ARO400 - Fundamentals of Aerodynamics

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Subject Title
Fundamentals of Aerodynamics

Subject Description
This course provides an introduction to meteorology and aircraft navigation. The basic principles of meteorology are covered, as are those aspects of meteorology of particular importance to pilots, i.e. severe weather, icing and its effects on aircraft, aviation weather reports etc. Topics in aircraft navigation that are covered include aeronautical charts and their use in VFR flight planning and execution, navigation problems such as wind and drift problems, calculation of heading to steer and groundspeed, etc. Students also learn the use of the E6B flight computer. Aviation radio communication facilities and radio navigation aids used for short-range cross country flights are studied. The students apply their knowledge of meteorology and navigation to many exercises in VFR flight planning.

Credit Status
One Credit

(A student may not continue in the Aviation Degree Program without a minimum of 65% in this course.)

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

1. Describe the composition and structure of the atmosphere.
2. Describe the different types of clouds, the mechanisms of their formation and their characteristics.
3. Describe the importance of atmospheric quantities such as pressure, humidity, temperature etc.
4. List the types of winds in the atmosphere and describe their mechanisms of formation in each case.
5. Name and describe the properties of the various types of air mass in the atmosphere.

6. Describe the properties of the various types of front, their development and the weather associated with each type.
7. Describe the mechanisms of formation of various types of local weather and discuss avoidance methods for weather phenomena which are hazardous for flying aircraft.
8. Decode and interpret all the types of aviation weather reports.
9. Define navigational terms such as great circle, rhumb line, azimuth and true heading.
10. Describe the magnetic compass and the errors inherent in it, and convert from true heading to magnetic heading and vice versa.
11. Interpret the various types of aeronautical charts and extract, for the purposes of flight planning, all relevant information available on them.
12. Use aeronautical charts to plan a VFR flight and describe how to make en route corrections to heading to overcome track error.
13. Use the E6B computer to calculate quantities which are required in flight planning, such as heading, rate of fuel consumption, true airspeed, density altitude, etc.
14. Explain the mechanisms for the transmission and reception of radio signals and describe aeronautical radio communication equipment and facilities.
15. Describe the principles of operation of all the radio navigation aids and interpret information provided to airborne aircraft by VOR and ADF navigation aids.

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