Summer 2013 Undergraduate Catalog
College of Technology

+ Aviation Studies

Department of Engineering Technology
264 Technology/204 Technology Annex
419-372-2439 or 419-372-2870
http://www.bgsu.edu/colleges/technology/undergraduate/aerotech/index.html

The aviation studies major is designed to prepare students for responsible positions in general and commercial aviation. The major is organized around three specializations: aviation management and operations, aviation engineering technology, and flight technology and operations. All instruction leading toward Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) flight certification is conducted in accordance with the appropriate Federal Aviation Regulations. All courses in the major (AERT) must be completed with a C or better.

All students are also required to complete coursework in areas of science and mathematics, BG Perspective, and business. Supervised cooperative education experiences, related to the specializations selected, are required.

The college restricts the award of credit for flight and ground training attained outside the BGSU Aviation Studies Program. The Dean of the College may make exceptions for certain qualified aviators.

After a student has enrolled at Bowling Green State University, all subsequent flight and ground training must be completed in residence at the University. Flight and ground training obtained elsewhere are not permitted without written authorization of the Dean of the College of Technology. If permission is granted to receive flight instruction elsewhere, academic credit is awarded by the University only if evaluation by the Chief Flight Instructor indicates flight performance and knowledge proficiency meet program standards. If no academic credit is accepted or awarded, a student is required to take approved elective(s) to satisfy total credit hour requirements.

Fees for the flight instruction courses are based on a minimum number of flight instruction hours as approved by the FAA. Students may take longer to reach the level of flight proficiency required by the FAA. In this case, additional fees will be charged based on the actual number of flight hours a student has received. These rates are approved by the Board of Trustees. Flight fees are not refundable. Although a student may receive a final grade for the completion of a particular course of flight instruction, students may need additional flight instruction and/or practice to reach the level of flight proficiency required to pass the FAA practical exam for a particular certificate or rating.

All AERT concentration courses are offered during evenings on a five-year rotating plan.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in aviation studies are expected to:

  • Solve aviation-related problems using knowledge, skills, and aptitudes gained in the program to assure productive outcomes;
  • Maintain professional and social relationships with others in developing, conducting, and promoting safe aviation operations;
  • Additionally, students in the flight technology specialization are expected to plan, organize, conduct, and complete a safe and efficient flight in single-engine aircraft, in accordance with all legal requirements.

Aviation Management and Operations click click to display detailed requirements for Summer 2013 course requirements
The aviation management and operations (AMO) specialization is designed to prepare students for career positions with airports, general aviation facilities, airlines, corporations, engineering and consulting firms, other organizations specializing in aviation, and auxiliary businesses whose primary customers are aviation-oriented and who require individuals with an aviation background.

The AMO specialization provides an interdisciplinary approach to management and technology systems and their application to the aviation environment. A benefit of the program is that a student can utilize the educational background in other disciplines, such as facility management or general management. The curriculum focus is on aviation, management, technical systems operation, and safety.


Aviation Engineering Technology click click to display detailed requirements for Summer 2013 course requirements
The aviation engineering technology (AET) specialization is designed to prepare students for aviation careers with organizations and companies that engage in the manufacture or maintenance of aviation components or which provide aviation products or services.

The AET specialization provides an interdisciplinary and practical approach to aviation and engineering technology and their application to the aviation environment. Its intent is to further develop or supplement an individual who has an FAA airframe and power plant (A&P) license or a strong technical or vocational background. A benefit of the program is that a student can utilize the educational background in other technology disciplines, such as manufacturing, production, or general management. The curricular focus is on aviation, engineering technology, management, technical systems operation, and safety.


Flight Technology and Operations click click to display detailed requirements for Summer 2013 course requirements
The flight technology and operations (FTO) specialization prepares the student for a career as a commercial pilot for the airlines, air cargo companies, corporate or business operations, and numerous general aviation positions such as agriculture, flight training, charter, air freight, and sightseeing. Flight and ground instruction is accomplished in strict accordance with Federal Aviation Regulations Part 141 and other pertinent regulations. Upon successful completion of the FTO specialization, the student will hold the following FAA certificates and ratings: Commercial Pilot-Airplane with single and multi-engine land instrument rating. Flight instructor certification for single engine, multi-engine, and instrument are also available.


Airport Systems and Operations minor onlyclick click to display course requirements for Summer 2013 course requirements
The airport systems and operations (ASO) minor is available to students in any undergraduate major at the University except students majoring in the aviation management and operations (AMO) or aviation technical management (ATM) specializations. Student must meet all prerequisites for the required courses.

The airport systems and operations (ASO) minor is designed to prepare students for career positions similar to the aviation management and operations (AMO) specialization. Airports are interdisciplinary in their activities, but, without an aviation background, few students from other disciplines have access to the industry. The minor is intended to supplement a student's academic career choice with the specialized knowledge of airports and aviation.