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Aviation Management

Aviation Management

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

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FlightSafety Academy

In this program, students will build 1,500 flight hours before graduation. 

Aviation is an amazing career and demand for pilots has never been higher. To help you take advantage of this opportunity, WVU Tech and FlightSafety Academy have partnered to establish the Bachelor of Science Aviation Management (BSAM) degree. The BSAM program combines FlightSafety Academy’s world-renowned airline-oriented flight training with WVU Tech’s comprehensive aviation management curriculum. It’s an ab initio program on afterburner.

In the BSAM program students complete the majority of their initial flight training during (see the 2018 schedule) their freshman year at FlightSafety Academy in Vero Beach, Florida. While doing so, they also take online courses from WVU Tech. Qualified students begin working at FlightSafety as flight instructors at the completion of the flight training stage. While working as instructors, students rapidly build flight experience and continue to take online courses from WVU Tech. In this program, students will build 1,500 flight hours before graduation.

Some students will begin working for an airline before they even complete their degree. Through Envoy Air’s Pilot Cadet Program, students may qualify for $5,000 in as little as 18 months after they start the program and a $17,100 bonus when they hire on with Envoy Air at 1500 flight hours. There is even a flow through opportunity to American Airlines.

All students pay in-state tuition rates for the WVU Tech courses and students may also complete their flight training at a lower rate, saving up to $20,000 through the FlightSafety Academy Instructor Candidate Opportunity Program.

Others may even qualify for a free type rating through the FlightSafety Instructor Rewards Program.

Ready to fly? Just click the “Apply” button on the top of this page. 


Aviation management faculty member, Steven Owens


Faculty Member

CW5 Steven Owens is a highly decorated serviceman and an accomplished pilot. In the eighties, Owens served a four-year active duty tour with an attack helicopter battalion in Germany. Throughout his career, he has flown OH-58A/C Kiowa, AH-1S/F Cobra, UH-1H/V Huey, UH/HH 60A/L Blackhawk, C-12D/U airplane and the King Air 300 ODIN airplane.

He's been a member of the West Virginia Army National Guard since 1992 and was appointed as the Command Chief Warrant Officer in 2012. He completed deployments to Kosovo in 2004, Afghanistan in 2009 and Africa in 2013. He's also a qualified Aviation Safety Officer and OSHA Instructor. 

At Tech, he relies on his unique experience to help students explore the history of the aviation industry, how it operates today and the rules and regulations that govern the business of professional aviation.

FlightSafety Academy instructor, James Champley.


FlightSafety Academy Assistant Center Manager, Chief Pilot

James joined FlightSafety Academy in 2005 and has held various positions such as Program Manager, Assistant Chief Flight Instructor and Assistant Director of JAA Programs. 

In 2007, he was selected for the "Best of the Best" instructor award, an award presented to FlightSafety International's top 50 Flight Instructors. 

James holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies from the University of Michigan

How does the program work?

Students will complete their WVU Tech coursework online, where they’ll take core education classes and courses in aviation, business, marketing and communications. Students will complete their flight training at FlightSafety Academy’s campus in Vero Beach, Florida.

In addition to first-rate flight training, program students will have the opportunity to build 1500 hours of flight experience by the completion of their baccalaureate degree – that’s over 1200 hours more than most collegiate flight training programs.


Graduates of the program will be equipped to land positions such as:
  • Airline pilot
  • Corporate pilot
  • Charter pilot
  • Flight instructor

FlightSafety Academy

FlightSafety Academy serves as the ab initio training center for FlightSafety International. FlightSafety is the world's premier professional aviation training company and supplier of flight simulators, visual systems and displays to commercial, government and military organizations.

The company provides more than 1.3 million hours of training each year to pilots, technicians and other aviation professionals from 167 countries and independent territories. FlightSafety operates the world's largest fleet of advanced full flight simulators at Learning Centers and training locations in the United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Japan, Netherlands, South Africa and the United Kingdom.

Visit FlightSafety's website to find out more.

Things you'll learn

Cockpit, boardroom and everything in between. Oh, and you'll learn to fly!

Aerodynamics and Aircraft Performance

Explore the fundamental principles of aerodynamics and aircraft performance, including the four forces of flight; stability and control; weight and balance; flight at slow, transonic and supersonic speeds; operation at high altitudes; and operation in extreme environmental conditions.

Aviation Weather

A study of weather as it relates to aviation with an emphasis on weather concepts, reporting systems, forecasting systems, hazards, weather and flight planning, weather in relation to aircraft performance and weather reporting hardware and software.

Aviation Management and Leadership

This courses explores management methods used by aviation crews, airline management, suppliers, service providers and manufacturers. It focuses on decision-making, communication skills, sales management and emotional intelligence.

View a sample degree schedule or explore more course options in the catalog.

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