Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
AVS 167
Course Title:
Aircraft Systems: Powerplant
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Course Description

Designed to give students the background in aircraft systems and structures, with an emphasis on powerplant components, that will enable them to progress into more advanced aircraft. Provides understanding of the safe and efficient operation of aircraft systems. Prior flight experience recommended. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

The aircraft systems and structure sequence (AVS 157 and AVS 167) will explore ideas learned in previous classes and introduce new and more complex systems to the student. Advanced avionics also will be covered. Operational considerations will be discussed for most topics. Lectures, videos, handouts, and written tests will provide the student with the information needed to accomplish this. Class participants will be expected to invest time outside of class to master the course content.

Intended Outcomes for the course

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

a) Analyze and explain the systems and structures of a typical general aviation aircraft related to the powerplant.

b) Demonstrate understanding of the proper operation of systems related to the powerplant.

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. Evaluation methods may include one or more of the following: Tests and quizzes, attendance, participation, class assignments, and class projects.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

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

Knowledge areas covered in the class will include the following:

1. Aircraft Engines

      a. Types and construction

      b. Theory of operation

      c. Lubrication and cooling

      d. Power management

      e. Supercharging and turbo-charging

2. Propellers and Governors

3. Fuels and Fuel Systems