ABC of Flight Mechanics: How Do Planes Fly?
Acquire knowledge on the underlying principles of flights with this course on ABC of Flight Mechanics by FutureLearn.
Medium of instructions English
Mode of learning Self study
Mode of Delivery Video and Text Based
Learning efforts 4 Hours Per Week
This course on ABC of Flight Mechanics will enlighten you about the physics behind flying an airplane. From planes taking off to their landing, you will glean information on the entire mechanism. This course will unveil the secret and logic that lies behind flying this man-made machine. Your curiosity about airplanes will meet a satisfying end with the topics covered in this course.
Human beings have long been drawn to the sky, trying to find a way to explore the infinite beauty. And this made the Wright brothers design an aircraft that saw several more following it. Be it for pilot training or simply to know the process involved, knowledge on flying airplanes is worth every minute spent in learning.
This course is designed by ISAE-SUPAERO, which leads the world in the field of higher education for aerospace engineering. The course sessions are delivered by a lead flight test engineer, who is also a professor of ISAE-SUPAERO. The hands-on experience of the faculty in conducting flight tests on both military and civil airplanes makes the course even more relevant for those willing to gather knowledge on this subject.
● Online training
● A short course of 4 weeks
● Weekly study requirement of 4 hours
● Free access to the resources for the entire course duration
● Course session delivered by an expert engineer and flight dynamics professor
● Audio-visual modes of learning
● Discussion forum
● Option to upgrade course to "unlimited"
- Online training
- Audio and video resources
- Certification after upgrading
Course and certificate fees
Type of course
The fee structure is explained in detail below:
ABC of Flight Mechanics - Free
ABC of Flight Mechanics - Upgrade
ABC of Flight Mechanics - Unlimited
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Who it is for
This course can be taken by anybody who is willing to gain knowledge of the mechanics of flying airplanes. The course can be highly beneficial for undergraduate students who are studying aerospace engineering. Professionals in the aviation sector will also be able to enhance their knowledge through the course. The course can also cater to the needs of:
- Senior pilots, and
Certification Qualifying Details
To be eligible for a digital certificate, you need to opt for "Unlimited" access or the digital upgrade of your course. In addition, you need to get 90 percent of the course-related steps completed. If there are tests in your course then you need to complete all of them. You need a minimum of 70 percent in the tests to finally qualify for a Certificate of Achievement.
What you will learn
The ABC of Flight Mechanics Certification course will introduce you to the basics of flying an airplane. The course will provide you with the knowledge of the concepts and parameters that form a part of flight mechanics. The principles of flight path angle, total height, angle of attack, and trim will become clear to you. Knowing the physics behind flying airplanes is crucial if you want to know the machine. And this course will reveal the physics of the atmosphere that makes flying this machine possible.
You will gain an understanding of what a standard atmosphere is, and the effect of altitude on the motion of an airplane. The course will also impart knowledge on the forces that apply to the motion of airplanes while enabling you to calculate take-off distances, estimate the airfoils of an airplane, and understand the power of its engine.
Admission to the course can be taken using your email address. Once you decide on the plan that you wish to opt for, follow the prompts to create an account. Once you have an active account on the portal, you can find details about the course in the dashboard.
Filling the form
To enroll in the course, you need to click on the Join Course for Free option. There you will be given the option to choose an Upgrade mode or Unlimited mode. If you opt for the Free mode, click on the Go to Course option. You will need to create an account with your email id and set a password. You can update your profile information and provide your photograph.
General description of an airplane
Lift, stall and ceiling
Physics of atmosphere and Newton's laws applied to the airplane
Drag and propulsion forces
Eligibility for Certificate of Achievements can be gained once you upgrade the course and score an average of 70 percent in the course tests. If you wish to be awarded a Statement of Participation, in case it is in the course, then you will have to complete 50 percent of the course steps along with attempting all the course-related tests.
How it helps
This course will endow the knowledge required to understand the principles of flying airplanes. You will know the basics as well as the underlying physics. This knowledge will help you in mastering more complex subjects such as aeronautic engineering. The course content is designed and is delivered by a professor of ISAE SUPAERO, which means that you have the best resources from the field of aeronautic engineering.
The course can be taken in 4 weeks or in a year, depending on whether you opt for a free mode or unlimited access. You can retain your access to the course materials for 14 days or longer after the completion of the course. The use of audio, videos, and articles will help you to form a strong base on the subject. Quizzes and tests to measure your progress will further enhance the learning process.
The certificate, which is given after meeting the eligibility criteria, will give you the opportunity for better employment and education. The certificate will include details about the course duration and will be signed by the lead educator. This will help in demonstrating your knowledge as well as the value of the program.
This course will give you all the required knowledge about the mechanics of flights. You will be able to learn from the industry leader, and you can use the knowledge for further education and training. The Certificate of Achievement will help you to find good opportunities in employment and higher education.
Select your course from the list of Subjects and click on the "Join Course for Free" option. Click on "Go to Course" and begin your learning. The course description page will show the course start date. You can access the materials once the start date arrives and can continue to access them for 14 days after the course duration is over.
Upgrading your course is possible at any time, even after you have completed the course. Once you choose to upgrade, you will regain access to the materials along with the other benefits that are offered in the Upgrade mode
Unlimited access works for a period of 1 year from the purchase date. Once the expiration date arrives, you will be prompted to renew your subscription.
You can access the course content anytime from your account irrespective of the availability of the educator. The courses are made available on the portal on Monday midnights following the UTC time zone. But you can access them based on your local time zone, which will also be mentioned in your account.
You get three attempts to make at each question, but only one chance at each test for the entire course duration. If you are unsuccessful in completing the test while in Upgrade mode, then you can contact FutureLearn at email@example.com