Module Title:Aircraft Systems
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:7
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: This module will be taught by Lectures, Tutorials, Class/Group Discussions and Practical Tasks on aircraft/engines using maintenance data, manuals and documents. Concepts will be demonstrated using model/actual aircraft/engines.
Module Aim: The student will understand various aircraft systems and correctly apply appropriate maintenance procedures to develop essential analytical, troubleshooting and practical skills whilst working on aircraft/engine systems.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Identify and explain the correct operation of a wide range of aircraft systems
LO2 Demonstrate correct standard practices/procedures on (and safe operation of) aircraft systems
LO3 Analyse and troubleshoot common problems/faults on/with aircraft systems
LO4 Explain the interrelationships between different aircraft systems and the effect/impact on each other
LO5 Develop their own personal group/teamworking technical/ethical & practical skills in the aviation workshop/hangar/lab environment
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is recommended before enrolment in this module.

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Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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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
Hydraulic Power (ATA 29)
System lay-out; Fluid Types; Components; Normal/Emergency Power Generation - Electrical/Mechanical/Pneumatic; Pressure/Flow Control; Power Distribution; Indication/Warning; Interface with Other Systems
Landing Gear (ATA 32)
Design/Types/Construction, Shock Absorption; Normal/Emergency Extension/Retraction Systems; Indication/Warning; Wheels, Brakes, Antiskid & Autobraking. Tyres; Nose/Body Steering; A/G Sense
Pneumatic/Vacuum (ATA 36)
System lay-out; Sources - Engine/APU, Compressors, Air Bottle, Ground Supply; Pressure/Flow Control; Distribution; Indication/Warning; Interface with Other Systems
Air Supply, Conditioning & Pressurisation (ATA 21)
Air Supply - Source, Engine Bleed, APU & Ground. Air Conditioning - Air Cycle & Vapour Cycle Machines; Distribution/Flow/Temperature & Humidity Control; Heating. Pressurisation - Control/Indication; Cabin Pressure Controllers; Safety/Protection/Warning Devices
Oxygen (ATA 35)
System lay-out - Cockpit/Cabin; Storage, Charging & Distribution; Supply Regulation; Indication/Warning
Fuel Systems (ATA 28)
System lay-out; Storage/Supply/Dump/Jettison/Vent/Draining/Cross-feed & Transfer Sub-systems; Indication/Warning; Re/Defuelling; C of G Control systems
Ice & Rain Protection (ATA 30)
Ice formation/Classification/Detection; Anti/De-Icing - Electrical, Hot Air, Pneumatic & Chemical; Probe/Drain Heating. Rain Repellant/Wiper Systems
Fire Protection (ATA 26)
Fire/Smoke, Detection/Warning/Extinguishing systems; Testing, Portable Fire Extinguishers
Water & Waste (ATA 38)
System lay-out, Supply/Distribution/Servicing & Draining; Toilet System lay-out, Flushing & Servicing; Corrosion
Equipment & Furnishings (ATA 25)
Emergency Equipment Requirements; Seats/Harnesses & Belts; Cabin/Equipment lay-out; Cabin Furnishing/Installation; Cabin Entertainment Equipment; Galley Installation; Cargo Handling/Retention Equipment; Airstairs
Integrated Modular Avionics (ATA 42)
Core System/Network Component Function; Integrated Modular Avionics (IMA) including - Bleed Management, Air Pressure/Temperature & Air/Cockpit/Avionics Ventilation Control, Air Traffic/Avionics Comms, Electrical Load Management, Circuit Breaker Monitoring, Electrical System (BITE), Fuel Management, Braking/Steering Control Temperature Monitoring, Landing Gear Extension/Retraction, Tyre/Oleo Pressure Indication, etc.
Cabin (ATA 44) & Information (ATA 46) Systems
Passenger Entertainment & Cabin Intercommunication Data Systems; Cabin Network Service; Data exchange between LRUs, typically operated via Flight Attendant Panels including - Data/Radio Comms & In-Flight Entertainment/Cabin Core/External Comms/Cabin Mass Memory/Cabin Monitoring/Miscellaneous Cabin Systems; Storage, Updating & Retrieval of Digital Information. Electronic Library Mass Storage Control including - Air Traffic/Information Management/Network Server/Aircraft General/Flight Deck/Maintenance/Passenger Cabin/Miscellaneous Information Systems
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment30.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Written Report Each student will accurately record and collate evidence of their practical tasks/activities into a Training Logbook, during term time for which a maximum of 30% will be awarded 1,2,3 30.00 n/a
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Each student will record and collate a range of their own personal experiences into a Journal/Reflective Learning Portfolio, during term time for which a maximum of 40% will be awarded 2,4,5 40.00 n/a
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Each student will successfully complete a range of Practical Labs/Engineering Tasks on aircraft/engines during term time for which a maximum of 30% will be awarded 1,2,3,4,5 30.00 n/a
No End of Module Formal Examination

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 12 Weeks per Stage 5.00
Practicals 12 Weeks per Stage 4.00
Independent Learning 15 Weeks per Stage 9.47
Total Hours 250.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_EEAER_B Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Aerospace Engineering 6 Elective
CW_EEACS_D Bachelor of Engineering in Aircraft Systems 6 Mandatory