AAE 58500: Air Transportation

Description:

This course provides an overview of civil air transportation system design and operations, ranging from the economics, to air traffic control. The course is divided into two general theme areas: Airline Economics and Scheduling; and Airline Flight operations and Air Traffic Control. This course will prepare students for positions in the civil aviation industry and for graduate research in civil aviation topics.

Format: T/R - 3 hrs lecture

Credit hours: 3

Status: Systems (applications)*

              *This class cannot be counted as a core methods class

Offered: Fall

Pre-requisite: None

Co-requisite: None

Course Instructor: Karen Marais

Text: The Global Airline Industry. Available for free online on Purdue Libraries

Assessment Method: Your grade will be calculated as follows:

  • 5% Proposal
  • 5% Project Update
  • 30% Exam
  • 20% Oral Presentation
  • 30% Written Project Report
  • 10% Class Participation

Course Objective:

At the end of this course, you should be:

  • able to describe the organization and basic functions of the air traffic control system;
  • able to describe the operation of a civil transport aircraft from the pilot's perspective;
  • able to describe the operation of an airline from the company perspective;
  • able to understand, critique, and conduct capacity analysis for airspace and airports;
  • able to understand, critique, and conduct economic analysis on airline operations;
  • able to understand, critique and conduct basic optimization for air transportation systems;
  • able to understand, critique and conduct basic aviation environment analysis;
  • able to understand, critique and conduct basic cost/benefit calculations for aviation;
  • familiar with common modeling and simulation methods used in air transportation;
  • familiar with common safety analysis methods used in air transportation;
  • familiar with typical human factors issues in air transportation;
  • able to converse intelligently about NextGen research issues;
  • able to conduct research and development in air transportation systems.

Necessary Background: Senior or graduate standing in AAE or IE or permission of instructor

Topics (Lectures):

  1. Air traffic control
  2. Airline planning
  3. Commercial Airline economics
  4. Safety
  5. Environmental impact
  6. The GA industry

 

Prepared by: Karen Marais

Date: April 22, 2015