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Aviation

Learning Takes Flight Workbook


Students Name: ________________________________________________ Date: _________________________________
1. Do the following:
a. Define "aircraft." _______________________________________________________________________________
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Describe some kinds and uses of aircraft today.
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Explain the operation of piston, _____________________________________________________________________
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turboprop, ______________________________________________________________________________________
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and jet engines. _________________________________________________________________________________
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b. Point out on a model airplane the forces that act on an airplane in flight. (Hint: To make a model airplane out of
paper)
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c. Explain how an airfoil generates lift,

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how the primary control surfaces (ailerons, elevators, and rudder) affect the airplanes attitude,
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Elevators:______________________________________________________________________________________
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Rudder:________________________________________________________________________________________
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and how a propeller produces thrust. ________________________________________________________________
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d. Demonstrate how the control surfaces of an airplane are used for
Ailerons Elevators Rudder Flaps
takeoff, __________________________________________________________________________________
straight climb, __________________________________________________________________________________
level turn, __________________________________________________________________________________
climbing turn, __________________________________________________________________________________
descending turn, __________________________________________________________________________________
straight descent, __________________________________________________________________________________
and landing. __________________________________________________________________________________
e. Explain the following: the recreational pilot and the private pilot certificates; _______________________________
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the instrument rating. _____________________________________________________________________________
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2. Do the following (contact http://www.eaa14.org/ or http://www.flyyoungeagles.org/ to schedule a free flight):
a. Take a flight in an aircraft with your parents permission.
Record the date,_________________________________________________________________________________
place, _________________________________________________________________________________________
type of aircraft, __________________________________________________________________________________
and duration of flight, _____________________________________________________________________________
and report on your impressions of the flight. ___________________________________________________________
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b. Under supervision, perform a preflight inspection of a light airplane. ___________________________________
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c. Obtain and learn how to read an aeronautical chart.
Measure a true course on the chart. ______________________________________________________________
Correct it for magnetic variation, _________________________________________________________________
compass deviation, ___________________________________________________________________________
and wind drift. _______________________________________________________________________________
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Arrive at a compass heading. ___________________________________________________________________
d. Using one of many flight simulator software packages available for computers, "fly" the course and heading
you established in requirement 2c or another course you have plotted. _________________________________
e. On a map, mark a route for an imaginary airline trip to at least three different locations.

From timetables (obtained from agents or online from a computer, with your parent's permission), decide when you
will get to and leave from all connecting points. Create an aviation flight plan and itinerary for each destination.
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Departure from: Flight Time Arrive at: Time
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2 _______________________ ______________ ______________________________________
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f. Explain the purposes and functions of the various instruments found in a typical single-engine aircraft:
attitude indicator, ________________________________________________________________________________
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heading indicator, ________________________________________________________________________________
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altimeter, _______________________________________________________________________________________
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airspeed indicator, _______________________________________________________________________________
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turn and bank indicator, ___________________________________________________________________________
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vertical speed indicator, ___________________________________________________________________________
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compass, ______________________________________________________________________________________
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navigation (GPS _________________________________________________________________________________
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and VOR) ________________________________________________________________________________
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and communication radios, ________________________________________________________________________
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tachometer, _____________________________________________________________________________________
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oil pressure gauge, ______________________________________________________________________________
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and oil temperature gauge._________________________________________________________________________
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g. Create an original poster of an aircraft instrument panel. Include and identify the instruments and radios
discussed in requirement 2f. _______________________________________________________________________
3. Do the following:
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a. Visit an airport. After the visit, report on how the facilities are used, ___________________________________
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how runways are numbered, _______________________________________________________________________
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and how runways are determined to be "active." _______________________________________________________
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b. Visit a Federal Aviation Administration facility - a control tower, terminal radar control facility, air route traffic
control center, flight service station, or Flight Standards District Office. (Contact the MCAS Miramar School Liaison
program to book your visit to our military facilities at (858)577-6633/8625. For civilian facilities, phone directory listings are under
U.S. Government Offices, Transportation Department, and Federal Aviation Administration. Call in advance.) ________________
Report on the operation and your impressions of the facility. ______________________________________________
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c. Visit an aviation museum (http://www.flyingleathernecks.org/) or attend an air show. _____________________
Report on your impressions of the museum or show. ____________________________________________________
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4. Find out about three career opportunities in aviation.
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Pick one and find out the education, _________________________________________________________________
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training, _______________________________________________________________________________________
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and experience required for this profession. ___________________________________________________________
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Online Resources (Use any Internet resource with caution and only with your parents or guardians permission.)
Online Videos: http://www.expertvillage.com/
Type of Planes Exterior Interior Pre-flight Taking Off Flying Landing more
Radio Controlled Model Airplanes under $30 (Click Search Links): Target eBay Amazon Radio Shack
FPG-9 Foam Plate Glider Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FPG-9
FPG-9 Foam Plate Glider: http://www.modelaircraft.org/education/fpg-9.aspx Instructions Pattern Activities
Backup site: http://mtsu32.mtsu.edu:11230/2008/FPG-6/fpg-9.htm Instructions Pattern
FPG-9 as a part of the US Air Force Project SOAR: http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/
PowerPoint Slide Show Pattern
Academy of Model Aeronautics: http://www.modelaircraft.org Aeronautics Learning Laboratory: http://www.allstar.fiu.edu
Aviation History Museum: http://www.aviation-history.com AvStop Magazine http://www.avstop.com
Federal Aviation Administration: http://www.faa.gov FAA Educational Contacts Aviation Careers Guide
Flight-History.com: http://www.flight-history.com Nat. Aeronautics and Space Admin.: http://www.nasa.gov
Nat. Oceanic and Atmospheric Admin.: http://www.noaa.gov University Aviation Association: http://uaa.auburn.edu
http://www.howstuffworks.com/ (click on Science, then Engineering, then Aviation, then Modern )

Workbook adapted from Boy Scouts of America Aviation merit badge Workbook, developer: craig@craiglincoln.com.