2021-2022 Academic Catalog 
    Jul 18, 2024  
2021-2022 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

AVIA 130 - Introduction to Aircraft and Powerplants

2 CR
This course introduces students to typical aircraft engines including reciprocating and gas turbine engines. Operating cycles, power generation, operating parameters and engine specifics are studied. Typical systems found on these power plants are studied with an emphasis on nomenclature, function, operation, and safety.

Requisites: (1) Take AVIA 100  with at least a grade of C (OR) (2) Next Gen ACCUPLACER® reading score of 244, or at least a grade of C in TSRE 55 .
Course Learning Outcomes:
  1. Discuss the history and development of reciprocating and turbine engines.
  2. Identify engines by type.
  3. Explain the Otto Cycle/4-stroke, 5-event cycle.
  4. Explain the concepts of work, power, and brake horsepower.
  5. Explain factors that affect horsepower: air density, temperature, displacement, compression ratio, ignition timing, manifold pressure, and engine RPM.
  6. Locate and identify engine parts and components: crankcase, crankshaft, connecting rod, piston, cylinder, camshaft, lifter, pushrod, rocker arm, exhaust valve, intake valve, and accessory case.
  7. Identify and describe the function of various components: alternator/generator, magneto, spark plug, ignition harness, vacuum pump, carburetor, fuel injection unit.
  8. Describe the function of the following reciprocating engine systems: ignition, fuel, cooling, starting and oil.
  9. Identify different types of reaction engines.
  10. Identify and discuss (overview) of the following turbine engine sections: inlet, compressor, combustor, turbine, exhaust, accessory gearbox.
  11. Explain factors that affect turbine engine thrust: air density, temperature, RPM, airspeed.
  12. Describe the function of the following turbine engine systems: ignition, fuel, oil, and start.