DEGREE PROGRAMS FOR: AVIATION MAJORS
Lewis University’s commitment to quality aviation programs began in 1932 when aviation studies first were offered. The Harold E. White Aviation Center, which includes a $2 million high-tech flight complex, is one of the most modern aviation education centers in the Midwest. The facility includes a distance learning lab, a flight simulator room, a computer laboratory, and a dispatch center, as well as classrooms.
The department’s facilities reflect the spirit of aviation education at Lewis, with the front door opening to the Lewis University campus and the back door opening to the airport. Students spend ample time in both locations as they receive a solid liberal arts foundation in addition to advanced technical training. Today, Lewis is an acknowledged leader in aviation education, preparing professionals to serve the aviation community and aviation-related industries on a worldwide basis. Aviation students come to Lewis from across the United States and abroad.
At Lewis, aviation students may select one of several tracks. These programs include bachelor’s degrees in Aviation Administration, Aviation Flight, and Aviation Maintenance Management; the associate’s degrees in Aviation Flight or Maintenance; and the certificate in Aviation Maintenance Technology. Students earning a bachelor’s degree in Aviation Maintenance Management may also specialize in avionics or nondestructive testing. Minors are available in Aviation Administration, Aviation Flight, Aircraft Dispatch, and Aviation Maintenance Technology.
Students have many opportunities for co-curricular involvement, such as Alpha Eta Rho (National Aviation Fratority), Flight Team (National Intercollegiate Flying Association), and the student chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE).
Strong emphasis is placed on preparing the graduate for the challenges of life and the aerospace industry in the 21st century. Particular areas of emphasis throughout the program include oral and written communications, critical thinking and problem solving skills, interpersonal relationships, and professional and personal ethics.
SPECIAL CONSIDERATION AS A RESULT OF FAA REQUIREMENTS
The following Department of Aviation programs include courses that have been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR):
Part 65 Approved Dispatcher Program
Part 141 Approved Flight School
Part 147 Approved Aviation Maintenance Technician School
The courses which meet the FAA requirements are reviewed on a regular basis by the FAA. The FAA approved courses which meet the requirements under Title 14 are noted under the Aviation course descriptions section of this catalog, pages 176-181. Enrollment in any FAA-approved course requires that students comply with all FAA rules and regulations. Academic success alone, however, does not guarantee FAA certification in these programs. Reasons for disqualification include, but are not limited to, the following:
1) Alcohol abuse or addiction;
2) Drug abuse, addiction, possession
3) Conviction of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs.
In addition, some occupations within the aerospace industry are closed to individuals with prior felony convictions. Additionally, appropriate medical exams are required for various certificates.
FAA TESTING AUTHORITY
Students authorized to take FAA exams for flight or maintenance ratings may do so by computer. The Harold E. White Aviation Center computer lab is an approved FAA written test center. Additionally, maintenance oral and practical tests are administered by department faculty who are FAA designated mechanic examiners. FAA exams are by appointment only, and fees are in addition to tuition costs.
CHALLENGE EXAMS / TRANSFER CREDIT
Challenge examinations are permitted for students with documented work or military experience, in an area of specialization which conforms to FAA regulations. Passing a challenge examination may permit a student to either: (1) waive a required course on a no-credit basis, or (2) obtain credit toward a degree by paying the requisite University fee.
Students who have previously obtained an FAA license may receive credit for courses and labs that correspond to these ratings. Prior training gained through an accredited college may be granted transfer credit upon approval from the Aviation department chair. Students who have certificates and/or ratings obtained through a non-accredited source may request both course and lab credit. A challenge examination may be required to demonstrate adequate knowledge and proficiency.
All of the above credits, must be requested no later than six weeks into your initial semester at Lewis, regardless of your declared major.
Students enrolled in an approved FAA curriculum must meet FAA requirements regarding the minimum number of hours. The maximum number of absences allowed in each course is the number of times the lecture/lab meets per week. For example, if your class meets 4 hours for that class per week, you are allowed to miss 4 hours during the entire class term. Being late three times is equivalent to one absence. All absences from either lecture or laboratories must be made up prior to the end of the semester. If a student knows in advance that an absence will occur, the instructor should be informed.
DECLARATION AND CHANGE OF MAJOR
It is important to recognize that most aviation programs are highly technical in nature and require substantial laboratory coursework. Flight and maintenance training is sequential, requiring several consecutive semesters to complete. Additionally, because of its technical nature, aviation has limited electives. Therefore, in order to graduate in the traditional four years, a student must declare a major as early as possible during his or her academic career.
It is important to note that required courses vary among different majors. Students are advised to carefully evaluate the effect that changing majors might have with respect to future course requirements and the required time to complete the degree. When applying for graduation, however, the student must have successfully completed all the requirements for the declared major.
Students wishing to change from one aviation program to another must obtain approval from the chair of the Department of Aviation. Those who entered the two-year aviation program will be admitted to the five-semester or four-year degree programs only if they have maintained a 2.00 (C) grade point average and have completed the two-year certificate program.
MINIMUM GRADE POINT AVERAGE
First semester students who receive a grade of F in any aviation course may be dismissed from the Department of Aviation, regardless of their grade point average. The department requires that all students maintain a minimum 2.00 cumulative grade point average in the major. At the conclusion of each semester, each student’s grades are reviewed to assure success in the program. Students whose grade point average has fallen below the minimum 2.00 (C) in the major will be dropped from the program. Those who are dropped may apply for re-admission under the terms of the University re-admission policy.
In cases in which circumstances warrant, the department may agree to approve a contract between a student and the university in lieu of being dropped from the program. The contract will specify appropriate goals that must be met during the succeeding semester. At the end of the contract period, the student’s performance will be evaluated under the contract, and a decision on retention or dismissal will be made.
Safety is the primary concern in all aviation programs. Students who routinely or flagrantly violate established safety rules or display a chronic lack of safety awareness will be dismissed from the department.