Flight Education Road Map

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, all Aviation courses listed below must be completed during the semester the courses fall underneath.

Freshman Year
Semester One

This course is required for all Aviation majors. Its purpose is to prepare new students for the university experience and success in the Aviation program by discussing students’ responsibilities, career opportunities, writing for the Aviation industry, and the use of productivity technology.

Prerequisite: None

Schedule Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 1 

 

Preparation for the successful completion of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Private Pilot written and practical examinations. Includes flight maneuvers, practical test standards, flight environment procedures, general aviation aircraft systems, practical navigation and weather, air traffic control communications, and Federal Aviation Regulations. 

Co-requisite: AVN 163.

Schedule Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3 

First of a two-semester flight laboratory, which includes dual flight instruction in basic private pilot maneuvers, solo flight, introduction to cross-country navigation, pre-flight procedures, pilot decision-making, and safety. Students must acquire a minimum of 25 flight hours and complete a solo flight. Flight fees: approximately $5000.

Prerequisites: None 

Schedule Type: Lab

Credit Hours: 1 

A foundational study of airport operations and systems and includes analysis of the role of the airport manager in planning, finance and administration, public relations, social, political, and environmental considerations, operational requirements and facility maintenance.

Prerequisite: None

Schedule Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Everyone is affected by the weather and climate. Dramatic uncontrolled events like hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, and heat waves often focus our attention. Other less dramatic, but important events like droughts, air pollution, and climate change also cause great concern. This course is designed to investigate many of these weather phenomena on a rational physical basis. This course satisfies the university general education core requirement in physical science.

Prerequisites: None

Schedule Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3 

Introductory sequence in composition, contributing to the liberal education of students, regardless of their majors. Approaches writing as a process and provides experience in writing with various aims and rhetorical strategies. ENG 101 emphasizes the expressive and expository aims, focusing upon the persuasive and literary aims.

Prerequisites: None

Schedule Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

A one-semester required orientation course designed to improve the quality of the freshman experience for entering students by helping them understand the purpose and value of higher education at Hampton University, as well as the larger context in which that education takes place and the multicultural nature of the problems and concerns which it addresses; to develop positive attitudes toward the teaching learning process; and to acquire coping skills essential for successful college life.

Prerequisites: None

Schedule Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 1

CREDIT HOURS                             15

Semester Two

This course is the second Freshman Aviation seminar required for all Aviation majors. Its purpose is to prepare new students for the university experience and success in the Aviation program by discussing students’ responsibilities, career opportunities, writing for the Aviation industry, and the use of productivity technology.

Prerequisite: AVN 151

Schedule Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 1 

Provides an overview of aviation and introduces students to the many opportunities and challenges of the profession. The course covers the fundamentals of flight aerodynamics and technology, and an introduction to aircraft systems and operations. Also, safety of flight, human factors, aeronautical chart interpretation, basic navigation, an introduction airspace, and aviation weather factors are covered.

Prerequisites: None 

Schedule Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Second of a two-semester flight laboratory, which includes dual flight instruction in advanced private pilot maneuvers, cross country navigation, competency in communicating with air traffic control, flight planning. Students must pass the Federal Aviation Administration’s Private Pilot flight examination and receive appropriate certification. Flight fees: approximately $7000.

Prerequisites: AVN 163

Schedule Type: Lab

Credit Hours: 1 

This course is a progressive foundational introduction to air traffic control. It focuses on the interpretation of the FAA orders and regulations that govern the air traffic control system, roles and responsibilities of control positions, concepts of spacing, sequencing, and separation, visual and radar traffic patterns, communication, terminology, and principles of ATC procedures.

Prerequisites: None

Schedule Type: Lecture/Lab

Credit Hours: 3 

Introductory sequence in composition, contributing to the liberal education of students, regardless of their majors. Approaches writing as a process and provides experience in writing with various aims and rhetorical strategies. ENG 102 includes the development of a research paper.

Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion (‚ÄúS‚ÄĚ) of ENG 100 (for those placed in this course), satisfactory completion of ENG 101 (‚ÄúC‚ÄĚ or better).

Schedule Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Surveys the period from the French Revolution (1789) to the present, years when many aspects of the contemporary world were shaped. Themes emphasized include economic, religious, social (gender, race, age, families, communities), ecological, political and military history. Selected historical events in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas will be considered.

Prerequisites: None

Schedule Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3 

HEA 200 or Two (2) Physical Education Activities HEA 200 Health Education

Designed to help the student to understand himself/herself as a human organism; to become familiar with various influences that affect health; to coordinate experiences for more effective understanding of healthful living in the world today; and to aid himself/herself in solving personal health problems.

Physical Education Activities

Two (2) physical education activities selected from Physical Education service courses numbered 104 through 231.

Prerequisites: None

Schedule Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 2

CREDIT HOURS                             16

Sophomore Year
Semester Three

Factors and procedures relating to aviation safety, techniques for accident prevention, procedures used in accident investigations, the human factors (physiological and psychological), the effect of weather, mechanical and maintenance issues, mid-air collisions, and runway incursions.

Prerequisites: None

Schedule Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3 

Preparation for the FAA Instrument written examination. Includes concepts and procedures of instrument and weather flying, IFR procedures and FAA regulations, radio navigation, and instrument approaches.

Prerequisites: None

Schedule Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3 

Flight instruction in preparation for completion of requirements for the FAA Instrument Rating. Includes attitude instrument flying, basic instrument flight patterns, partial panel, VOR procedures, DME arcs, GPS and ADF procedures, localizer tracking and holding. Flight fees: approximately $5000.

Co-requisite: AVN 265 

Schedule Type: Lab

Credit Hours: 2

A one-semester course in Speech Communication involving a participative learning experience. Emphasis will be placed on intrapersonal, interpersonal and public communication. Class projects, situational exercises, public speaking, group discussion and dyadic and nonverbal communication are used as reinforcement material. Passing grade is “C.‚ÄĚ

Prerequisite: None

Schedule Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

A first course on modern market economies. Emphasizes the determination of national income, fluctuations, and growth; the monetary system; the problems of inflation and unemployment; and international trade.

Prerequisites: None

Schedule Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

CREDIT HOURS                             14

Semester Four

Techniques for enhancing teamwork, interpersonal communications and relationships, leadership, and coping strategies in the professional aviation environment. Included are the recognition of human behavior that affects the safety of aviation operations, such as anger, stress, and fatigue, and the strategies to handle those behaviors.

Prerequisites: None 

Schedule Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Flight instruction in preparation for completion of requirements for the FAA Instrument Rating. Includes: VOR/VOR-DME approaches, GPS and ADF approaches, localizer and ILS instrument approaches, cross-country procedures and emergencies, maneuvers review and FAA Practical Test. To successfully complete this laboratory, the FAA Instrument Rating must be earned. Flight fees: approximately $5000.

Prerequisite: AVN 267

Schedule Type: Lab

Credit Hours: 2

An introduction to the fundamentals of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), including their developing role in the modern aviation industry. Topics include an introduction to structural elements, avionics, flight control and guidance systems, navigation, remote sensing, human factors and integration into commercial and military airspace. Emphasis is on future employment in the field with a focus on commercial airspace.

Prerequisites: None

Schedule Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3 

Functions and their graphs. Polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions. Systems of linear and nonlinear equations. Sequences and series. 

Prerequisite: MAT 105 or by placement.

Schedule Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3 

Options selected from Economics (202), Geography (201, 202), Military Science (MSC 201), Political Science (201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 304, 305, 308, 310, 311, 317, 320, 341, 409, 499), Psychology (203, 205, 300, 301, 302, 304, 305, 306, 308, 311, 312, 402, 404) and Sociology (205, 210, 215, 304, 305, 315, 320, 322, 324, 326, 328, 401, 402, 405, 406, 414, 416, 422, 499).

Prerequisites: None

Schedule Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

CREDIT HOURS                             14

Junior Year
Semester Five

A holistic view of management requirements and techniques applicable to the aviation industry; problems, current issues and future trends related to aviation operations. Includes management and organizational styles as applied to the industry, changes in the National Airspace System, managerial problems unique to the industry, and proposed acquisition of equipment under the Capital Investment Plan.

Prerequisites: None

Schedule Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3 

Preparation for the FAA Commercial Pilot written exam and Commercial Pilot Certification. Includes advanced aerodynamics, aircraft performance, precision maneuvers, extended cross-country and night flight, FAA regulations, introduction to advanced systems, and transition to more sophisticated aircraft.

C0-requisite: AVN 363

Schedule Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Flight instruction in preparation for FAA Commercial Pilot Certification. Includes: maneuvers and landings review, introduction to complex airplanes, commercial performance flight maneuvers, cross-country navigation review, day and night solo cross-country navigation, and instrument review. A total of 60 flight hours should be flown to complete this laboratory.

Prerequisites: None

Schedule Type: Lab

Credit Hours: 2

The first of a required two-semester interdisciplinary course that is organized around a theme, Enduring Human Values and Cultural Connections. The course introduces sophomore students to western and non-western philosophies and cultural legacies through the study of works of art, dance, drama, music, and literature from Antiquity through the Renaissance.

Prerequisites: None

Schedule Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3 

The basic principles of mechanics, wave motion, thermal properties of matter, electricity, optics, and a survey of modern physics.

Prerequisites: MAT 117

Schedule Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 4

CREDIT HOURS                             15

Semester Six

This course is a survey of legal concepts concerning aviation as related to operation, contracts, insurance and liability, regulating statutes, and case law. Topics include tort law, FAA regulation, and commercial/business law relative to the aviation industry.

Prerequisites: None 

Schedule Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Survey of historical developments of and current issues within the air transportation system covering facilities, impact of regulations, problems encountered in commercial air transportation, future requirements, airline operations, economics, and social implications.

Prerequisite: None

Schedule Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Flight instruction in preparation for FAA Commercial Pilot Certification. Includes advanced aerodynamics, aircraft performance, precision maneuvers, extended cross-country and night flight in complex airplanes, FAA regulations, introduction to advanced systems, and complex maneuvers review in preparation for the FAA practical (flight) check. To successfully complete this laboratory the FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate must be earned.

Prerequisites: AVN 363

Schedule Type: Lab

Credit Hours: 2

Select one course from the following: HIS 105, 107: ART 200, 305, 306, or 407; ENG 214, 215, 323, 328 or 329; Foreign Language (above 202); HUM 202; MUS 200, 201, 202, or 305; Philosophy 203, 204, 210, 301, 304 or 305; THE 120, 205, 206.

Prerequisites: None

Schedule Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3 

Methods of collecting, organizing, presenting, analyzing, and interpreting business and economic data. These include descriptive statistical methods such as mean, standard deviation and distribution, and inferential statistical methods such as confidence interval, hypothesis testing, one way ANOVA and simple regression. Emphasis will be placed on the application of statistical analysis in decision making. 

Prerequisite: MAT 117

Schedule Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

CREDIT HOURS                             14

Senior Year
Semester Seven

This a work study program under the agreement with an organization within the aviation industry. Students must meet eligibility requirements and be recommended by the Department Chair.

Prerequisite: None

Schedule Type: Lecture/Hybrid

Credit Hours: 3

This course is preparation for the FAA Flight Instructor Certificate. Topics include flight instruction methodology, instructor responsibilities, and flight maneuvers necessary for instructing private and commercial students.

Prerequisites: None

Schedule Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

The first part of a two-semester flight lab course to prepare students for the FAA Flight Instructor Certificate examination. Topics include instruction methodology, instructor responsibilities, lesson plan development and presentation, and flight maneuvers necessary for instructing private students.

Co-requisite: AVN 461

Schedule Type: Lab

Credit Hours: 1 

In-depth discussion of electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, environmental and electronic systems on aircraft, design and performance standards, capabilities and limitations, and conformance to FAA specifications. Includes crew concept procedures, cockpit resource management, and emergency procedures

Prerequisite: None

Schedule Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

This course exposes students to basic research for business. The course includes: problem identification, research planning, research methodology, sampling methods, data gathering, statistical analysis techniques, and writing research reports. The role of research in business decision making will be explored. This course is designed so that students are able to use research to solve real world problems faced by the business community. 

Prerequisite: MGT 215

Schedule Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

A survey and foundation course in management that typically covers the development of management as a discipline and current theories and practices of leading, organizing, decision-making, communications, and controlling applicable to the business enterprise.

Prerequisites: None

Schedule Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

CREDIT HOURS                             16

Semester Eight

A managerial-level course centering on expertise required for airline operations, including flight dispatching, high altitude weather, crew teamwork, high altitude operations, crew and passenger safety, and high-density airport operations. The course is designed for students intending to seek flight or ground career opportunities within the airline industry.

Prerequisites: None 

Schedule Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Designed as a capstone course for all aviation courses of study. Emphasis will be placed upon participating in an assessment designed for the student’s area of study which may include any or all of the following: comprehensive oral and/or written examination, comprehensive project, FAA or other industry certification, independent research project, or assigned by academic adviser and approved by department chair.

Prerequisites: Senior standing

Schedule Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3 

Advanced theories of flight and flight factors, including air-foil shape, drag, velocity, lift and thrust, stability and control; advanced principles of performance, including capabilities and limitations, performance and design criteria, load factors, weight and balance charts, comparative analysis of aircraft, and certification of aircraft.

Prerequisites: None 

Schedule Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

The second part of a two-semester flight lab course to prepare students for the FAA Flight Instructor Certificate examination. Topics include instruction methodology, instructor responsibilities, lesson plan development and presentation, and flight maneuvers necessary for instructing private students.

Prerequisite: AVN 465

Schedule Type: Lab

Credit Hours: 1 

This course studies the various elements involved with planning for and responding to workplace, transportation, and natural disasters and emergencies. This course will adopt an all-hazards approach to the general and technical aspects of disaster planning and response including the incident management system, alarm, warning, and communications systems, evacuation, medical response, search and rescue, media and information management, and business recovery. Consideration of the security survey; communication and surveillance systems; control of personnel and visitors; the use, supervision, and training of security forces; handling civil disturbances in public buildings; and other emergencies is given.

Prerequisites: None

Schedule Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3 

Survey of behavioral science theories and research contributing to understanding the individual and groups in organizations. Representative topics include motivation, group and intergroup behavior, leadership, power and influence, decision-making, job design, organizational change and development.

Prerequisites: Junior standing

Schedule Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

CREDIT HOURS                             16

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS              120