Course Title: Theory Of Flight

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5021 Diploma of Engineering (Aerospace) (Mechanical)

Course Title: Theory Of Flight

Portfolio: SEH Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 40

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Course Contact: Steven Bevan

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4137

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Course Description

The purpose of this learning unit is to provide competency based training to provide the student with the fundamental knowledge for understanding the principles of aerodynamics from subsonic through to supersonic flight. This course provides an understanding of:
• Airflow
• Conditions of flight
• Lift and forces
• Drag
• Wing theory
• Lift augmentation
• Aircraft control
• Balancing
• Stability
• Aircraft speed
• Experimental techniques
• Wind tunnel testing.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Yr 10 or trade level mathematics

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

NAM07 Theory of Flight


1. Describe the effects and applicability of the terms and conditions relating to airflow

2. Explain the principles of operation relating to aerofoils and lift augmentation

3. Explain the conditions that relate to flight stability and control

4. Explain the factors that affect an aircraft in subsonic and high speed flight

Learning Outcomes


Overview of Assessment

To successfully complete this course the student is required to pass written assessment tasks and demonstrate skills and ability by completing pratical tasks to aerospace standard.