More On Curriculum

The course outlines for the classes I will be taking at Seneca are now on line.


The main textbook is “From the Ground Up” which I’ve already done about two thirds of the workbook. Some highlights:

1. Components, structure, loads, stresses, documents

2. Bernoulli’s Theorem, Newton’s Laws, airfoils and production of lift, weight and C of G, drag, couples and turning moments, wing design, high lift devices, attitudes and movements, stability and control, flight performance

3. Flight instrument, pitot-static system, gyroscopic principles, magnetic compass

4. Design and construction, definition of horsepower, 4-stroke cycles, cooling, lubrication, fuel system, ignition system, electrical system, the propeller, engine instruments, engine operation

5. Runway and taxiway marking and lighting, aerodrome traffic procedures

6. Altimeter and standard pressure regions, high and low level airspace, control zones, aerodrome traffic zones, control areas, terminal radar service areas

7. Clearance and instruction, flight rules, flight plans, cruising altitudes, weather minima

8. Transmission and reception of radio signal, wavelengths and frequencies, communication equipment and facilities and procedures

9. Care of the airplane, weight and balance, aircraft performance

10. Personnel licensing, aircraft registration and airworthiness requirement, documentation, inspection requirement, flight rules and procedures

11. General health, diet, physical fitness, hypoxia, hyperventilation, decompression sickness, sensory illusions, alcohol, drugs, fatigue, emotional stress, checklist for safe flight


Here the prescribe texts are the AIP and a new book I’m not familiar with: “Air Command Weather Manual” from the Department of Defense.

1. Weather basics

2. Aviation weather information services

3. Hazards to aviation

4. Flight Planning

Human Factors

All about how flight influenced the human body. Many textbooks for this class, one of which I already have.

1. Cockpit Design

2. The body

3. Stress and fatigue

4. Judgment and decision making

5. Crew resource management

6. Human factors in aircraft accidents

Computer Systems

I’m hoping not to have to take this class, however I don’t know enough about the crappy programming language they use to try to get a prior learning assessment credit from them.

1. Basic language fundamentals

2. Building an application using VB

3. Arrays, loops

4. Sub procedures

5. Building an aviation related visual basic application

I might be able to build something cool… perhaps some sort of software that will help with flight planning?

So thats just a rundown of schooling I will be taking. I hope to be able to squeeze in 2-3 days of flying in there as well.

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