Aviation, BS

We train tomorrow’s airline, corporate and military pilots today!

The Aviation Program provides students with quality education and experience in preparation for careers in the aviation industry. Curricula in the Program lead to a Bachelor’s of Science degree with concentrations in Aviation Management or Professional Pilot. With competitive overall flight lab fees, its own fleet of ten aircraft and an experienced and dedicated instructor staff, Delaware State University (DSU) is simply the best Flight Education opportunity on the east coast of the United States.

The faculty of the Aviation Program subscribe to the philosophy and the mission of DSU and the College of Business. Our mission, is for the DSU Aviation Program to establish the highest quality of aviation-education and related training, in order to develop highly successful aviation professionals with a global perspective. We will do this through a student-centered learning environment, emphasizing academic excellence through innovation and integrity in teaching, professional development, applied and instructional research and outreach. 

Our Aviation Management graduates will be qualified for advanced training to fill the future vacancies in Air Traffic Control, Federal Aviation Administration, both regional and major airline companies, corporate aviation and all levels of airport administration career fields.

Our Professional Pilot graduates will complete their FAA requirements for the Private Pilot License, Instrument rating, Commercial License, Multi-Engine and Certified Flight Instructor ratings while earning a Bachelor’s Degree. Graduates of our FAA Approved Part 141 Aviation program get hired into a Professional Pilot job leading to a career in aviation. The DSU flight training program opens the door to commercial and/or military aviation careers for those with the ability and tenacity to meet the rigorous academic and physical skills demanded of them.

The pillars of the Aviation Program are Dedication, Safety, Unity, Attitude, and Professionalism. Flight lab fees are in addition to tuition.  Current flight training lab fees vary between $3,255 and $9,486 for each fixed-wing certification and are subject to revision. Charges incurred for FAA flight physicals, knowledge exams, and certification flight tests with FAA flight examiners are the responsibility of the student. Our program is approved by the State of Delaware Education Department and the Veteran’s Administration for Veterans flight training. Make your mark on the world, and in the air with DSU Aviation!  

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Required courses

Aviation Management

Introduction 

In addition to educating pilots, the Aviation Program at Delaware State lays a strong foundation for a wide range of careers in the aviation industry. With an Aviation Management degree, students gain first-hand experience and knowledge in subjects such as:

  • airport management
  • air and ground safety
  • economics and finance
  • personnel management
  • aviation law and regulations

Employers seek out Delaware State’s aviation graduates because the program has such a good track record. Our students have access to excellent facilities and a first-rate faculty, and they have gone on to great success as airport administrators, air traffic controllers, industry analysts, transportation regulators, and executives for aviation corporations. In the 20-year history of our flight school, 100 percent of our graduates have gained employment within the aviation industry.

Professional Preparation

A new generation of leaders is needed in air traffic control and airport administration, as the current generation is rapidly approaching retirement age. With an Aviation Management degree, graduates will be qualified to fill those vacancies. We have an excellent working relationship with the Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA). Many of our undergraduates have work-study jobs with DRBA during school, and/or gain full-time jobs there after graduation.

The Aviation program is approved by the State of Delaware Education Department for Veterans Flight Training.

Faculty

All members of the Delaware State flight school faculty have spent many years working in the aviation industry. Their backgrounds cover all sectors within the industry, including military, commercial, and private planes; airport management; air traffic control; safety and regulation; and aerodynamic engineering and product design. As a result, students are exposed to a broad range of perspectives and insights.

All our faculty are committed to the program values of dedication, safety, unity, an attitude of success, and professionalism.

Research and Experience

The Aviation Management program offers many opportunities for professional development and networking. Our internship relationships with Continental Airlines, DuPont Aviation, and the DRBA enable students to develop real-world experience and skills within the aviation industry. We also maintain close ties with the local chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen and the Organization of Black Airline Pilots (OBAP), offering an Aviation Career Education (ACE) Camp and the OBAP Solo Flight Academy. 

  • airport management
  • air and ground safety
  • economics and finance
  • personnel management
  • aviation law and regulations

Professional Pilot

Introduction

Little-known fact: Delaware State operates the only full-service, university-based flight school in the mid-Atlantic area. We offer very affordable fees, expert professional pilot instructors, and a state-of-the-art fleet of planes. Students spend hundreds of hours in the cockpit, while getting classroom instruction on airplane mechanics, air traffic control, engines and instruments, aviation, law, and other aspects of flight operations.

Upon completion of their Aviation Professional Pilot degree, students are qualified to operate commercial airlines, charter planes, corporate jets, and military aircraft. With the nation’s pilot workforce rapidly aging, employment prospects are bright for young pilots: Experts project the industry will soon need to hire 9,000 or more new pilots per year. In the 20-year history of Delaware State’s flight school, 100 percent of our graduates have gone on to careers in the aviation industry.

Professional Preparation

In the course of fulfilling Professional Pilot program requirements, students will earn their FAA licenses for Private Pilot, Instrument, Commercial, Multi-Engine, Certified Flight Instructor, Certified Flight Instructor-Instrument.

The flight program is approved by the State of Delaware Education Department for Veterans Flight Training.

Faculty

All members of the Delaware State flight school faculty have spent many years working in flight operations. Their backgrounds cover all sectors within the industry, including military, commercial, and private planes; airport management; air traffic control; safety and regulation; and aerodynamic engineering and product design. As a result, students are exposed to a broad range of perspectives and insights.

All of our faculty are committed to the program values of dedication, safety, unity, an attitude of success, and professionalism.

Research and Experience

The Aviation Professional Pilot program offers many opportunities for career development and networking. Our internship agreements with Continental Airlines and DuPont Aviation enable students to develop real-world experience and skills within the flight operations industry. We also maintain close ties with the local chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen and the Organization of Black Airline Pilots (OBAP), offering an Aviation Career Education (ACE) Camp and the OBAP Solo Flight Academy. 

Academic Excellence

A grade of “C” or better is required in all AVIA courses (including electives) for graduation from the Professional Pilot Program. Students who are unable to obtain a minimum grade of “C” after the second attempt in any AVIA classes must obtain permission from the Director of the department to remain in the program. This will apply for each course that needs to be retaken for the third time.

Flight training students must maintain a GPA of 2.0 (each semester) and must be in Good Academic standing at the completion of each semester or they may be removed from their flight training schedule.

Flight Training Fees

Lab - Airplane

2016-2017 Fees*
AVIA-102L  Private Pilot Lab $7,353

AVIA-103L  Instrument Rating Lab

$7,605

AVIA-201L  Commercial I Lab

$9,586

AVIA-202L  Commercial II Lab

$4,982

AVIA-307L  Commercial III Lab

$5,914

AVIA-401L  CFI-Airplane Lab

4,958

AVIA-431L  CFI-Instrument Lab

$3,255

AVIA-361L  Multi-Engine Lab

$6,319

AVIA-471L  Multi-Engine Instructor Lab**

$8,291

*Multi-Engine Instructor is not required to complete the degree. 

*Flight lab fees are in addition to the cost of tuition.