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Archived Version 2015 - 2016

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NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The aviation industry is a vast industry with a huge diversity of interconnected roles. Safety and efficiency is compromised when these roles become compartmentalised and the people involved do not appreciate the issues, terminology and patterns of thinking of other roles. Because the private pilot’s licence (PPL) brings the holder into contact with many of the aspects of the aviation industry that are outside normal business domains, the associated PPL Theoretical Knowledge course is a useful vehicle to introduce students to the diverse technologies and operations of this industry. This module and the follow-on module will supplement this theoretical knowledge with inputs from experts in the sector and off-campus visits to relevant facilities which give the student an overview of how the sector and different roles within it work. The aim of the module is • To continue the student's introduction to the technologies and operations of the aviation industry through a further subset of the theoretical knowledge required for gaining a Private Pilot’s Licence • To continue the student's introduction to the broad scope of technical, legislative, personal, knowledge and skills requirements that are a foundation for many activities in the aviation sector. A significant part of the module content is aligned with the syllabus of Theoretical Knowledge for the PPL(A) as specified in the JAR document AMC FCL 1.125.

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate a knowledge of Meteorology as it relates to the needs of general aviation operating under visual flight rules.
2. Decode and use weather reports and forecasts as the basis for decision-making that demonstrates an appropriate balance between safety and risk in the operation of light aircraft and the planning of VFR cross-country flights
3. Use a knowledge of the Principles of Flight of fixed-wing aircraft to explain how a light aircraft may be operated safely in all phases of flight.
4. Use details of known facts about Human Performance and Limitations to support decision-making in case studies or hypothetical scenarios that demonstrate an appropriate balance between safety and risk in the operation of light aircraft.
5. Demonstrate an ability to conduct effective and efficient RT communications with a real or simulated Air Traffic Service.
6. Sit, with a high probability of passing, the relevant MCQ exams operated by the IAA for the PPL Theoretical Knowledge examinations.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24Overviews, study guidance and guest lectures
Lecture24Timetabled CBT-based learning in the computer lab
Independent Study77Self-directed learning using supplied materials, further CBT and materials sourced by the student themselves
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Properties of the atmosphere and weather relevant to aviation; forecasting, sources and formats of weather information;

Principles Of Flight
Aerfoils, flying controls, stability, the stall, load factors and manoeuvring;

Human Performance and Limitations
Basic physiology and psychology as they are related to the human body in flight and decision-making by the pilot;

Radiotelephony Communications
Procedures for different phases of flight; standard terminology; breakdown and failure of communications; distress and urgency procedures; general flight safety.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment% Examination Weight%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
Indicative Reading List

  • Trevor Thom, Peter Godwin (Editor): 0, The Air Pilot's Manual, 1843360640
  • Trevor Thom, Peter Godwin (Editor): 0, Aviation Law and Meteorology, 1843360667
  • Trevor Thom, Peter Godwin (Editor): 0, The Air Pilot's Manual, 1843360705
  • Trevor Thom, Peter Godwin (Editor): 0, Radiotelephony, 1843360713
  • UK CAA: 0, Full set of CAA Safety Sense Leaflets, available electronically for free download, http://www.caa.co.uk/application.aspx?catid=33&pagetype=65&appid=11&mode=list&type=sercat&id=21,
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