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Basic Course Information Catalog 2019-2020 
Basic Course Information Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

ATF1100L - Private Pilot Flight

16 hours Lab, 1 credit

Lower-Division College Credit

Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): ATT 1100 and Permission of Instructor

AA Elective: No

Academic Dean’s Contact Information

LAKELAND DEAN’S OFFICE: LLC 2255              PHONE: (863) 297-1024
WINTER HAVEN DEAN’S OFFICE: WSC 101      PHONE: (863) 297-1020


Course Description:

This course provides a study of the skills needed to safely exercise the privileges and responsibilities of a private pilot. Students apply information regarding aerodynamics, aircraft systems, aviation regulations, the US Airspace System, weight and balance, aircraft performance, aviation and weather, flight publications, basic flight physiology, and flight safety. The student must complete the appropriate flight lessons and pass the Federal Aviation Administration’s Private Pilot Practical Exam to satisfactorily complete the course. Flight training fees (in addition to the cost of tuition) are required and must be paid in advance of the course start date. Flight training costs for this course are based on 35 hours of flight training, which is the minimum number of flight hours allowed by the FAA for Private Pilot Certification. Any additional training required beyond the FAA minimum is the financial responsibility of the student. This course is not eligible for GI Bill funding. Veteran students are financially responsible for tuition and fees.

For more information on applicable flight training fees, students should consult the Aerospace website at: www.polk.edu/aerospace. 

Polk State College Mission and Program Outcomes

Polk State College, a quality-driven institution serving Polk County and beyond, transforms students’ lives through the power of teaching and lifelong learning by providing access to affordable associate and baccalaureate degrees, career certificates, and workforce employment programs, delivered through various modalities and innovative technologies and by diverse, qualified faculty and staff. In line with this purpose, Polk State’s Associate in Science and baccalaureate degree programs develop competence in various career-related skills. This course focuses on the development of competencies related to the following program outcomes:


  • Exemplify the understanding of safe and effective work practices.
  • Apply an understanding of the fundamentals of flight.
  • Explain pertinent US Code of Federal Regulations Title 14, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
  • Demonstrate understanding and assessment of meteorology.
  • Demonstrate knowledge, understanding, and management of aircraft systems.
  • Employ analytical skills.
  • Demonstrate and evaluate aircraft operations.

Course Objectives:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Operate a single engine airplane efficiently and safely in solo flight.
  2. Demonstrate proper ground, radio, and traffic pattern entry and departure procedures.
  3. Recognize and correctly apply emergency memory items and checklists as appropriate.
  4. Demonstrate the aeronautical decision making, knowledge, and skill to safely perform a solo flight.
  5. Perform to at least the minimum standards specified in the current and valid FAA Private Pilot Practical Test Standards in all applicable areas.
  6. Apply upset prevention and recovery strategies in all aspects of aircraft operations.

Course Content:

  • Regulations Applicable to the Student Pilot (14 CFR Part 61 and Part 91)
  • Appropriate Logbook and Certificate Endorsements
  • Student Pilot Limitations
  • Safety Procedures and Practices
  • Certificates and Documents
  • Weight and Balance
  • Wake Turbulence Avoidance
  • Wind Shear Awareness and Recovery Procedures
  • Checklist Usage
  • Use of Trim
  • Collision Avoidance
  • Upset Prevention and Recovery Training
  • Spin Awareness and Recovery Procedures

Single-Pilot Resource Management:

  • Task Management
  • Risk Management
  • Situational Awareness
  • Aeronautical Decision Making
  • Controlled Flight into Terrain Awareness
  • Automation Management

Preflight Preparation:

  • Certificates and Documents
  • Airworthiness Requirements
  • Weather Information
  • Cross-country Flight Planning
  • National Airspace System
  • Performance and Limitations
  • Operation of Systems
  • Aeromedical Factors
  • Principles of Flight

Preflight Procedures

  • Preflight Inspection
  • Cockpit Management
  • Engine Starting
  • Taxiing
  • Before Takeoff Check

Airport Operations:

  • Radio Communications
  • ATC Light Signals
  • Traffic Patterns

Takeoffs, Landings, and Go-around and Rejected Landings:

  • Normal and Crosswind Takeoff and Climb
  • Normal and Crosswind Approach and Landing
  • Soft-field Takeoff and Climb
  • Soft-field Approach and Landing
  • Short-field Takeoff and Climb
  • Short-field Approach and Landing
  • Forward Slip to a Landing
  • Go-around and Rejected Landing

Performance Maneuvers:

  • Steep Turns

Ground Reference Maneuvers:

  • Rectangular Course
  • S-turns
  • Turns around a Point


  • Pilotage and Dead Reckoning
  • Navigation Systems and Radar Services
  • Diversion
  • Lost Procedures

Slow Flight and Stalls:

  • Maneuvering during Slow Flight
  • Power-off Stalls
  • Power-on Stalls
  • Spin Awareness

Basic Instrument Maneuvers:

  • Straight-and-level Flight
  • Constant Airspeed Climbs
  • Constant Airspeed Descents
  • Turns to Headings
  • Recovery from Unusual Flight Attitudes
  • Radio Communications, Navigation Systems, Facilities, and Radar Services

Emergency Operations:

  • Emergency Approach and Landing (simulated)
  • Systems and Equipment Malfunctions
  • Emergency Equipment and Survival Gear

Night Operation:

  • Night Preparation

Post-Flight Procedures:

  • After Landing, Parking, and Securing

Textbook and Other Requirements

Textbook information is provided in the course syllabus, at the campus bookstore, on the campus bookstore website (www.polk.bncollege.com), or via the “Shop Textbooks” button on the PASSPORT schedule of classes.


College-Level Communication and Computation Skills

State Rule 6A-10.030 does not apply to this course.


Student Help

The professor is available for help during posted hours and by appointment during other non-class hours. Each student is encouraged to seek assistance from the professor. To further the educational process, the Learning Resources Centers, comprised of the campus Teaching/Learning and Computing Centers (TLCCs), JDA Student Success Center, and campus libraries, are available for student use. Each resource provides qualified staff and up-to-date equipment and facilities to promote academic success. The TLCCs and JDA Student Success Center provide tutoring services, computing resources, and other instructional support. The library provides information resources, individual and group study space, research assistance, information literacy instruction, and computing resources. Each facility provides free wireless access to the Internet. The Polk State College Library, Student Success Center, and TLCC hours of operation and tutoring schedules are posted at each facility and on the College website.


Withdrawing From a Course

A student may officially withdraw from a course during any given term, provided he or she follows the appropriate policy and procedure. Following the conclusion of the Drop period, students may officially withdraw without receiving a grade from any course, provided they do so no later than the published withdrawal deadline. The published deadline reflects approximately (but no more than) 70% of the term, based upon the course’s scheduled duration. It is the student’s responsibility to submit these withdrawal forms; failure to do so may result in a grade of F in the course. Under the Forgiveness Policy, a student is allowed only three attempts in any one course: one initial enrollment and two repeats. A student is not allowed to withdraw from a third course attempt. Limited admission programs may have specific guidelines regarding course withdrawal that vary from this policy; these guidelines are listed in the specific program handbooks. If a student stops attending class, the grade earned, usually an F, is assigned and posted. Prior to withdrawing from a course, the student should consult with the Financial Aid Office to determine what impact, if any, withdrawal from the course will have on his or her financial aid status. A student cannot use course withdrawal to avoid academic dishonesty penalties. A student who has been penalized for academic dishonesty in a course is not eligible to withdraw from the course.


Repeating a Course

Under the Forgiveness Policy, a student is allowed only three attempts in any one college credit course: one initial enrollment and two repeats. Under certain circumstances, a student may petition to repeat a credit course beyond the third attempt. Limited admission programs may have specific guidelines regarding repeating courses that vary from this policy; these guidelines are listed in the specific handbooks. The student should be aware that repeating a course may result in a higher course cost. A course cannot be repeated unless the previously earned grade is a D, F, or W (the Polk State Catalog provides further details regarding this process). Prior to repeating a course, the student should consult with the Financial Aid Office to determine what impact, if any, repeating the course will have on his or her financial aid status.


Academic Dishonesty

Each student is responsible for his or her work. It is assumed that each student is honest and will abide by this standard; however, in the event that there is an indication or suspicion of cheating or plagiarism, the situation shall be dealt with in accordance with the published College policy. Copies of this policy are available in the Student Services Office. More specific information can be found in the Course Syllabus.


Information Technology Access/Use Policy

The information technology resources provided by Polk State College (this includes, but is not limited to, telephones, computers, the Polk State Local Area and Wide Area Networks, and the Internet) must be used for academic purposes only. Use of these resources is a privilege, not a right. Inappropriate use can result in revocation or suspension of this privilege.


Equal Access/Opportunity

Polk State College is an equal access/equal opportunity institution committed to excellence through diversity in education and employment. The College complies with all state and federal laws granting rights to students, employees, and applicants for employment or admission to the College. Polk State College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, sex, age, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, genetic information, disability, or pregnancy in its programs, activities, or employment.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:
Valparisa Baker
Director, Equity and Diversity (Title IX Coordinator)
999 Avenue H NE
Winter Haven, FL 33881
Office: WAD 227
Telephone: (863) 292-3602
e-mail: vbaker@polk.edu


Equal Opportunity For Students With Disabilities

The College complies with The Americans with Disabilities Act and provides equal educational opportunity for qualified individuals. A student with a disability who requires special accommodations or auxiliary aids under The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should contact the Coordinator or Director of Disability Services. Note: Limited admission programs may have performance restrictions that apply. Restrictions (where applicable) are outlined in each program’s student handbook.


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