AER121 - Aeronautics I

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Subject Title
Aeronautics I

Subject Description
This course addresses basic theory of flight, aircraft engines, airframes and propellers, aircraft instruments, aircraft performance, aeronautic facilities, the Canadian airspace structure, aeronautical radios communications, personnel and aircraft licensing, air traffic rules of medical factors on flight safety.

Credit Status

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Describe the basic forces of lift, weight, thrust, and drag acting on an aircraft as it moves through the air.
  2.  Explain the basic operating principles of reciprocating and jet engines.
  3.  Interpret the Bernoulli principle and describe its relationship to the theory of flight.
  4.  Describe the function and operating principle of each of the primary flight instruments located in the aircraft cockpit.
  5.  Distinguish between the different types of aerodrome facilities in Canada.
  6.  Differentiate between the different classes of airspace where aircraft may operate in Canada.
  7.  Outline personnel and aircraft licensing requirements.
  8.  Summarize the primary physiological and psychological impacts of flight on the human body.
  9.  Explain the importance of weather in the aviation industry.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Academic Integrity
Seneca upholds a learning community that values academic integrity, honesty, fairness, trust, respect, responsibility and courage. These values enhance Seneca's commitment to deliver high-quality education and teaching excellence, while supporting a positive learning environment. Ensure that you are aware of Seneca's Academic Integrity Policy which can be found at: Review section 2 of the policy for details regarding approaches to supporting integrity. Section 2.3 and Appendix B of the policy describe various sanctions that can be applied, if there is suspected academic misconduct (e.g., contract cheating, cheating, falsification, impersonation or plagiarism).

Please visit the Academic Integrity website to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline

  1. Basic Theory of flight and Instruments
  2. Basic Aircraft engines Piston, Turboprop, Jet
  3. Air Regulations and Personnel licensing
  4. Basic Aerospace medicine and communications
  5. Basic Weather appreciation

Mode of Instruction
The necessary theory for each topic will be developed in a lecture format using traditional and information technology approaches. Sample problems will be solved in class and students will be assigned problems for solution at home. In class tutorial assistance will be provided on problems causing difficulty.

Prescribed Texts
1. From the Ground Up, 29th Edition
            Author: A. F. MacDonald
            Aviation Publishers Co. Ltd.,
            ISBN 978-0-9730036-3-5
2. From the Ground Up Workbook 3rd Edition
            Aviation Publishers Co. Ltd
            ISBN 978-0-9730036-8-0


1. Aeronautical Information Manual (A.I.M. Canada)
    Transport Canada
    ISSN:    1715-7382
    TP    14371E

Reference Material
Transport Canada
Civil Aviation
Canadian Aviation Regulations

Online source for content of Aeronautical Information Manual
Civil Aviation Communications Centre
For publications, amendment and distribution questions

Required Supplies

Student Progression and Promotion Policy

Grading Policy

A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices. (

Modes of Evaluation

Quizzes and Assignments 10%
Term Test 1 25%
Term Test 2 25%
Final Examination 40%
Total 100%

If a student misses a quiz, test or examination for medical reasons, a medical note must be produced to avoid being awarded a zero on the assessment. Students cannot write missed tests and hence the student’s final mark will be based on the assignments, quizzes and tests he/she has written. A student may be awarded a deferred final examination if he/she was unable to write the final examination for documented medical reasons or other documented emergency.
Students are expected to demonstrate mastery of the content and to maintain professional standards of performance in assignments, on in-class tests, on term tests and on the final examination.  Marks are deducted for language errors on all assignments.

Approved by: Lynne McMullen