin Date: 16 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Vacation week.

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 23 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Alternate and holding fuel
CPL

Chapter

Chapter 7 - ATC
Topic 5 - Bob Tait

Events and Submissions/Topic

Lecture 4C and Tutorial.


MID TERM TEST Due: Week 6 Monday (23 Aug 2021) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 7 Begin Date: 30 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Equi Time Points (ETP) and Point of No Return (PNR)

Chapter

Chapter 7 - ATC
Topic 5 - Bob Tait

Events and Submissions/Topic

Lecture 4D and Tutorial.

Week 8 Begin Date: 06 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Flight Planning - Part 1
Determining operational weights MTOW, MLW, MZFW. Using Beetle diagram to find fuel limits

Chapter

Chapter 4 - ATC
Topic 6 - Bob Tait

Events and Submissions/Topic

Lecture 5 Part 1 and Tutorial.
Discussion - Assignment submission.

Week 9 Begin Date: 13 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Flight Planning - Part 2
Calculate weight and balance data for various loading systems Alpha, Bravo, Charlie as CoG limits using loading and P charts.pptx

Chapter

Chapter 4 - ATC
Topic 6 - Bob Tait

Events and Submissions/Topic

Lecture 5 Part 2 and Tutorial.
Assignment due date.

Week 10 Begin Date: 20 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Flight Planning - Part 3

ECHO Loading weight and balance performance and CoG limits

ECHO weight and balance restrictions and adjustments of CoG using various methods practice questions

Chapter

Chapter 5 - ATC
Topic 6 - Bob Tait

Events and Submissions/Topic

Lecture 5 Part 3 and Tutorial.

Lecture 5 Part 4 and Tutorial

Week 11 Begin Date: 27 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Flight Planning 
Airworthiness and Equipment

Chapter

Chapter 8 - ATC
Topic 7 - Bob Tait

Events and Submissions/Topic

Lecture 6 and Tutorial.

Lecture 7 and Tutorial

Week 12 Begin Date: 04 Oct 2021

Module/Topic

Flight Planning  and Loading - Overall Review

Chapter

Review CPL Exam

Events and Submissions/Topic

Lecture and Tutorial.

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 11 Oct 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 18 Oct 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title
MID TERM TEST

Task Description

This online quiz will test your understanding of the underlying concepts discussed so far, including takeoff, enroute and landing performance, and up to and including the lecture material in the first five weeks.


Number of Quizzes


Frequency of Quizzes

Other


Assessment Due Date

Week 6 Monday (23 Aug 2021) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 7 Monday (30 Aug 2021)


Weighting
40%

Assessment Criteria

This quiz is weighted at 40% of your final grade.

Any material from weeks 1 to 5 may be assessed. The quiz will consist of multiple choice questions, and will test your underlying understanding of core concepts.

In particular, you will be assessed on your ability to:

  • identify performance limitations
  • calculate performance in given conditions
  • interpret the effect a given factor will have on performance


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Online TEST through Moodle.

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

Minimum mark or grade
50%

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