ENTA12015 - Aerodynamics, Flight Control and Navigation

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Control of an aircraft in the air is a combination of physics and the design and operation of the aircraft flight control system. This unit covers the aerodynamics, and part of the aircraft Aerodynamics, structure and systems modules of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Part 66 Aircraft Maintenance basic knowledge requirements syllabus. In this unit, you will develop knowledge of basic aerodynamics, different flight control systems, aircraft structure and airframe systems. You will learn the fundamentals of atmospheric physics, the theory of flight, high-speed flight, and rotary-wing aerodynamics and control. In the second half of the unit, you will study various aircraft flight control systems and structures, aircraft systems, and navigation systems and subsystems. A necessary part of this unit will be conducting practical tasks with different types of procedures, components and systems. This unit is delivered at Aviation Australia campuses by Aviation Australia staff in partnership with CQUniversity.


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

Prerequisites: Engineering Fundamentals for Aircraft Maintenance AND Electronic Fundamentals for Aircraft Maintenance AND Electrical Fundamentals for Aircraft Maintenance AND Aircraft Maintenance Practices AND Human Factors and Aviation Legislation AND Aircraft Instrumentation Systems

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 3 - 2023

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 3 - 2023

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. In-class Test(s) 0%
2. Practical Assessment 0%
3. Report 0%
4. Report 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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Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Analyse the operation of fixed and rotary wing aircraft flight control systems and lift devices using the characteristics of the atmosphere and the fundamentals of aerodynamics
  2. Analyse typical aircraft structural systems using structural classification and methods of structural element identification, such as airframe zones and stations
  3. Explain the fundamentals of aircraft navigation, including common radio-based navigation aids such as GPS/GNSS and inertial navigation
  4. Troubleshoot flight control systems, aircraft electrical power system, lights, fire protection and ice and rain protection
  5. Troubleshoot typical airframe systems including pneumatic power, airconditioning and pressurisation, fuel, hydraulic power, landing gear, oxygen and water/waste systems
  6. Reflect on adapting current maintenance practices for future flight control and navigation system trends
  7. Work individually and in a team to safely perform practical tasks using tools, hardware, simulation equipment and aircraft components, demonstrating the appropriate application of theory.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
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1 - In-class Test(s)
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Report
4 - Report
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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1 - In-class Test(s)
3 - Report
4 - Report
2 - Practical Assessment