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CTE/Skilled & Technical Sciences Education Curriculum Private Pilot
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Core Standards of the Course

Strand 1
Students will be able to understand, demonstrate, and apply fundamentals of flight.

Standard 1
Discovering aviation.

  1. Pilot training
  2. Aviation opportunities
  3. Introduction to human factors

Standard 2
Airplane systems.

  1. Airplanes in general
  2. The powerplant and related systems
  3. Flight instruments

Standard 3
Aerodynamic principles.

  1. Four forces of flight
  2. Stability
  3. Aerodynamics of maneuvering flight

Performance Objective
Understand, demonstrate, and apply fundamentals of flight.

  1. Discovering aviation
  2. Airplane systems
  3. Aerodynamic principles

Strand 2
Students will be able to understand and demonstrate flight operations.

Standard 1
The flight environment.

  1. Safety of flight
  2. Airports
  3. Aeronautical charts
  4. Airspace

Standard 2
Communication and flight information.

  1. Radar and ATC services
  2. Radio procedures
  3. Sources of flight information

Performance Objective
Understand and demonstrate flight operations.

  1. The flight environment.
  2. Communication and flight information.

Strand 3
Students will develop and demonstrate an ability to understand aviation weather.

Standard 1
Meteorology for pilots.

  1. Basic weather theory
  2. Weather patterns
  3. Weather hazards

Standard 2
Interpreting weather data.

  1. The forecasting process
  2. Printed reports and forecasts
  3. Graphic weather products
  4. Sources of weather information

Performance Objective
Develop and demonstrate an ability to understand aviation weather.

  1. Meteorology for pilots.
  2. Interpreting weather data.

Strand 4
Students will be able to understand performance and navigation.

Standard 1
Airplane performance.

  1. Predicting performance
  2. Weight and balance
  3. Flight computers

Standard 2

  1. Pilotage and dead reckoning
  2. VOR navigation
  3. ADF navigation
  4. Advanced navigation

Performance Objective
Understand performance and navigation.

  1. Airplane performance.
  2. Navigation.

Strand 5
Students will be able to understand and apply the integration of pilot knowledge and skills.

Standard 1
Applying human factor principles.

  1. Aviation physiology
  2. Aeronautical decision making

Standard 2
Flying cross-country.

  1. The flight planning process
  2. The flight

Performance Objective
Understand and apply the integration of pilot knowledge and skills.

  1. Applying human factor principles.
  2. Flying cross-country.

Strand 6
Students will understand the importance of career readiness skills as it relates to the workplace and outlined in the SkillsUSA Framework Level 1.

Standard 1
Understand and demonstrate the attitude of cooperation.

  1. Develop awareness of cultural diversity and equality issues.
  2. Demonstrate effective communication with others.
  3. Apply team skills to a group project.
  4. Identify and apply conflict resolution skills

Standard 2
Understand and demonstrate the ability of being resourceful and innovative.

  1. Discover self-motivation techniques and establish short-term goals.
  2. Measure/modify short-term goals.
  3. Review a professional journal and develop a three- to five-minute presentation.

Standard 3
Plan for your future career.

  1. Complete a self-assessment and identify individual learning styles.
  2. Define future occupations.
  3. Identify the components of an employment portfolio.
  4. List proficiency in program competencies.
  5. Complete a survey for employment opportunities.
  6. Create a job application.
  7. Assemble your employment portfolio.
  8. Employability skills: evaluate program comprehension.

Standard 4
Understand and demonstrate the ability to manage a project.

  1. Apply team skills to a group project.
  2. Observe and critique a meeting.
  3. Demonstrate business meeting skills.
  4. Explore supervisory and management roles in an organization.
  5. Identify and apply conflict resolution skills.
  6. Demonstrate evaluation skills.
  7. Manage a project and evaluate others.

UEN logo - in partnership with Utah State Board of Education (USBE) and Utah System of Higher Education (USHE).  Send questions or comments to USBE Specialist - A Bodell and see the CTE/Skilled & Technical Sciences Education website. For general questions about Utah's Core Standards contact the Director - THALEA LONGHURST .

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