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E-Learning / Applied Jet Performance


Professor, Advanced Aerospace Topics

Formerly IATA Director, Operations, Capt Don Van Dyke, FRAeS served as Alternate to the ICAO Air Navigation Commission and represented 290 airlines on expert panels dealing with Operations, Airworthiness, Flight Crew Licensing and Training, Aeronautical Information Services, Meteorology, and Visual Aids. He managed IATA Committees on Flight Operations and Engineering & Maintenance and their 21 working groups and conducted Operational Quality Standards audits of new member airlines worldwide.  Prior to joining IATA, Don was Head of Safety, British Airways-Comair where his novel approach to integrated risk management was instrumental in the airline acquiring the first British Airways franchise outside Europe.

His early work with Sierra Research Corporation involved navigation, guidance and radar systems for the US Air Force and US Navy as well as the world's first commercial weather modification project.  He later became Chairman of Dynamic Technology and CEO of Command Airways (South Africa) . He has authored over 100 publications, is a long-time contributor to Professional Pilot , and has lectured at numerous international events. He holds three patents.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society , a Senior Member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a member of the University Aviation Association. Don earned his B.Sc with concentrations in management, organizational development and international aviation law from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and is completing his MBA.  A veteran pilot, he has over 18000 hours with 16000 in command of jet and turboprop airliners and helicopters, flying as an instructor, check airman, type rating examiner, and technical pilot.

Target Segment
Chief pilots, Directors of Operations, Airline Training Pilots, Approved Check Pilots, Civil Aviation Agency Inspectors, Procedure Designers, Airline Pilots, ATPL Candidates, Aerodrome Noise Abatement Specialists, Aircraft Buyers, Aircraft Fleet Managers, Candidate Flight Dispatchers and anyone for whom a knowledge of how effectively an aircraft meets design and performance requirements is imperative.

This course fulfills NTSB recommendation A-08-41 (June 17, 2008) for training on the rationale for and criticality of conducting performance assessments before each take-off and landing, especially on contaminated runways. The objective is to understand factors affecting aeroplane performance during each phase of flight. Using a specimen Aeroplane Performance Manual, student will be able to determine expected aircraft performance in scenarios similar to those encountered during typical line operations.


Instructional Strategy
The course introduces the objectives and importance of jet performance procedures and identifies data sources. The course builds a learning foundation on knowledge of the international standard atmosphere, principles of aerodynamics, and six basic groups of aircraft limitations. Each subsequent module discusses topics relating to a given flight phase. The eight associated review quizzes build student knowledge and confidence, driving the candidate from theory to real-life application. Course objectives are achieved when the student successfully completes the comprehensive Capstone exam.  


I have found CQFA's E-learning an excellent avenue of presenting topics, and renewing knowledge, on a broad range of subjects.  The Jet Performance Course was outstanding.  It was a valuable refresher and a very useful topic for those advancing to the jet transport category.  For many of my colleagues, fully understanding jet performance appeared to be difficult.  Many avoided getting deeply involved in the subject and just did their best.  The introduction of the computerized RTOW data provisions certainly helped some get over their phobia of using the manuals.

Captain (retired) Rob Johnson B747-200/400
Cathay Pacific Airways


1.1       The thrill of flying jets
1.2       Major differences in jet performance
1.3       Jet performance standards
1.4       Jet performance data sources

            AFM, FPPM, DDPG, FCOM, QRH
1.5       Jet performance objectives


2.1       International standard atmosphere
            Temperature Model, Pressure Model, Density Model, ISA Table
2.2       Altimetry
            QNH, QFE, QNE, Correction Factors
2.3       Operating speeds
            CAS, TAS, EAS, IAS, GS, Mach, Crossover Altitude)
2.4       Aerodynamics
            Lift, Drag Equations, L/D Ratios Mach vs Pressure Ratios


3.1       Flight limitations
            Vmo, Mmo, Vdf, Vs, Va, Vb, Vc, Vd, Limit Flight Load Factors, Flight Envelope
3.2       Structural limitations
            BEW, OEW, DOW, ZFW, Max Structural Weights, C of G, CG Envelope, Altitude
3.3       Environmental limitations
            PA, Temperature, Environmental Enveloppe, Surface Wind Components
3.4       Engine limitations
            TOGA, MCT, MC1T
3.5       Field limitations
            Takeoff Area, TORA, ASDA, TODA, Runway Lineup Distance
3.6       Operating profile limitations
            Takeoff Path and Flight Path, Obs. Clearance, GTO Flight Path, Landing Path


4.1      General
            Vmcg' Vmca, Vef, V1, Vr, Vmu, Vlof, V2, Vmca, Vmbe, Min. TO Speeds Req., Screen Heights
4.2      Normal takeoff performance requirements: Dry runway
            Balanced TO Field Concept, TO Profile Performance Factors
4.3      Maximum allowable takeoff weight (MATOW), Dry Runway
            TO Field Length, TO Climb, Obstacle, Tire Speed and Structural LW, MBRW, Dry Rwy
4.4      Maximum Rated Takeoff Thrust, Dry Runway: Takeoff Speeds
            TO Speeds, Vimcg, Adjustment for Anti-Skid and Reversers inop, Vmbe, Improved Climb Concept
4.5      Maximum Rated Takeoff Thrust, Dry Runway: Takeoff %N1
4.6      Reduced Takeoff Thrust, Dry Runway: Introduction

            Regulatory, Cost, Environmental, and Operational Impacts
4.7      Reduced Takeoff Thrust, Dry Runway: Assumed Temperature Method
            ATM TO speeds (V1, Vr, V2, % N1)
4.8      Reduced Takeoff Thrust, Dry Runway: Derated Thrust Method
            ATM TO speeds (Derate, % N1)
4.9      Performance Dispatch, Dry Runway
            Max Allowable TOW, TO Field Corrections for Slopes and Winds, Climb Limit Weight, Obtacles
4.10    Normal Takeoff Performance Requirements, Wet runway
            MATOW, TO Thrust, TO Speeds
4.11    Takeoff Limit Weights, Wet Runway
            TO Field LW, TO Climb LW, Obstacle LW, Tire Speed LW, MBRW Wet
4.12    Maximum Rated Takeoff Thrust, Wet Runway: Takeoff Speeds
            TO Speeds, Vimcg, Adjustment for Anti-Skid and Reversers inop, Vmbe, Improved Climb Concept
4.13    Maximum Rated Takeoff Thrust, Wet Runway: Takeoff %N1 (TO)
4.14    Reduced Takeoff Thrust, Wet Runway: Introduction

            Regulatory, Cost, Environmental, and Operational Impacts
4.15    Reduced Takeoff Thrust: Assumed Temperature Method
            DTM TO Speeds, DTM % N1
4.16    Reduced Takeoff Thrust: Derated Thrust Method
            DTM TO Speeds, DTM % N1
4.17    Performance Dispatch, Wet Runway
            MATOW, Slope/Wind Corrections, TO Field / Climb LW, Obtacle LW
4.18    Normal Takeoff Performance Requirements, Contaminated Runway
            Contaminated rwy Max Reverse Thrust and No Reverse Thrust
4.19    Normal Takeoff Performance Requirements: Slippery runway
            Slipery rwy Max Reverse Thrust and No Reverse Thrust


5.1       General
5.2       Climb Gradient

            Gross Climb Gradient, Net Climb Gradient, Net vs Gross Climb Gradient
5.3       Initial Climb Thrust
5.4       Initial Climb Speed


6.1        General
6.2        En Route Climb
             Max Climb Thrust, Climb Planning, Derated Climb Thrust
6.3        Cruise, All-engines
             Maximum Climb Thrust, Climb Speed
6.4        Cruise, Engine Inoperative
             Max Operating Altitude, Complete LRC Concept, Speed / Altitude Optimizations
6.5        Cruise, Engine Inoperative
             Initial MCT, MCT, Driftdown Concept, Speed vs, LRC Capability, Constant Speed, Diversions
6.6        Descent/Holding
             All engine descents, all engine holding
6.7        Descent/Holding, Engine Inoperative
             EI Descent, EI Holding


7.1        General
7.2        Initial Approach, All Engines
             All engine Go-around
7.3        Initial Approach, Engine Inoperative
             EI Approach Climb and Approach Climb Gradient
7.4        Final Approach, All Engines
             All Engine Landing Climb, LW
7.5        Final Approach, Engine Inoperative
             EI Go-around


8.1        General
8.2        Landing Weights
             Field Length and App. Climb LW, Landing Climb and Max Certified LW, MA Climb Gradient
8.3        Landing Speeds
             Vref, Vmcl
8.4        Landing Distance
            Certified Landing Distance, Advisory Landing Distance, Normal and Non-normal Config.
8.5        Performance Effects of Improper Landing Techniques

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