Course Content and Outcome Guide for AVS 110 Effective Summer 2015

Course Number:
AVS 110
Course Title:
Helicopter Private Ground
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Course Description

Covers fundamentals of flight, helicopter systems, aeronautical publications, Federal Aviation Regulations, navigation, flight planning, radio procedures and weather. Presents sufficient knowledge to prepare for the FAA Private Pilot Rotocraft knowledge test. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

This course is designed to meet the requirements of Federal Aviation Regulations - 14 CFR Parts 61.103(d) & 61.105(b) for obtaining endorsement for taking the FAA Private Pilot Rotorcraft knowledge test. This course will also provide the information required by 14 CFR Part 141 appendix B (3)(b) to complete the ground training needed to obtain a Private Pilot Rotorcraft Helicopter license. Lectures, discussions, videos, handouts, and written tests will provide to the student the necessary information. Class participants will be expected to invest time outside of class to accomplish mastery of course content. Students who miss a class session must consult with the instructor prior to attendance at the next class session. Material missed by students during an allowed absence will be made available to them as determined by the instructor. In extreme cases, syllabus deviations may be allowed with the approval of the Chief Flight Instructor.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion of this course the student should be able to:

a) Apply for, take, and pass the FAA Private Pilot knowledge test.
b) Plan and explain the execution of a flight typical of a Private Pilot Certificate holder.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

At the beginning of the course, the instructor will explain the methods used to evaluate and record student progress, and the criteria for assigning a course grade. The instructor will initiate a progress folder for each student, issue an enrollment certificate to each student, log each ground lesson in the student's progress folder and issue graduation certificates upon successful completion of the course. Evaluation methods may include one or more of the following: Tests and quizzes, attendance, and participation, class assignments, class projects. The instructor will immediately grade each stage and final exam, and if necessary, have students complete a review and retake of the exam, until a minimum score of 70% is achieved. The instructor will issue a disenrollment notice to any student who fails to meet the Part 141 progress requirements. Students so affected must consult with the instructor concerning options available.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

The remaining page of this Course Content and Outcome Guide presents the competencies, skills, concepts and themes that are designed to result in the outcomes listed above.

Course Content and Outcome Guides are prepared by the Aviation Science Subject Area Curriculum Committee and approved by College management.

FAR 61.105 (b) and FAR 141 appendix B (3) (b) include the following aeronautical knowledge areas:

  1. Applicable Federal Aviation Regulations that relate to private pilot privileges, limitations, and flight operations;
  2. Accident reporting requirements of the National Transportation Safety Board;
  3. The use of the applicable portions of the "Aeronautical Information Manual" and appropriate FAA advisory circulars;
  4. The use of aeronautical charts for VFR navigation using pilotage, dead reckoning, and navigation systems;
  5. Radio communication procedures;
  6. Recognition of critical weather situations from the ground and in flight, wind shear avoidance, and the procurement and use of aeronautical weather reports and forecasts;
  7. Safe and efficient operation of aircraft, including collision avoidance, and recognition and avoidance of wake turbulence;
  8. Effects of density altitude on takeoff and climb performance;
  9. Weight and balance computations;
  10. Principles of aerodynamics, powerplants, and aircraft systems;
  11. N/A
  12. Aeronautical decision making and judgment; and
  13. Preflight action that includes -
    1. How to obtain information on runway lengths at airports of intended use, data on takeoff and landing distances, weather reports and forecasts, and fuel requirements; and
    2. How to plan for alternatives if the planned flight cannot be completed or delays are encountered.