Aerospace Technologies

Real-World Aviation Training, includes Flight Simulator Training

Airplanes and Aerodynamics
Students will be introduced to the science of aerodynamics… forces, Bernoulli’s principle, stability, load factor, three axes of rotation, cockpit controls, and airplane control surfaces.

Airplane Instruments
We’ll go inside the virtual cockpit of a typical modern training airplane where we’ll learn about the different flight instruments and the systems that make them work.

Engines and Systems
Here we’ll examine the airplane’s internal combustion piston engine.  Students will learn about the four-stroke engine cycle, how the carburetor mixes fuel and air, abnormal combustion, and different types of fuel used in aviation.

There are nearly 30,000 airports in the United States of all sizes and complexities, but they all share common signs, pavement markings, lights and lighting systems.  We’ll examine the similarities and common operating procedures.

Air Traffic Control and Airspace
Students will learn about the different classfications of airspace and how air traffic controllers work with radar, transponders, and pilots to safely and efficiently control aircraft in flight and on the ground.

Federal Aviation Regulations
Students will learn about the federal aviation regulations and aeronautical information from a more practical standpoint using easier to understand language.

Airplane Performance
Variations in atmospheric temperature and pressure affect aircraft performance.  Using data tables and graphs, students will learn how to calculate performance values for a given set of atmospheric conditions.

Airplane Weight and Balance
Students will learn how to account for the weight of the  fuel, baggage, and passengers using data tables and graphs, and determine that the airplane is not overloaded and that the center of gravity is within allowable limits.

Flight Physiology
Flying can involve a combination of forces, altitudes, and intense stimulation of our senses and sensory organs.  In this training module, we’ll examine flight physiology and how it affects the human body and decision-making.

Aviation Weather
There is no other activity that is more directly affected by the weather than aviation.  We’ll begin with a global perspective of weather, then discuss some particular types of weather phenomena and how it affects flight operations.

Aviation Weather Services
Students will learn how to combine textual and graphical weather information to develop an overall weather picture and make a go/no-go decision for a proposed flight.

Navigation Charts
From airport information to navigation aids to airspace, charts can be confusing.  Here we’ll unlock the mystery of all the colors, symbols, and abbreviated or coded text found on aeronautical charts.

Navigation Systems
GPS and radio navigation aids are the topics here.  Students will learn about the various navigation systems used in aviation and examine the differences, similarities, and practical applications of each.

Cross-Country Flight Planning
Students will learn how a chart, plotter, and E6B flight computer are used to plot a course and determine distances, speeds, times en route, and fuel requirements.

Practice FAA Exam
Students will take a practice computer-based FAA private pilot knowledge test.  The sixty question test is designed to be completed in 2.5 hours.