What aviation is
Aviation deals with flight and all factors involved in flight. It covers not only pilots, but also all the fields necessary to support flight.
- Pilots, Flight Instructors, Ground Instructors
- Crewmembers Other Than Pilots
- Aircraft and Maintenance
- Air Traffic Control
- Air Carriers and For Compensation Operations
- Space Transportation
- Rotorcraft operations
Related studies include Aerospace Engineering.
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There are three basic Genres in Aviation:
- General Aviation (SPL, RPL and PPL) GA
- Commercial and Air Transport Aviation (CPL and ATPL) Airline
- Military Aviation MA
Includes Theory Courses required of students (cadets) who are pursuing a license or a rating such as:
- Sport Licenses (SPL)
- Recreational Licenses (RPL)
- Private Pilot Licenses PPL
- Instrument Ratings IR
- Multiengine Ratings (MR)
- Commercial Pilot Licenses CPL
- Certificated Flight Instructor Licenses CFI
- Air Transport Pilot Licenses ATPL
- Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic(A&P) and related w:Aircraft Maintenance Technician
Each of these levels require some theory study plus actual and simulated flying hours. They also include some maintenance and other courses but mostly in a practical theme.
Although this study is mainly static from year to year and some pilots have had twenty years of experience and found out that their kids are studying the same courses and information they did, changes in regulations and changes in technology require continual updating.
Many Aviation schools started by providing only the basics, then moved up to Aviation Science after adding resources and the staff.
We urge you to take the placement test just to know where you belong
Courses we will be working on are:
- Aircrafts and Aerodynamics
- Aircraft Instruments, Engines and Systems
- Airports, Air Traffic Control, and Airspace
- Federal Aviation Regulations
- Aircraft Performance and Weight and Balance
- Aeromedical Factors and Aeronautical Decision Making
- Aviation Weather
- Aviation Weather Services
- Navigation Systems
- Cross Country Flight Planning
- Rotorcraft operations
- Glider operations
- Lighter-than-air operations
Before we begin I'd like to state that you are begining on a journey that may take you to places you've yet to imagine. You'll never regret pursuing your pilot's certificate. Maybe your goal is to become a professional pilot GOOD FOR YOU. Pilots love going to work. Most pilots pay their dues by Flight instructing, giving scenic rides, towing banners & gliders, The pay is low but the experience is priceless. I wish you all the best of luck.
Practical aviation course contents
- Chapter 1 Aircraft Components
- Chapter 2 Aerodynamics
- Chapter 3 Engines
- Chapter 4 Electrical Systems
- Chapter 5 Flight Instruments
- Chapter 6 Federal Aviation Regulations
- Chapter 7 Airport Operations
- Chapter 8 Radio Operations
- Chapter 9 Airspace
- Chapter 10 Aviation Maps
- Chapter 11 Radio Navigation
- Chapter 12 Understanding Weather
- Chapter 13 Weather Charts & Briefings
- Chapter 14 Flight planning
- Chapter 15 Airplane Performance Charts
- Chapter 16 Weight & Balance
- Chapter 17 Aeronautical Information
- Chapter 18 Checklists and Aircraft Specific Information
- Chapter 19 Helicopters and Rotorcraft
This is the more scientific branch of study and includes some engineering courses and sometimes even safety courses.
Please feel free to start new categories or new courses
The histories of Wikiversity pages indicate who the active participants are. If you are an active participant in this school, you can list your name here (this can help small schools grow and the participants communicate better; for large schools it is not needed).
- August 18, 2006 - School founded!
- March 1, 2007 - Much more work needed!
- September 2, 2008 - Resources section reorganized, new documentation links
These are online resources to assist with personal research.
The following online resources are from the US Federal Aviation Administration. While the scope of any regulatory material only applies to the United States, anything about how aircraft work is globally applicable. There is a lot of information here.
The New Zealand Written Examinations Manuals is trying to build up a manual based on the syllabus requirements from the NZCAA Advisory Circulars
What if your country isn't listed here?
This is a volunteer-maintained site. You can add the information for your country. Please take care to ensure accuracy. When possible, please include links that others can use to confirm its accuracy as well - but don't hesitate to get it started.
- US Federal Aviation Administration, Pilot training resources
- Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
- Online Ground School - Free Multimedia Lessons
- The Pilots Almanac (wiki)
- FlightCentral.net (Wx, Airport Info, Flight Planning)
- Personal Air Vehicle Page at Cafe Foundation (in affiliation with NASA)
- Boeing's electric plane using fuelcells.
- Ground School
- Flight Training - Because A Good Pilot Is Always Learning
Open source software
- fPlan - Flight plan creator
- The Combat Simulator Project
- FlightGear - open-source, multi-platform, highly customizable flight simulator.