Module 2: Aircraft Basics - What are the parts of an airplane?
- Students will construct paper airplanes in preparation for control surface experiments
- Students will identify the parts of an airplane and be able to explain their role in the operation of the airplane
Aircraft are constructed of parts that make it fly and help control direction of flight through longitudinal, vertical, and lateral axes. Small, single-engine airplanes and large jetliners have essentially the same basic parts. They just get bigger as the size of the airplane increases.
Module 6: Basic Flight Data - What do all those gauges do?
- Students will be able to identify and explain the purpose of the six basic flight instruments
- Students will determine the flight condition of an airplane by its instruments
Most airplanes have an array of gauges and indicators, known as flight instruments, in a panel similar to the dashboard of a car. The panel of flight instruments provides the critical information about an airplane while flying. You can use the basic gauges of an aircraft to introduce your students to the concepts of airspeed, altitude, attitude or position, as well as how to use a compass.
Information and image source: AOPA's "PATH to Aviation"Information and image source: AOPA's "PATH to Aviation"