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Aviation Management

Aviation Management

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

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WVU Tech Catalog

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This is an off-campus program that requires flight training and completion of degree requirements through WVU Tech online courses.

If your primary objectives are flying and building flight time, this is the program for you.

WVU Tech’s comprehensive aviation management curriculum makes for a powerful aviation degree. 

In the BSAM program, students complete the majority of their initial flight training during their freshman year at the flight school of their choosing. While doing so, they also take online courses from WVU Tech.

You'll learn the business, management, finance and aviation-specific skills you need to take your career to new heights in the cockpit - and the boardroom. 

And if you're certified to take to the skies, we'll work with you to provide credits for your current education and training.


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 complete the majority of their initial flight training during their freshman year at the flight school of their choosing. While doing so, they also take online courses in aviation, business, marketing and communications from WVU Tech. Those who have already completed their flight training can earn credit for their education.

Once your coursework is finished, you'll have earned the additional training it takes to advance you career in aviation.

Note: All students pay in-state tuition rates for the WVU Tech courses.


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

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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