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

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band 2
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).

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2020

Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Bundaberg
Cairns
Online
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
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).

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 Quiz(zes) 40%
2. Online Test 60%

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2019 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.2 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 40% 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: 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.
Action Taken
Adequate scenario-based practical questions were discussed during the tutorials and included in the examination.
Source: Student
Feedback
The unit contents are directly relevant with commercial operation of a smaller aeroplane.
Recommendation
Sustained efforts will be made to align the contents with Aviation Industry requirements in flight training.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student
Feedback
Encouraging feedback was received on the mode and contents of the unit.
Recommendation
Efforts will be made to improve the students' experience and increase their engagement.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit Coordinator
Feedback
The delivery method and the absorption of core concepts at CPL level by the student was good. Positive feedbacks were received from the students.
Recommendation
This unit (double credit unit) is one of the most difficult units in the CPL curriculum. Physical presence during the lectures and tutorials and discussions with the lecturer would make the learning experience a lot easier. So in the interest of the students, the physical attendance of the lectures and tutorials is strongly recommended.
Action Taken
Nil.
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.

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Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Online Test
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
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
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Online Test