Launched in 2017, Valpo’s aviation program is one of only six other similar programs in a tri-state area. Students are able to obtain a private pilot certificate, instrument rating, commercial pilot certificate, multi-engine rating, as well as a certified flight instructor certificate.

The program consists of two distinct pathways — associate of science with a concentration in aviation and minor in aviation — allowing students to tailor their classes to meet their individual needs. No matter the pathway chosen, Valpo’s program provides a gateway opportunity for students interested in aviation and may also be used as the initial step for those students interested in a career in commercial aviation.

Any Valpo student interested in aviation may take a number of elective courses — Air Transportation – AVN 101 , Private Pilot – AVN 121, AVN 122, and Instrument Rating – AVN 221, AVN 222 — without declaring a minor or obtaining an associate’s degree. This can lead to a private pilot certificate as well as an instrument rating.

Due to the combination of higher transportation demands, in both passenger and freight, and significant shortages of qualified pilots within the aviation industry, opportunity abounds within the field of aviation. According to Forbes magazine, the demand for air travel is growing rapidly, while the number of pilots still lags behind. This lag is projected to increase due to FAA-mandated age-65 requirements. More specifically, a recent Boeing report found that over the next twenty years, 117,000 pilots will be needed in the United States with the greatest demand in the Asia Pacific region, requiring 253,000 new pilots.

 

ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE WITH CONCENTRATION IN AVIATION

This is a 62-credit degree that combines 30 credits in general education and 32 credits in the aviation concentration and includes three open elective credits. Completion of this degree leads to three Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certifications and two FAA ratings. Flight components for this program are offered on site at the Porter Country Regional Airport through a partnership with Eagle Aircraft, a SEVIS-approved flight school.

While working toward their associate’s degree in aviation, students have the option to pursue a baccalaureate degree in any of Valpo’s colleges and programs. Areas of particular interest to students in the aviation program may be business or meteorology.

Requirements for the Associate of Science with concentration in Aviation:
GENERAL EDUCATION
Freshman Core Program – 10 Credits
CORE 110 The Human Experience 5 credits
CORE 115 The Human Experience 5 credits
Theology – 3 Credits
THEO 200 The Christian Tradition 3 credits
Humanities – 3 Credits
One course from the following options:
– Fine and Performing Arts
– History
– Literature
– Philosophy (except PHIL 145/245)
Social Science – 3 Credits
Choose one three-credit course from geography (designated), political science and international relations, social work (designated), sociology, or gender studies
Natural Science – 8 Credits
BIO 151 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3+3, 4 credits
BIO 152
Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3+3, 4 credits
Quantitative Analysis – 2 Credits
MATH 115 Trigonometry and Functions 2 credits
Healthy Lifestyles – 1 Credits
One of the following options:
KIN 100
Healthy Lifestyles 1 credits
KIN 101
Wellness and Stress 1 credits
Aviation Concentration – 32 Credits
MET 103
Introduction to Meteorology 4 credits
AVN 101 Air Transportation 1 credits
AVN 121
Private Pilot Airplane Ground 3 credits
AVN 122
Private Pilot Airplane Flight 2 credits
AVN 221
Instrument Airplane Ground 3 credits
AVN 222
Instrument Airplane Flight 2 credits
AVN 321
Commercial Airplane Ground 3 credits
AVN 322
Commercial Airplane Flight I 2 credits
AVN 323
Commercial Airplane Flight II 2 credits
AVN 421
Multi-Engine Ground 3 credits
AVN 422
Multi-Engine Flight 2 credits
AVN 423
Flight Instructor Ground 3 credits
AVN 424
Flight Instructor Flight 2 credits

 

MINOR IN AVIATION

The 22-credit minor features flight components offered on site at the Porter Country Regional Airport through a partnership with Eagle Aircraft, a SEVIS-approved flight school. Students will develop an understanding of aeronautical and flight principles, leading to two certifications and one rating from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Required Courses:
CORE 110 The Human Experience 5 credits
CORE 115 The Human Experience 5 credits
THEO 200 The Christian Tradition 3 credits
BIO 151 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3+3, 4 credits
BIO 152 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3+3, 4 credits
MATH 115 Trigonometry and Functions 2 credits
MET 103 Introduction to Meteorology 4 credits
AVN 101 Air Transportation 1 credits
AVN 121 Private Pilot Airplane Ground 3 credits
OPEN ELECTIVE COURSES:
AVN 323 Commercial Airplane Flight II 2 credits
AVN 421 Multi-Engine Ground 3 credits
AVN 422 Multi-Engine Flight 2 credits
AVN 423 Flight Instructor Ground 3 credits
AVN 424 Flight Instructor Flight 2 credits

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If you are interested in Valpo’s aviation program including pricing information, please contact the Director of Aviation, Erik Taylor at erik.taylor@valpo.edu or 219.464.5721.