Intro to Aviation – Course Schedule

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Day 1 – Introduction, Who We Are

Assignment: No Assignment

Day 2 – Introduction, The Death of a Dream

Assignment: Make a poster showing how dreams die.

Day 3 – Introduction, The Life of a Dream

Assignment: Make a poster showing how dreams come alive.

Day 5 – Introduction, Jessica Cox interview

Assignment: Research Jessica Cox online. What are her accomplishments other than aviation?

Day 6 – Intro to the History Module

Assignment: Research the airports in your area using the instructions presented in the video.

Day 7 – History Module day 2

Assignment: Make sure you took good notes. You are going to need them. If you did not get all the names and dates down review the video and put them in your notes.

Day 8 – History Module day 3

Assignment: Research online to find the first ever film made from an airplane. It was in a Wright Brothers airplane.

Day 9 – History Module day 4

Assignment: Go online and find the closest airport to Kill Devil Hills where the Wright Brothers first flew

Day 10 – History Module day 5

Assignment: Read article on the Haiti earthquake and aviation

Day 11 – History Module day 6

Assignment: No Assignment

Day 12 – History Module day 7

Assignment: No Assignment

Day 13 – History Module day 8

Assignment: Research the International Space Station. How fast is it going? How many sunrises and sunsets do they see a day? How far is the space station from earth? How many and what countries are involved with the International Space Station?

Day 14 – History Module day 9

Assignment: Begin researching the future of flight to include on your timeline. Be sure you find some pictures of futuristic airplanes as well as the information showing the direction aeronautical engineers are going with flight!

Day 15 to 17 – Work on the timeline

Assignment: IF YOU NEED MORE TIME ON YOUR TIMELINE – TAKE EXTRA DAYS. MAKE THIS PROJECT SOMETHING YOU ARE PROUD OF. EMAIL ME A PICTURE OF YOU TIMELINE!

IF YOU FINISHED YOUR TIMELINE, LOOK IT OVER AND DECIDE IF THERE IS MORE INFORMATION YOU WOULD LIKE TO INCLUDE OR MORE YOU CAN DO TO MAKE IT SOMETHING YOU ARE PROUD OF. IF SO, YOU HAVE TIME. MAKE IT SOMETHING YOU WANT TO DISPLAY FOR OTHERS TO SEE!

Day 19 – Aerodynamics definitions

Assignment: No Assignment

Day 20 – Aerodynamics Intro with the Tumble Wings Glider

Assignment: Look up and define the Kutta-Joukowski Lift Theorem.

Day 21 – Big Mouth Glider

Assignment: Practice flying the big mouth glider and the tumble wings glider. Record your best times on the forum

Day 22 – Arctic Barnabas Interview

Assignment: Terry mentioned several airplanes. Look up pictures for the following airplanes and try to see the differences and similarities in each: Cessna 170, Cessna 180 Cessna 185, Super Cub, Mooney, RV-7. Find out how fast each of these fly.

Day 23 – Foam Walk Along Glider

Assignment: Practice and record your best times on the Forum

Day 24 – Parts of an airplane

Assignment: No Assignment

Day 26 – Aerodynamics Checkpoint Quiz

Assignment: Be sure to review any you miss!

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Day 27 – Flight Sim Download

Assignment:

  1. Use the correct link to assist in downloading and mounting the flight simulator software.
  2. Once downloaded change the weather and wind setting as shown in the video clip
  3. Check the Arora borealis box

Day 28 – Set up simulator, taxiing and first takeoff

Assignment: Attempt a first takeoff if class time permits.

Day 29 – Takeoff p factor and flaps

Assignment: 

  1. Complete a takeoff and work on controlling your airspeed by using the trim
  2. Trim your airplane to fly at 70mph
  3. Trim your airplane to fly at 80mph
  4. Trim your airplane to fly at 100mph
  5. Try to find the runway and attempt a landing

Day 30 – Explaining the six main instruments

Assignment: Fly and time 2 minute turns

Day 31 – Starting the landing

Assignment:

  1. Preform a 3 mile final approach into Fairbanks
  2. Continue practicing 3 mile final approaches for the remainder of class

Day 32 – Forest Fire Interview

Assignment: No Assignment

Day 33 – Runway markings, VASI, PAPI

Assignment:

  1. Attempt a landing at Hoonah using the VASI as your glide path indicator. use a 3 mile final
  2. When you feel like the can perform a good approach and landing in Hoona, challenge yourself by attempting an approach into Sky Ranch AK50

Day 34 – Flight Sim turns and landing

Assignment: 

  1. Write down the steps indicated in the videos
  2. Takeoff from Fairbanks 01L, turn right and land on the parallel runway
  3. Repeat until class time expires continuing to challenge yourself to do better each time

Day 35 – Flight Sim timed takeoff and landing

Assignment: 

  1. Fly timed patterns at McGrath until you get proficient
  2. If class time remains fly a timed pattern in Kantishna. Make sure you climb to 3000ft

Day 36 – Flight Sim flying patterns

Assignment: 

  1. Takeoff from Nenana and complete a pattern to try to make a good rectangular pattern using your clock for timed legs
  2. Complete 2 patterns if time permits

Day 37 – Flight Sim flying a pattern No visibility

Assignment: 

  1. Place the airplane at Nenana
  2. Set the cloud coverage up as shown in the video
  3. Fly the timed pattern in zero visibility weather
  4. If time permits fly in the clouds in the chase view for a couple of minutes and then go into the cockpit and see what your aircrafts attitude indicator indicates

Day 38 – Alaska Fish and Game Interview

Assignment: No Assignment.

Day 39 – Flight sim Continued pattern

Assignment: 

  1. Takeoff from Emmonak and fly a few patterns until class time ends. Keep challenging yourself to do better each landing
  2. Make sure you view your local map after each pattern to see how good of a rectangle you make.

Day 40 – Start up and shut down procedure

Assignment: 

  1. Practice start up, take off and land, and shut down procedures

Day 41 – Know everything in the cockpit

Assignment: 

  1. Climb to 2000’
  2. Turn off avionics switch
  3. Identify everything that goes off
  4. Turn off battery and alternator
  5. Identify everything that goes off
  6. List what is still working
  7. See if you can land without everything that is not working

Day 42 - Instrument systems (Pitot static, vacuum, electrical)

Assignment: Practice flying with failed systems according to the instructions given in the video. Make sure you took good notes when this was explained. If you did not, replay the last part of the video and write down notes for setting up the simulator.

Day 43 – Aerodynamics Checkpoint Quiz

Assignment: Be sure to review any you miss!

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Day 44 – Charts 1 – Intro and Coordinates

Assignment: Worksheet

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Day 45 – Charts 2 – Coordinates Continued

Assignment: As you are going through this class pause the video when told to and attempt to find the coordinates given in the instructional video on your own anchorage sectional.

Day 46 – Charts 3 – Outer Edge of Charts

Assignment: No Assignment. Enjoy!

Day 47 – Tony Jenkins Weather Balloon Interview

Assignment: 

1. Research the different types of jobs in the weather service. There are more than you think. Start by visiting www.noaa.gov. Spend at least 10 minutes looking the wide variety of information on this web site. Next, type ‘career opportunities” in the search engine at the top right of the NOAA website. That will give you the opportunity to view a broad spectrum of weather related careers. Select a couple of them to learn more about. This should take about 10 – 15 minutes.

2. Go to http://aawu.arh.noaa.gov/  In the left hand tool bar (blue column) you will see a tab labeled “Weather Cams”. Click on this tab. Next click on “FAA Cameras.” Wait 10 seconds and you will automatically be routed to the weather camera page for Alaska. When you hover your cursor over the little circles the name of the location pops up. Click on it and you will see a current picture of that location. These weather cameras have been a major improvement in helping pilots make the decision as to whether they should fly or not. Pick at least one location in southeast Alaska, southwest Alaska, south central Alaska, interior Alaska, far western Alaska, far eastern Alaska, and northern Alaska. Note the difference in the amount of daylight as well as the current weather conditions. Answer the question, “Would I want to be flying in this area right now?”

Also note that the circles are color coded. Try to determine what the different colors mean.

Day 48 – Charts 4 – Worksheet with Symbols

Assignment: Complete the “charts 4 symbols and coordinates worksheet.”

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Day 49 – Charts Checkpoint Quiz

Assignment: Be sure to review any you miss!

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Day 50 – Navigation 1 – Measuring Distance

Assignment: Worksheet.

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Day 51 – Navigation 2 – First Flight

Assignment:

1.       Using  your Juneau Sectional, plot and fly your first cross country flight from Tanis Mesa to Yakutat.

2.       Before you takeoff calculate your heading and write it down on a piece of paper.

3.       Take notes as I show you how to complete the cross-country flight on the flight simulator and then fly the course yourself, OR follow along on your own flight simulator along with the instructional video.

Day 52 – Navigation 3 – Plot a Course

Assignment:

1.       Use your Juneau Sectional to follow yourself along on the map as you fly the course from Hoonah to Juneau.

2.       Make sure you circle you checkpoints along your route of flight before takeoff!

3.       Use correct cockpit management.

Day 53 – Spencer and Carolyn Lyman Interview

Assignment:

Spencer and Carolyn mentioned several locations in their interview. Find each of the following locations on your WAC CD-11 chart using the co-ordinates noted below:

  • Snow Gulch (the Lyman’s gold mine) – N62* 5’ W158* 10’
  • Crooked Creek – N61* 52’ W158* 8’
  • Flat – N62* 28’ W157* 57’
  • Lake Clark Pass – N60* 50’ W152* 40’
  • Merril Pass – N61* 11’ W153* 15’
  • Rainy Pass – N62* 15’ W153* 5’

Day 54 – Navigation 4 – Increased Difficulty

Assignment:

1.       Find the correct heading from Wrangell to Petersburg on the Juneau Sectional.

2.       Fly the heading that you plotted and use the checkpoints that you can see on your Sectional Chart as reference to where your aircraft is on the map.

Day 55 – Navigation 5 – East Odd, West Even

Assignment:

1.       Find the heading and checkpoints that you will be using on a flight from Kodiak to Larsen Bay on the WAC Chart.

2.       Make sure that you fly at the correct altitude for this flight using the “East Odd, West Even” saying.

3.       Complete the flight from Kodiak to Larsen Bay on the flight simulator and make sure you keep your WAC Chart with you so that you don’t get lost!

Day 56 – Navigation 6 – Plot Over Mountains

Assignment:

1.       Using your WAC Chart find the Chenega Bay airport at N60*4’   W148*0’ and the Seward Airport at N60*8’   W149*26’

2.       Plot a flight from Chenega Bay to Seward.

3.       You need to find a heading, the distance, the correct altitude to fly at, and checkpoints to use along the route of flight before you get to the flight simulator.

4.       At 2 minutes 03 seconds into the video I said East is Least, West is Best. Although we use that saying to help us find our heading I did make a mistake. I meant to say East is Odd, West is Even. If you caught that good for you!

Day 57 – Navigation 7 – More with Flight Plotting

Assignment:

1.       Print off the Navigation Log for Navigation 7 – More with flight plotting. (We will be using this Navigation log in future classes so you might want to print off 3 or so copys and keep them handy)

2.       Begin learning how to fill out the navigation log for a flight from Soldotna to Quatrz Creek then on to Seward.

3.       Set up the weather as directed in the instructional video.

4.       Begin the flight if you have enough time remaining in the class. You can pause and save your flight when you run out of time and then load it up the following day.

Day 58 – Navigation 8 – Finishing Previous Flights

Assignment: Finish the saved flight from the previous class from Soldotna to Quartz Creek then on to Seward.

Day 59 – Interview Zack Bailey

Assignment:

The glacier pilot pioneer was Bob Reeve. There are a lot of articles online about him. Read one of the articles to better understand the challenges of this unique flying.

Following that, watch a video of modern Denali Glacier tours. There are quite a few short video clips to enjoy. The beauty is unbelievable.

Day 60 – Navigation 9 – Take Off and Landing

Assignment: 

  1. Adjust wind to 20kts at a direction of 200 degrees as shown in the video clip
  2. Select the Kodiak Mun (KDK) airport as your location
  3. Select the direction that you would like to approach the runway and click on the 3 mile final tab
  4. Complete one attempt at landing then watch the rest of the video clip.

 

  1. Next try landing from the opposite direction. If you approached to land on runway 200 the first time, land on runway 20 the second time. If you landed on runway 20 the first time, land on runway 200 the second time. ( Notice the difference between landing with at headwind verses a tailwind)

 

 

  1. Attempt a takeoff in each direction and see the difference in time when you do a takeoff into the wind vs a takeoff out of the wind.

 

  1. Load up the L5 airplane with the same wind speed and direction. Choose any of the L5 airplanes that shows up in your flight simulator.
  2. Notice the difference between the nose wheel airplane and the tailwheel airplane.
  3. Preform a takeoff in both directions on this runway.
  4. Finish this class by preforming a 3 mile final landing in both runway directions with the L5

Day 61 – Navigation 10 – Take Off and Landing

Assignment: 

  1. Load up the Sitka Airport (PASI) Make sure your looking at runway 11
  2. Adjust your wind direction to 200 degrees
  3. Adjust your wind speed to 20kts
  4. Attempt 2 crosswind takeoffs and 2 crosswind landings

 

  1. Complete 2 crosswind patterns with the 172
  2. If you have time try a cross wind pattern with the L5.

Day 62 – Flight Calculations 1 – Fuel Calculations

Assignment: Be sure to review any you miss!

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Day 63 – Flight Calculations 2 – DRT

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Day 64 – Flight Calculations 3 – Fuel on E6B

Assignment:

Enjoy your flight from Juneau to Haines! Be sure to check out the scenery along this route.

Day 65 – Interview – NTSB

Assignment:

Go to the National Transportation Safety Board website (http://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Pages/aviation.aspx)

Read at least two aviation accident reports to better understand the job of the NTSB. Perhaps this is a career you would like to pursue.

Day 66 – Flight Calculation 4 – Wind Correction

Assignment: Enjoy Your Flight!

Day 67 – Flight Calculations 5 – Tailwind

Assignment: Be sure to review any you miss!

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Day 68 – Flight Calculations 6 – Crosswind

Assignment: 

Today I hope you had the joy of catching the instructor in a mistake! In calculating the time for the flight he set the E6B to 105mph instead of 115mph. That gave the wrong time for the flight. The correct time should be between 21 and 22 minutes!!!!!

Enjoy your flight from Tatitlik to Smith Airport today. (And keep an eye on that instructor – he makes mistakes sometimes!

Day 69 – Flight Calculations 7 – Crosswind Day Two

Assignment: 

Today I hope you had the joy of catching the instructor in a mistake! In calculating the time for the flight he set the E6B to 105mph instead of 115mph. That gave the wrong time for the flight. The correct time should be between 21 and 22 minutes!!!!!

Enjoy your flight from Tatitlik to Smith Airport today. (And keep an eye on that instructor – he makes mistakes sometimes!

Day 70 – Flight Calculations 8 – Worksheet

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Day 71 – Interview – Jim Wittkopp

Assignment: 

Jim has a broad range of aviation experiences. Check out some of the opportunities online that he mentioned. Look up the following and read about the opportunities that are available in each:

Fish and Wildlife pilot

Office of Aviation Services Department of the Interior

Law enforcement pilot

Agriculture pilot

Fire spotting for Bureau of Land Management or Department of Natural Resources

Aerial Photography

Day 72 – Flight Calculations 9 – Quiz

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Day 73 – Navigation 10 – Cross Country Flight

Assignment: 

  1. Open your WAC sectional and find the Shaktoolik and Stebbins runways
  2. Plot a flight from shaktoolik to Stebbins
  3. Find the:a) Distance b) Heading c) Time
  4. Set up the airplane on the shaktoolik runway
  5. Set the cloud layer to overcast between 1000’ and 3000’ as shown in the lesson.
  6. Make sure that you fly at a speed of 115, and at an altitude of 3000’.
  7. Make sure you don’t forget to start your time before you takeoff.

Day 74 – Navigation 11 – Plotting A Course

Assignment: 

  1. Open your WAC sectional and find the Shaktoolik and Stebbins runways
  2. Plot a flight from shaktoolik to Stebbins
  3. Find the:a) Distance b) Heading c) Time
  4. Set up the airplane on the shaktoolik runway
  5. Set the cloud layer to overcast between 1000’ and 3000’ as shown in the lesson.
  6. Make sure that you fly at a speed of 115, and at an altitude of 3000’.
  7. Make sure you don’t forget to start your time before you takeoff.

Day 74 – Navigation 12 – Continued Plotting

Assignment: 

  1. Begin plotting a flight from Cantwell to Kantishna on the Anchorage Sectional
  2. Fill out your navigation log as you go through the video lesson. Pause the video when needed.

Day 75 – Navigation 13 – Finish Mountain Pass

Assignment: 

1) Continue filling out the navigation log from the previous lesson.

2) when finished with the navigation log begin the flight if class time permits. If there isn’t enough time remaining to start the flight, then wait until the next class to begin the flight simulator flight.
3) Set up the location on the flight simulator at Cantwell (PATW)
4) Begin the flight and make sure that you start your clock when you takeoff.
5) When class time runs out make sure you save your flight by clicking on the “file” tab and selecting “save situation”. Then title your flight. The flight will be finished the following class day.

Day 76 – Interview – FAA

Assignment: 

Go to www.faa.gov. Click on the “Jobs” tab. Read about the available careers with the FAA.

Day 77 – INavigation 14 – Night Cross Country

Assignment: 

1. Finish the mountain pass flight

Day 78 – Navigations 15 – Quiz

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Day 79 – Instruments 1 – VOR Day 1

Assignment:

Use you WAC chart to find Nenana. Set up your navigation radio to the correct frequency. Draw a line through the VOR on the 060 degree radial. Take off and fly for at least 20 miles trying to keep the VOR needle centered on the 060 degree radial.

Day 81 – Instruments 2 – VOR Day 2

Assignment:

Start with your airplane at Fairbanks. Set up your radios for Nenana. Track the 225 degree radial from Fairbanks to Nenana. Have fun on this flight. Remember, the Nenana airport is going to be to the left of the VOR.

Day 82 – Instruments 3 – VOR Day 3

Assignment:

Locate your airplane at the Kake airport. Draw the lines on your chart as demonstrated in the video. Take off and fly 15 minutes north (o degrees and 360 degrees are both north). Once you have flown 15 minutes tune in the Biorka Island VOR and fly straight to it.

Day 83 – Interview – Brinkman

Assignment:

Go to the following link. On the bottom right of the Home page is a link to patient testimonials. Click on that link and read at least 4 patient testimonials as they tell how important Angel Flight was to them.

Day 84 – Instrument 4 – VOR Day 4

Assignment:

Locate your airplane at the Anchorage Ted Stevens International Airport. Using your VORs fly from Anchorage to Kenai. HINT: Begin your flight by flying to the Anchorage VOR then turning to your course radial. Have fun, enjoy the scenery!

Day 85 - Instrument 5 – ADF

Assignment:

The ADF (Automatic Direction Finder) works off a ground based unit called an NDB (Non-Directional Beacon). The ADF points at the NDB. This is an instrument that is rapidly becoming obsolete. The FAA has begun phasing out the ADF. This instrument will eventually go the way of the dinosaur and become extinct. However, it is still available and it is a really cool instrument. Enjoy using this tool for your flight today!

Day 86 - Instrument 6 – ADF and VOR

Assignment:

Begin at Shaktoolik airport. Tune your VOR to 116.3. Fly the 300 degree radial to Moses Point. Do not land at Moses point. Tune in the Koyuk NDB (Non Directional Beacon) using the frequency 299. Remember, the NDB is the ground based radio that the ADF points to. Fly to Koyuk and land.

EXTRA CHALLENGE: Return to Shaktoolik using the same route. Tune in the Moses Point VOR and fly there from Koyuk. Once there, fly the reciprocal of 300 degrees to get to Shaktoolik. Remember, 300 degrees is what you flew from Shaktoolik to Moses Point. The reciprocal is determined by subtracting 180 degrees from 300 degrees. NOTE: Anytime you want to go in exactly the opposite direction, subtract or add 180 degrees to the heading you are going.

Day 86 - Instrument 7 – GPS

Assignment:

Today you will use your GPS to find and land at a very difficult airport. This will challenge you. If you are not successful in your landing at BOLD airport, begin the flight again and give it another try. The ANCHORAGE to BOLD route presents some challenging mountain flying. This flight will test your skills in a variety of ways but the landing at BOLD will really stretch and stress you! If you are successful in your landing at BOLD, reset your GPS and fly to Palmer. GPS, what a wonderful navigation aid!!

Day 87 - Instruments Checkpoint Quiz

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March 19, 2016
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