Lesson 1: Aviation Fundamentals - Component Parts of an aircraft



In this opening lesson, students are introduced to the components of an airplane: fuselage, wing(airfoil), vertical stabilizer, horizontal stabilizer, rudder, elevator, aileron, flaps, etc. A video entitled "Parts of an aircraft" (6:05 minutes) will be shown. The students will then do independent research on these same components at the NASA site (link provided below). The teacher should encourage students to navigate through this site to learn as much as possible about Aviation Fundamentals. They will have an opportunity to do more research in the next lesson as well. A test to test student understanding and knowledge of aviation fundamentals will come after the third activity lesson.

Lesson Time

50 minutes
1 Class Period

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  • 11

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