Aviation Studies (AVIA, AVFL)

Flight Operations: Goals | Program Requirements | BS | Minor | Course Descriptions
Aviation Management:  Program Requirements | Business Core | BS | BA | Minor | Course Descriptions

Aviation Division Chair: Gerald Fairbairn
Faculty: Gerald Fairbairn, Bill Ogilvie
Director of Flight Operations: Lance Vaculin
Director of Flight Education: Julie Paasch
Assistant Chief Flight Instructors: Brandon McQueen, Sunny Jones
Director of Aviation Student Support: Gail Avendano
Associate Instructors: Randy Berg, Alan Borg, Michael Hannan, Jodi Howick

Accreditation

As of February 2012, both Aviation Studies programs—Aviation Management and Flight Operations—
are fully accredited by the Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI).

This program-specific accreditation supplements the college’s accreditation and the Gore School of
Business accreditation and assures aviation students that Westminster’s high-quality is recognized and regularly evaluated by industry experts.

Flight Operations Program Goals

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 prior to being allowed to fly:

Students will not be permitted to begin a flight lab unless these requirements have been met and may be required to drop a flight lab if requirements are not met by the add/drop date. Consult the “Westminster College Minimum Flight Training Costs” handout for specific details about flight trainings costs and
required account balances for each flight lab.

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 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 in order to qualify for a Flight Operations degree).

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.)

Students must meet the college-wide graduation requirements in addition to the Aviation Studies major:

Bachelor of Science in Flight Operations

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Lower Division Courses 23  
AVIA 101 Air Transportation (4)    
AVFL 121 Foundations of Flight (3)    
AVFL 122A Foundations of Flight Lab I (1)    
AVFL 122B Foundations of Flight Lab II (1)    
AVFL 221 PIC Development (1)    
AVFL 222 PIC Development Lab (1)    
AVFL 231 Intermediate Flight (3)    
AVFL 232 Intermediate Flight Lab (1)    
MATH 201 Calculus I, LE (4)—offered every semester   MATH 142 (LE) or consent of instructor or placement test
PHYS 151 Principles of Physics I (4)   MATH 141–MATH 142 (LE)
II. Upper Division Courses 33  
AVFL 341 Advanced Flight (3)    
AVFL 342A Advanced Flight Lab I (1)    
AVFL 342B Advanced Flight Lab II (1)    
AVFL 421 Professional Flight I (3)    
AVFL 422 Professional Flight I Lab (1)    
AVFL 461 Professional Flight II (2)    
AVFL 462 Professional Flight II Lab (1)    
AVIA 302 Air Traffic Control System (3)—offered spring    
AVIA 303 Meteorology (3)--offered spring    
AVIA 324 Human Factors in Flight (4)—offered fall    
AVIA 335 Aviation Law (3)   MATH 141 (LE)
AVIA 410 Flight Theory (4)—offered spring   PHYS 151
AVIA 412 Special Topics in Aviation (4)—offered spring    
IIIa. Flight Operations Management Elective Option 8  
Students must take any two or more of the following courses, a total of 8 credits:    
AVIA 301 Aviation History (4)    
AVIA 325 Business and Corporate Aviation (4)—offered spring   AVIA 101
AVIA 415 Managing the Airport Environment (4)—offered spring    
AVIA 430 Airline Operations and Cargo Management (4)—offered fall   AVIA 101
AVFL 440 CFI Internship (2 or 4)
or
   
AVIA 440 Internship (1–8)
or
   
AVIA 441 Disciplinary Practicum (4)   MGMT 305; MATH 150 (LE); junior/
senior standing
IIIb. Flight Instructor Elective Option
Choose this option or IIIa above.
15  
AVFL 400 Fundamentals of Instruction Ground School (2)   permission only
AVFL 410 Flight Instructor Ground School (2)   permission only
AVFL 420 Flight Instructor Flight Lab (1)   permission only
All offered spring semester.    
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. See the Aviation Studies department chair for details on the B.A. requirements.

Recommended Plan of Study for Flight Operations

 

Fall Semester

Spring Semester
Freshman Year AVFL 121
AVFL 122A
AVIA 101
AVFL 122B
Sophomore Year AVFL 221
AVFL 222
MATH 201
AVFL 231
AVFL 232
AVIA 302
AVIA 303
AVIA 412 (May term)
Junior Year
(Flight Instructor Option)
AVFL 341
AVFL 342A
AVIA 324
AVIA 335
PHYS 151
AVFL 342B
AVFL 400
AVFL 410
AVFL 420
AVIA 412 (May term)
Junior Year
(Flight Operations
Management Option)
AVFL 341
AVFL 342A
AVIA 324
AVIA Elective
PHYS 151
AVFL 342B
AVFL 335
AVIA Elective
AVIA 412 (May term)
Senior Year AVFL 421
AVFL 422
AVIA 410
AVFL 461
AVIA 462

Note: The above plan is one example of a track through the flight program. A number of other flight course completion plans are available to match each student’s time and financial resources. It is critical for flight students to frequently meet with the Director of Aviation Student Support or their academic advisor 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 the subsequent semesters to complete lab requirements. This zero (0) credit flight lab is restricted to continuing students who are completing flight requirements for specific flight courses.

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.

Students must meet the college-wide graduation requirements:

Undergraduate Business Core

Students in all business majors (with the exception of flight operations and some economics programs) complete a common undergraduate core designed to develop skill in all functional areas of business.

There are two components to the common undergraduate core: the lower-division requirements, and the upper-division requirements. Since many of the lower-division core requirements are prerequisites for upper-division major requirements, students should work to complete lower-division courses early in their programs. Upper-division core requirements should be taken when prerequisites are met. Refer to course descriptions to determine prerequisites.

Students should try to complete as many core business requirements as possible in their LE course selections. Those courses that meet LE requirements are annotated below:

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
Lower Division Business Courses 30*  
ACCT 213 Accounting Principles (4)—offered fall, spring, and summer    
ECON 253 Elementary Macroeconomics, LE* (4)—offered fall, spring, and summer    
ECON 263 Elementary Microeconomics (4)—offered fall, spring, and summer   ECON 253 (LE); MATH 141 (LE)
IRM 200 Principles of Information Resource Management*** (4)—offered fall, spring, and summer   co-requisite: MATH 150 (LE)
MATH 141 College Algebra, LE** (4)—offered every semester   MATH 105 or placement test
MATH 150 Elementary Statistics, LE** (4)—offered every semester   MATH 105 or placement test
MGMT 230 Business Quantitative Methods*** (3)—offered fall, spring, and summer   MATH 141 (LE), 150 (LE)
PHIL 206  Introduction to Ethics, LE * (3)    
Upper Division Business Courses 20  
FINC 300 Business Finance (4)—offered fall, spring, and summer   ACCT 213; ECON 253 (LE), 263; IRM 200; MATH 141 (LE), MATH 150 (LE)
MGMT 305 Principles of Management (4)—offered fall, spring, and summer   MATH 141 (LE)
MGMT 325 Business and Employment Law (4)—offered fall and spring   MGMT 305, MATH 141 (LE)
MGMT 475 Strategy in Global Management**** (4)   senior standing; see course description
MKTG 300 Principles of Marketing (4)—offered fall, spring, and summer   MATH 141 (LE)
TOTAL REQUIRED HOURS 50  

Notes:
* Students taking these courses as part of LE can double count these courses.
** Only one of MATH 141 and MATH 150 will count toward LE, but both are required. Students may be required to take both, based on math placement exams.
*** IRM 200 and MGMT 230 may be taken in the same semester as co-requisites.
**** In certain majors, Senior Seminar may substitute for MGMT *475 

Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Undergraduate Business Core 49  

Aviation Management majors must complete the business core; however, they are required to take AVIA 335 Aviation Law in place of MGMT 325 Business Law.

   
II. Lower Division Courses 7  
AVIA 101 Air Transportation (4)    
AVFL 121 Foundations of Flight (3)    
III. Upper Division Courses 12  
AVIA 324 Human Factors in Flight (4)—offered fall    
AVIA 412 Special Topics in Aviation (4)—offered spring    
     
Students must take a total of 4 credits selected from the following
courses:
   
AVFL 440 CFI Internship (2)
or
  junior/senior standing, see course description
AVIA 440 Internship (1–8)
or
  junior/senior standing
AVIA 441 Aviation Practicum (4)   MGMT 305; MATH 150 (LE);
junior/senior standing
IV. Electives 4  
Students must take one of the following courses:    
AVIA 325 Business and Corporate Aviation (4)—offered spring   AVIA 101
AVIA 415 Managing the Airport Environment (4)—offered spring    
AVIA 430 Airline Operations and Cargo Management (4)—offered fall   AVIA 101
TOTAL HOURS FOR B.S. AVIATION MANAGEMENT 72  

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.

See the Aviation Studies department chair for details on B.A. requirements.

Bachelor of Arts in Aviation Management

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Undergraduate Business Core 49  

Aviation Management majors must complete the business core; however, they are required to take AVIA 335 Aviation Law in place of MGMT 325 Business Law.

   
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 a 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 7  
AVIA 101 Air Transportation (4)    
AVFL 121 Foundations of Flight (3)    
IV. Upper Division Courses 12  
AVIA 324 Human Factors in Flight (4)—offered fall    
AVIA 412 Special Topics in Aviation (4)    
Students must take a total of 4 credits selected from the following
courses:
   
AVFL 440 CFI Internship (4)
or
  junior/senior standing, see course description
AVIA 440 Internship (1–8)
or
  junior/senior standing, see course description
AVIA 441 Aviation Practicum (4)   MGMT 305; MATH 150 (LE), junior/
senior standing
V. Electives 4  
Students must take one of the following courses:    
AVIA 325 Business and Corporate Aviation (4)—offered spring   AVIA 101
AVIA 415 Managing the Airport Environment (4)—offered spring    
AVIA 430 Airline Operations and Cargo Management (4)—offered fall   AVIA 101
TOTAL HOURS FOR B.A. AVIATION MANAGEMENT 84  

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 Aviation Management (B.A. & B.S.)

 

Fall Semester

Spring Semester
Freshman Year AVIA 101
ECON 253
AVFL 121
MATH 141
Sophomore Year ECON 263
MGMT 305
MATH 150
IRM 200
MGMT 230
PHIL 206D
Junior Year ACCT 213
AVIA 324
AVIA 412
FINC 300
MKTG 300
Senior Year AVIA 335
MGMT 475
AVIA 412
AVIA 440/441/442
AVIA Elective

Aviation Management Minor

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Required Courses 23  
AVIA 101 Air Transportation (4)    
AVIA 335 Aviation Law (3)   MATH 141 (LE)
MGMT 305 Principles of Management (4)—offered fall, spring, and summer   MATH 141 (LE)
     
Students must take one of the following courses:    
AVIA 440 Internship (4)
or
  junior/senior standing, see course description
AVIA 441 Practicum (4)   MGMT 305; MATH 150 (LE);
junior/senior standing
     
Aviation Management Minor electives selected from:    
AVIA 301, AVIA 325, AVIA 415, AVIA 430.    
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE 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

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Required Courses 23  
AVIA 101 Air Transportation (4)    
AVFL 121 Foundations of Flight (3)    
AVFL 122A Foundations of Flight Lab I (1)    
AVFL 122B Foundations of Flight Lab II (1)    
AVFL 221 PIC Development (1)    
AVFL 222 PIC Development Lab (1)    
AVFL 231 Intermediate Flight (3)    
AVFL 232 Intermediate Flight Lab (1)    
     
Flight Operations Minor electives selected from:    
AVFL 341, AVFL 421, AVIA 301, AVIA 302 , AVIA 324, AVIA 440, AVIA 441    
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE FLIGHT OPERSATIONS 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.