AVAT13012 - Flight Planning, Performance and Loading (Air Transport Pilot Licence)

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2024

Term 2 - 2024 Profile

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. Examination 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

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 100.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 25.00% 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: Self-reflection
Significant amount of duplication from AVAT13008.
Review and revise unit content to ensure no duplication of content.
Action Taken
This was implemented and resulted in a positive outcome.
Source: Self-reflection
Low engagement with tutorials.
Better explanation at the beginning of the unit, and better layout of the tutorial to focus more on substantive issues.
Action Taken
This was implemented and resulted in a positive outcome.
Source: Unit Coordinator Observation
Practice Exams will improve students' success in CASA exam
CASA Practice Exams are to be included.
Action Taken
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.


Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
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1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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Intermediate Level
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Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
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1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
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
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1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Examination