Oct 26, 2021  
Undergraduate Catalog 2021-22 
    
Undergraduate Catalog 2021-22

Aviation Flight Science Major (AFSJ)


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The Aviation Flight Science curriculum prepares students for a career in aviation as a professional pilot. It emphasizes intellectual as well as technical competencies and is geared toward educating captains, not just training pilots. Flight training and prerequisite course work ensures that students learn essentials that are required by the commercial airline industry. Concepts emphasized include Crew Resource Management (CRM), Line Oriented Flight Training (LOFT), international flight, airline regulations, profitability, management and administration. Equipment includes a modern fleet of single- and multi-engine aircraft and state-of-the-art Training Devices which provide exposure to current Electronic Flight Instrumentation Systems (EFIS) and Flight Management Systems (FMS). Graduates of this curriculum earn their Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Commercial Pilot Certificate with Instrument and Multi-engine Land ratings.

FAA Medical Certificate

Students considering this curriculum are highly encouraged to obtain a FAA First Class Medical Certificate before committing to this program. An FAA Second Class Medical Certificate is a prerequisite for the first flight course (AVS 1520). Due to aircraft limitations, an individual’s flight course  participation may be limited due to extremes in that individual’s size and/or weight. It is recommended that individuals heavier than 275 lbs., shorter than 5’ 2”, or taller than 6’ 6”, reach out to the college to discuss limitations.

Drug Testing

All students are required to subject themselves to drug testing procedure approved by the College before being allowed to participate in any flight activity in University aircraft.

Program Requirements


Enrollment in flight courses may be subject to a waiting list. Admission is determined by the candidate’s number of credits earned, GPA, and availability of aircraft and instructors. Registration is administered by the College of Aviation. Students enrolled in flight training must maintain an average GPA of 2.75 overall and a 3.0 College of Aviation GPA. Failure to do so will result in removal from flight status.

No minor required.

Baccalaureate-Level Writing Requirement


Students who have chosen the Aviation Flight Science curriculum will satisfy the Baccalaureate-Level Writing Requirement by successfully completing the following course:

Required Courses (123 credit hours)


  • WMU Essential Studies Level 1: Foundations – Oral and Digital Communication Category Elective   Credits: 3 hours
  • WMU Essential Studies Level 1: Foundations – Inquiry and Engagement: Critical Thinking in the Arts and Humanities Category Elective  Credits: 3 hours 
  • WMU Essential Studies Level 2: Exploration and Discovery – World Language and Culture Category Elective   Credits: 3 hours 
  • WMU Essential Studies Level 2: Exploration and Discovery – Artistic Theory and Practice Category Elective   Credits: 3 hours 
  • WMU Essential Studies Level 2: Exploration and Discovery – Societies and Cultures Category Elective   Credits: 3 hours
  • WMU Essential Studies Level 3: Connections – Global Perspectives Category Elective   Credits: 3 hours
  • WMU Essential Studies Level 3: Connections – Local and National Perspectives Category Elective   Credits: 3 hours

 

Note: One of these courses must contain required content in Planetary Sustainability and one must contain required content in Diversity and Inclusion, which are met in Levels II and III only.  No more than 3 courses from any one prefix may be used to satisfy WES requirements.

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