Pilot License Training

Aviation Specialization

Introduction

Earn a Private Pilot's License and a Bachelor's Degree

The interdisciplinary specialization in aviation, provided in coordination with Nulton Aviation Services, catapults a student with no past flight experience to the edge of commercial aviation, capable of flying for employers ranging from airlines to law enforcement, engineering services, and more. Combining both professional skills for any of these fields with practical flight experience and Federal licensure, this program enables students to combine their desire to fly with a bachelor's degree of their choice.

 

Offered: On-Campus (with flight training at Nulton Aviation in Johnstown, PA)

primary flight training in a state-of-the-art Diamond DA-40NG, equipped with a Garmin G1000

state-of-the-art Diamon DA-42 available for multiengine training

Redbird FMX full-motion flight simulator available for student use

Many fields are seeking pilots with deep industry knowledge. 

It takes a special kind of dedication to persevere in flight school while working toward your bachelor's degree, yet for the select few who are willing to put in the effort, the rewards are like no other. Here are a few industry examples:

 

  • Engineers use aviation to take their work into remote job sites.
  • Cybersecurity experts can benefit from understanding threats to aviation from a pilot’s perspective.
  • Both law enforcement and communication fields depend on pilots.
  • And of course, commercial pilots are in high demand with small and large airline
 The SFU LEARNING EXPERIENCE

Aviation the Saint Francis Way

 Ground school courses will be taught on the SFU campus in Loretto by certified flight instructors from Nulton Aviation Services. All flight training will be held at the John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport near Johnstown (students will need to arrange their own transportation).

 

Student pilot Zach

 

Zach Boote on his successful Private Check Ride through the Nulton Aviation/Saint Francis pilot program. The communications major plans to train and fly for the airlines.

The Aviation Student Experience

The Aviation Program at SFU is unique in that it is designed to take a student with no past flight experience and train them that they can fly, professionally a single engine, land based aircraft in a variety of flight situations.  Aviation students are

  • Able to obtain a Private Pilot License within just one year
  • Achieve a Commercial Pilot License
  • Complete the program within 3 years
  • Pair the program with many majors at SFU
CURRICULUM & COURSES

What You’ll Learn in the Aviation Specialization

The Aviation Specialization, provided in coordination with Nulton Aviation Services, catapults a student with no past flight experience to the edge of commercial aviation, capable of flying for employers ranging from airlines to law enforcement, engineering services, and more. Combining both professional skills for any of these fields with practical flight experience and Federal licensure, this specialization enables students to bring a unique skill to their professional career, including fields such as engineering, public health, business, computer science, and more.

 

  • Key Topics
  • Degree Paths
  • Learning Objectives
  • Nulton Aviation Services
  • This 21-credit specialization in Aviation can be taken as part of many majors at Saint Francis. Please talk with your admissions counselor or academic advisor about whether the concentration is feasible with your choice of major.

     

    Key Topics Covered

    Courses in the specialization prepare the aspiring career pilot for immediate entry-level employment in the aviation industry.  Coursework covers aerodynamics, aircraft systems, federal aviation regulations, aircraft performance, aeronautical decision making/human factors, flight physiology, and navigation.  

     

    Year 1 - Private Pilot License 

    Successful completion of this license grants the ability to legally fly in the US. License holders can fly single-engine, land-based aircraft in visual flight conditions (e.g., no rain, snow, etc.) and with passengers. License holders may not fly for hire and cannot be compensated for more than half the cost of a given flight.

     

    Year 2 - Instrument Pilot Rating

    The instrument rating confers additional privileges to a licensed pilot: namely, the ability to fly in instrument conditions. This rating does not confer additional privileges with regard to carrying passengers, cargo, etc. or being compensated for flying, but increases the variety of flight conditions one can fly in.

     

    Year 3 - Commercial Pilot License

    The commercial pilot license confers the ability to use one’s skills as a pilot for compensation or hire. Upon reception of this license, pilots can fly missions for an employer (e.g., inspection, survey, cargo hauling, etc.) as required, and in a larger variety of aircraft than before as completion of the commercial pilot license also confers certification in complex and high-performance aircraft.

     

     

  • Learning Objectives

    Aviation Specialization

    Successful graduates in our Aviation program earn a private or commercial pilot certification

    Please talk with your admissions counselor or academic advisor about whether the concentration is feasible with your choice of major.


    Majors to Consider:

    • Aquarium and Zoo Science
    • Biology (with careful scheduling
    • Business 
    • Chemistry (BA only)
    • Criminal Justice
    • Computer Science
    • Cybersecurity
    • Engineering (with careful scheduling) 
    • History
    • Mathematics
    • Political Science
    • Psychology (liberal arts)
    • Public Health

    You will be paired with an aviation-centric advisor who will aid in scheduling during the academic year.

     

  • Individual Student Learning Outcomes

     At the successful conclusion of the Aviation Concentration, students will achieve the following programmatic learning objectives: 

     

    1.   Comprehend the role of the Commercial Pilot within an airline or corporate flight department.

    2.   Know the basic theories of aerodynamics and apply them to the various flight scenarios encountered in the field.

    3.   Understand and apply aircraft systems knowledge to the various equipment that a Commercial Pilot may manage. 

    4.   Apply human factors, crew resource management, flight physiology, and aeronautical decision-making concepts to the flight deck environment. 

    5.   Recognize potentially hazardous atmospheric conditions and assess the risk of flight in various weather scenarios. 

    6.   Navigate the U.S. National Airspace safely through the use of all available resources.

     

  • Flight School Standing

    Nulton Aviation Services is a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certified part 141 Pilot School.

     

Aviation Faculty

Hands-On Learning Taught by Certified Pilots

All aviation coursework is taught by certified flight instructors from Nulton Aviation Services.  

Aviation Program Chair

Br. Marius Strom, T.O.R.
Engineering Department
814.472.3934

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Administered by faculty in the Department of Math, Engineering, and Computer Science 

 

 

 

Career Outlook in Aviation

Careers in Aviation that those who successfully complete the program would be qualified for: 
  • Commercial Pilot (with additional flight hours)
  • Corporate Pilot
  • Tourism and Sight Seeing Operations
  • Powerline and Pipeline Patrol
  • Law Enforcement
  • Air Charter
  • Air Ambulance

Opportunities after additional flight hours include jobs as regional and major commercial airline pilots. Those with proper certification may also teach flight instruction.

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