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Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

Degree Offered: Associate in Applied Science

Credits Required: 65 (2016-2017 Academic Year)

The Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (drones) program is being offered because of the increasing demand for qualified pilots and sensor operators in the rapidly growing field of unmanned aircraft systems operations. Employment opportunities exist in both private and public entities including the U.S. Air Force, Federal Aviation Administration, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

 

Curriculum

FIRST YEAR

First Semester - 19 Credits

CodeTitleCredits
AVIP 106Private Pilot 3.00
AVIP 110Flight Theory 4.00
AVIP 123Aeronautical Knowledge 3.00
AVIP 239UAV Systems 3.00
MATH 130College Algebra (or higher)3.00
WRIT 101English Composition 3.00

Second Semester - 15 Credits

CodeTitleCredits
AVIP 121Aviation Meteorology 3.00
AVIP 136Theory of Instrument Flight 4.00
AVIP 232Instrument Flight 2.00
AVIP 240Intro to External/Internal Pilot 3.00
CIST 100Introduction to Information Tech 3.00

SECOND YEAR

Third Semester - 16 Credits

CodeTitleCredits
AVIP 125Advanced Aeronautical Knowledge 3.00
AVIP 140Commercial Pilot Theory 3.00
AVIP 241Advanced External/Internal Pilot 3.00
PHYS 105Physical Science 4.00
WRIT 103Writing For Business/Tech 3.00

Fourth Semester - 15 Credits

CodeTitleCredits
AVIP 138Aerodynamics 3.00
AVIP 150Human Factors in Aviation 3.00
AVIP 245Adv UAV Pilot Ops/Planning 3.00
COMM 201Public Speaking 3.00
PSYC 101General Psychology 3.00

Course Descriptions

AVIP 106 - Private Pilot

This course includes actual flying experience with an FAA approved fixed base operator. Students will receive a minimum of 60 hours in flight instruction including dual, solo and briefing. Successful completion will result in receipt of the Private Pilot/Airplane certificate (no limitations). Persons wishing to receive credit for previous flight time must make arrangements with the coordinator of the program. Students are required to have a valid second class medical certificate to enroll in this course. 0-6-3

AVIP 110 - Flight Theory

The principles of flight, basics of air traffic control, weather facts, navigational procedures and airplane operations as pertinent to the Private/Recreational Pilot Certificate are studied. Upon successful completion of this course,(as defined by a grade of 80% or better) the student will receive an endorsement to take the FAA knowledge exam in the department for an additional fee. 4-0-4 Corequisite: AVIP123

AVIP 123 - Aeronautical Knowledge

This course is designed to provide the basis for Air Traffic Control Training. The student will learn the language of air traffic controllers, and will become familiar with the operating principles of navigational equipment pertinent to pilots and controllers. 3-0-3 Corequisite: AVIP110

AVIP 239 - UAV Systems

The UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) Systems course is designed to give the student a solid foundation in understanding the multiple components that comprise a UAV System, how they integrate into the complete system, how they work independently and cooperatively, and how to trouble-shoot issues with these components. The students will also be instructed in airframe fabrication materials and construction techniques and how to properly assess and repair airframe damage in the field. By the end of the course, the students will have cooperatively assembled a UAV airframe that will be flown during their required flight training. 2-2-3

MATH 130 - College Algebra

The functional approach to algebra is stressed with attention to the properties of the real number system; linear functions and equations; exponents; radicals; functions; systems of equations; complex numbers; and quadratic equations. Additional topics may be added at the discretion of the instructor. Prerequisite: "C" or better in PREP021, appropriate placement score or appropriate high school records. 3-0-3

WRIT 101 - English Composition

Students will practice expository writing and learn the academic form of the essay and research paper. Students will focus on the development of an academically sound and challenging thesis and resulting essay. The mechanics of writing will be reviewed as needed. 3-0-3 Pre-requisite: Placement testing; successful completion of DEVS012 Reading and DEVS015 Introduction to College Writing if required, permission of the Division Director.

AVIP 121 - Aviation Meteorology

This course places special emphasis on interpretation of meteorology phenomena affecting aircraft; basic concepts of aviation meteorology; temperature, pressure, moisture, stability, clouds, air masses, fronts, thunderstorms, icing and fog. The course covers analysis and use of weather data for flight planning and safe flying; interpretation of weather maps, reports and forecasts. 3-0-3 Prerequisite: AVIP110/123 Corequisite: AVIP136

AVIP 136 - Theory of Instrument Flight

This course includes basic radio fundamentals as used by instrument pilot and the air traffic controller. A description and practical use of various radio aids to safe aerial navigation, including VOR, ILS, ADF, GPS and others are taught. Instrument charts and instrument approach charts are adapted to radio navigation and the application of the Aeronautical Information Manual is studied. Upon successful completion of this course (as defined by a grade of 80% or better), the student will receive an endorsement to take the FAA knowledge exam in the department for an additional fee. 4-0-4 Pre-Requisite: Successful completion of AVIP110/AVIP123

AVIP 232 - Instrument Flight

The necessary actual flight instruction from an FAA approved fixed based operator to qualify for the FAA Instrument Pilot Rating is performed and includes 40 hours of instrument flight and 10 hours of oral instruction and briefing. Successful completion will be passage of the FAA required flight test for an instrument pilot rating. Prerequisite: AVIP106. Co-Requisites: AVIP121 and AVIP136. 0-4-2

AVIP 240 - Intro to External/Internal Pilot

This course is designed for the certification of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle External and Internal Pilots, and includes the essential topics of safety/liability considerations, operational risk management, GPS and navigational topics, preflight operations, manual and automatic flight and emergency procedures and equipment malfunctions. Each of these topics include first-hand investigation via extensive equipment use, research and inquiry. Pre-Requisites: Flight Lab, all required first and second semester AVIP courseware. 3-0-3

CIST 100 - Introduction to Information Tech

A computer course designed to introduce students to personal computers. Topics include basic concepts of computer operations, storage media, software categories, Windows operating system, computer communication devices, and Internet. The course also includes introduction to Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. 3-0-3

AVIP 125 - Advanced Aeronautical Knowledge

This course covers FAA regulations on safe flight, weight and balance problems, and use of the Aeronautical Information Manual. Medical facts and accident reports are studied. Fundamentals essential to safe flight will be studied, including instruments used for aviation safety and the evaluation and interpretation of their indications. This course is offered in the Fall semester only. 3-0-3 Prerequisite: AVIP110/123 or equivalent, 50 % of instrument rating completed, or by approval of the CCBC Director of Aviation or Pilot Coordinator. Corequisite: AVIP140

AVIP 140 - Commercial Pilot Theory

This training course provides the student with the necessary aeronautical knowledge and prerequisites as specified in the Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR's) for the commercial pilot. Topics of discussion are FAR's; airplane performance; aerodynamics; airplane engines and systems; and physiology. Upon successful completion of this course (as defined by a grade of 80% or better) the student will receive an endorsement to take the FAA knowledge exam in the department for an additional fee. Prerequisite: AVIP110/123 or equivalent Corequisite: AVIP125 (3-0-3)

AVIP 241 - Advanced External/Internal Pilot

This course is designed for the certification of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Internal and External Pilots, with greater in-depth knowledge of the essential topics of safety/liability considerations, operational risk management, GPS and navigational topics, preflight operations, manual and automatic flight, and emergency procedures and equipment malfunctions. Each of these topics include first-hand investigation via extensive equipment use, reasearch and inquiry. Pre-requisites: Flight Lab, all required first and second semester AVIP courseware. 3-0-3

PHYS 105 - Physical Science

This is an introductory course in Physical Science emphasizing the Physics and Astronomy aspects of a Physical Science curriculum. Students will be introduced to basic concepts that will give them a grasp of the fundamental quantities used in building models of physical reality. 3-2-4

WRIT 103 - Writing For Business/Tech

Designed to train the student in effective writing, this course aims to increase the student’s ability to write with unity, coherence, and logic. It provides additional study and practice in writing letters, proposals, manuals, and reports of a business or technical nature as well as in professional and contemporary research methods. Prerequisite: WRIT101 3-0-3

AVIP 138 - Aerodynamics

This course is an analysis of the physics of flight, including the application of basic aerodynamics to the wing and airfoil; the analysis of lift and drag components relative to the wing platform and airplane performance; application of aerodynamic effect of turbo jet engines; and the principles of propulsion. 3-0-3

AVIP 150 - Human Factors in Aviation

This course provides the student with a detailed introduction to aspects of aviation safety and the associated components of pilot psychology, human factors, aircraft technology and aero-medical physiology. Emphasis will be on resource management in single pilot and multi-crew member operations. Human Factors in Aviation is designed for the advanced pilot, air traffic control, and aerospace management student to recognize the degree of importance human factors play in the aviation industry. In order to obtain this focus, a detailed study, through a series of lectures, will map out the error chains that result in most accidents/incidents. Special emphasis will be placed upon psychology. Prerequisite:AVIP139 and AVIP238. 3-0-3

AVIP 245 - Adv UAV Pilot Ops/Planning

This course is designed for the certification of Unamanned Aerial Vehicle Internal and External Pilots, with greater in-depth knowledge of flight training, regulations, operational risk management and procedures inherent to the technician, mission manager and pilot. Each of these topics include first-hand investigation via extensive equipment use, research and inquiry. Pre-Requisites: All required first, second and third semester AVIP courseware. 3-0-3

COMM 201 - Public Speaking

The emphasis is on speech preparation and delivery in a variety of speaking experiences designed to improve the speaker’s capability through the application of correct speech practices. 3-0-3

PSYC 101 - General Psychology

This course examines the scientific study of behavior and mental processes and provides a survey of the major areas of psychology. Important topics and findings from psychology are reviewed. Topics include the role of science in the study of behavior, the biological foundations of behavior, learning, information processing, stress and health, social interaction, development, motivation, emotion and psychological disorders. 3-0-3