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AERO2703: Aircraft Performance and Operations

Semester 2, 2022 [Normal day] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

This unit aims to develop in students an understanding of the fundamental concepts involved in the operation and performance of aircraft. The students will acquire an ability to make accurate and meaningful measurements of take-off, climb, cruise, turn, descent and landing performance; to perform weight and balance calculations; to understand the use of aerodynamic derivatives and their impact on aircraft performance. Students will be shown methods to optimise performance for specific missions. It will also cover modern issues such as airport congestion, noise restrictions, aviation certification requirements for the use of different aircraft categories and novel methods solving these problems.

Unit details and rules

Unit code AERO2703
Academic unit Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic
Credit points 6
Prohibitions
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None
Prerequisites
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(MATH1001 or MATH1021 or MATH1901 or MATH1921 or MATH1906 or MATH1931) and (MATH1002 or MATH1902) and (MATH1003 or MATH1023 or MATH1903 or MATH1923) and (ENGG1801 or ENGG1810)
Corequisites
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None
Assumed knowledge
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AERO1560 or ENGG1800, Familiarity with fundamental Aerospace concepts

Available to study abroad and exchange students

Yes

Teaching staff

Coordinator Nicholas Lawson, nicholas.lawson@sydney.edu.au
Lecturer(s) Nicholas Lawson, nicholas.lawson@sydney.edu.au
Type Description Weight Due Length
Small continuous assessment Tutorial participation
Small continuous assessment on delivered materials.
10% Multiple weeks 1-2 pages of workings
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO7 LO6 LO4
Assignment Assignment 1
Take-off, climb, cruise and landing performance.
15% Week 05
Due date: 02 Sep 2022 at 23:59
Report length: maximum 10 pages
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO7
Online task Quiz 1
Online quiz for all material assessed in Assignment 1 as scheduled.
12.5% Week 06
Due date: 05 Sep 2022 at 12:00
answer 2 questions
Outcomes assessed: LO6 LO7
Assignment Assignment 2
Manoeuvring performance and weight & balance.
15% Week 08
Due date: 23 Sep 2022 at 23:59
Report length: maximum 10 pages
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO6 LO7
Online task Quiz 2
Online quiz for all material assessed in Assignment 2 as scheduled.
12.5% Week 09
Due date: 04 Oct 2022 at 14:00
answer 2 questions
Outcomes assessed: LO6 LO7
Assignment group assignment Project
Group project of performance and mission optimisation.
25% Week 12
Due date: 28 Oct 2022 at 23:59
Report length: maximum 20 pages
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Assignment group assignment Presentation
Group presentation on group project.
10% Week 13
Due date: 04 Nov 2022 at 23:59
5-7 min video
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
group assignment = group assignment ?

Assessment summary

  • Assignments: Assignment problems cover take-off, climb, cruise, turn, descent, landing performance, weight and balance, aerodynamic derivatives, aircraft/airline operations, and maintenance scheduling.
  • Project and presentation: Team based mission optimisation of a specific aircraft problem. A team presentation of the findings of this project is part of the assessment. All students must attend these presentations as these will be peer reviewed. Peer assessment will be used to determine each student`s final mark in the group assignments.
  • Quizzes: Online quizes for all material assessed in Assignment 1 and 2 as scheduled
  • Coninuous Assessment: Small continuous assessment on delivered materials.

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range

Description

High distinction

85 - 100

 

Distinction

75 - 84

 

Credit

65 - 74

 

Pass

50 - 64

 

Fail

0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

For more information see sydney.edu.au/students/guide-to-grades.

For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

The penalty for lateness is 5% per day. The penalty would apply from the next calendar day after the deadline. The penalty is a percentage of the available mark and is applied to the mark gained after the submitted work is marked (e.g., an assignment worth 100 marks is 1 day late. The content is given a mark of 75. With the 5% penalty, the final mark is 70).

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Multiple weeks Independent Study. Prepare for classes and to work on assignments Independent study (65 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 01 Introduction to aircraft performance Lecture and tutorial (5 hr) LO6 LO7
Week 02 Basic aerodynamics and propulsion concepts Lecture and tutorial (5 hr) LO6 LO7
Week 03 1. Take-Off Performance; 2. Climb performance, Assignment briefing Lecture and tutorial (5 hr) LO3 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 04 1. Cruise performance; 2. Range and endurance, landing Lecture and tutorial (5 hr) LO6 LO7
Week 05 1. Manoeuvres; 2. V-n diagram Lecture and tutorial (5 hr) LO6 LO7
Week 06 1. Manouevres; 2. Assignment briefing Lecture and tutorial (5 hr) LO3 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 07 1., 2. Weight and balance I & II Lecture and tutorial (5 hr) LO1 LO6 LO7
Week 08 1. Aviation legislative requirements; 2. Noise, economics, costs Lecture and tutorial (5 hr) LO1 LO4 LO6
Week 09 Assignment briefing Lecture and tutorial (5 hr) LO3 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 10 1. Flight path optimisation: 2. Cockpit I Lecture and tutorial (5 hr) LO1 LO4 LO6
Week 11 1. Cockpit II; 2. Operations I Lecture and tutorial (5 hr) LO1 LO4 LO6
Week 12 1., 2. Operations II & III, Review of Concepts Lecture and tutorial (5 hr) LO1 LO4 LO6
Week 13 Presentation Group Research Project Lecture and tutorial (5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7

Attendance and class requirements

  • Lectures : Two 1 hour lectures per week.
  • Tutorial: Descriptive tutorials with examples, project work on open ended problems to encourage innovation in the area of aircraft operations. Session duration is 3 hours.
  • Independent Study: In order to complete assignments and to understand the concepts and applications presented, students will be required to engage in self-study.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

All compulsory readings for this unit can be accessed through Canvas.

Recommended texts and resources:

 

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. investigate available literature in order to build up background information on set problems
  • LO2. report and present project outcomes to a group of colleagues to demonstrate an understanding of aircraft operations
  • LO3. work as a team to efficiently manage a project, and produce an acceptable result that meets set deadlines
  • LO4. understand the professional standards set under aviation legislative requirements
  • LO5. complete a simple project based on current aircraft performance methodology
  • LO6. understand concepts of take-off, climb, cruise, turn, descent, and landing performance
  • LO7. apply scientific principles to a particular situation in order to obtain a numerical solution to an engineering problem.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
GQ1 GQ2 GQ3 GQ4 GQ5 GQ6 GQ7 GQ8 GQ9

Alignment with Competency standards

Outcomes Competency standards
LO1
Engineers Australia Curriculum Performance Indicators - EAPI
1.1. Developing underpinning capabilities in mathematics, physical, life and information sciences and engineering sciences, as appropriate to the designated field of practice.
LO2
Engineers Australia Curriculum Performance Indicators - EAPI
3.1. An ability to communicate with the engineering team and the community at large.
4.4. Skills in implementing and managing engineering projects within the bounds of time, budget, performance and quality assurance requirements.
LO3
Engineers Australia Curriculum Performance Indicators - EAPI
1.2. Tackling technically challenging problems from first principles.
2.2. Application of enabling skills and knowledge to problem solution in these technical domains.
3.1. An ability to communicate with the engineering team and the community at large.
3.2. Information literacy and the ability to manage information and documentation.
4.1. Advanced level skills in the structured solution of complex and often ill defined problems.
LO4
Engineers Australia Curriculum Performance Indicators - EAPI
3.2. Information literacy and the ability to manage information and documentation.
3.4. An understanding of and commitment to ethical and professional responsibilities.
3.7. A capacity for lifelong learning and professional development and appropriate professional attitudes.
LO5
Engineers Australia Curriculum Performance Indicators - EAPI
4.2. Ability to use a systems approach to complex problems, and to design and operational performance.
4.4. Skills in implementing and managing engineering projects within the bounds of time, budget, performance and quality assurance requirements.
4.5. An ability to undertake problem solving, design and project work within a broad contextual framework accommodating social, cultural, ethical, legal, political, economic and environmental responsibilities as well as within the principles of sustainable development and health and safety imperatives.
LO6
Engineers Australia Curriculum Performance Indicators - EAPI
1.1. Developing underpinning capabilities in mathematics, physical, life and information sciences and engineering sciences, as appropriate to the designated field of practice.
4.3. Proficiency in the engineering design of components, systems and/or processes in accordance with specified and agreed performance criteria.
LO7
Engineers Australia Curriculum Performance Indicators - EAPI
1.1. Developing underpinning capabilities in mathematics, physical, life and information sciences and engineering sciences, as appropriate to the designated field of practice.
5.3. Skills in the selection and characterisation of engineering systems, devices, components and materials.
5.4. Skills in the selection and application of appropriate engineering resources tools and techniques, appreciation of accuracy and limitations;.
5.8. Skills in recognising unsuccessful outcomes, sources of error, diagnosis, fault-finding and re-engineering.

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Additional worked examples and tutorial exercises have been developed for the unit.

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