Module Title:Instrument and Autopilot Systems
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:7
Module Delivered In No Programmes
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Lectures will be delivery using PowerPoint, handouts and interactive learning techniques.
Module Aim: To give the student the competency and skills set for automatic fight control systems on aircraft.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Describe and analyse the operation of the different types of air and gyro instruments used on an aircraft
LO2 Describe and explain the operation of the flight controls on an aircraft and their function as part of the overall autopilot control system
LO3 Describe the principle of operation of an aircraft autopilot system and explain how the inner and outer interfaces operate as part of the overall automatic flight control system for the aircraft
LO4 Discuss the basics of open and closed loop control systems in relation to autopilot systems
Pre-requisite learning
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This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed.
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Instrument Systems ( ATA 31 )
Classification; Atmosphere; Terminology; Pressure measuring devices and systems; Pitot static systems; Altimeters; Vertical speed indicators; Airspeed indicators; Machmeters; Altitude reporting/alerting systems; Air data computers; Instrument pneumatic systems; Direct reading pressure and temperature gauges; Temperature indicating systems; Fuel quantity indicating systems; Gyroscopic principles; Artificial horizons; Attitude Indicator; Horizontal Situation Indicator; Turn and Slip Indicator, Turn Coordinator; Slip indicators; Directional gyros; Ground Proximity Warning Systems; Compass systems; Direct Reading; Remote Reading; Flight Data Recording systems; Electronic Flight Instrument Systems; Instrument warning systems including master warning systems and centralised warning panels; Stall warning systems and angle of attack indicating systems; Vibration indication systems. HUMS, Other aircraft system identification Glass cockpit,MEMS sensors
Flight Controls (ATA 27)
Primary controls: aileron, elevator, rudder; spoiler; Trim control; Active load control; High lift devices; Lift dump, speed brakes; System operation: manual, hydraulic, pneumatic; Artificial feel, Yaw damper, Mach trim, rudder limiter, gust locks. Stall protection systems System operation: electrical, fly by wire, Digital servos and applications
Autoflight (ATA 22)
Fundamentals of automatic flight control including working principles and current terminology; Command signal processing; Modes of operation: roll, pitch and yaw channels; Yaw dampers; Stability Augmentation System in helicopters; Automatic trim control; Autopilot navigation aids interface; Autothrottle systems. Automatic Landing Systems: principles and categories, modes of operation, approach, glideslope, land, go-around, system monitors and failure conditions. Communications (ATA 23) VHF radio systems, Air traffic control systems Navigation Systems (ATA 34) ADF,VOR, GPS landing systems,UAV autoflight technology
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment10.00%
End of Module Formal Examination70.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Examination Students will sit a number of written examinations during the module. 1,3,4 10.00 Week 26
No Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation The student will complete a number practical assignments during the module and write a report on each assignment 1,2,3,4 15.00 n/a
Practical/Skills Evaluation The student will complete a test during the module 1,2,3 5.00 n/a
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam The written examination, at the end of the module, will evaluate the extent of the student’s knowledge of the learning outcomes. 1,2,3,4 70.00 End-of-Semester

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 2.50
Practicals Every Week 1.00
Independent Learning Every Week 2.00
Total Hours 5.50