Bill Bradford, Chair
H. H. Dempsey
The Department of Aeronautics prepares graduates who are academically, ethically, and professionally prepared to accept the relevant leadership challenges of the current and future aviation industry.
The Department of Aeronautics offers a highly challenging and rigorous undergraduate degree in the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Aerospace Management with fields of concentration in Aviation Business and Flight Operations. The Program also offers a joint major in Aerospace Management and Criminal Justice. The Program includes at least 30 hours of general education courses to ensure that a student is professionally well-rounded.
In addition, the Department of Aeronautics offers flight courses for academic credit to all interested Averett University students who are not on University or other academic disciplinary action, and meet departmental requirements and policies. The Flight Center offers training for the following Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certificates: private, commercial and flight instructor pilot, as well as training for the FAA ratings for instrument, multi-engine, instrument instructor and multi-engine instructor. A student seeking an FAA certificate or rating through the Department of Aeronautics must successfully complete the courses pertinent to the desired certification at the Flight Center prior to graduation.
Safety is a preeminent concern of the Department of Aeronautics and the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA also specifically mandates high grade and attendance standards that must be met by students in all ground and flight courses. Aviation professionals also have the highest behavioral and medical standards in any industry. The Department of Aeronautics reflects its commitment to these high professional standards within the aviation industry. The department faculty and staff insist that all students conduct themselves in a responsible and professional manner.
All students are required to study and be well prepared prior to all academic and flight classes. Consequently, students must maintain a minimum annual grade point average in courses in the major. This departmental requirement is in addition to other University academic policies.
Students enrolled in the Aeronautics program must earn a C in all required Aeronautics classes within his/her concentration. If a student has a D, F, or WF in a required Aeronautics course, the student may not progress in the concentration. One consequence is that the student will have to repeat that course when it is offered as a regularly scheduled course on the semester schedule.
Any student who does not conform to these high expectations may be placed on probation or suspension, or be administratively withdrawn or dismissed from the major, if in the judgment of the Chair, such action is believed to be necessary.
Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program
While in the Aerospace Management Program, students will be part of the Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program. As in the aerospace industry "no tolerance" environment, the department’s goal is to use education and deterrence to assure a safe and secure training environment.
The program is similar to mandatory drug and alcohol testing conducted in the industry. All students enrolled in the Aerospace Management Program are subject to random or “for cause” drug testing during their enrollment. Additional drug and alcohol testing will be done for several reasons. Tests can be ordered as an initial screening, directed at an individual based on his/her behavior, speech, odor or other characteristics, inconclusive test results, or be done as a result of an aviation-related accident or incident. Any confirmed use of illegal drugs or chronic abuse of alcohol is cause for immediate suspension from any safety or security sensitive courses.
Drug, alcohol, and other legal convictions, or positive drug and alcohol test results, or results from certain judicial or University administrative actions are considered serious problems by the Federal government and the aviation industry. These can severely and adversely impact the student trying to obtain FAA certificates or a mandatory security background clearance in order to obtain professional employment in the aviation industry.
The Department of Aeronautics is located on the main campus and offers academic instruction and advising. The Flight Center is located at Danville Regional Airport, a short distance from campus. Students should be prepared to provide their own transportation to and from the Flight Center.