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Below is just a small sample of courses you’ll take as an Aviation major at Jessup. This list is not a guide for course selection. It was created to give you a peek at the program’s academic offerings. For official program requirements, please see the current course catalog.

Major Courses (13 Units)

The following courses are part of the requirement for this major and are recommended to fulfill general education requirements.

An introduction to the concepts and principles of physical science, covering topics of motion, force, energy, structure of matter, heat and thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism, and light; emphasizing conceptual understanding and using basic math to re-enforce concepts. Laboratory exercises provide students with hands on applications of principles discussed in lecture. Topics include motion, force, energy, structure of matter, heat, electricity, magnetism, and light.

This course provides an introduction to weather theory and its application to the field of aviation. Topics include such areas as atmospheric pressure, wind, moisture, temperature, turbulence, clouds formations, precipitation, fronts, air masses, thunderstorms, icing, and unusual weather events. Students will also learn about weather reporting resources, examine and learn how aviators use weather reports, weather charts, and forecasts for safer flight operations.

This course is designed to prepare students for the calculus sequence. A brief review is followed by an in-depth extension of the properties of polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions. Trigonometric functions are introduced and studied in depth. The trigonometric topics include right triangle trigonometry, unit circle trigonometry, graphs of trigonometric functions, proofs of trigonometric identities, solving trigonometric equations, applications of trigonometric functions (laws of sines and cosines), and inverse trigonometric functions.

This course will introduce the advanced student to the U.S. Constitution as well as to federal, state, and local statutes. The student will become familiar with case law and common law and develop an understanding of the chronological development of these laws and their application to aviation. The student will be introduced to civil law, including tort, product liability, contract, sales, secured credit, property, environmental, and labor laws. Criminal statutory law and government, airman, and operator rights and liabilities will also be studied, as well as international laws and conferences.

Core Courses (57 Units)

This course provides an introduction to U.S. aviation safety procedures, regulations, requirements, technologies used in domestic and international environments. Students will conduct an in-depth examination of Safety Management Systems (SMS) currently used in the aviation industry. This course also explores industry careers and essential aviation terminology, vocabulary, history, and knowledge which will serve as a solid foundation for higher-level aviation coursework and flight training.

Students will learn airspace and ATC practices in the U.S. and other regions of the world, navigational aids and common pitfalls and mishaps attributed to navigational aids; communications; the Code of Federal Aviation Regulations; control tower operations; nonradar operations; radar operations; and differing types of environmental concerns within a geographic area.

An in-depth study of airframes and aircraft systems, aircraft instruments, Risk management & safety, aircraft airworthiness & documentation, aerodynamics, stability, aviation physiology, weather, airports, airspace, emergency operations, ground reference maneuvers, maps, charts and publications, air regulations & flight rules, Radio communication, flight navigation computers, the principles of pilotage, dead-reckoning, and radio/electronic methods of navigation as applied to cross-country flight planning to prepare the student for the FAA private pilot knowledge test.

Flight instruction leading to Solo Flight and the FAA Airplane – Private Pilot License. Current FAA Third Class Medical Certificate and Student Pilot Certificate required prior to registering.

A survey of the U.S. aviation industry, including the history of aviation, attributes of an aviation professional, career planning, certification, airports, airspace, air traffic control, and navigational aids.

A course designed to develop a detailed understanding of the organizational behavior, interpersonal relationships skills, and other critical behavioral dynamics of professional flight crews. 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.

An in-depth study of aircraft systems, including propeller, engine, fuel, electric, ignition, hydraulic, pneumatic, flight control, pressurization systems, air conditioning and heating, landing gear, brakes, ice and rain detection/protection, fire detection/extinguishing, computer systems and displays.

An in-depth study of aircraft instruments, preflight and aircraft systems, navigation, holding, approaches, emergencies, and weather reports and forecasts. Prepares student for the FAA instrument rating knowledge test.

Flight instruction in Airplane & Flight simulators leading to completion of FAA Airplane – instrument rating. Includes flight maneuvers, instruments flights-IFR, instrument approaches, instrument procedures, instrument holds, instrument failures, unusual attitude recovery, instrument departures, enroute flight procedures, instrument approach & missed approach procedures.

A review of the psychological human factors that affect aviation, including situation awareness, crew coordination, communication, fatigue, controls, aircraft and cockpit design, workload management, attitudes, training devices, and technology-induced errors. Includes other common human errors and detection and recovery skills.

This course provides opportunities to explore incompressible flow airfoil theory, wing theory. Introduction to wing design. Topics center on calculation of stall speed, lift, drag, basic aerodynamic performance criteria, aerodynamic configuration changes and effects, high and low speed conditions, special flight conditions, and an introduction to compressible flow.

A comprehensive study of aircraft gas turbine engine fundamentals and theory at the technical level. Areas of study include background, engine types, variations, and applications; engine theory; construction and design; systems and engine accessories.

An in-depth study of aerodynamics, flight instruments, engines and systems, airports, air traffic control, and airspace, FARs, Aircraft manuals, AIM Aeronautical information manuals, Pilot Operating handbooks, airplane performance, weight and balance, aeromedical factors, aviation weather, advanced navigation and flight operations, complex air space operations. Prepares students for the FAA Commercial Pilot knowledge test.

Earning a multi-engine rating is an important step in your flying career. Multi-engine aircraft offer new challenges and opportunities that will be important for the rest of your individual or commercial flying. This course provides an in-depth study of multi-engine operations, multi-engine aerodynamics, instruments, engines and systems of multi-engine aircraft.

Dual Instruction and solo flights in airplane with multiple cross-country flights and advanced commercial flight maneuvers to meet requirements for the FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate. Training to operate complex aircraft in complex airspaces. Also includes simulator training for the initial commercial/instrument pilot rating.

Dual and solo flight training to safety operate multi engine aircraft. This will also include safety and emergency procedures for operating multi engine aircraft including training in single engine operations. Multi-engine simulator training for proficiency and emergencies. The training will lead to an FAA – airplane multi-engine rating.

Students will learn about the advanced avionics systems used in commercial aviation and airlines. They will get in-depth knowledge in operations of advanced navigation systems, GPS navigation systems, electronic engine monitoring systems, communications systems and FMS flight management systems, and ACARS Aircraft communications addressing and reporting system.

Provides the student with a detailed study of the responsibilities and teaching concerns of a flight instructor. The course is divided into two major sections: fundamentals of teaching and learning, including effective teaching methods, learning process, consideration of flight training syllabi, effective evaluations, and flight instructor responsibilities; the second section is concerned with the analysis of the flight maneuvers involved with Private Pilot, Commercial Pilot, and Flight Instructor Certificates. The course will also provide practical teaching experiences. The student must complete the associated flight lessons in the CFI Flight Lab to satisfactorily complete the course.

This course provides an understanding of the fundamentals of teaching in a multi-engine airplane. The course will include multi-engine aerodynamics and performance, analysis of multiengine operations, single-engine operations and procedures, flight instructor responsibilities, flight safety concerns, and instrument flight maneuvers in multi-engine airplanes. The student must complete the associated flight lessons in the Multi-engine Airplane MEI course to satisfactorily complete the course.

This course involves dual instruction and solo flights in a single-engine airplane, focusing on both basic private pilot and advanced commercial flight maneuvers to meet the Flight Instructor Practical Test Standards. The flight instructor applicant must be knowledgeable and proficient in all Areas of Operation to meet the requirements for the FAA Certificated Flight Instructor Airplane Single Engine Land certificate.

The overall goal of this course is to allow Aviation Flight majors the opportunity to apply knowledge gained throughout their four-year course of study to completing a major culminating project. Provides a senior culminating experience for aviation flight majors.

This course involves dual instruction in a multi-engine airplane, focusing on the unique characteristics of multi-engine flight at the commercial pilot level. Upon completion of the course, the pilot will be awarded the FAA Certificated Flight Instructor Airplane Multi-Engine Land certificate.

CFII Option (4 units)

Provides the student with an in-depth study of the responsibilities and techniques to be used as an Instrument Flight Instructor. This course will also include additional study of instrument flight, charts, publications, and regulations pertaining to the IFR environment. Further, it will develop the student’s knowledge of Technically Advanced Aircraft and provide practical teaching experience. The student must complete the associated flight lessons in the Instrument Flight Instructor course to satisfactorily complete the course.

The CFII candidate will provide IFR instruction in the airplane and, when available, flight simulators, which will lead to the instrument airplane instructor rating. The candidate shall perform flight instruction in instrument maneuvers, IFR operations and procedures, holding, IFR emergencies, unusual attitudes, instrument departures, en route flight procedures, and instrument approach and missed approach procedures.

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