ECTS credits: 6
Lectures: 3
Exercises: 2

Course objective:

Acquisition of basic knowledge on aircraft systems architecture, their interconnection and the system of practical aircraft maintenance.

Course contents:

Aircraft general classification. Aircraft basic parts. Aircraft systems division. Cabin and emergency equipment. ATA-31 Engine- indicating and crew-alerting systems. Aircraft fault reporting systems. Aircraft warning and alerting systems. ATA-24 Description of operation and parts of the aircraft electrical system. Types of aircraft electrical systems. Batteries and DC power system. External electrical connectors. Protection of DC and AC generators. Schematic representation of various types of aircraft electrical systems. ATA-33 Division of aircraft lights. Exterior lights. Interior lights and emergency lights. Lights for passenger entertainment. ATA-05 Aircraft mandatory markings. ATA-28 Parts of the fuel system and fuel. An example of modern aircraft fuel system. ATA-29 Hydraulic pumps and starters. Hydraulic system on a twin-engine aircraft. Hybrid hydraulic starters. ATA-32 Description of the main parts of the aircraft landing gear. Basic examples of electrical and hydraulic system for landing gear extension and retraction. System to control the position of the aircraft landing gear. Braking system, automatic and alternativebraking. ATA-36 Introduction to the parts and sources of aircraft pneumatic systems. ATA-21 Aircraft heating, ventilation and air conditioning. Description of the air cycling machine and the operation of the air conditioning system. Cabin pressurisation and description of the cabin pressure system. ATA-35 Oxygen for the crew and passengers. Passenger warning system in the event of cabin pressure loss at altitudes. ATA-27 Classification of flight controls according to the axis they act on. Flight controls hydraulic activation system. Flight control position indicating system. ATA-31 Division of ice and rain protection systems. Basic parts of the system and the overview of the wing deicing system with deicer boots and warm air. ATA-26 Description of the fire detection system. Overview of the fire extinguishing system for the aircraft engine, passenger cabin and cargo compartment. ATA-72 Division of engines according to the type of thrust generated and engine parts. Engine lubrication and air intake systems. Engine starting system. ATA-72 Fuel control system FADEC (full authority digital engine control). Overview of engine parameters in the cockpit and systems enabling engine operation within the technical engine maintenance system. Engine- indicating and crew-alerting systems. ATA-23 Types and description of aircraft communication systems. Systems for informing and entertaining passengers. Aircraft interphone, cabin and air-ground communication systems. Flight operations monitoring system. ATA-34 General division of navigation systems. Passive and active navigation systems. Aircraft monitoring and tracking systems. Systems for the protection of aircraft from accidents and manoeuvres beyond aircraft performance. Fly-by-wire principle and classic aircraft steering. Description of a flight management guidance system for automatic steering and a classic autopilot system.


Knowledge of the principle of designing aircraft system architecture, principles of operation and interconnection of aircraft systems. Understanding of system schemes and architecture in order to detect potential faults and preventive system maintenance.

Learning outcomes:

Having passed the exam, the student will be able to: 1. Describe the principles of designing system architecture and block diagrams of the systems. 2. Explain the operation of systems using sketches and diagrams. 3. Explain the interdependence of individual systems and their impact on the aircraft airworthiness. 4. Analyse trends in the system operation and based on that propose corrective actions for fault elimination. 5. Use English terminology from the technical manuals. These learning outcomes contribute to the following outcomes of the study programme of aircraft maintenance: - Complete operating manuals based on the analysis of aviation regulations relating to aircraft maintenance, airworthiness and operating requirements. - Classify levels of maintenance according to the impact on safety and costs of ordinary and extraordinary maintenance. - Distinguish single parts of an aircraft in relation to the physical laws of flying and functioning of aircraft systems. - Apply standard maintenance procedures prescribed in the aircraft maintenance programmes. - Analyse errors in operational flying from the aircraft maintenance reliability programme. - Use English with aviation vocabulary at the level sufficient to understand the aircraft technical documentation and to apply procedures written in English.