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Aviation Science Professional Pilot (AVD)
Program Course Descriptions


AVS101 Private Pilot Ground School
Pre: Communications and Mathematics Proficiencies
This FAA approved Part 141 ground school includes basic flight concepts, principles of meteorology, airman publications, map projections, pre-flight planning, computer and course plotting, basic radio navigational systems and applications, federal air regulations, use of avionics and emergency procedures. This course prepares students for the FAA Private Pilot written examination. (60 hours, 4 hours of lecture per week)
AVS103 Private Pilot Flight Training
Co: AVS101
Includes approximately 50 hours of flight instruction (dual and solo) covering pre-flight operations, aircraft systems, taxi and ground performance, basic flight maneuvers including takeoffs and landings (normal, soft, and short) stall procedures, emergency operations, cross-country flight, use of radio and navigation equipment under VFR, and control of aircraft by reference to instruments only. This course prepares students for the FAA Private Pilot Practical Flight test. Course restricted to Aviation Science Professional Pilot and Aviation Management majors.
AVS212 Human Factors in Flight Operations
Co:AVS101This course introduces students to the concept of human factors and an understanding of the role humans play in contributing to aviation safety. Topics include safety management systems (SMS), components and physical limitations of the eye, ear, and brain, cockpit design of both traditional and technically advanced aircraft, the effect of body rhythms and sleep on humans, stress and fatigue, aeronautical decision making, situational awareness, risk management, and crew resource management. Each of these topics is examined with respect to how pilot judgment is impacted. Historic aviation accidents will be analyzed with respect to how human factors contributed to the accident. Course restricted to Aviation Science Professional Pilot and Aviation Management Majors.
CMP101 Composition 1
Pre: Placement exam score
Emphasis is on developing skills of writing, reading, analytical thinking, and research. Students are introduced to thought provoking ideas in readings from a variety of disciplines and learn to organize material, analyze ideas, and produce clear writing. Fulfills open and liberal arts electives.
GEO110 Meteorology
Pre: Communications Proficiency
Surveys the nature of weather conditions and the basic atmospheric processes which create the conditions. Radiation and heat balance, water phase changes, cloud formations, and wind systems are studied. Weather map interpretation and the analysis of violent weather are stressed, and a brief introduction to climatology is included. Fulfills open, liberal arts and science electives. (3 hours of lecture per week)
AVS203 Instrument Pilot Ground School
Pre: AVS101
This FAA approved Part 141 ground school includes: study of the required instruments and their proper use, physiological problems, flight planning, departure, enroute, arrival, and emergency procedures. The course will include a review of weather, regulations, and aerodynamics. This course prepares students for the FAA Instrument written examination. (60 hours, 4 hours of lecture per week) Course restricted to Aviation Science Professional Pilot majors.
AVS208 Instrument Pilot Flight Training
Pre: AVS103
Co: AVS203
Approximately 45 hours of flight instruction including control and accurate maneuvering of an airplane solely by reference to instruments, IFR navigation by VOR and GPS systems including ATC instruction and procedures, instrument approaches to minimums using VOR, GPS, and ILS systems, holding procedures, cross-country flying in simulated or actual IFR conditions, simulated emergencies including recovery from unusual altitudes, equipment or instrument malfunctions, loss of communications and missed approach procedures. This course prepares students for the FAA Instrument Practical Flight test. Course restricted to Aviation Science Professional Pilot majors.
AVS214 Aviation Law and Safety
Pre: AVS101
A study of national and international aviation law, labor issues, conflict resolution, attributes and behavior of the aviation professional. This course will include a study of career planning, responsibilities of the aviation professional, substance abuse, discrimination in the workplace, environmental issues concerning aviation, aviation safety and changes in regulatory procedures. Course restricted to Aviation Science Professional Pilot and Aviation Management majors.
CMP102-150 Composition 2 Elective
Pre: CMP101
Emphasis is on the principles and practices of newspaper writing, editing and the publication of printed media, typography, copyfitting, headline writing, and photo journalism. Two lectures and one writing lab are scheduled each week. The work may include writing for college or community publications. Fulfills open, liberal arts, composition 2, and humanities electives.
CPS-ELECTIVE Computer Science Elective
AVS102 Commercial Pilot Ground School
Pre: AVS101, AVS103
Co: AVS104, AVS107
This FAA approved Part 141 ground school includes advanced flight concepts, weight and balance, advanced performance, reciprocating and gas turbine engine theory, advanced environmental considerations, aircraft propeller theory and operations, principles of meteorology, airman publications, map projections, pre-flight planning, complex computer and course plotting, advanced radio navigational systems and applications, federal air regulations, use of avionics, cockpit resource management, decision making, communications and emergency procedures. This course prepares students for the FAA Commercial Pilot written examination. (60 hours, 4 hours of lecture per week) Course restricted to Aviation Science
LA-ELECTIVE Liberal Arts Electives
MAT151 Precalculus 1
Pre: MAT092 or 094 or 131 or 135 w/C or better,or place exam score
First of a two-course sequence which prepares students for the study of Calculus. A study of advanced topics in algebra including: equations, inequalities, circles, functions, properties of functions, zeros of polynomial functions and complex numbers, graphs of functions including polynomial and rational functions. Conic sections and advanced topics in systems of equations will be included as time permits. Fulfills open, liberal arts, and mathematics electives. (Formerly titled College Algebra 1)
SPE102 Speech
Focuses on the nature and effects of verbal communication. Students will become familiar with the communication process, including some of the following: principles of organization, purpose, language structure, effective delivery, and audience analysis. Students individually will use these elements in informative and persuasive speaking in the traditional speaker-audience relationship. Fulfills open, liberal arts, and humanities electives.
AVS204 Flight Instructor Ground School
Pre: AVS203, AVS207, and AVS208
Co: AVS205
Topics include the fundamentals of instruction as well as review of general flight and ground operations, weather, navigation, instrument flying and appropriate regulations. Students will participate in lectures and demonstrations to gain teaching experience. This course prepares students for the FAA Fundamentals of Instruction and the Flight Instructor written examinations. Course restricted to Aviation Science Professional Pilot majors.
AVS205 Commercial Pilot Flight Training
Pre: AVS102
Co: AVS208
Includes a minimum of 120 hours of flight training including transition to complex aircraft and a review of all maneuvers pertinent to the FAA commercial practical test standards. Solo and dual cross country flights as well as the teaching high performance maneuvers such as chandelles, lazy 8"s, spirals, stalls, steep turns and emergency procedures. This course prepares students for the FAA commercial pilot practical flight test. Course restricted to Aviation Science Professional Pilot majors.
AVS222 Introduction to Technically Advanced Aircraft
Pre: AVS203
Co: AVS 205, AVS 208
Provides an overview of Technically Advanced Aircraft (TAA) systems, including automation, GPS navigation and the use of an autopilot. The student will acquire the knowledge to successfully manage TAA risks and benefits, as well as practical skills required for piloting TAA. The student will learn to integrate TAA technology with traditional flight competencies by performing scenario-based training missions in the appoved ground trainer, an Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD). Course combines classroom instruction with additional 10 hours of dual simulated flight training in an AATD. Course restricted to Aviation Science Professional Pilot majors.
North Shore Community College reserves the right to make changes in courses, program requirements, policies, and regulations as circumstances dictate. There is no guarantee that any listed course will be offered in any given semester.
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