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Online · School of Aeronautics · Aeronautics

Airplane Aerodynamics

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 01/28/2020

Contact Information

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Course Description

This course will provide the student a study of the physical principles of airplane aerodynamics, thereby fostering an appreciation of the factors affecting aircraft performance, stability and control, and special flight conditions often experienced by commercial pilots of the fixed-wing aircraft.



AVIA 225 (may be taken concurrently) and AVIA 220 (may be taken concurrently)


This course will prepare the student to understand and apply aerodynamic concepts, such as incompressible flow airfoil theory and wing theory, to enhance safe execution of more complex flight conditions and parameters. Topics discussed will center on calculation of stall speed, drag and basic performance criteria, configuration changes, high and low speed conditions, special flight conditions, and an introduction to compressible flow.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Recall atmospheric effects on aircraft performance.
  2. Recall aerodynamic principles and theories as they apply to aircraft.
  3. Explain basic principles of aerodynamic performance.
  4. Critique the aerodynamic properties of a specific aircraft.
  5. Explain how aerodynamic principles compliment a biblical world view

Course Resources

Required Resource

The resource below is provided in the course at no cost to the student.

Dole, C. E., Lewis, J. E., Badick, J. R., & Johnson, B. A. (2017). Flight theory and aerodynamics: A practical guide for operational safety (3rd ed.). Hoboken, NJ John Wiley & Sons.

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Additional Materials for Learning

    1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
    2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
    3. Blackboard recommended browsers
    4. Microsoft Word
    5. APA Styles Center (

Course Assignments

Textbook readings, presentations, and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) documents

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

The student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 250–300 words in length and demonstrate course-related knowledge. The student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 150–200 words in length. The textbook must be the primary resource.

Essays (5)

The student will write five 300-word essays, each in response to questions presented by the instructor. The student must use his/her textbook as a reference; no other resources are required. Each essay will be submitted in a Word document and include a citation page.

Research Paper

The student will submit a 4–6-page research paper on the unique aerodynamic characteristics of his/her favorite aircraft. The paper must adhere to current APA format. The 4–6-page length requirement does not include the title page, abstract, or bibliography. A minimum of 3 sources will be submitted in an Annotated Bibliography. An outline of the paper is also to be submitted.

Tests (4)

The student will take 4 tests in this course. Tests will be open-book/open-notes, and contain multiple-choice and true/false questions, covering information from the assigned textbook readings. Test are timed. If you exceed the allotted time limit, you may still finish the test, but your instructor will be alerted to your total completion time and your grade will be deducted 10% for every 10 minutes you exceed the allotted time limit.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist


Discussion Board Forums

(2 at 75 pts ea)



(5 at 75 pts ea)


Research Paper - Annotated Bibliography


Research Paper - Outline


Research Paper - Final Submission



(4 at 75 pts ea)





Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

900-1010 800-899 700-799 600-699 0-599

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at


AVIA 305

Textbooks:  Dole et al., Flight Theory and Aerodynamics (2017).


Reading & Study




Dole et al.: chs. 1–3

2 presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

DB Forum 1





Dole et al.: chs. 4–5

1 presentation

Essay 1

Test 1




Dole et al.: chs. 6–7

2 presentations

Research Paper - Annotated Bibliography

Essay 2




Dole et al.: chs. 8–9

1 presentation

Essay 3

Test 2




Dole et al.: ch. 12

2 presentations

NTSB document

Research Paper - Outline

Essay 4




Dole et al.: chs. 10–11, 13

1 presentation

NTSB document

Essay 5

Test 3




Dole et al.: chs. 14–15

 1 presentation

Research Paper - Final Submission



Dole et al.: ch. 16

2 presentations

DB Forum 2

Test 4





DB = Discussion Board

NTSB = National Transportation Safety Board

NOTE: Each course week (except Module/Week 1) begins on Tuesday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Monday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.