The Flight Department offers training necessary to complete the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a track in Professional Flight, the Associate of Applied Science in Flight Technology, and certificate programs, both in Airplane (fixed-wing) and Rotorcraft (helicopter) aircraft. Individual certificates and ratings also are offered to meet the specific needs of students, including certificates in Instrument Pilot (Airplane), Multi-Engine Pilot (Airplane), Commercial Pilot (Airplane, Helicopter), Certified Flight Instructor (Airplane, Helicopter), and Airline Transport Pilot. Graduates possess the skills to succeed as aviators, managers, and leaders in the aviation industry.
Completion of the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a track in Professional Flight requires the successful completion of 122 semester hours of credit as prescribed in the related curriculum. Completion of the Associate of Applied Science in Flight Technology requires the successful completion of sixty-seven hours of credit as prescribed in the related curriculum. A cumulative, overall grade-point average (GPA) of 2.5, and a GPA of 2.75 for aviation courses, must be maintained to remain in the flight program. If the cumulative GPA falls below 2.5 or the aviation GPA falls below 2.75, the student may be placed on probation. If the respective GPA does not return to the required level, the student may be removed from the flight program.
The Piper airplane fleet includes Warriors, Archers, Arrows, and Seminoles. The fleet also operates a Citabria aircraft for spin and unusual attitude training. Several advanced simulators are used integrally in the curriculum to complement flight time and provide emphasis on the more challenging areas of flight training. The rotorcraft fleet is composed of Sikorsky Schweizer 300 CBi helicopters.
Employers of pilots and technical personnel in the aviation industry have made it clear that an understanding and appreciation of business operations, needs, and priorities, and especially of financial considerations, is considered an important advantage when evaluating applicants for employment. The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration provides the foundation for understanding the business of aviation in areas such as management, finance, production, marketing, and operations.