2010 - 2011 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 Department Chair: Gerald Fairbairn
Director of Flight Operations: Lance Vaculin
Faculty: Gerald Fairbairn, Michael Kraus, Bill Ogilvie
Director of Flight Education: Julie Paasch
Assistant Chief Flight Instructor: Jeremy Webster, Brandon McQueen
Director of Aviation Student Support: Gail Avendano
Dispatchers: Cate Wade and Rex Patrick
Associate Instructors: Randy Berg, Alan Borg, Michael Hannan, Jodi Howick, Gary Kopecky

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, 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:

  • 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, satellite based navigation systems, autopilot, flight management systems, and electronic flight information systems.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in flight dynamics, applied aerodynamics and critical attitude recovery.

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 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. Student pilots must obtain a student pilot certificate with their medical certificate.
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship verified by an original or certified copy of a birth certificate or current passport is required prior to beginning flight training. Foreign-born students must register with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) prior to beginning flight training. This registration process is conducted with the assistance of Westminster College aviation personnel after the student is enrolled at the college.
  • Students must maintain a minimum balance in their flight account in order to continue flying. All flight lab fees must be paid in full at the beginning of each semester unless prior arrangements have been made with the Director of Aviation Student Support.

Students will not be permitted to begin a 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 Director of Flight Education, based on an evaluation of the students 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 under certain circumstances, such as taking an abnormally long time to complete a rating or by choosing to train under FAR Part 61. (Refer to 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
IIIa. Flight Operations Management Elective Options
choose this option or IIIb. below
8
. Students must take any two of the following courses:
AVIA 301 Aviation History (4)
AVIA 325 Air Operations Management (4)
AVIA 415 Managing the Airport Environment (4)
AVIA 430 Airline Operations and Cargo Management (4)

AVFL 440 CFI Internship (2 or 4)
or
AVIA 440 Internship (1-8)
or
AVIA 441 Disciplinary Practicum (4)
.
IIIb. Flight Instructor Elective Options
choose this option or IIIa. above
5
. AVFL 400 Fundamentals of Instruction Ground School
AVFL 410 Flight Instructor Ground School
AVFL 420 Flight Instructor Flight Lab
2
2
1
TOTAL HOURS FOR FLIGHT OPERATIONS 61 or 64

Note: All students must complete 124 hours of coursework to graduate, 30 hours of which must be upper division (300 level or above). Students will 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
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 Elective
AVIA 324
AVIA 335
AVFL 310B
PHYS 151
AVFL 320
AVFL 330
AVFL 475
AVFL 476
AVIA 412
Senior Year
(Flight Operations Management Option)
AVIA Elective or AVFL 440 AVIA 410
AVIA 412
Senior Year
(Flight Instructor Option)
AVFL 400
AVFL 410
AVFL 420
AVIA 410
AVIA 412
AVIA Elective

Note: The above plan provides one track through through the flight program. A number of other flight course completion plans are available to match each students time and financial resources. It is critical for flight students to frequently meet with the Director of Aviation Student Support to select or adjust their flight course completion plan.

Students who do not finish flight lab requirements during the semester in which they registered for the flight lab are required to register for AVFL*499 (Continuing Registration for Flight Training) in subsequent semesters until lab requirements are completed. 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.

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 must complete the business core; however, they should take AVIA 335 Aviation Law in place of MGMT 325 Business Law.

Please refer to the Undergraduate Business Core 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
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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, 30 hours of which must be upper division (300 level or above). Students will need to take other courses to complete the college hours requirement.

Students who wish to participate in the MBA program should 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 must complete the business core; however, they 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; or
b. Twelve credit hours of a single foreign language; or
c. Eight credit hours of a single foreign language, and either:
  • four credit hours of a Westminster May term study/cultural international experience, or
  • four credits of an international study tour transferred from an accredited college or university.
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 will need to take other courses to complete the college hours requirement.

Students who wish to participate in the MBA program should 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.)

This plan does not include Liberal Education requirements or the requirements associated specifically with the B.A. degree found above.

. Fall Semester Spring Semester
Freshman Year AVIA 101
ECON 253
AVFL 100
MATH 141
Sophomore Year ECON 263
MGMT 305
MATH 150
IRM 200
MGMT 230
PHIL 206
Junior Year ACCT 213
AVIA 324
Language I (B.A.)
AVIA 412
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 23
. AVIA 101 Air Transportation
AVIA 335 Aviation Law
MGMT 305 Principles of Management

Students must take one of the following courses:


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

Aviation Management Minor electives selected from:
AVIA 301, AVIA 325, AVIA 415, AVIA 430.
4
3
4





4

8
TOTAL HOURS FOR AVIATION MANAGEMENT MINOR 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 aviation faculty or staff to discuss additional requirements of the program. Flight time and the additional costs associated with flight training are required.

Requirement Description
Credit Hours
I. Required Courses 23
. AVIA 101 Air Transportation
AVFL 100 Private 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

Flight Operations Minor electives selected from:
AVFL 300, AVFL 310, AVIA 301, AVIA 302 , AVIA 324, AVIA 440, AVIA 441
4
4
1
1
4
1


8
TOTAL HOURS FOR FLIGHT OPERATIONS MINOR 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.