Aircraft Performance and Operations (AERO2703)


This unit aims to develop in students an understanding of the fundamental concepts involved in the operation and performance of aircraft. The students will acquire an ability to make accurate and meaningful measurements of take-off, climb, cruise, turn, descent and landing performance; to perform weight and balance calculations; to understand the use of aerodynamic derivatives and their impact on aircraft performance. Students will be shown methods to optimise performance for specific missions. It will also cover modern issues such as airport congestion, noise restrictions, aviation certification requirements for the use of different aircraft categories and novel methods solving these problems.

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Further unit of study information


Lectures, Tutorials


Through semester assessment (50%) and Final Exam (50%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


(MATH1001 OR MATH1901 OR MATH1906) AND (MATH1014 OR MATH1002 OR MATH1902) AND (MATH1003 OR MATH1903 OR MATH1907) AND ENGG1801

Assumed knowledge

AERO1560 or ENGG1800, Familiarity with fundamental Aerospace concepts.

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Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.