Concept paper

Concept papers are designed to explore key concepts and ideas from the exercises and apply them to practical situations. These practical situations will be drawn from NTSB accident or incident investigations. They are intended to help the student gain greater insight into the procedures, rules, and techniques that are contained in this course and how they can be used to conduct a safe and efficient flight. Concept papers should be formatted as follows. Failure to follow the prescribed format will result in points deducted from the score.

The concept papers are to be typed, double-spaced, a minimum of 750 words in the body of the text (does not include title page, abstract, appendix, references, etc.). The content of the paper is expected to be concise and to the point, without extraneous “filler” material. The content is to be logically organized and the points mentioned should support the conclusions. Any references used, including the course text, must be included in the references section. References cited must conform to either APA or MLA formats.


Concept Paper 2:

  1. Discuss differences in climb performance, with regard to altitude, between propeller driven aircraft and turbojet/turbofan powered aircraft.
  2. Discuss the differences between a Vy climb and Mach intercept climb performance with regard to altitude gain over time, distance, and overall efficiency.
  3. Define the relationship of IAS, Mach, and TAS as altitude increases.
  4. Describe how excess power and/or excess thrust relate to climb performance in a turbojet/turbofan powered aircraft.

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