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


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.


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 - 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 Student evaluation


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


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

Feedback from Student evaluation


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


Assessment material must be kept updated with CASA requirements.

Feedback from Student evaluation


Expect more challenge in the exam


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.


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



Aircraft Operation, Performance and Planning

Edition: 6th (2019)
Authors: David Robson
Aviation Theory Centre Pty Ltd
Brisbane Brisbane , Australia
ISBN: 978-1-875537-27-3
Binding: Hardcover

CPL Performance

Authors: Bob Tait
Binding: Hardcover

Additional Textbook Information

Paper copies can be purchased at the CQUni Bookshop here: http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au (search on the Unit code). eBooks can be purchased directly from the publishers. 

IT Resources

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