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SYST 560 FALL 2013

SYLLABUS

August, 2013

Introduction to Air Transportation Systems is for those who are starting or plan professions in the air transportation industry. This course provides a survey of the entire field, including aircraft performance, navigation, Air Traffic Control, Traffic Flow Management and safety. The course prepares students for the FAA Knowledge Exam

Assigments require the application of fundamental principles of physics and fluid mechanics, in analysis and simulation of real-world problems.

This course is available through Web Conferencing

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Instructor:  Dr. Lance Sherry 
Contact Info: lsherry@gmu.edu,  703-993-1711
Location:  West 1007, 

Class Day: Mondays 16:30-19:00
Office Hours:  Wednesdays 16:00-18:00pm or by appointment

TextBook: Pilots handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge (FAA h-8083-25A) Download no-cost .pdf here
Cessna On-line Course (Academic Version available through Aviation Adventures)
Students will use the Cessna On-line Training Program

Students can work at their own pace, but must complete the sections as follows:

  • All Sections upto and includinbg Preparing for Solo must be completed by Midnight 11/04. (No excuses. No 2nd chances.)
  • All Sections upto and includinbg Final Preparation for Practice Test must be completed by Midnight 12/16. (No excuses. No 2nd chances.)
  • Three Randomly Generated Practice Exams must be completed by Midnight 12/16. (No excuses. No 2nd chances.)


  • Mid-term Grade is based on completion of all sections upto and including Preparing to Solo (completed by midnight 11/04)
    Final grade is based on the scores from the Three Randomly Generated Practice Exams (completed by midnight 12/16)


    Week Date Section to be Completed in this Week
    1 08/26 Online Course: Learning Your Airplane 1/3 (432)
    2 09/03 Online Course: Learning Your Airplane 2/3 (432)
    3 09/09 Online Course: Learning Your Airplane 3/2 (432)
    4 09/16 Online Course: Improving Control 1/2 (344)
    5 09/23 Online Course: Improving Control 2/2 (344)
    6 09/30 Online Course: Takeoff & Landings 1/2 (338)
    Lecture: Aeronautical Knowledge Chap 6 - Aircraft Systems
    7 10/07 Online Course: Takeoff & Landings 2/2 (388)
    Lecture: Aeronautical Knowledge Chap 9 - Weight & Balance
    8 10/14 Online Course: Preparing for Solo 1/2 (324)
    Columbus Day. No class meeting. Complete On-line Course work.
    9 10/21 Online Course: Preparing for Solo 2/2 (324)
    Lecture: Aeronautiocal Knowledge Chap 10 - Aircraft Performance
    10 10/28 Online Course: Preparing for Solo 1/1 (324))
    MIDTERM EXAM GRADE: Based on Completion of all preceeding sections.
    This and preceeding sections must be completed by midnight 11/04. No excuses. No 2nd Chances.
    Lecture: Aeronautiocal Knowledge Chap 11/12 - Aviation Weather
    11 11/04 Online Course: Getting Ready for Cross Country Flying 1/1 (124)
    Lecture: Aeronautiocal Knowledge Chap 13 - Airport Operations
    Video of Lufthansa Flightdeck Operations
    12 11/11 Online Course: Flying Cross Country 1/2 (129)
    Lecture: Aeronautiocal Knowledge Chap 14 - Airspace
    13 11/18 Online Course: Flying Cross Country 2/2 (120)
    Lecture: Aeronautiocal Knowledge Chap 15 - Navigation
    14 11/25 Online Course: Flying at Night 1/1 (180)
    Lecture: Aeronautiocal Knowledge Chap 16/17 - Aviation Human Factors
    15 12/02 Online Course: Advancing Your Skills 1/1 (17)
    Final Class Lecture: Bringing it all together. Southwest Airlines Flight1455 Accident Report: Case Study Workbook
    16 12/09 Online Course: Final Preparations for Practice Test 1/1 (74)
    This and preceeding sections must be completed by midnight 12/16. No excuses. No 2nd Chances.
    17 12/16 FINAL EXAM: Practice Exam 1, 2, 3 Randomly Generated Exam Completed
    Three Randomly Generated Exams must be completed by midnight 12/16. No excuses. No 2nd Chances.



    * Dates all tentative, subject to change without notice


    Two Minute Knowledge Videos:
  • Instrumentation (Chap 2, pg 2-11 to 2-12)
  • Structure of Atmosphere (Chap 3, pg 3-1 to 3-3)
  • Lift (Chap 3, pg 3-4 to 3-10)
  • Forces Acting on the Aircraft (Chap 4, pg 4-1 to 4-7)
  • Wing-tip Vorticies (Chap 4, pg 4-8 to 4-9)
  • Video AAL 587 Wake Vortex Accident
  • Aircraft Design Characteristics (Chap 4, pg 4-12 to 4-18)
  • Aerodynamic Forces in Flight Manuevers and Stalls (Chap 4, pg 4-19 to 4-22)
  • Basic Propeller Principles (Chap 4, pg 4-23 to 4-27)
  • Load Factors (Chap 4, pg 4-28 to 4-34)
  • Weight & Balance (Chap 4, pg 4-35 to 4-38)
  • High Speed Lift (Chap 4, pg 4-39 to 4-45)
  • Flight Control Systems (Chap 5, pg 5-2 to 5-8)
  • Secondary Flight Control Systems (Chap 5, pg 5-8 to 5-12)
  • Powerplant (Chap 6, pg 6-1 to 6-14)
  • Turbine Engines (Chap 6, pg 6-20 to 6-24)

  • Aircraft Performance - Atmosphere (Chap 10, pg 10-2 to 10-5)
  • Aircraft Performance - Performance (Chap 10, pg 10-5 to 10-10)
  • Aircraft Performance - Part 1 of 2)
  • Aircraft Performance - Part 2 of 2)

  • Aviation Weather Summary Chart
  • Aviation Weasther Quiz

  • Weather Theory Video
  • Weather Hazards and Clouds - U.S. Army Film 1966
  • Thunderstorm Video
  • Aviation Weather Services Video
  • How to Read a METAR Video
  • METAR Quiz with Answer Video
  • How to Read a TAF Video

  • Intro to Airports Workbook
  • Airport Diagram Workbook San Diego ILS 9
  • San Diego ILS 9
  • Aeronautical Charts - Terminal Navigation
  • Aeronautical Charts - Enroute Navigation
  • SkyVector.com Aeronautical Charts

  • Lecture Notes - Navigation

  • NTSB Video on Runway Incursion Incident at PVD

  • Winds and Currents (Chap 11, pg 11-7 to 11-11)
  • Decison-making (Chap 17, pg 17-16 to 17-22)

  • Practice FAA Knowledge Exam Quizzes:
  • air.flyingway.com On-line Quiz
  • Exam4Pilots On-line Quiz
  • FAA Question Bank pdf

  • Other Sources:
    2.    Terminal Chaos (AIAA, Library of Flight) George Donohue and Russel D. Shaver III. ISBN – 978-1-56347-949-6
    3.    Air Transportation Systems Engineering (Progress in Astronautics and Aeronautics, 193). George L.Donohue and Andres G. Zellweger (Editors), American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, AIAA, 2001.
    4.    Fundamentals of Air Traffic Control – Michael S.Nolan ISBN 0-534-39388-8
    5.    How to Become a Pilot – FAA
    6.    Private Pilot – Jepperson
    7.    Understanding Mathematics for Aircraft Navigation – James S. Wolper

    Student Objective:
    Prepare stduents for FAA Knowlwegde Exam. Students will learn the necessary basic knowledge in air traffic management of the air transportation system. This course prepares students for work in the industry and for conduct of graduate studies and research.

    Relationship to Other Courses:

    This is a required course for graduate students in air transportation systems. This course is prerequisite for OR750/SYST660.

    Student Obligations:

        * Complete reading assignments and complete workbooks
        * Homework/quiz turned in at start of class
        * Late penalty 50%
        * Mid-term Exams (Closed book)
        * Final Exam (Closed-book)
        * Field trips
        * Khan Academy Video


    Grading:

        * Homework/Quizzes/Video (20%)
        * Mid-term Exam (40%)
        * Final Exam (40%)

    Grading Scale:

    A    93%    Exceptional in all respects
    A-    90%    Excellent, shows clear understanding of concepts and application of ideas
    B+    88%    Very good, shows basic understanding of concepts and application of ideas
    B    83%    Good, shows acceptable understanding, baseline for undergraduate work
    B-    80%    Adequate, shows acceptable understanding, but with deficiencies
    C+    78%    Weak, but minimally meets requirements
    C    70%    Very weak, but minimally meets requirements
    D    60%    Misses several requirements, but not to the point of being considered failing

    All grades are final

    Academic Honesty:
    Honor Code strictly enforced.
    Suspected violations will be reported