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Air Activities – stage 6



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  1. Build and fly (from plans, kits or from scratch) one of these:
    • rubber band powered model aircraft for 15 seconds
    • glider for 15 seconds
    • model airship
    • hovercraft
    • round the pole model (RTP).
  2. Talk about the emergency procedures for one type of aircraft such as a powered light aircraft, microlight, glider or small helicopter. What should be done in the event of engine failure, cable break or  autorotation?
  3. Find out the reasons for civilian airport security, the main threats and ways of counteracting them.
  4. Explain how aircraft pressure instruments, altimeters and airspeed indicators work.
  5. Explain how an aircraft compass and a direction indicator works, as well as potential errors.
  6. Identify the weather conditions associated with the movement of air masses over the UK, such as tropical, maritime and continental.
  7. Interpret Met Office reports and forecasts for pilots including METAR and TAF.
  8. Identify:
    • signals used on a signals square
    • runway and airfield markings
    • light and pyrotechnics signals.
  9. Find out why Morse code is still transmitted by navigational  beacons. Recognise six three-letter sequences.
  10. Explain what trim is and the importance of weight and balance.
  11. Explain why flaps, slots and slats can be found on aircraft and how they work. Give examples of aircraft that use these devices.
  12. Take an active part in at least three flying experiences, showing how you develop your skills with each flight.


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