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MSU 2010-2012 Catalog > Aviation Science Technology Courses

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Aviation Science Technology
Gallatin College
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AST 141   AVIATION FUNDAMENTALS

AST 142   PRIVATE PILOT FLIGHT

AST 143   BASIC AIR NAVIGATION

AST 150   METEOROLOGY FOR AVIATION

AST 171   AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS FOR PILOTS

AST 194   PCE TOPIC

AST 241   ADVANCED NAVIGATION SYSTEM

AST 242   INSTRUMENT FLIGHT

AST 243   INSTRUMENT/COMMERCIAL THEORY I

AST 245   INSTRUMENT/COMMERCIAL THEORY II

AST 250   AVIATION OPERATIONS

AST 252   COMMERCIAL FLIGHT

AST 260   FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR THEORY

AST 261   AVIATION SAFETY

AST 262   ADVANCED AIRCRAFT THEORY

AST 263   AVIATION REGULATIONS AND PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT

AST 281   CERTIFIED FLIGHT INSTRUCTION

AST 094 PCE TOPIC
--Non-credit professional and continuing education (PCE) courses offered to provide condensed coursework to meet the needs of working students and professionals. These courses are eligible for Continuing Education Units (CEU's) and OPI Renewal Units and are transcripted on the student's continuing education transcript.

AST 141 AVIATION FUNDAMENTALS
F 3 cr.
--Students must be co-enrolled in both AST-141 and AST-143 Introduction to basic flight principles. Course includes the principles of flight (basic aerodynamics), aircraft systems, performance, weight and balance, aviation physiology, federal air regulations, and flight publications.

AST 142 PRIVATE PILOT FLIGHT
F 2 cr.
--Students must enroll in this course while pursuing a private pilot's certificate from an approved flight school. Course credits will be awarded upon receipt of a copy of the student's private pilot certificate.

AST 143 BASIC AIR NAVIGATION
F 3 cr.
--Students must be co-enrolled in both AST-141 and AST-143 An introduction to air navigation procedures. Course includes basic meteorology, interpreting weather data pilotage and dead reckoning navigation, radio navigation, and cross country flight planning.

AST 150 METEOROLOGY FOR AVIATION
F 3 cr.
COREQUISITE: Generally students will be concurrently enrolled in AST 141 and AST 143.
--Provides a detailed introduction to the environmental factors that are critical to safe flight operations. Includes the following: thermal patterns, horizontal and vertical motion, moisture clouds, precipitation, air masses, fronts, cyclones, thunderstorms and aviation hazards. Will also include meteorological flight planning, use of weather information systems, and reports and charts used for aviation weather reporting and forecasting.

AST 171 AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS FOR PILOTS
S 3 cr.
--Introduction to basic aircraft systems found on modern single and multi-engine reciprocating aircraft. Topics will include piston engines, electrical systems, hydraulic and pneumatic systems, radios and instruments, propellers, pressurization, maintenance requirements and documentation, and trouble shooting from the cockpit. In this course you will be introduced to the systems commonly found in the training aircraft you are now flying.

AST 194 PCE TOPICS
Credits - varies (sufficient demand)
--Credit-bearing professional and continuing education (PCE) courses offered to provide students and professionals condensed courses for skills upgrades, Professional Certification requirements, and as electives for the Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS) degrees. These courses may be eligible for financial aid for students pursuing the AA or AS degrees and are transcripted on the student's undergraduate transcript.

AST 241 ADVANCED NAVIGATION SYSTEMS
S 3 cr.
Prerequisite: AST 143, or consent of instructor.
--Advanced navigation systems includes HSI, RMI, Loran, Doppler, VOR, NDB and GPS. Will include navigation theory, in-flight emergencies, electronic instrumentation, and advanced flight computing problems. Extensive use of in-class computer flight simulation will be exercised. Provides the radio navigation skills necessary for the instrument pilot.

AST 242 INSTRUMENT FLIGHT
S 2 cr.
Prerequisite: Private pilot's certificate.
--Students must enroll in this course while pursuing the Instrument certificate at an approved flight school. Credits will be awarded upon receipt of a copy of the student's instrument rating.

AST 243 INSTRUMENT/COMMERCIAL THEORY I
S 3 cr.
Prerequisite: AST 142
--An introduction to flight under IFR conditions. Course includes basic instrument flying, flight instruments, IFR charts and approach plate, IFR regulations and procedures, ATC clearances and IFR flight planning. Completion of the course will prepare the student for the Instrument Knowledge Exam.

AST 245 INSTRUMENT/COMMERCIAL THEORY II
F 3 cr.
Prerequisite: AST 243
--Commercial Flight Maneuvers, Airplane Aerodynamics, Advanced Performance, Power plants (including fuel injection and turbo-charging), Environmental Control Systems and Retractable Landing Gear Systems will be taught. Also, airports (marking and lighting) will be reviewed. Advanced Weight and Balance, and Part 61, 91, 125, and 135 and NTSB 830 Commercial Pilot Regulations will build on the private pilot regulations learned earlier. High Altitude Physiology, and High Performance and Turbine-Aircraft Flight Operations will be emphasized.

AST 250 AVIATION OPERATIONS
S 3 cr.
--An overview of general aviation operations, specifically the operation and management of the Fixed Base Operation (FBO). This course also covers current events and trends affecting the general aviation industry as a whole.

AST 252 COMMERCIAL FLIGHT
F,S 4 cr.
--Students must enroll in this course while pursuing their Commercial certificate at an approved flight school. Credits will be awarded upon receipt of a copy of the student's commercial certificate.

AST 260 FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR THEORY
F,S 4 cr.
--Students must enroll in this course while pursuing their Commercial certificate at an approved flight school. Credits will be awarded upon receipt of a copy of the student's commercial certificate.

AST 261 AVIATION SAFETY
F 3 cr.
--This course will concentrate primarily on the organizations and processes that govern commercial and general aviation safety in the United States. This course will also provide an overview of modern techniques used in accident investigation. Also covered are descriptions of major factors and the causation of aviation accidents.

AST 262 AVANCED AIRCRAFT THEORY
S 3 cr.
Prerequisite: Private Pilot Certificate and Instrument rating, or consent of instructor.
--Introduction to high performance, multi engine, aerobatic, and tailwheel aircraft; their systems, performance, weight and balance computations, flight procedures, characteristics, and emergencies. Unusual attitude recoveries, IFR and VFR.

AST 263 AVIATION REGULATIONS AND PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT
S 3 cr.
--Provides a detailed study of the regulations and procedures common to the aviation industry as well as a survey of the legal environment and the standards of conduct required of professional pilots.

AST 281 CERTIFIED FLIGHT INSTRUCTION
S 1 cr.
--Students must be enrolled in this course while pursuing their Certified Flight Instructor certificate. Credit for the course will be awarded upon completion of the FAA Certified Flight Instructor Practical Test.

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