Course Title: Aircraft Electrics

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2009

Course Code: AERO5388

Course Title: Aircraft Electrics

School: 130T Engineering (TAFE)

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6011 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering (Aerospace)

Course Contact : Steven Bevan

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4137

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Andrew Kim

Location: City 57.5.20

Telephone: 9925 4295

Fax: 9925 8099


Nominal Hours: 60

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

AERO5384 Introduction to Aerospace
EEET6533 Aerospace Electronic Fundamentals 1

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to provide basic training in aircraft electrics as a prerequisite for more advanced training required for employment as a para-professional technician.
This course provides the underpinning knowledge in power generation, control protection and utilisation in the form of alternating and direct current in an aerospace environment.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VBH729 Aircraft Electrics

Learning Outcomes

1. List aircraft electrical power requirements and the sources of DC and AC power.
2. Describe and explain the operation, cooling and regulation of aircraft DC generators.
3. Explain the operation of an aircraft DC generation system with component and system fault scenarios.
4. Describe the operation and control of aircraft AC alternators and compare AC and DC power sources.
5. Explain the operation of rectifiers, transformer rectifiers and inverters.
6. Explain the operation of DC and AC ground power supplies and describe the function of APUs.
7. List indicator light categories and corresponding colours, and explain the operation of a master(MWS) and central warning system (CWS).
8. Describe and explain the types and operation of power distribution busbars.
9. Describe and explain the operation of aircraft electrical circuit control switches and relays.
10. Describe and explain circuit protection devices used on aircraft and the operation of a generator control unit (GCU).
11. Describe and explain the construction and operation of electric motors used in aircraft systems.
12. Explain the operation of typical aircraft power utilisation systems.
13. Describe the construction and operation of smoke and toxic fume detection systems.
14. Explain the operation and constructional principles of aircraft fire detection and protection system.
15. Explain the purpose and operation of aircraft, ice, rain and demisting control system.

Details of Learning Activities

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to impart knowledge of the Aircraft Electrical System. This module facilitates articulation into Aerospace and Engineering Degree course.

Teaching Schedule

Week 1: Lead acid batteries
Week 2: Ni Cad batteries
Week 3: DC generators and control equipment
Week 4: AC generators and control equipment
Week 5: Aircraft external and auxiliary power supplies
Week 6: DC electric motors
Week 7: AC electric motors
Week 8: Aircraft power distribution
Week 9: Aircraft electrical wiring
Week 10: Aircraft electrical control devices
Week 11: Aircraft engine starting and ignition systems
Week 12: Aircraft fire and smoke detecting systems
Week 13: Aircraft anti skid and de-icing systems
Week 14: Aircraft lighting systems and Revision
Week 15: Examination

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Eisman Thomas. E., Aircraft Electricity and Electronics, 5th ed., McMillan

Pallet E.H.J., Aircraft Electrical Systems, 3rd ed., Longman, London

Casper. Wyo., 1985, Aviation Technician Training Series IAP,
Aircraft Section Handbook
General Section Handbook
Powerplant Section Handbook

Other Resources

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.

Assessment Tasks

Students are required to complete one assessment task which is of two parts as follows:

Assessment Part 1 (30%): Assignment

Assessment Part 2 (70%): Final Examination (Close Book)

Assessment Matrix

 Learning Outcomes% of Assessment
Assignment1 to 1430
Examination1 to 1470

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