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AVN1107 Aircraft Operations

Semester 2, 2021 Toowoomba On-campus
Short Description: Aircraft Operations
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Business
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 031505 - Aircraft Operation
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Kelli Russell


Pre-requisite: AVN1102

Other Requisites

Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at


Aircraft operations refer to the ground and airborne movement of aircraft either in controlled or uncontrolled airspace. Although there are different types of operations that demand varying complexity, fundamentals of planning and operating aircraft involving a variety of technical and non-technical skills with a strong theoretical knowledge and understanding to plan and monitor such operations remain unchanged. This course builds upon the knowledge and skills developed from the course (AVN1102 General Aviation Knowledge) to further develop principles associated with aircraft limitations and weight and balance, performance calculation and pre-flight planning.


In this course, students will further develop their understanding of operations, performance and planning for a light aeroplane commonly found in General Aviation. The course provides theoretical knowledge and an opportunity to expand students' ability to plan a small charter operation. To better understanding overall aircraft operations students will also require a knowledge of aerodynamics meteorology general flight planning and aircraft performance that was covered in AVN1102 General Aviation Knowledge. Students will continue to investigate, and be able to incorporate, the requirements of discipline and professionalism in this industry concomitantly with other first year courses.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate competency in pre-flight planning and performance calculation with varying limitations;
  2. identify and manage technical, regulatory and environmental aspects of aircraft operation;
  3. apply knowledge of key principles to aircraft planning including the fundamentals of weight and balance;
  4. solve common problems, challenges and issues associated with aircraft operations.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Flight planning and performance 20.00
2. Climb, cruise and descent performance 20.00
3. Weight and balance 20.00
4. Flight plan preparation 20.00
5. Operational knowledge 20.00

Text and Materials

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There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference Materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student Workload Expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 15.00
Lectures 26.00
Private Study 111.00
Tutorials 13.00

Assessment Details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ONLINE QUIZ 20 10 12 Aug 2021
ASSIGNMENT 40 40 13 Sep 2021
ONLINE EXAMINATION 50 50 End S2 (see note 1)

  1. This will be an online exam. Students will be provided further instruction regarding the exam by their course examiner via StudyDesk. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the Alternate Assessment Schedule has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    An Online Examination is one in which candidates may have access to any printed or written material.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Deferred and Supplementary examinations will be held in accordance with the Assessment Procedure

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment Notes

  1. Referencing in assignments:
    APA is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide at

Date printed 8 November 2021