Course detail

Aircraft Propulsion Units

FSI-ELVAcad. year: 2020/2021

The course deals with topics related to the aircraft propulsion. Basic knowledge at a level of secondary school physics and mathematics regarding the structure, function and operation of a piston gas engine are revised at the beginning of the course. Principals, structure, function and operation of jet engines of above all aircraft of the efficiency level B and A certified according to JAR/FAR 25 are dealt with.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students will learn of the structure and operation of aircraft propulsion units that are necessary for a professional pilot performance in the commercial air traffic.


Basic knowledge of secondary-level applied mathematics, applied mechanics and physics.


Not applicable.

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

The course-unit credit requirements: attendance at exercises (80% at the minimum) and working out a semester project. Exam evaluation fulfils the University requirements.

Course curriculum

Not applicable.

Work placements

Not applicable.


The course objective is to familiarize students with function, structure and operation of aircraft propulsion units that is necessary for passing the ATPL (A) exam at CAA.

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

The attendance at both lectures and seminars is compulsory (80% at the minimum), and it is checked and recorded. The absence (in justifiable cases) can be compensated by personal consultation with the lecturer and working out individually assignments. Individual assignments must be finished and handed in during the course-unit credit week at the latest.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

ADAMEC, Josef. Pohonná jednotka (021 03): [učební texty dle předpisu JAR-FCL 1]. Brno: Akademické nakladatelství CERM, 2006. Učební texty pro teoretickou přípravu dopravních pilotů dle předpisu JAR-FCL 1. ISBN 80-720-4477-X. (CS)
ADAMEC, Josef a Jindřich KOCÁB. Letadlové motory. Vyd. 2. Praha: Corona, 2008. ISBN 978-80-86116-54-9. (CS)

Recommended reading

KELLER, Ladislav a Jindřich KOCÁB. Učebnice pilota: pro žáky a piloty všech druhů letounů a sportovních létajících zařízení, provozujících létání jako svou zájmovou činnost. Vyd. 2. Cheb: Svět křídel, 2006. ISBN 80-852-8089-2. (CS)
PLC, Rolls-Royce. The Jet engine. 4th ed. Derby, England: Rolls-Royce, 1986. ISBN 09-021-2104-9. (EN)

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme B3S-P Bachelor's

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

Type of course unit



39 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Piston combustion engine, physical principle, construction, parts.
2. Function of piston ignition engine, petrol and diesel engines.
3. Systems of piston ignition engine, function, regulation and control.
4. Piston petrol engine parameters, operation, limitations and maintenance.
5. Propeller, types, construction, parameters, control and operations limits.
6. Prop-jet engines, principles of function, theoretical bases.
7. Construction of prop-jet engines, parts and their function.
8. Characterization of jet engines, performance, reliability.
9. Systems of jet engines, peripheral facilities.
10. Systems of jet engines, modes of running, operation limitations.
11. Aeronautical power plant controlling, indication instruments, emergency procedures.
12. Fuel for aeronautical power plant, classification, characteristics.
13. Lubrication oils of aeronautical power plants, power plant maintenance and operation.


13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1.-2. Engine resolution construction, parts identification, function explaining.
3.-4. Piston engines parameters evaluation, propeller control, operation modes.
5.-6. Piston and prop-jet engine construction revolution with respect for their use.
7.-8. Evaluation of engines characteristics, operation possibilities.
9.-10. Jet engine control, instrument indication evaluation, emergency procedures.
11. Practical training in aeronautical workshop.
12. Chose of fuel and lubrication oils, operation procedures, safety.
13. Engine operation ecology in practice, credit.