Some schools host programs dedicated solely to aviation technology; others offer aviation technology classes through an aeronautical sciences major. Courses are normally offered through an associate's or a bachelor's degree program and prepare students to repair and maintain airplanes. It's typical for schools to have approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Common introductory courses in aviation technology teach students the basics of aviation and aviation science. They also study basic aeronautics to learn about regulations, safety, meteorology and flight planning. Courses may also teach students to fly a plane and educate them on how the weather affects aircraft operations; an aviation technology program cover aircraft engines, electrical systems and structures. Students often do internships to practice working on aircraft.
Here are some concepts commonly explored in aviation technology courses:
- Safety and security features
- Air pressure patterns
- Electrical systems
- Turbine engines
After completing a degree program in aviation technology, graduates normally pursue certification from the FAA. This requires passing exams and meeting the experience and education requirements. Certifications exist in airframe mechanics and powerplant mechanics. Aspiring pilots also need to get licensed, though the type of licensed required depends on whether one is a student pilot, private pilot or commercial pilot.
List of Courses
Students in this class learn about the physics of flying, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations, how to operate radio transmissions, the importance of safety equipment, aircraft construction, flight planning, meteorology and performance data. A basics aeronautics course, also referred to as primary ground instruction, is intended to give students the information that will appear on the written examination required for qualification. This class is a prerequisite for more advanced classes and is taken during a student's freshman or sophomore year.
This class provides students with the basics of plane safety. Rules and regulations, risk management, airport safety, ground safety, emergency management, inspection and flight systems management are the primary concepts covered. Students taking an aviation safety course can expect to participate in various case studies and group discussions. This class is mandatory and is usually offered during junior year.
Private Plane Flying
A class in private place flying is typically the first class where prospective pilots operate aircraft. In addition to flying, students in this aviation technology course learn about airport operations, navigation, take-offs, landings, night flying and aircraft communications. Students in this class can use the flight hours that are earned towards certification requirements needed to obtain a piloting license. This class is usually taken during a student's junior year; passing this class is required to advance to more in-depth flying classes.
Aviation meteorology classes focus on how weather and the atmosphere impact aircraft operations. Students learn how to read weather reports and weather maps, listen to weather-related warnings, use devices that assist in flying in rough weather and apply classroom scenarios to real-life flying situations. This class is mandatory in most schools that offer aviation technology programs and is offered during junior year.