AVAT11003 - Basic Aeronautical Practice

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In Basic Aeronautical Practice you will receive basic flight training in the training area and circuit area prior to your first solo flight. This unit will provide you with up to 13 hours of basic aeronautical experience in a small general aviation aeroplane. You will learn how to control an aircraft and maintain it at a constant altitude, heading and speed. You will learn how to change altitude, make turns and manoeuvre the aircraft. You will learn how to recognise the symptoms of entry and how to recover from a stall. This should enable you to fly as pilot in command of an aircraft in the circuit area of the training aerodrome. You will be required to attend a flight training provider approved by the Head of Course in order to complete this unit.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Co-requisite: 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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2024

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 1 - 2024

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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Test 0%
2. Practical Assessment 0%

This is a pass/fail (non-graded) unit. To pass the unit, you must pass all of the individual assessment tasks shown in the table above.

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 80.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 20.83% response rate.

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.

Source: Unit Coordinator
The introduction of the aviation checklist has improved the completion of duties required for this unit and the application process into the CL17 course.
Checklist will be enhanced further.
Action Taken
Is continued.
Source: Unit Coordinator
Student flight training progress reporting needs to enhance.
Flight Management Software will help administer this task. Flight Providers are required to send monthly updates on student flight progress.
Action Taken
This has improved. However, CASA medical delays and the La Nina effect in weather slowed student progress this term.
Source: Lecturer
Theory component (ground briefings) for this course ran well, with good attendance and a high pass rate. There was only a short time between the last lecture and the online test, but students were aware of this and were able to accommodate the time line imposed by the Census date.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Explain how to fly an aeroplane in all manoeuvres involved in a circuit and approach to a runway
  2. Control an aircraft translationally and rotationally in flight
  3. Fly an aircraft at a constant altitude, heading and airspeed
  4. Manoeuvre an aircraft to nominated altitude at constant airspeed and heading
  5. Perform various turns on to a particular heading
  6. Recognise the symptoms and recover from a stall
  7. Fly a circuit and approach to a runway under various conditions
  8. Communicate appropriately with aeronautical staff.

N/A.  No external accreditation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
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1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
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