Aviation Technology Major (Bachelor of Science)
A student majoring in Aviation Technology must complete a minimum of 93 quarter hours in the major consisting of the core courses and technical requirements. In addition, the student must complete required cognates, the general studies program, and all baccalaureate degree requirements as outlined in this bulletin. Aviation Technology students can work with their academic adviser to focus their elective choices towards a career as a professional pilot. Specialty areas include commercial aviation or mission/humanitarian aviation.
The aviation program trains students using a Part 61 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved course outline. A specific level of mastery and progress is required to complete the academic courses, earn flight certificates and ratings, and continue in the program. To be successful in training and in the aviation industry students must demonstrate proficiency in learning, sound judgement, safety awareness, and good moral character. Students will be allowed to register for flight classes based on performance in prerequisite classes. Due to the demanding and unforgiving nature of aviation operations, the Chair of the Technology department in consultation with the aviation operations, the Chair of the Technology department in consultation with the aviation advisors may dismiss students from aviation classes at any time. Reasons for such action may include, but are not limited to, the following: reckless operations, safety concerns or violations, security concerns raised by foreign and domestic background information, excessive cancellations, or documented progress delays in training due to student’s teach-ability, skill, or retention of knowledge.
WWU Aviation Procedures and Regulations Policy
Walla Walla University Aviation Procedures and Regulations are given to all aviation students. Students have the responsibility to acquaint themselves with the contents and are held accountable for all policies therein. Students found to be in violation of the WWU Aviation Procedures and Regulations or judged to be unsafe will be removed from the flight schedule and will be subject to dismissal as aviation majors.
All flight courses require progress and a level of mastery for course completion, earning flight certificates and ratings, and continuation in the program. Students will be allowed to register for flight classes based on performance in prerequisite classes. To be successful in training an in the aviation industry students must demonstrate proficiency in learning, sound judgement, safety awareness, and good moral character. In the aviation industry character is evaluated based on an applicant’s driving and/or criminal record. Excessive movement infractions, driving while under the influence, suspension or revocation of a driver’s license, or a pattern of criminal activity are all viewed as terms of “moral character.” The aviation program recognizes that people can change and these items are not immediately disqualifying, but future employers will consider them, and an applicant with a background must be prepared to work hard to show change.
Students are responsible for their own transportation to agencies used for education experience. The use of ground transportation is essential for each student to reach Walla Walla Regional Airport where the WWU flight center is located. Transportation costs, including auto insurance, are the student’s responsibility.
All flight courses have additional expenses. Please see the current WWU financial bulletin for details.
Electives must be chosen in consultation with and approved by the academic adviser assigned by the department chair. Aviation students planning a career in mission/humanitarian flight are encouraged to take RELH 303 World Religions and RELM 233 Introduction to Cross Cultural Ministry as part of their general studies religion requirements.