CQUniversity Unit Profile
AVAT13012 Flight Planning, Performance and Loading (Air Transport Pilot Licence)
Flight Planning, Performance and Loading (Air Transport Pilot Licence)
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Corrections

Unit Profile Correction added on 20-09-21

This amendment replaces the invigilated exam with an online test. There are no changes to the assessment weightings, minimum marks or learning outcomes.

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

Flight Planning, Performance and Loading (Air Transport Pilot Licence) will provide you with the advanced knowledge required to plan an international Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) flight in a heavy air transport aircraft. You will learn how to interpret large aircraft performance data. From meteorological forecasts, you will determine the appropriate route, altitude, and alternate aerodromes. You will learn how to prepare a load and trim sheet for a large transport aircraft.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 3
Credit Points: 12
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.25

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisites: AVAT12012 Instrument Flight Rules and Procedures; AVAT12010 Flight Planning, Performance and Loading (Commercial Pilot Licence); AVAT13008 Navigation (Air Transport Pilot Licence); and AVAT13009 Meteorology (Air Transport Pilot Licence).

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

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 In-class student comments

Feedback

Student engagement

Recommendation

The students that attended the lectures and tutorial were very engaged and enjoyed the highly interactive delivery method. Students liked that they were able to ask questions in real-time and understand the relatively difficult material being delivered.

Feedback from Unit Coordinator

Feedback

Student participation

Recommendation

Students responded well to the interactive method of delivery which helped enormously in their understanding of flight planning and loading. Students appeared to enjoy this type of delivery.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Interpret large aircraft performance data
  2. Analyse critically appropriate route, altitude, and aerodromes using forecast meteorological conditions
  3. Prepare a load and trim sheet for a large transport aircraft
  4. Prepare a large aircraft Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) flight plan including navigation plan, fuel plan, and load sheet
  5. Exercise judgement in the flight planning process for large transport 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

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Online Quiz(zes) - 40%
2 - Examination - 60%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Aeroplane Performance, Planning & Loading for the Air Transport Pilot 2002 (2002)

Authors:
Aviation Theory Centre
Australia
ISBN: 187553736-8
Binding: Paperback
Prescribed

Boeing 727 Performance and Operating Handbook 2001 (2001)

Authors:
Air-Services Australia (CASA)
ISBN: 0644038136
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
James Musgrave Unit Coordinator
j.musgrave@cqu.edu.au
Aruna Ranganathan Unit Coordinator
a.ranganathan@cqu.edu.au
Doug Drury Unit Coordinator
d.drury@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Introduction and Basic Concepts Begin Date: 12 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

Advanced altimetry, airspeed, temperature and time

Jeppesen CR3 Navigation Computer

Chapter

Aeroplane Performance, Planning & Loading, Chapter 4

Events and Submissions/Topic

Takeoff Performance Begin Date: 19 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

CAO 20.7.1B overview

Terminology

V1, VR, and V2

    Runway takeoff limitations: TODR, TORR, ASDR, and STODA

    Climb takeoff limitations: climb segments; net and gross climb gradients

    Chapter

    Aeroplane Performance, Planning & Loading, Chapter 1

    CAO 20.7.1B

    B727 Performance and Operating Handbook, Section 2

    Events and Submissions/Topic

    Enroute Performance Begin Date: 26 Jul 2021

    Module/Topic

    Altitude limits: thrust limits and aerodynamic limits

    Maximum Range Cruise (MRC), and Long Range Cruise (LRC)

    Cost Index

    Optimum cruise altitude selection

    Flying for maximum endurance and holding


    Chapter

    Aeroplane Performance, Planning & Loading, Chapter 2

    B727 Performance and Operating Handbook, Section 3

    Events and Submissions/Topic

    Landing Performance Begin Date: 02 Aug 2021

    Module/Topic

    Descent considerations

    Landing runway limitations

    Landing climb limitations: approach and landing climb performance

    Brake energy and quick-turnaround limitations



    Chapter

    Aeroplane Performance, Planning & Loading, Chapter 3

    B727 Performance and Operating Handbook, Section 4

    CAO 20.7.1B

    Events and Submissions/Topic

    ETP, PNR, and other considerations Begin Date: 09 Aug 2021

    Module/Topic

    Equi-Time Point (ETP)

    Point Of No Return (PNR)

    Introduction to flight planning operational factors, including fuel policy and suitable/acceptable aerodromes

    Chapter

    Aeroplane Performance, Planning & Loading, Chapters 4 & 7


    Events and Submissions/Topic

    Vacation Week Begin Date: 16 Aug 2021

    Module/Topic

    Chapter

    Events and Submissions/Topic

    Flight Planning Fundamentals Begin Date: 23 Aug 2021

    Module/Topic

    Flight planning limiting factors: takeoff, landing, ZFW, cruise, and abnormal limitations

    Flight planning flow

    Estimating Mid Zone Weight (EMZW)


    Chapter

    Aeroplane Performance, Planning & Loading, Chapters 6 & 7

    B727 Performance and Operating Handbook

    Events and Submissions/Topic

    Online Quiz Due: Week 6 Monday (23 Aug 2021) 11:45 pm AEST
    Basic Flight Plans Begin Date: 30 Aug 2021

    Module/Topic

    Flight planning - takeoff limited

    Flight planning - landing limited


    Chapter

    Aeroplane Performance, Planning & Loading, Chapter 7

    B727 Performance and Operating Handbook

    Events and Submissions/Topic

    Abnormal Flight Plans Begin Date: 06 Sep 2021

    Module/Topic

    Flight planning - depressurized operations

    Flight planning - OEI operations

    Resolving DP/OEI restrictions during preflight planning

    Chapter

    Aeroplane Performance, Planning & Loading, Chapters 6 & 7

    B727 Performance and Operating Handbook

    Events and Submissions/Topic

    Other Flight Planning Problems Begin Date: 13 Sep 2021

    Module/Topic

    Other flight planning considerations: maximum payload, step climbs, holding, and alternates

    In-flight re-planning

    Chapter

    Aeroplane Performance, Planning & Loading, Chapter 7

    B727 Performance and Operating Handbook

    Events and Submissions/Topic

    Aircraft Loading Basics Begin Date: 20 Sep 2021

    Module/Topic

    Loading terminology

    Discussion of Training & Examination Workbook

    B727 Load and Trim Sheet overview


    Chapter

    Aeroplane Performance, Planning & Loading, Chapter 8

    CASA Training & Examination Workbook for ATPL Weight & Balance

    Events and Submissions/Topic

    More Load and Trim Sheet Problems Begin Date: 27 Sep 2021

    Module/Topic

    B727 Load and Trim Sheet problems


    Chapter

    Aeroplane Performance, Planning & Loading, Chapter 8

    CASA Training & Examination Workbook for ATPL Weight & Balance

    Events and Submissions/Topic

    Revision Begin Date: 04 Oct 2021

    Module/Topic

    Chapter

    Events and Submissions/Topic

    Exam Period Begin Date: 14 Oct 2021

    Module/Topic

    Chapter

    Events and Submissions/Topic

    Assessment Tasks

    1 Online Quiz(zes)

    Assessment Title
    Online Quiz

    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 PNRs & ETPs.


    Number of Quizzes

    1


    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
    • identify the meaning of common heavy aircraft concepts
    • discuss and calculate an ETP or PNR


    Referencing Style

    Submission
    Online

    Learning Outcomes Assessed
    • Interpret large aircraft performance data
    • Analyse critically appropriate route, altitude, and aerodromes using forecast meteorological conditions
    • Prepare a load and trim sheet for a large transport aircraft


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

    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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