Programs

Aviation Flight Science


When it's time to take to the skies, you'll fly out of Battle Creek's W.K. Kellogg Airport, which boasts the second longest runway in the state and is also home to an Air National Guard base. As your skills increase, you'll grow accustomed to flying into and out of a wide variety of airports and Michigan skies will help you learn to handle a broad range of temperatures and weather systems.

The Aviation Flight Science program emphasizes intellectual as well as technical competencies. The program is geared toward educating future captains and managers—not just training pilots. In the program, you'll study general education subjects, the basic sciences, aircraft systems, crew concepts, and resource management, advanced aerodynamics, professional flight, airline operations, management and administration, global navigation, and international flight. If you wish, you will also have an opportunity to be involved in faculty research projects geared toward moving the industry forward.

The program also features crew concept in the flight training environment, Crew Resource Management (CRM), the use of state-of-the-art simulators and Line Oriented Flight Crew Simulations, computer based training, and the most advanced flight training equipment with glass cockpit technology including the Avidyne R9 avionics suite and the DFC-100 advanced autopilot.

The College of Aviation's advanced curriculum is designed to effectively train students with no previous flight training and to focus on what the airline industry and aviation regulators regard as the critical components of aviation education. Through this revised curriculum you move from zero flight experience, to degree completion, to employment readiness. Once hired, the only further training required will be for conversion to operating with a specific airline on a specific aircraft. At the College of Aviation, we strive to remain in touch with the changing needs of the aviation industry so that you can get the training and education you need to be a functional and productive part of it.

The Aviation Flight Science program is accredited by the Aviation Accreditation Board International under the Program Criteria for Flight Education.  This program is accredited through July 31, 2017.  The next reaffirmation review cycle will begin in 2015.


Additional information on accreditation and program assessment may be found on the Program Accreditation page.

College of Aviation
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5314 USA
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