Discovering Aviation
Educating Pilots in Command
Written for the Notre Dame Pilot Initiative
By the Pilots of the University of Notre Dame
“Teaching the Science, Inspiring the Art, Producing Aviation Candidates!”
They shall mount up on wings as
Isaiah 40:31
Notre Dame Pilot Initiative
Principles of Flight
Syllabus / Policies
Private Pilot License
Airplane Recognition
Notre Dame Pilot Initiative
NDPI is a student led effort intended to
bring aviation back to the University of
Notre Dame.
Our mission is to teach the science of
flight, inspire the art, and produce
aviation candidates for the military and
civilian communities.
Mutual support network for both student
pilots learning to fly and licensed pilots
working on advanced ratings and
Principles of Flight
Intro to Principles of Flight
Aerospace Science 30098
The course curriculum was put
together by NDPI and is all opensource
Advanced Ground School
Want to graduate?
Check with your dean
 Make sure AS30098
counts towards graduation
What this course is not?
Syllabus / Policies
Intro to Principles of Flight
AS30098 – Spring 2006
Professor: Col. Mike Zenk, USAF
Chief Instructor: Lauren Centioli, CFI-I
Syllabus / Policies
Primary Resources
 ASA The Pilot’s Manual: Ground School (Third
 ASA Private Pilot Test Prep 2006
 Chicago Sectional Chart
 Flight Computer
 Navigational Plotter
Secondary Resources (links on website)
 Airplane Flying Handbook
 Cessna 172R Pilot Information Manual (1997 &
Syllabus / Policies
Late = - 5 points/day
AOPA ASF Online Courses
7 Opportunities
5 Required
1 Extra Credit
Syllabus / Policies
Cumulative Final (just like FAA)
80% eligible for endorsement
Final decision up to instructors
0-3 No Penalty
4-6 Lose 5 points each
>6 Automatic Failure
Syllabus / Policies
 Grading Criteria
 Component
 Final Exam
 Midterm Exam
 Quizzes
 Homework
 Nav Project
 Participation
 Grades
Below 60
5% (+ 1%)
Subject to Curve
150 points
125 points
75 points
75 points
25 (+ 5) points
25 points
25 points
500 points
FAA Pilot Certificates
 Student Pilot
 16 years old
 Sport Pilot
 Fly small, low-powered aircraft with limited credentials
 Recreational Pilot
 Similar to sport
 Private Pilot
 17 years old, 40 hours
 Can fly passengers/property privately (not for hire)
 Commercial Pilot
 18 years old, 250 hours
 Can fly passengers/property for hire
 Airline Transport Pilot
 23 years old, 1500 hours
 Can fly passengers/property on scheduled carrier service
FAA Pilot Ratings
 Can fly in low visibility (clouds) and file
Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) flight plan
 A320
 B757
 MD80
VFR / IFR ???
VFR – Visual Flight Rules
 What you will be initially
 Limited to good visibility conditions, clear of
 See and avoid
IFR – Instrument Flight Rules
 Instrument Rating
 Air Traffic Control
 Can fly in zero-visibility
 Fly “Highways in the Skies”
 Not carte-blanche
Private Pilot Certificate
17 Years Old
Read, write and speak English Language
Hold a Third-Class Medical Certificate
*Pass Knowledge Test*
Accumulate aeronautical experience
 40 hours
 20 hours dual (w/flight instructor)
 3 hours cross-country
 3 hours night
 One night cross-country flight of over 100 miles
 10 takeoffs and landings
 3 hours of flight by reference to the instruments
 3 hours of preparation for the practical test w/in past 60 days
 10 hours solo
 5 hours cross-country
 One solo cross-country flight of at least 150 NM total distance, with full-stop
landings at a minimum of three points
 3 takeoffs and landings at an airport with a control tower
 Pass Practical Test (comprised of both an oral and flight test)
14 CFR §61.105
 (a) General. A person who is applying for a private pilot certificate must receive and
log ground training from an authorized instructor or complete a home-study course
on the aeronautical knowledge areas of paragraph (b) of this section that apply to the
aircraft category and class rating sought.
 (b) Aeronautical knowledge areas.
(1) Applicable Federal Aviation Regulations of this chapter that relate to private pilot
privileges, limitations, and flight operations;
(2) Accident reporting requirements of the National Transportation Safety Board;
(3) Use of the applicable portions of the “Aeronautical Information Manual” and FAA advisory
(4) Use of aeronautical charts for VFR navigation using pilotage, dead reckoning, and
navigation systems;
(5) Radio communication procedures;
(6) Recognition of critical weather situations from the ground and in flight, windshear
avoidance, and the procurement and use of aeronautical weather reports and forecasts;
(7) Safe and efficient operation of aircraft, including collision avoidance, and recognition and
avoidance of wake turbulence;
(8) Effects of density altitude on takeoff and climb performance;
(9) Weight and balance computations;
(10) Principles of aerodynamics, powerplants, and aircraft systems;
(11) Stall awareness, spin entry, spins, and spin recovery techniques for the airplane and
glider category ratings;
(12) Aeronautical decision making and judgment; and
(13) Preflight action that includes—
 (i) How to obtain information on runway lengths at airports of intended use, data on takeoff and landing
distances, weather reports and forecasts, and fuel requirements; and
 (ii) How to plan for alternatives if the planned flight cannot be completed or delays are encountered.
Out with the old…
Careers in Aviation
SAR & Medical
Flight Instructor
Phonetic Alphabet
A Alpha
B Bravo
C Charlie
D Delta
E Echo
F Foxtrot
G Golf
H Hotel
I India
J Juliet
K Kilo
L Lima
M Mike
N November
O Oscar
P Papa
Q Quebec
R Romeo
S Sierra
T Tango
U Uniform
V Victor
W Whiskey
X X-Ray
Y Yankee
Z Zulu
Aircraft Recognition
“Teaching the Science, Inspiring the Art, Producing Aviation Candidates!”
Cessna 152
Cessna 172
Cessna 182
Piper Cub
Piper Warrior/Archer
Piper Seminole
Mooney M-20
Diamond Katana
Cirrus SR-22
Beechcraft Bonanza
Beechcraft Bonanza V-Tail
Beechcraft Bonanza
Beechcraft Baron
Beech King Air 350
Welcome to the Glass Cockpit
Boeing 787
For next time…
Fill out the AOPA Enrollment
Information Form on the website
Skim: Text: pp. vii-xii
Prep: pp. v-xviii
Read: Text: Chapters 1-2
Prep: Chapter 1:1-13
Welcome to the
Notre Dame Pilot Initiative!