Course Title: Aircraft Instrument Fundamentals

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C6011 Advanced Diploma of Engineering (Aerospace)

Course Title: Aircraft Instrument Fundamentals

Portfolio: SEH Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 60

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


130T Vocational Engineering


Term1 2011,
Term1 2012

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

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Course Description

This course develops knowledge of the principles of operation and the application of aircraft instrumentation. Areas of study include:

Requirements and Mechanisms
Panel lighting
Remote indicating systems
Fuel quantity and flow measuring systems
Pitotstatic systems
Direct reading magnetic compass systems
Gyroscopic instruments
Gyro-magnetic compass systems
Engine Indicating Systems
Temperature Indicating Systems
Flight Director Systems
Flight Data Recording

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

EEET6533 Aerospace Electronic Fundamentals

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

VBH159 Aircraft Instrument Fundamentals

Learning Outcomes

1. State the ICAO instrumentation requirements and describe instrumentation elements, mechanisms, error sources and temperature compensation.
2. Describe the lighting of panel-mounted instruments.
3. Describe concepts and terms relating to the operation of aircraft instrumentation DC synchronous systems.
4. Describe the operation of engine indicating systems.
5. Describe the operation of Temperature Indicating Systems.
6. Describe the operation of fuel quantity and flow systems.
7. Describe the principle of operation of pitotstatic flight instruments.
8. Describe the construction and operation of Direct Reading Magnetic compasses.
9. Describe and explain the operation of flight instruments incorporating gyroscopes and define related terms.
10. Describe and explain using words and diagrams, the operation of gyro-magnetic compass systems.
11. Describe and explain the operation of a flight director system (FDS) to block diagram level.
12. Describe and explain the operation of accelerometers, fatigue meters and flight data recorders.

Overview of Assessment

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