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Department Mission and Outcomes

Mission of the Department of Aviation

The Mission of the Department of Aviation is to provide a competitive advantage to our partners in the aerospace industry by recruiting, educating, and supporting future industry leaders using innovative programs, state of the art facilities, and leading edge research.

Department General Outcomes for Students

  1. The student will have the ability to apply knowledge of mathematics to aviation related disciplines.

    Examples include:

    Determination of accuracy of FMS top of Descent Point based on headwind component, weight.

    Computer operating costs for airplanes and break-even points in the amount of airplane usage.

    Interpret financial reports in order to make good decisions for the next stage of managing their airline. 

    Compute passenger load factors and analyze Income Statements and Balance Sheet.


  2. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve applied aviation problems.

    Examples include:

    Airline Management Simulation is a problem solving exercise in which students must make a series of decisions twelve times representing three years of operating in airline with the goal of making a profit in an industry with other competing companies.

    Study of Automation vs. manual operation and effects of boredom in CRM.

    Engine Start study with understanding of EPR, NI, N2, EGT monitoring.


  3. An ability to function on multi-disciplinary and diverse teams.

    Examples include:

    Study of accidents' risk factors, hazardous attitudes and solutions in teams.

    Group questions on system logic.

    Students are divided into management teams for the Airline Management Simulation project.

    Teams make strategic management decisions throughout the semester.  The project concludes    with each team conducts a "stockholder's meeting," using power point slides, handouts and other techniques to present results of their management decisions to their "stockholders."


  4. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.

    Examples include:

    Review of ethical practices for such items as the IMSAFE checklist.

    Group discussion on ability to effect changes in Operations Manuals.

    Study airport assurances and the rationale for them.


  5. An ability to communicate effectively, including both written and oral communication skills.

    Examples include:

    Research and report on some issue or topic of significance to the aviation industry

    Prepare for and lead a stockholders meeting reporting the results of their experience in managing an airline for three years.

    Prepare a formal research report referred to in class as a senior Thesis.  Emphasis is placed on the formal writing process.


  6. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning.

    Examples include:

    Capstone course requires all aviation students and one of the projects for that class is to prepare a resume and cover letter as part of an employment portfolio.  In preparing students for that project there is much discussion about long-term goals and the continuing need for education throughout any successful career.

    Discussion of new technology aimed at improving CRM.

    Examination of specific faults in systems and possible remedial action.


  7. A knowledge of contemporary issues.

    Examples include:

    Illustration of systems functions with previous incident, accidents reports, NASA reports.

    Discussion of company practices in Part 135, 121, 91 operations.

    Aviation Management identifies a variety of periodicals with current topics of interest and requires reading articles "on purpose and in detail,"and in each class throughout the first half of the semester, there is a ten minute discussion about the topics students have chosen to read.


  8. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern tools in aviation for professional practice.

    Examples include:

    Presentations on aircraft accidents and incidents involving CRM failures.

    Practice interview for Flight Officer Position.