AVIATION SCIENCE COURSES
AVS 101. Aviation Science for Private Pilots (3)
hours per week. 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.
Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in AVS 101 and AVS 103 or equivalent. 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
AVS 103. Introduction to Aviation Automation (3)
hours per week. Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in AVS 101 and AVS 102 or
equivalent. 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 and AVS 102; 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
AVS 303. Aviation Science for Commercial Multi-Engine Pilots (3)
Three hours per week. Prerequisite: AVS 202 or FAA Private Pilot
Certificate with Instrument Priviledges. 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
AVS 305. Space Science – Elective (3; AR)
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)
per week. Prerequisite: AVS 301 and AVS 302; or FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate
with Instrument and Single-engine Priviledges. 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
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. Prerequisite: Junior status; AVS 103 or AVS 402; and PHYS 125. 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.
AVS 432. Advanced Aircraft Systems III (3; F, S)
hours per week. Prerequisite: Senior status; AVS 404. 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.