Course Content and Outcome Guide for AVS 115 Effective Fall 2015

Course Number:
AVS 115
Course Title:
Helicopter Private Pilot Flight
Credit Hours:
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Course Description

Covers the operation of helicopters. Explores fundamentals of flight, emergency procedures, air traffic control and operational procedures. Provides the flight and ground instruction required to qualify to take the FAA Private Pilot Rotorcraft Helicopter knowledge and practical tests. Flight training fees apply and cover a specific amount of training; Additional funds may be required. Prerequisites: Placement into MTH 65 and WR 121. Prerequisites/concurrent: AVS 127. Corequisites: AVS 107.

Addendum to Course Description

This course is part of a program designed to meet the requirements of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for certification of private pilots rotorcraft helicopter. Lecture / discussion / demonstration sessions and lab practice", supported by written and multi-media materials, will present to the student knowledge and skills necessary to perform oral and practical tests which are required for FAA certification of pilots. This course will be taught following or concurrently with AVS-110. Knowledge areas that are taught in AVS-110 will be reviewed and revisited if necessary to meet the completion requirements. A minimum of 35 hours of flight training lab time is required for completion of the course, along with the minimum performance standards listed below.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion of this course the student should be able to:
a. Qualify to take the FAA Helicopter Private Pilot knowledge and practical tests;
b. Take responsibility as Pilot In Command to competently perform pre-flight duties and all other procedures necessary for the safe conduct of a flight as a Private Pilot;
c. Draw from a broad base of experience gained from training scenarios to exercise safe judgment in all flight related decisions.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

At the beginning of the course", the instructor will detail the methods used to evaluate and record student progress and the criteria for assigning a course grade. Evaluation methods will include written, oral, and practical testing. Evaluation levels will meet or exceed those defined by FAA-S-8081-HD (or subsequent edition) Private Pilot Rotorcraft Helicopter Practical Test Standards, and required under 14 CFR 141," FAA Approved Training Course.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

The remaining pages of this Course Content and Outcome Guide present 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, are approved by College management and are based on 14 CFR 141 Appendix B (4) (d) (3) which requires:
    a ) Preflight preparation;
    b ) Preflight procedures;
    c ) Airport and heliport operations;
    d ) Hovering maneuvers;
    e ) Takeoffs, landings, and go-arounds;
    f ) Performance maneuvers;
    g ) Navigation;
    h ) Emergency operations;
    i ) Night operations; and
    j ) Post flight procedures