Pneumatic Systems

The Pneumatic Systems Online Course was developed to help pilots transitioning to their first turbine-powered aircraft. This course is part of The Airline Transition Program and will help teach the learner relevant information on pneumatics, to be better prepared for aircraft systems training. You'll be taught all the foundational knowledge you'll need to excel during aircraft systems class.

Nick Schvabenitz · July 2, 2019


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The Pneumatic Systems course is the second of the courses that make up The Airline Transition Program. In this course, the learner will be taught Bleed Air Components, Air Conditioning Packs, Pressurization Systems, Icing Meteorology, Ground Deicing, and In-FlightAnti-Icing Operations. The content within this course has not been developed to be "aircraft type-specific" (although some aircraft specifics will be discussed) but is more generalized to easily explain and present the complex operational theory in turbine engine systems. The in-depth knowledge that will be taught in this course will prepare the learner for Aircraft Systems Training at his or her first airline or corporate flight operation.

This course contains 1 hr 29 minutes of video lecture, and 30 pages of textual content.

This course requires no external materials. All supplemental text material will be provided below and from within the course once the learner has enrolled. To successfully pass this course, the learner must complete a series of interactive quizzes with a corrected minimum score of 80%. Quizzes will contain questions derived from the material that has been taught from within this course. The quizzes will include true/false, multiple-choice, and completion questions.


Bleed Air

Review what was taught in the Turbine Engine course, as well as getting into more details about bleed air.

Pressurization Systems

Learn about the basic operating principles of pressurization systems, some regulations and design considerations, and cabin pressure controllers and their various modes of operation.

Air Conditioning Packs

Learn how an air conditioning pack (or package) operates, and what essential functions it serves.

Icing Meteorology

Learn about how and why ice forms, the different types of ice, and their operational implications.

In Flight Anti Icing

Learn about the various types of inflight icing protection systems, and how ice detection systems work.

Ground Deicing

Learn about when an aircraft needs to be deiced, what fluids are used, and how to calculate how long the fluid remains good for (holdover charts).

About Instructor

Nick Schvabenitz

I am a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. I possess multiple degrees in Aeronautics, Aircraft Maintenance Technology, and Technical Management. I'm a Content Artist and am the Founder of Divergent Aerospace. I have extensive operational experience in both domestic and international turbine flight operations under FAR Parts 61, 91, 135, and 121. During my time as an Aircraft Maintenance Journeyman in the US Air Force. I mastered the synergetic correlation between flight operations and aircraft maintenance. In General Aviation, I am a Subject Matter Expert (SME). I am an active Flight and Ground Instructor. I have vast Charter Pilot, Airline First Officer, and Airline Captain wisdom.

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Course Includes

  • 4 Lessons
  • 8 Topics
  • 9 Quizzes