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Aviation (AER)

AER 1010   Private Pilot: Ground  (3)           fall
This course, commonly referred to in the industry as “Ground Training” is one of two which enables the student to gain the necessary aeronautical skill, knowledge and experience to meet the requirements of a Private Pilot Certificate with an Airplane Category rating and a Single-Engine Land class rating. The second course, titled “Private Pilot - Flight [Lab],” must be completed simultaneously with this course, no exceptions. The subject material in both courses is essentially identical, the difference being entirely comprised of where and how the student learns content; 3 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: Permission of department chair Corequisite: AER 1020

AER 1020   Private Pilot: Flight (Lab) (2)                             fall
This course, commonly referred to in the industry as “flight training”, is one of two courses that enable students to gain the necessary aeronautical knowledge, skill, and experience to meet the FAA requirements for a Private Pilot Certificate with an Airplane Category and Single-Engine Land Class ratings. The second course, “Private Pilot - Ground,” must be completed simultaneously with this course. The subject material in both courses is intimately integrated, with the differences in content primarily comprised of where and how the student learns the material; flight training includes the number of minimum practice hours to meet performance requirements of an FAA Private Pilot Certificate; 6 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: Permission of department chair Corequisite: AER 1010 [Course fee: $13,247]

AER 1031 Aviation Meteorology I (3)           fall
Meteorology is the scientific study of the atmosphere and weather events that interact with temperature, air pressure, water vapor and time change across local, regional, and intercontinental geographies. This course provides students with a foundation for understanding and applying weather factors to the safe operation of aircraft in preparation for FAA exams for safe Visual Flight Rule (VFR) operation and earning a Private Pilot Certificate. Meteorological sections of the FAA Private Pilot written exam is the final for this course; 3 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: None Corequisite: AER 1020

AER 1032 Aviation Meteorology II (3)                   spring
A deep understanding of hazardous and potentially hazardous weather conditions and how it impacts aircraft operation is essential to accurately analyze, plan and safely react to changes in weather. This course builds on Meteorology I foundations with those aspects of weather that are essential for being certified by the FAA Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operation, including: Air masses & fronts, turbulence, icing, thunderstorms, IFR approach & departure procedures, arctic & tropical weather, and soaring. During the Instrument Ground, Instrument Flight, and Meteorology courses, students will be routinely challenged to analyze hazardous meteorological conditions; Instructors and students will provide feedback on the effectiveness of interpretations; 2.5 hours of lecture, 1.5 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: AER 1031 and a Private Pilot certificate or instructor permission Corequisite: AER 1110, 1120

AER 1110 Pilot Instrument Rating: Ground (3)     spring
This course, commonly referred to in the industry as “Instrument Flight Rating, Ground” (aka IFR-Ground) training is one of two that enable the student to gain the necessary aeronautical skill, knowledge and experience to meet the requirements of a Instrument Rating with an Airplane Category and a Single-Engine Land class rating. The second course, titled “Pilot Instrument Rating - Flight” must be completed simultaneously with this course, no exceptions. The subject material in both courses is essentially identical, the difference being entirely comprised of where and how the student learns content, as well as the number of minimum hours practicing to meet performance requirements for an FAA pilot IFR certification; 3 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: AER 1010 Corequisite: AER 1120

AER 1120 Pilot Instrument Rating: Flight (2)                     spring
This course, commonly referred to in the industry as “Instrument or IFR Training” is one of two that enable the student to gain the necessary aeronautical skill, knowledge and experience to meet the requirements of a Instrument Rating with an Airplane Category and a Single-Engine Land class rating. The first course, titled “Pilot Instrument Rating - Ground,” is commonly referred to in the industry as “IFR Ground training;” must be completed simultaneously with this course, no exceptions. The subject material in both courses is essentially identical, the difference being entirely comprised of where and how the student learns content, as well as the number of minimum hours practicing to meet FAA Pilot Certification requirements. When an Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD) is used, the ideal sequence is to learn the module in the ground training device, followed by practice in the airplane in the flight training of the same material. The Instrument Rating is made up of 2 requirements: Aeronautical Skill and Aeronautical Knowledge; this course meets the Aeronautical Skill requirement. The ultimate goal is for the student to be able to fly solo to IFR standards, safely as well achieve an FAA IFR Pilot Certificate; 6 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: valid Private Pilot or Commercial Pilot certificate with Airplane category and Single-Engine class Corequisite: AER 1110 [Course fee: $12,025]

AER 2010 Commercial Pilot: Ground (3)             fall
This course, commonly referred to in the industry as “Commercial Pilot – Ground Training” is the first of three courses that enable the student to gain the necessary aeronautical knowledge, skill, and experience to meet the FAA requirements of a Pilot Commercial Certificate with an Airplane Category and a Single-Engine Land class rating. The second course, titled ”Commercial Pilot – Flight Phase I” must be completed simultaneously with this Ground course, no exceptions. The third course, “Commercial Pilot - Certificate – Flight Phase 2” must be completed in the subsequent semester to earn the FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate. The subject material in both courses this semester is essentially identical, the difference being comprised of where and how the student learns or applies content, and the minimum hours required by Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs); 2 hours of lecture, 3 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: FAA Instrumentation Rating certificate Corequisite: AER 2021

AER 2031 Commercial Pilot: Flight Phase I (2)           fall
This course, commonly referred to in the industry as “Commercial Pilot Flight” training is the second of three courses that enable the student to gain the necessary aeronautical skill, knowledge and experience to meet the requirements of a Pilot Commercial Certificate with an Airplane Category and a Single-Engine Land class rating. The first course, titled “Commercial Pilot - Certificate – Ground”, must be completed simultaneously with this course, no exceptions. The third course, “Commercial Pilot - Certificate – Flight Phase 2” must be completed next semester to earn the FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate. In Phase I, the application focus is on dual flight, while Phase 2 rehearses prior knowledge while being intensively focused on training for successful and safe solo flights. The subject material in both courses this semester is essentially identical, the difference being comprised of where and how the student learns or applies content, and the minimum hours required by Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs); 6 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: AER 1020, 1120; student must be 18 years old and possess a valid Private Pilot or Commercial Pilot certificate with Airplane category & Single-Engine class Corequisite: AER 2010 [Course fee: $19,231]

AER 2032 Commercial Pilot: Flight Phase II (2)     spring
This course, commonly referred to in the industry as “Commercial Pilot Flight Training” is the third of three courses that enable the student to gain the necessary aeronautical knowledge, skill, and experience to meet the requirements of a Pilot Commercial Certificate with an Airplane Category with a Single-Engine Land and Sea class rating. This course, must be completed this semester and immediately following the first two, to earn the FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate. This course is practice intensive to build skills, with a planned 60 hours of flight time, however, the student applicant’s cumulative flight time must reach the minimum 120 hours required by Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) before taking the Checkride and being awarded the Commercial Pilot Certificate; 6 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: AER 2031, pass on the Commercial Pilot Knowledge Exam (per FAA regulations) [Course fee: $10,715]

AER 2110 Aviation Safety & Accident Investigation (3)     spring
Safety factors permeate virtually all aspects of the aviation industry, the Aviation, Professional Pilot Technology Program, and all FAA certifications. This course provides students with a fundamental understanding of safety factors in aviation operations and sufficient knowledge to prepare for safety components of advanced FAA certifications throughout their careers. Students will use actual NTSB accident reports to explore, analyze, and discuss the complex and interacting factors involved with aircraft accidents and incidents, as well as the methodology of subsequent investigation. The course gives particular attention to safe operation of small aircraft, managing distractions, communications, attitudes towards safety, and cultivating a firm commitment to safe operations at all times. Students will attend at least two FAASTeam Safety Seminars during the semester; 3 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: Private Pilot certificate or instructor permission

AER 2130 Aviation History (3)
This class focuses on the evolution of flight technology, beginning with “pre-history” and the Wright Brothers through design innovations during and after World Wars I and II, to key technological advancements in recent years. Emphasis will be placed on the history of aerodynamics and engines, including industry drivers, design, concepts, structures, and materials. Students will be exposed to the emergence of parallel supporting technologies, such as radar, communications, and the glass cockpit. Students will investigate benchmark accident findings and present how such findings spurred fundamental design changes. The intention of the class is give students an opportunity to “see, touch and feel” flying machines so that they can understand the evolution of aviation physics and get a hands-on sense of evolving design concepts. Students should be able to describe why and how emerging technologies become incorporated into aviation in order to better assimilate future changes in aircraft engines, structures, and electronics; 3 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: None

AER 2610  Aviation Project I  (2)           fall
This supervised learning activity provides students with an opportunity to explore a specialty in the aviation field which applies to their career interests. Students are encouraged to take advantage of current events, find an internship in an aviation-related enterprise, investigate the job market in a potential specialty of interest, or do research on emerging technology in materials, fuels, alternative designs (particularly of wings & body shapes), or software applications. Prior to project implementation, students will prepare a proposal which outlines goals, a plan of study, and a documented means to measure learning and conduct an assessment; 1 hour of lecture, 1.5 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: ENG 1060 or equivalent

AER 3010  Certified Flight Instructor: Ground  (6)           fall
This intensive course focuses on building skills necessary to pass the FAA Certified Flight Instructor’s knowledge exam and prepare for the CFI-Airplane course. The course will build on the students extensive knowledge of technical aspects of being a professional aviator by adding knowledge and skills of an expert trainer. All weekly sessions will start by introducing concepts, techniques, procedural training methods, and science behind instructional technology and adult learning, but will end with applied activities for practicing new methods to observe how learning works. Expert coaching with peer observation and critique will create an environment where performance feedback, both formative and summative, is both a routine and highly valued experience. Students should come away knowing that improving one’s instructional skills is a challenging, lifelong endeavor that always needs improvement, but along with that they will also be skilled at the methods needed to continuously build on the art of instruction; 3 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: FAA Commercial Pilot certificate

AER 3020  Certified Flight Instructor: Flight  (2*)     spring
This is a capstone course for any pilot that results in a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) certificate issued by the FAA, and positions the student for hiring into their first job with the flight-school in their senior year or as a future flight instructor.  This course closely continues with the training in the Instructor Training: CFI-Ground This hands-on course puts the student applicant into a tutoring environment with an FAA Certified Flight Instructor on all flights or simulation activities. Students will have routine opportunities for riding as observers and participating in pre & post flight briefings. Such participation acclimates everyone to objective personal performance critiques in addition to honing observational skills. By the time students begin CFI-Airplane training, they will have been certified up to a level that makes them proficient with technical content and skills. This course focuses on the learning and practice needed to teach others to fly; 9 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: FAA Pilot, Instrument, & Commercial Pilot certificates; AER 3010 [Course fee: $6,255] *Number of credits subject to final approval

AER 3030 Human Factors, Risk Management/Crew Resource Management (3)          fall
Students will learn and apply concepts and principles related to the most critical resource in aviation: people. A successful pilot has a capacity to analyze situations, make decisions, and perform well individually and in teams under both routine and crisis conditions while flying complex automated aircraft. In this course, students will learn how to assess situations, risk factors, and the capabilities of all available resources in order to execute a plan of action during each phase of flight under a variety of operational and environmental conditions. The course covers crew resource management (CRM) and human factors essential to flight operations and dangers inherent with crews not trained to perform delegated responsibilities or to challenge inappropriate actions. The course structure will build toward implementing Line Oriented Flight Training (LOFT) using real life scenarios. Students must attain an FAA CRM certification to get credit for this course; 3 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: Commercial Pilot certificate, Instrument Rating 

AER 3040  Aircraft Maintenance for Pilots  (3)     spring
Students get an in-depth, hands-on understanding of the mechanics of aircraft systems and relevant components in order be very familiar with how they operate, their operating limits, thresholds, and capabilities. Through hands-on practice in a shop setting, they will become familiar with the tools for performing various pilot maintenance tasks that the FAA permits for pilot-owned aircraft. The class covers the specific Flight Aviation Regulations (FARs) which govern pilot maintenance, and students will keep an up-to-date logbook to maintain legal entries and pass an FAA audit. Student will explore maintenance-symptom recognition for these systems, as well as when, where, and how to repair and write up their maintenance logs. This in-depth knowledge will help the students become better pilots and it will enable them to communicate effectively with mechanics as they manage the maintenance and repair of the aircraft for which they are responsible; 1 hour of lecture, 6 hours of lab per week. Prerequisite: Private Pilot certificate

AER 4010  Multi-Engine Ground/Flight  (1)           fall
A multi-engine certificate gives a competitive advantage with seeking employment within a commercial aviation sector. From the fundamentals of flying multi-engine aircraft and the aerodynamic laws that govern multi-engine flight up to the challenging task of learning the related aeronautical knowledge students will become a proficient and knowledgeable multi-engine pilot. The instruction takes students up to the skill levels necessary to earn a multi-engine rating certificate and checking out in a new twin. Students will have an opportunity to practice taking the written exam used when checking out in a new twin, and will have access to reprints of applicable FAA advisory circulars and source material for further study on all aspects of multi-engine training. This course is all hands-on flight time tutoring with expert flight instructors and observing peers in the cockpit or on a simulator. Students will practice to proficiency and master the content; 3 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: AER 3020 Corequisite: AER 4020 [Course fee: $6,085]

AER 4020  Certified Flight Instructor: Instrument Ground/Flight  (1)           fall
In this course, students will apply their pilot skills gathered throughout the program and learn how to instruct a private pilot through the requirements necessary for them to achieve a Pilot Instrument Rating. The course assumes the student is already a skilled pilot, so the emphasis is on honing their instructional skills learned during their CFI-Ground and CFI-Airplane courses, and demonstrated with their certifications. At the end of the course, students will be able to achieve their CFI-Instrument Flight Certificate; and, along with the CFI-Multi-Engine certificate, they will have achieved their 8th and 9th certificates from the program. This is therefore one of two capstone skill achievements and the final certifications that give them an important advantage towards landing a commercial job as a pilot; 3 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: AER 3020 [Course fee: $2,819]

AER 4030  Certified Flight Instructor: Multi-Engine Ground/Flight  (1)                fall
Students apply their pilot skills gathered throughout the program and learn how to instruct a private pilot through the requirements necessary to train pilots up to a Multi-Engine Rating for both Land & Sea. The course assumes the student is already a skilled pilot, so the emphasis is on honing their instructional skills learned during all of their pilot courses, and demonstrated with their certifications. In particular, they will learn how to train pilots through to achieving a Multi-Engine rating. At the end of the course, students will be able to achieve their CFI- Multi-Engine Land & Sea certificate from the Aviation program. This is therefore one of two capstone skill achievements and the final certifications that give them an important advantage towards landing a commercial job as a pilot. This course is entirely flight training (labs), and follows, with some overlap, training for the Multi-Engine Ground/Flight certifications; 3 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: AER 3020 Corequisite: AER 4010 [Course fee: $6,755]

AER 4040  Corporate Flying & the Aviation Business  (3)           fall
Students will get a broad perspective on the aviation business, commercial and corporate flying (including equipment choices and operations), support services and airports. The focus is on the politics, culture, and operational differences in aviation businesses, such as small charters, corporate fleets, freight, international carriers and airports. Students study the impact of global competition, operational costs, and slim margins on both career stability and safety. Students get a perspective on the opportunities and methods for pursuing a career within the array of options available. Students will experience the steps needed to apply for jobs, network, customize resumes, and complete job applications. The instructor provides ongoing guidance on the job-application processes and job survival methods for an unpredictably cyclical business. Students discover the kinds of ethical dilemmas they may face in their careers along with tips on how to respond effectively to pressure to compromise safety, personal values, or income; 3 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: Senior program standing or instructor permission

AER 4050  Advanced Aerodynamics & Flight Controls  (3)           fall
Students complete an in-depth study of the aerodynamics of flight, flight systems, and aircraft design in this course. By understanding design, students will better understand the forces acting on an airplane, how the characteristics of different systems affect performance in each phase of flight. Students discover how the aerodynamic characteristics of a given design, including the physical limits of each system, always play an integral part in a pilot’s decision-making process. Anything that flies has design compromises; a student needs to understand the “whys” underlying design compromises in order to learn new technology. Students also study the historical evolution of aerodynamics and systems as they apply to greater stability and controllability of aircraft to better understand the interacting technical issues and trade-offs made in a design. Students gain insight on the rapidly accelerating pace of change, including advanced wing design, computerized engine and flight control systems, as well as the FAA requirements and standards for systems; 3 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: Senior standing or instructor permission

AER 4110  Advanced Transport Category Systems  (3)     spring
A prospective airline pilot will go through extensive screening in the employment process that proves their potential to command an aircraft and demonstrate maturity and adaptability across three challenging dimensions: a) weather & meteorological phenomena, b) navigating and operating an aircraft smoothly and safely, c) complex systems and operational limits of each aircraft they operate. The student’s senior year is designed to prepare for these challenges, this course specifically deals with the technology of flight found in modern advanced commercial airline aircraft and related operational principles that must factor into risk assessment, crew resource management and decision-making; 3 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: None

AER 4130  High Altitude Navigation/International Flight Operations  (3)      spring
At the high altitudes used by commercial carriers in international operations, unique rules and navigation requirements apply to the highways, or tracks, in the sky. This course prepares students to apply for international operation First Officer positions. Toward this end, students will explore standard airline operations in the North Atlantic (NAT) and Pacific Track systems, including flight planning, oceanic control sectors, clearance communications, plotting, track entry/exit, and required position or event reports. Students will learn how to use plotting charts and Atlantic and Pacific Navigation charts, how to respond to changes in the tracks due to weather, and techniques to react to weather changes within a track within operational rules. Students will also learn the special requirements governing communications, operations, and reporting related to emergency and diversion procedures in the NAT system. They will practice by flying in simulators with scenarios that deploy international flight operation rules under normal and emergency conditions; 3 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: AER 3020, 4050 Corequisite: AER 4130

AER 4610  Aviation Senior Project  II (3)     spring
In this capstone experience, students apply what they have learned in the Professional Pilot Program to a project selected, proposed, planned, implemented, and presented by specific project team(s). Under the guidance and supervision of skilled faculty and community experts, the students will augment their experience with new learning in group-based project-management skills, including planning, teamwork, problem solving, leadership, and time management. Each student will have the opportunity to assume different roles and responsibilities on the project, and they will be graded by participating in a rigorous evaluation process that includes criterion referenced peer reviews and a project performance assessment; 2 hours of lecture, 3 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: Senior program standing or instructor permission



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