Aviation

Aviation
Current TLU students are able to pursue a B.A. degree in Aeronautical Science with an airline pilot specialization OR a B.B.A. degree with a specialization in aviation management.

As of Fall 2014, TLU is no longer accepting new students into either components of the Aviation program.


Aviation Program Degrees

  • Major in Aeronautical Science with an airline pilot specialization for a Bachelor of Art (B.A.) degree

    The aeronautical science degree with an airline pilot specialization is designed for students whose goal is to fly for a commercial airline or corporation. This degree provides flight training combined with the academic excellence of a small liberal arts environment leading to a career in the aviation industry. Our program provides the enhanced training, skills and academic knowledge required by today’s aviation industry. TLU has partnered with Texas Aviation Academy LLC to provide flight training based out of the New Braunfels Airport located approximately 12 miles from the TLU campus. Additional costs and fees are associated with some of the classes in this program. Physical requirements must also be met.

    Major in aeronautical science (B.S.) (airline pilot specialization): 51 semester hours, including AERO 131A, 132A, 131B, 132B, 230, 231, 232, 233, 234, 332, 335, 336 or 337 or 338, 341, 412, 415, 431, 437, and 438 or 439.

    Supporting Courses: 33 semester hours, including BIOL 149; BUSI 131, BUSI 339, BUSI 384, and BUSI 373 or BUSI 386; MATH 136, PHYS 141, 142, 339, and STAT 374.

    AERO 131A/131B. Private Pilot Ground School A & B (3:3:0) Basic ground school for the Federal Aviation Administration Private Pilot Certificate, providing the student with the necessary aeronautical knowledge for private pilot certification. Topics include principles of flight, radio procedures, weather, navigation, aerodynamics and Federal Aviation Administration regulations. Corequisites: AERO 132

    AERO 132A/132B. Private Flight A & B (3:0:6) This course develops aeronautical knowledge required for certification as a Private Pilot with an Airplane Single Engine Land rating. Topics including regulations, safety, pre-solo operations, cross-country planning, airspace, chart use, communications, weather, performance, weight and balance, aerodynamics and decision-making. Prerequisites: Appropriate class medical certification. Corequisites: AERO 131

    AERO 230. Intermediate Flight (3:0:6) Provides students with flight hours and skills necessary to fulfill solo cross-country hours required for the FAA Instrument Airplane Rating. Prerequisites: AERO 131 and 132, appropriate class medical certification.

    AERO 231. Instrument Ground School (3:3:0) A study of basic instrument radio and navigation fundamentals used in instrument flight. Topics include a description and practical use of navigation systems and instruments, charts used for instrument flight and Federal Aviation Administration regulations. Qualifies as part of a program leading to Federal Aviation Administration certification. Prerequisites: AERO 131 and 132. Corequisites: AERO 232.

    AERO 232. Instrument Flight (3:0:6) This course develops aeronautical knowledge required for addition of an Instrument Airplane rating to a Private Pilot certificate. Topics include instrument flying regulations, safety, operations, navigation systems, chart use, weather, flight planning, decision making and crew resource management. Prerequisites: AERO 131 and 132, appropriate class medical certification. Corequisites: AERO 231.

    AERO 233. Commercial Ground (3:3:0) A study of advanced aviation topics that can be used for Federal Aviation Administration certification at the commercial pilot level. Includes preparation for the commercial airplane written test. Prerequisites: AERO 231 and 232. Corequisites: AERO 234.

    AERO 234. Commercial Flight (3:0:6) Flight instruction necessary to qualify for the FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate. Instruction includes both dual and solo flight training to prepare the student for mastery of all commercial pilot maneuvers. Prerequisite: AERO 230, 231, and 232, appropriate class medical certification. Corequisites: AERO 233.

    AERO 332. Aviation Meteorology (3:3:0) In-depth coverage of meteorological phenomena affecting aircraft flight. Topics include concepts of aviation meteorology in the study of temperature, pressure, moisture, stability, clouds, air masses, fronts, thunderstorms, icing and fog. Also includes analysis and use of weather data for flight planning. Prerequisite: AERO 233.

    AERO 335. Crew Resource Administration (3:3:0) This course is designed to develop a detailed understanding of the organizational behavior, interpersonal relationships skills and other critical behavioral dynamics of professional flight crews. The course builds upon the knowledge of Crew Resource Management (CRM) acquired during the student’s flight training. The history of CRM, CRM concepts of Communication Processes, Problem Solving, Group Dynamics, Workload Management and Situational Awareness will be investigated. Aircraft incidents and accidents related to the evolution of CRM training programs and FAA regulations will be analyzed. Intrapersonal and psychomotor skills will be addressed as they relate to safe, legal and efficient flight operations. Prerequisite: Junior standing in the program or consent of instructor. Corequisite: AERO 341

    AERO 336. Airline Flight Crew Techniques (3:3:0) This course examines human-machine interface issues in today’s modern flight deck. Leading to that end, the student will explore the cognitive and psychomotor domains of learning, review studies of aircrew interface problems and learn coping mechanisms used by today’s best aviation trainers to overcome design-induced problems in cockpit advanced technology. Prerequisite: Junior standing in the program.

    AERO 337. Dispatch Operations (3:3:0) This course includes a review of pertinent Federal Aviation Administration regulations, navigation systems and procedures, manual flight planning, emergency and abnormal procedures, the general operating manual, aircraft systems and performance development, human factors and practical dispatching applications. Prerequisite: Junior standing in the program.

    AERO 338. Jet Transport Systems (3:3:0) This course will provide the student with detailed knowledge of jet transport category aircraft systems. The student will learn how to operate typical jet transport category aircraft systems in both normal and emergency situations. Prerequisite: Junior standing in the program.

    AERO 341. Flight Safety Emergency Procedures (with lab) (4:3:3) This course is designed to assist the student in developing an attitude and philosophy for accident prevention. The course includes: Ideal and practical, personal and organizational safety procedures and goals; safety philosophies; aircraft accident reports; human factors; principles of accident investigation, accident prevention programs and accident statistics; current events; National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) special studies. Lab fees apply. Prerequisite: Junior standing in the program. Corequisites: AERO 335

    AERO 412. Multi-engine Flight (1:0:3) Multi-engine Flight preparation for the Multi-engine Class Rating which will be added to a current pilot certificate. Includes explanation and demonstration of all required FAA normal and emergency operations and procedures. Prerequisites: AERO 233, appropriate class medical certification. Corequisites: AERO 431.

    AERO 415. Flight Instructor Flight (1:0:3) Certified Flight Instruction - Airplane. Flight instruction necessary to qualify for the Federal Aviation Administration Certified Flight Instructor-Airplane Certificate. Topics include ground and flight instruction. Prerequisites: AERO 412, appropriate class medical certification. Corequisites: AERO 437.

    AERO 431. Multi-engine Ground School (3:3:0) Ground Instruction Multi-engine Airplane Ground instruction to prepare the student for the FAA Multi-engine Airplane Rating. Includes Multi-engine aircraft characteristics and analysis of flight maneuvers. Prerequisites: AERO 233. Corequisites: AERO 412.

    AERO 437. Flight Instructor Ground (3:3:0) Instructor Ground School. Skill development in the fundamentals of teaching and learning in an aviation-oriented environment. Introduction to the techniques of instruction and analysis of flight maneuvers. Topics include flight instructor responsibilities and FAA regulations relating to the Instructor Rating. Corequisites: AERO 415.

    AERO 438. Senior Capstone (3:3:0) This project course builds on the accumulated knowledge from all courses to date. Lectures will cover problem identification, analysis, generation of alternatives, cost/benefit studies, interviews and presentations. Student teams will analyze and make recommendations on an actual problem for an aviation related organization such as the FAA. Prerequisites: Senior standing, permission of department and all major upper-division courses completed or concurrent enrollment.

    AERO 439. Internship (3:3:0) Students will be offered positions (paid or non-paid) with local aviation industry companies. Goals of the internship are to provide the student with actual hands-on experience working in the aviation industry. Efforts will be made to match student aviation interests with industry. Prerequisites: Senior standing, permission of department and all major upper-division courses completed or concurrent enrollment.

  • Major in Business Administration with an aviation management specialization for a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree

    Major in Business Administration (BBA) Core curriculum: 33 semester hours, including BUSI 231-232, 337, 338, 373, 377, 378, 471, 477, 486 and 335 (for accounting specialization) or 339 (for non-accounting specializations).

    Aviation Management specialization: 18 semester hours including BUSI 131, 384, 386, 492, 493, and three hours of electives in Business (BUSI), Economics (ECON), or Computer Science (CSCI).

    Supporting courses for Aviation Management specialization: 27 semester hours including MATH 133, MATH 136; STAT 374; ECON 237, ECON 374; COMM 374; ISYS231, ISYS232; 3 hours psychology or sociology.

Aviation Faculty

William Davis

Professor, Department Chair, Aviation Program Director

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