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ATT 212 - Autoflight Systems

4.50 Credits, 6.00 Contact Hours
3.75 lecture periods 2.25 lab periods

Concepts, procedures, and regulatory requirements regarding autoflight systems, with an emphasis on safety and system integration.

Information: Students must either have FAA Airframe license, or completed PCC’s Aviation General Mechanics Curriculum before enrolling in this course. Additional self-paced independent course study materials will be provided as required.
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Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate proficiency in evaluating risks associated with flight control movement and formulating risk mitigation plans.
  2. Evaluate the role of sensing systems as inputs to Autoflight systems.
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in Autopilot system theory, validation, component location, channel specific functions and troubleshooting specific channel failures.
  4. Describe Auto-throttles system theory, component function and location and basic troubleshooting considerations.
  5. Explain the role of Traffic Collision Avoidance in modern day Aviation, regulatory requirements, and flight safety implications.

Outline:
  1. Safety
    1. Risk factors
    2. Risk management
    3. Team member duty and responsibility
  2.  System Integration
    1. Gyro systems
    2. Air data systems
    3. GPS inputs
    4. INS Inputs
    5. Validity signals
  3. Autopilot
    1. Flight safety implications
    2. Pitch channel
      1. Primary control surface associated with movement
      2. Specific sensing inputs
      3. Channel specific component location
    3. Roll channel
      1. Primary control surface associated with movement
      2. Specific sensing inputs
      3. Channel specific component location
    4. Yaw channel
      1. Primary control surface associated with movement
      2. Specific sensing inputs
      3. Channel specific component location
    5. Control panel function and location
    6. Flight control computer function and location
    7. Binding/restricted flight control movement
    8. Feedback circuits
    9.       Validity circuits
    10. Regulatory requirements
    11. Failure indications
    12. Ground BITE
    13. Troubleshooting and maintenance best practices
  4. Auto Throttles
    1. Component location
    2. Regulatory requirements
    3. Troubleshooting and maintenance best practices
    4. Sensing inputs
    5. Control outputs
  5. Traffic Collision Avoidance System
    1. Regulatory requirements
    2. Safety of flight
    3. Component function
    4. Mode S
    5. Symbology meaning
    6. Resolutions