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SYST 460/560 FALL 2019


August, 2019

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.

This course prepares students for the Remote Pilot - Small Unammaned Aircraft Systems Airman Certification.

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:,  703-993-1711
Location: xxxxx

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-8083-25B) Download no-cost .pdf here
TextBook: Remote Pilots Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Study Guide (FAA G-8082-22) Download no-cost .pdf here
Class Handouts

Week Date Topic Materials
1 08/26 Introduction to Flying
  • Chap 1 AeroKnow
  • Lecture Notes: History of ATC
    SWYK Quiz Chap 1 Intro to Flying (Class Discussion)
    Homework: Aeronautical Knowledge Test - Chap 1 Intro to Flying (Due 9/11)

    2 09/09 Drone Operations and Part 107
    Remote Pilots Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Study Guide (FAA G-8082-22)
    FAA sUAS PART 107: The Small UAS Rule
    Advisory Circular 107-2
    Drone Components
    Homework: How to Fly a Drone (Due 9/11)
    Quadcopter Dynamics (includes HW)
    3 09/16 Aircraft Contsruction
    Principles of Flight

  • Chap 3 AeroKnow
  • Chap 4 AeroKnow
  • Lecture Notes #1: Atmosphere
  • Homework Atmosphere
  • SWYK Quiz: Chap 3 Aircraft Construction
  • SWYK Quiz: Chap 3 Parts of Airplane
  • 4 09/23 Aerodynamics of Flight
    Flight Controls

  • Chap 5 AeroKnow
  • Chap 6 AeroKnow
  • Workbook: Atmosphere, Aerodynamics, Aircraft Dynamics, Aircraft Performance
  • Lecture Notes: Flight Instruments
  • Homework: Aircraft Dynamics Simulation. (Due Oct 21)
  • Video: Homework: Aircraft Dynamics Simulation Solutions.pptx Watch in Slideshow Mode

  • Supporting Material
  • Instrumentation (Chap 2, pg 2-11 to 2-12)
  • Video: Flight Control Systems
  • Video: Lift
  • Video: Forces Acting on the Aircraft
  • Video - Aircraft Equations of Motion (Lewis)
  • Video: Aerodynamic Forces in Flight Manuevers and Stalls
  • Aircraft Components and Functions
  • Video: Wing-tip Vorticies
  • Video: AAL 587 Wake Vortex Accident

  • SWYKQuiz: Aircraft Dynamics
  • 5 09/30 Aeronautical Decision-Making (ADM)
  • Chap 2 AeroKnow
  • Lecture Notes: Aeronautical Decision Making
  • SWYK Quiz Chap 2 Aeronautical Decision making(Due 09/18)
  • Workbook - Chap 2 Aeronautical Decision Making

  • 10/07 Flight Control Systems

    Modeling Surface Operations
  • Chap 8 AeroKnow
  • Lecture Notes: Flight Control Systems
  • Lecture Notes: Introduction to Flight Management Systems

  • Lecture Notes: Aircraft Dynamics - Surface Operations
  • Lecture Notes: Aircraft Velocity and Runway Operations
  • Homework: Modeling Aircraft Dyanmics Surface Operations (due Oct 30)
  • BADA User Manual
  • B737 Model

  • 6 10/14 Columbus Day
    7 10/21

    Mid-term Exam
    8 10/28 Weather Theory

  • Chap 12 AeroKnow
  • Lecture Notes: Aviation Weather Summary Chart
  • FAA Handbook - Chap 11 and 12
  • Homework: Aviation Weasther (Due Nov 6)
  • Aviation Weather Quiz Solutions

  • Weather Theory Video
  • Weather Hazards and Clouds - U.S. Army Film 1966
  • Thunderstorm Video
  • Winds and Currents (Chap 11, pg 11-7 to 11-11)
  • 9 11/04 Aviation Weather Services

  • Chap 13 AeroKnow
  • Aviation Weather Services Video
  • How to Read a METAR Video
  • METAR Quiz with Answer Video
  • How to Read a TAF Video

  • Lecture Notes: How to Read a METAR
  • Homework: How to Read a METAR
  • 10 11/11 Airport Operations

  • Chap 14 AeroKnow
  • Workbook: Intro to Airports
  • Workbook: Airport Diagram - San Diego
  • Solutions: Airport Diagram - San Diego
  • San Diego ILS 9
  • NTSB Video on Runway Incursion Incident at PVD
  • HW Airport Diagrams (due Nov 13)

  • Lecture Notes: ATC Communcations

  • Homework Air Traffic Control Simulation, due Nov 13
  • 11 11/18 Airspace

  • Chap 15 AeroKnow
  • Lecture Notes: Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs)
  • Workbook: Intro ATC
  • Canadian ATC Exam Study Guide
  • FAA Air Traffic Control Procedures 7110.65
  • Lecture Notes: Nested-loop Model of Air Traffic Control/Management
  • Lecture Notes: ATC Airspace System Structure
    Lecture Notes: ATC Organization
    Lecture Notes: ATC Control Tower Operations
    Lecture Notes: ATC TRACON and Enroute Operations
    Lecture Notes: ATC Non-radar Separation

    12 11/25 Navigation

  • Lecture Notes - Chap 16 Navigation & Flight Planning
  • Homework: Create a Flightplan (due Nov 27)

  • Supporting Material
  • Lecture Notes - Navigation
  • Lecture Notes: Navigation Overview
  • Lecture Notes: Navigation Systems: Enroute
  • Lecture Notes: Navigation Systems: Approach
  • Lecture Notes: Navigation Systems: Runway

  • How to Read Aeronautical Charts
  • Lecture Notes: Aeronautical Charts - Terminal Navigation
  • Solutions: Aeronautical Charts - Terminal Navigation
  • Lecture Notes: Aeronautical Charts - Enroute Navigation
  • Solutions: Aeronautical Charts - Enroute Navigation
  • Aeronautical Charts
  • Solutions: Airport Landing & Navigation Equipment

  • Homework: Reading Aeronautical Charts (practice on your own)
  • 13 12/02 Putting it All Together

  • Notes: Flight Operations
  • 14 12/09 Final Exam

  • * Dates all tentative, subject to change without notice

    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
    Practice FAA Knowledge Exam Quizzes:
  • On-line Quiz
  • Exam4Pilots On-line Quiz
  • FAA Question Bank pdf

  • 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


        * 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