2008-2009 Aviation Studies (AVIA, AVFL)

Flight Operations: Goals | Program Requirements | Plan of Study
Aviation Management: Goals | Program Requirements | Plan of Study |
Aviation Managment Minor | Flight Operations Minor | Course Descriptions

Aviation Programs Director: Gerald Fairbairn
Flight Operation Director: Michael Kraus
Faculty: Gerald Fairbairn, Michael Kraus and Bill Ogilvie
Chief Flight Instructor: Julie Paasch
Assistant Chief Flight Instructors: Lance Vaculin and Jeremy Webster
Aviation Resource Manager: Gail Klofstad
Dispatch Manager: Aleesa Kurtz
Associate Instructors: Randy Berg, Jodi Howick, Bill Lowe and Michael Hannan

The Aviation Studies program offers majors and minors in the field of aviation which prepare students for flight and management careers with the airlines, airports, corporate aviation, the Federal Aviation Administration and a variety of other aviation related fields. Students in the Aviation Studies program select a program of study leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Flight Operation, a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Management, or a Bachelor of Arts degree in Aviation Management. Minors in Aviation Management, Flight Operations and Business are also available.

Flight Operations Program Goals

Students completing a major in Flight Operations:

  • Meet or exceed Federal Aviation Administration required knowledge and practical examination standards.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in aviation professional issues such as: professional standards, aviation law, safety, ethics, and career development.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with modern cockpit technology function and operation for satellite based navigation systems, autopilot, flight management systems, and electronic flight information systems.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in flight dynamics, including energy management, applied aerodynamics and critical attitude recovery.
  • Demonstrate an understanding and appreciation for the history of aviation and its key contributions to society and how its development has affected our nation’s political and economic structure.

Flight Operations Program Requirements

To fulfill requirements for a major in Flight Operations, students must complete the courses listed below. Students must maintain a 2.3 GPA in courses required for the Flight Operations Major. In addition, because the program involves flight activity there are a number of criteria that must be met during the period the student is enrolled.

  • An FAA Class II medical examination with student pilot certificate is required prior to beginning flight training. At least FAA Class III medical standards must be maintained throughout training. A student pilot certificate is required for those just starting flight training.
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship verified by an original birth certificate or passport is required prior to beginning flight training. Foreign students must register with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) prior to beginning flight training.
  • Students must maintain a minimum balance in their flight account in order to continue flying. All flight lab fees must be paid at the beginning of each semester unless prior arrangements with the Program Director have been made.

Students will not be permitted to register for any flight lab unless these requirements have been met. Consult the “Westminster College Minimum Flight Training Costs” handout for specific details about flight trainings costs and required account balances for each rating.

Flight training courses are conducted at Salt Lake City International Airport. Students must arrange their own transportation to and from the Flight Operations Center.

Westminster College will consider prior learning credit for students who have received flight and ground training at other institutions under FAR Part 141 for Private and Commercial pilot certificates, and the Instrument rating. For students who have received flight and ground training under FAR Part 61, the college will consider awarding credit only for the Private certificate and the Instrument rating. In all cases, prior learning credit will be awarded only at the discretion of the Chief Flight Instructor based on an evaluation of the student’s previous academic and flight instruction experiences. Transfer students may be required to supplement their flight labs with additional flight or academic instruction in order to meet Westminster College proficiency standards. Once a student has enrolled at Westminster College, all subsequent flight training required in the academic program must be completed with the Westminster College Flight Operations Center (including flight labs and ground schools).

A unique hallmark of the Westminster College aviation program is that our students are generally not billed for regular ground instruction. Students are billed for ground instruction, however, under certain circumstances, such as taking an abnormally long time to complete a rating or by choosing to train under FAR Part 61. (See written policy in the Westminster College Aviation Student Handbook for complete details about ground billing policies and expected flight training progress.)

Bachelor of Science in Flight Operations

Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

Lower Division Courses

23

AVIA 101 Air Transportation
AVFL 100 Private Pilot Ground School
AVFL 110A Private Pilot Flight Lab - Solo
AVFL 110B Private Cross-Country Lab
AVFL 200 Instrument Ground School
AVFL 210 Instrument Flight Lab
MATH 201 Calculus I
PHYS 151 Principles of Physics I

4
4
1
1
4
1
4
4

II.

Upper Division Courses

33

AVFL 300 Commercial Ground School
AVFL 310A Commercial Flight Lab I
AVFL 310B Commercial Flight Lab II
AVFL 320 Multi-Engine Ground School
AVFL 330 Multi-Engine Flight Lab
AVFL 475 Adv Flight Deck Sys & Air Carrier Proced.
AVFL 476 Adv Flight Deck Sys & Air Carrier Proced. Lab
AVIA 302 Air Traffic Control System
AVIA 303 Meteorology
AVIA 324 Human Factors in Flight
AVIA 335 Aviation Law
AVIA 410 Flight Theory
AVIA 412 Special Topics in Aviation

4
1
1
2
1
2
1
3
3
4
3
4
4

III.

Elective Options choose one of the following options

5 or 8

Flight Operations Management Option (8 Hours)
Students must take any two of the following courses:
AVIA 301 Aviation History
AVIA 325 Air Operations Management
AVIA 415 Managing the Airport Environment
AVIA 430 Airline Operations and Cargo Management

AVFL 440 CFI Internship (2 or 4)
or
AVIA 440 Internship (1-8)
or
AVIA 441 Disciplinary Practicum (4)

Flight Instructor Option (5 Hours)
AVFL 400 Fundamentals of Instruction Ground School
AVFL 410 Flight Instructor Ground School
AVFL 420 Flight Instructor Flight Lab



4
4
4
4





4


2
2
1

TOTAL HOURS FOR FLIGHT OPERATIONS

61-64

Note: All students must complete 124 hours of coursework to graduate, 40 hours of which must be upper division (300 level or above). Students may need to take other courses to complete the college hours requirement.

Recommended Plan of Study for Flight Operations (B.S.)

This plan does not include Liberal Education requirements.

  Fall Semester Spring Semester
Freshman Year AVFL 100
AVFL 110A
ENGL 110
AVIA 101
AVFL 110B
MATH 141

Sophomore Year

AVFL 200
AVFL 210
MATH 201
AVFL 300
AVFL 310A
AVIA 302
AVIA 303
Junior Year AVIA 301
AVIA 324
AVIA 335
AVFL 310B
PHYS 151
AVFL 320
AVFL 330
AVFL 475
AVFL 476
Senior Year (Flight Operations Option) AVFL 400
AVFL 410
AVFL 420
AVIA 410
AVIA 412
AVIA Elective
Senior Year
(Flight Operations Management Option)
AVIA Elective
AVFL 440
AVIA Elective
AVIA 412

Note: The above plan does not include summer flying. Students who fly during the summer can progress more rapidly through the flight lab courses, and potentially complete through Multi-engine Instructor rating and do some part-time instructing for the college.

Students who wish to continue flight training during May term and summer without registering for formal ground schools or flight labs must register for AVFL 499, Continuing Registration for Flight Training. This zero (0) credit flight lab is restricted to continuing students who are completing flight requirements for specific FAA courses.

Aviation Management Program Goals

Students completing a degree in aviation management:

  • Demonstrate the ability to use operational decisions making techniques to manage large or small aviation businesses.
  • Understand the role of human factors in aviation resource management.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the air transportation industry to include airline operations, marketing, aircraft performance and economic factors.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in aviation professional issues such as: professional standards, safety, ethics, and career development.
  • Develop an understanding and appreciation for the history of aviation and its key contributions to society in our national political and economic structure.
  • Demonstrate a theoretical and practical understanding of managing various aspects of the airport environment to include landside and airside operations.

Aviation Management Program Requirements

To fulfill requirements for a major in Aviation Management students must complete the courses listed below. Students must maintain a 2.3 GPA in courses required for the Aviation Management Major.

Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management

Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

Undergraduate Business Core

49

Aviation Management majors should take AVIA 335 Aviation Law in place of MGMT 325 Business Law.

Please refer to the Undergraduate Business Core page for requirements.

 

II. Lower Division Courses
8
 

AVIA 101 Air Transportation
AVFL 100 Private Pilot Ground School

4
4
III. Upper Division Courses
12

AVIA 324 Human Factors in Flight
AVIA 412 Special Topics in Aviation

Students must take one of the following courses:

AVFL 440 CFI Internship (2)
or
AVIA 440 Internship (1-8)
or
AVIA 441 Disciplinary Practicum (4)

4
4





4

IV.

Elective Options

4

Students must take one of the following courses:

AVIA 325 Business and Corporate Aviation (4)
AVIA 415 Managing the Airport Environment (4)
AVIA 430 Airline Operations and Cargo Management (4)


TOTAL HOURS FOR B.S. AVIATION MANAGEMENT

73

Note: All students must complete 124 hours of coursework to graduate, 40 hours of which must be upper division (300 level or above). Students may need to take other courses to complete the college hours requirement.

Students who wish to participate in the MBA program should plan to take the GMAT and apply for admission to the MBA program during their senior year. Students are encouraged to meet with their program advisor for specific requirements. Information on the MBA program admission requirements is found in the MBA section of this catalog.

Bachelor of Arts in Aviation Management

Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

Undergraduate Business Core

49

Aviation Management majors should take AVIA 335 Aviation Law in place of MGMT 325 Business Law.

Please refer to the Undergraduate Business Core page for requirements.

 

II.

Bachelor of Arts Requirements

12


Students completing the Bachelor of Arts option (B.A.) must complete either:

a. A declared academic minor other than the Business Minor;
b. Twelve credit hours of foreign language in one of the following ways:
 
  • Eight credit hours of a foreign language, and either: four credit hours of a Westminster May term/summer international study tour, or four credits of an international study tour transferred from an accredited college or university.
  • Twelve credit hours of a single foreign language.

See Foreign Language Requirement for equivalencies, AP and CLEP credit policy.

 
III. Lower Division Courses
8
 

AVIA 101 Air Transportation
AVFL 100 Private Pilot Ground School

4
4
IV. Upper Division Courses
12

AVIA 324 Human Factors in Flight
AVIA 412 Special Topics in Aviation

Students must take one of the following courses:

AVFL 440 CFI Internship (4)
or
AVIA 440 Internship (1-8)
or
AVIA 441 Disciplinary Practicum (4)

4
4





4

V.

Electives

4

Students must take one of the following courses:

AVIA 325 Business and Corporate Aviation (4)
AVIA 415 Managing the Airport Environment (4)
AVIA 430 Airline Operations and Cargo Management (4)


TOTAL HOURS FOR B.A. AVIATION MANAGEMENT

85

Note: All students must complete 124 hours of coursework to graduate, 40 hours of which must be upper division (300 level or above). Students may need to take other courses to complete the college hours requirement.

Students who wish to participate in the MBA program should plan to take the GMAT and apply for admission to the MBA program during their senior year. Students are encouraged to meet with their program advisor for specific requirements. Information on the MBA program admission requirements is found in the MBA section of this catalog.

Recommended Plan of Study for Aviation Management (B.A. & B.S.)

  Fall Semester Spring Semester
Freshman Year AVIA 101
ECON 253
AVFL 100
MATH 150

Sophomore Year

ECON 263
MATH 201
MGMT 305
IRM 200
MGMT 230
PHIL 206
Junior Year ACCT 213
AVIA 324
Language I (B.A.)
FINC 300
Language II (B.A.)
MKTG 300
Senior Year AVIA 335
Language III (B.A.)
MGMT 475
AVIA 412
AVIA 440/441/442
AVIA Elective

Aviation Management Minor

Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

Required Courses

AVIA 101 Air Transportation
AVIA 335 Aviation Law
MGMT 305 Principles of Mgmt

Students must take one of the following courses:

AVFL 440 Internship (1-4)
or
AVIA 441 Practicum (4)

Flight Management Minor elective from
AVIA 301, AVIA 325, AVIA 415, AVIA 430.

4
3
4





1-4


8

TOTAL HOURS FOR AVIATION MANAGEMENT MINOR

20-23

Note: Students pursuing a minor in Aviation with a major in another Gore School of Business program cannot use their AVIA electives in both programs.

Flight Operations Minor

Students in any Westminster major program may choose to add a flight operations minor to their program. Students interested in completing this minor should meet with the Director of Aviation to discuss physical requirements of the program. Flight time is required.

Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

Required Courses

AVIA 101 Air Transportation
AVFL 100 Private Ground School
AVFL 110A Private Flight Lab - Solo
AVFL 110B Private Cross-Country Lab
AVFL 200 Instrument Ground School
AVFL 210 Instrument Flight Lab

Flight Operations Minor elective from:
AVFL 300, AVFL 310, AVIA 301, AVIA 302, AVIA 324, AVIA 440, AVIA 441

4
4
1
1
4
2


8

TOTAL HOURS FOR FLIGHT OPERATIONS MINOR

24

Note: Students pursuing a minor in Aviation with a major in another Gore School of Business program cannot use their AVIA electives in both programs.