Course detail

Aircraft Structure and Systems II

FSI-DKSAcad. year: 2017/2018

Aircraft pressurization systems, cabin pressurization diagrams, emergency orders. Ice protection systems, areas susceptible to icing, types of the ice, detection devices
and de-icing methods. Aircraft fuel systems, refuelling, detection of fuel quantity. Aircraft electric power distribution, electric circuits, types, function, fuses. Electric current sources, batteries, types, operation, hazards. DC generators, function, generator control and protection, starter-generator. AC generators, requirements, function, construction, constant speed drive systems. Transformers, rectifications, transformer rectifier units, function, types. DC motors, AC motors, power and revolution control. Electrical distribution systems, bus bars, signal screens. Semiconductor aircraft technology, logic circuits, use for switch over circuits and aircraft system diagnostics. Fire-fighting systems, active and passive fire protections, fire and smoke detectors. Aircraft oxygen equipment, oxygen generators, aircraft emergency equipment, emergency exits, escape sliders.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students will gain the basic knowledge and experience of aircraft fuel, fire-fighting and oxygen systems. Moreover they will gain knowledge of electric current sources and aircraft electrical distribution systems.


Basic knowledge of mathematics, differentiation, integral calculus. Groundings of fluid flow, equation of continuity, 1st thermodynamic law. Basic knowledge of electrical engineering, resistor, inductor, capacitor.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Kulčák a kol: Učební texty ATPL(A) Všeobecné znalosti letounů 1. díl, CERM, Brno 2002 (CS)
Jeppesen: Aircraft general knowledge 1 - Aircraft and Systems, Oxford Aviation Services Limited, 2001 (EN)
Jeppesen: Aircraft general knowledge 2 - Electrics and Electronics, Oxford Aviation Services Limited, 2001 (EN)
Jeppesen: Aircraft general knowledge 3 - Powerplant, Oxford Aviation Services Limited, 2001 (EN)
Kyncl, L., Gruber, J.: Letadlové elektrické stroje, VA Brno, 1998
Aviationexam: Systems, Powerplant & Electrics, International Wings, 2006
Třetina, K.: Letadlové instalace I. a II. díl VA Brno, 1985
Předpisy JAR 23, JAR 25

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through lectures explaining the basic principles and theory of the discipline. Exercises are focused on practical topics presented in lectures.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Awarding the course-unit credit is based on the 80% presence at exercises and correct elaboration of homework. The examination has both written and oral parts. The written one comprises solving 3 problems, the oral one consist of answering 2 questions randomly chosen by a student.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


Aim of the course is to spread knowledge gained at the course Aircraft structure and systems I about fuel, fire-fighting and oxygen systems, inclusive of electric current sources and aircraft electrical distribution systems. The knowledge is necessary to be successful at pilot training.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

If presence at lectures is less then 80%, students have to prove elaborated tasks and completed parts from missed lessons. Missed lessons can be compensated in a very limited extend by consultations with the lecturer.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme B3S-P Bachelor's

    branch B-PRP , 3. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Aircraft pressurization systems, requirements, cabin pressurization diagrams.
2. Ice protection systems, de-icing methods.
3. Aircraft fuel systems, fuel storage and refuelling.
4. Aircraft electric power distribution.
5. Electric current sources, batteries.
6. DC generators, function, starter-generator.
7. AC generators, function, constant speed drive systems.
8. Transformers, rectifications, transformer rectifier units.
9. DC motors, AC motors, power and revolution control.
10. Electrical distribution systems, bus bars, signal screens.
11. Semiconductor aircraft technology, logic circuits.
12. Fire-fighting systems, fire and smoke detectors.
13. Aircraft oxygen equipment, aircraft emergency equipment.


13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Inspection of catalogues, video.
2. Demonstration of the individual parts of aircraft.
3. Demonstration of the hydraulic and pneumatic elements.
4. Requirements put on air conditioning systems.
5. Measurement of the hydraulic pump characteristics.
6. Dynamic properties of aircraft hydraulic boosters.
7. Parameters of electrical energy transfer.
8. Calculation of DC network.
9. Parameters of AC aircraft network.
10. Demonstration of aircraft electrical equipment components.
11. Demonstration of aircraft refuelling systems.
12. Conditions of icing formations.
13. Possibilities of generator property PC modelling.