AVSC 1010 COURSE PREVIEW
Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Introduces unmanned aircraft systems and applications. Examines the history and development of unmanned aircraft, their systems, technology, training methods, and implementation Examines the current and future roles these aircraft will take in society and the implications surrounding their increased usage. Explores security, privacy and safety as they relate to the utilization of unmanned aircraft systems in military, law enforcement and civilian applications. Examines challenges and opportunities related to civilian utilization.
Learners will explain the history of unmanned aircraft.
- Identify the early technology that allowed manned aerial vehicles to operate unmanned.
- Identify the primary operator of unmanned aircraft.
- Compare the role of unmanned aircraft in times of war and times of peace prior to 1990.
- Summarize the effects technology has had on unmanned aircraft development.
- Discuss the bias towards unmanned aircraft by manned aircraft pilots.
Learners will describe the elements of unmanned aircraft systems.
- Describe the different types of unmanned aircraft.
- Explain the purpose of ground control stations.
- Compare line-of-sight and beyond line-of-sight data links.
- Discuss the different types of unmanned aircraft launch and recovery methods.
- Describe the types of unmanned vehicle payloads.
- Discuss the human element in in unmanned aircraft operations.
Learners will recognize different categories/tiers/classes of military unmanned aircraft in use today.
- Explain the difference in UAS classification within the Department of Defense (DoD) and non-DoD agencies.
- Justify the creation of the Joint Unmanned Aircraft System Center of Excellence.
- Describe the criteria used to define DoD UAS categories
- Recognize DoD UAS category group 1 aircraft through group 5 aircraft.
- Compare the roles DoD UAS category group 1 aircraft through group 5 aircraft operations.
Learners will recognize different types of civilian unmanned aircraft.
- Recognize micro, small, medium altitude, and high altitude unmanned aircraft.
- Recognize prototype and experimental unmanned aircraft.
- Compare the roles of the different types of civilian unmanned aircraft.
Learners will describe the aviation regulatory system.
- Identify the agency responsible for airspace regulation in the United States.
- Describe the FAA’s enforcement authority over unmanned aircraft.
- Compare domestic and international airspace regulations.
- Explain current unmanned aircraft airspace regulations.
- Describe the current unmanned aircraft certification process.
- Describe proposed changes to unmanned aircraft regulations.
Learners will describe unmanned aircraft pilot/operator requirements.
- Explain the difference between UAS pilots and operators.
- Describe current UAS pilot/operator regulations.
- Describe UAS pilot/operator required skills.
- Explain US UAS pilot/operator citizenship requirements.
Learners will differentiate between unmanned aircraft automation and autonomy.
- Explain the difference between autonomy and automation.
- Evaluate how automation reduces operator workload.
- Explain the effects of unmanned aircraft sensors have on pilot/operator situational awareness.
- Describe issues of trust in unmanned aircraft.
- Describe the different levels of automation.
Learners will compare unmanned aircraft sensors and payloads.
- Explain the differences between sensors and payloads.
- Evaluate the reasoning behind the unmanned aircraft engine pusher configuration.
- Compare EO, low light, and IR sensor capabilities.
- Discuss the advantages of gimbal mounted sensors verses fixed sensors.
- Describe communication link and limitations.
Learners will describe unmanned aircraft operations.
- Describe military UAS operations.
- Describe civilian UAS operations.
- Discuss constraints to UAS operations.
- Explain a certificate of authorization (COA).
- Identify the pilot/operator requirements needed to operate within US airspace classes.
Learners will justify the need for unmanned aircraft detect, sense, and avoid capabilities.
- Describe detect, sense, and avoid capabilities in manned aircraft.
- Describe limitations in detect, sense, and avoid in unmanned aircraft.
- Discuss internal unmanned aircraft detect, sense, and avoid technologies.
- Discuss external unmanned aircraft detect, sense, and avoid technologies.
Learners will explain safety issues in unmanned aircraft operations.
- Describe the safety aspects of removing humans from aircraft.
- Discuss the safety issues of not having a human onboard an aircraft.
- Evaluate the effects of weather on UAS operations.
- Describe the effects of UAS equipment failures.
- Discuss potential hazards on the ground in UAS operations.
Learners will identify human factors in unmanned aircraft systems.
- Identify the human factors in UAS accidents and incidents.
- Evaluate human-systems integration.
- Discuss crew resource management in UAS operations.
- Discuss the use of automation in reducing pilot/operator workload.
Learners will debate legal and ethical issues in unmanned aircraft operations.
- Describe legal and ethical issues in UAS operations in terrorist activities.
- Describe legal and ethical issues in UAS operations is sovereign nation’s airspace.
- Describe legal and ethical issues in UAS operations in person’s right to privacy.
- Debate the use of unmanned aircraft by law enforcement agencies.
Learners will analyze the future of unmanned aircraft systems.
- Evaluate the potential market growth in civilian sector.
- Argue the need for commonality and standardization in UAS.
- Discuss the use of UAS in commercial aviation.
- Explain how technology will influence future UAS.
- Discuss the future of military UAS.
Learners will discuss other types of unmanned systems.
- Discuss sea based unmanned systems
- Discuss land based unmanned systems
- Discuss space based unmanned systems.