AVIATION SCIENCE COURSES


AVS 101. Aviation Science for Private Pilots (3)
Three hours per week. No prerequisites. Basic studies in aircraft operation, performance, aerodynamics and design. Examines federal aviation regulations and other types of flight publications needed for private pilot operations. Discusses weather theory and reports and presents basic flight physiology in the context of flight safety. Covers the skill of air navigation by pilotage and dead reckoning and teaches the student to use the fundamental tools of air navigation including radio navigational aids. The course prepares the student for the FAA Private Pilot Airplane knowledge test.

AVS 102. Aviation Weather (3)
Three hours per week. No prerequisites. A study of weather formation and patterns. The earth’s atmospheric composition, temperature, pressure, wind, moisture, and weather stability. Turbulence, clouds, air masses, fronts, thunderstorms, icing, fog and other obstructions to vision. Weather observations, reports, forecasts and prognoses are interpreted and explained, along with methods used for disseminating textual and graphic products.

AVS 103. Introduction to Aviation Automation (3)
Three hours per week. Prerequisite: AVS 101. Course introduces students to advanced automation, primary aircraft systems and error management for the single aviator flight environment.

AVS 202. Aviation Science for Instrument Pilots (3)
Three hours per week. Prerequisite: AVS 101 or FAA Private Pilot Certificate. The course prepares the student for the FAA Instrument Rating knowledge test.  A detailed study of instrument flight control techniques, radio navigation and instrument flight operations. A study of the federal aviation regulations and air traffic control procedures related to instrument flight. An examination of the avionics and navigational aids for instrument operations, and a review of weather information with regard to instrument flight.

AVS 303. Aviation Science for Commercial Multi-Engine Pilots (3)
Three hours per week. Prerequisite: AVS 202 or FAA Private Pilot Certificate with Instrument Privileges. A continuation of aeronautical science studies in preparation for the FAA Commercial Pilot Airplane knowledge test. Study of aerodynamics, flight standards, weather, regulations, navigation, systems and physiology, and analysis of instrument procedures and airspace as applied to the commercial environment in single and twin-engine aircraft operations.

AVS 305. Space Science – Elective (3)
Three hours per week. Prerequisite: Completion of the JU math core curriculum requirements. A study of the history of space exploration since 1946, the current civil uses in space and selected unclassified military uses. The student will understand the principles of construction of space vehicles, their various propulsive systems, orbital and interplanetary path calculations, human space travel dynamics, and future space systems programmed for the near term and longer.

AVS 315. Aviation Science for Glider Pilots – Elective (1)
One hour per week. A study of the principles and techniques of unpowered flight. Includes flight principles, glider construction, assembly and disassembly, ground operations, towing, soaring, cross-country considerations, emergency procedures, and landings. A review of soaring weather principles will also be conducted.

AVS 401. Elements of Flight Instruction (3)
Three hours per week. Prerequisite: AVS 303 or FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate with Instrument Privileges. Preparation for the FAA Fundamental of Instructing and Flight Instructor Airplane knowledge tests.  Provides psychological foundations to understand the concepts of teaching and learning. Applies psychology of learning to enable flight and ground instructors to provide for maximum growth and development of their students. In depth study of technical subjects, weather, and airport operations as applied to teaching and learning. 

AVS 403. Flight Physiology – Elective (3)
Three hours per week. Prerequisite: Junior status. The study of physiological organs and systems affected by human flight and discussion of critical physiological problems that can occur during flight. The course emphasizes the safety of airline operations and how aircrews can prevent and cope with physiological emergencies such as hypoxia, decompression, spatial disorientation, vestibular and visual illusions, fatigue and stress.

AVS 404. Advanced Aircraft Systems II (3)
Three hours per week. Prerequisites: Junior status; AVS 103; AVO 215 or FAA Private Pilot Certificate with Instrument Privileges. Additional advanced studies of jet aircraft systems currently in use in the air carrier industry focusing exclusively on one specific type of transport category aircraft. Students will cover in detail aircraft systems and procedures primarily through the medium of computer based training (CBT) using courseware obtained from the aircraft manufacturer.

AVS 411. Elements of Flight Instruction – Instrument (2)
Two hours per week. Prerequisite: AVS 401. Prepares a certified flight instructor to teach instrument training to student pilots. Using a student taught/instructor guided format, the student will practice teaching instrument flight control techniques, the ATC system, instrument regulations, IFR navigation, weather, physiology, communications, and overall instrument flight operations. The course prepares the student for the FAA Certified Flight Instructor – Instrument knowledge test.

AVS 412. Advanced Aircraft Systems Laboratory – Elective (1)
Three hours per week. Pre- or co-requisite: AVS 404. Introduces students to the mechanics of aircraft systems and how to properly and effectively operate them.

  • Course Fee: Varies

AVS 432. Advanced Aircraft Systems III (3; F/S)
Three hours per week. Prerequisites: Senior status; AVS 404; and AVO 314 or FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate with Instrument Privileges. The student will participate in advanced studies of  aircraft systems in use on current generation (cutting edge) transport category aircraft. Topics will include glass cockpit, flight management systems, radar, aerodynamics, abnormal procedures and all systems relating to modern-day jet aircraft. The course familiarizes a student with the basic technical knowledge needed to be successful in traditional airline pilot training courses. This course will include the use of an Advanced Flight Training Device (FTD).