Course Title: Introduction To Helicopter Aerodynamics

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C6011 Advanced Diploma of Engineering (Aerospace)

Course Title: Introduction To Helicopter Aerodynamics

Portfolio: SEH Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 30

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


130T Vocational Engineering


Term2 2009

Course Contact: Program Manager

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Course Description

The purpose of this module is to provide competency based training in rotary wing aircraft aerodynamics and operational characteristics.

This module also facilitates articulation to Aerospace and Engineering degree courses.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Before attempting this module, the participants should have completed:
VBH 736 Aerodynamics 1

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

VBH741 Introduction to Helicopter Aerodynamics

Learning Outcomes

A participant will be expected to be able to:
• Identify features of aerodynamic components of rotary wing aircraft
• Describe the aerodynamic characteristics that affect rotary wing flight
• Explain the factors that influence helicopter stability
• Describe and compare possible helicopter structures and configurations
• Describe and compare a range of rotor control systems
• Describe and compare torque compensating systems
• Demonstrate the operation of helicopter mechanical and boosted flight control systems
• Analyze common faults, adjustments and rectifications for rotor control systems
• Explain the operational relationships between power train components
• Explain helicopter vibration analysis and rotor balancing (will not be examinable)

Overview of Assessment

Participants are required to complete two assessment tasks. The first assessment tasks is an assignment worth 30%. The second assessment task is a closed book exam on helicopter basic aerodynamics worth 70%.