Airplane Aerodynamics – AVIA 305

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/27/2021

Course Description

This course will provide the student a study of the physical principles of airplane aerodynamics, thereby fostering an appreciation of the factors affecting aircraft performance, stability and control, and special flight conditions often experienced by commercial pilots of the fixed-wing aircraft.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


This course will prepare the student to understand and apply aerodynamic concepts, such as incompressible flow airfoil theory and wing theory, to enhance safe execution of more complex flight conditions and parameters. Topics discussed will center on calculation of stall speed, drag and basic performance criteria, configuration changes, high and low speed conditions, special flight conditions, and an introduction to compressible flow.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Recall atmospheric effects on aircraft performance.
  2. Recall aerodynamic principles and theories as they apply to aircraft.
  3. Explain basic principles of aerodynamic performance.
  4. Critique the aerodynamic properties of a specific aircraft.
  5. Explain how aerodynamic principles compliment a biblical world view

Course Assignment

Textbook readings, presentations, and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) documents

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

The student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 250–300 words in length and demonstrate course-related knowledge. The student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 150–200 words in length. The textbook must be the primary resource.

Essays (5)

The student will write five 300-word essays, each in response to questions presented by the instructor. The student must use his/her textbook as a reference; no other resources are required. Each essay will be submitted in a Word document and include a citation page.

Research Paper

The student will submit a 4–6-page research paper on the unique aerodynamic characteristics of his/her favorite aircraft. The paper must adhere to current APA format. The 4–6-page length requirement does not include the title page, abstract, or bibliography. A minimum of 3 sources will be submitted in an Annotated Bibliography. An outline of the paper is also to be submitted.

Tests (4)

The student will take 4 tests in this course. Tests will be open-book/open-notes, and contain multiple-choice and true/false questions, covering information from the assigned textbook readings. Test are timed. If you exceed the allotted time limit, you may still finish the test, but your instructor will be alerted to your total completion time and your grade will be deducted 10% for every 10 minutes you exceed the allotted time limit.