Aviation & Airport Management

Are you looking for a great career that is fun and pays well too? Then our Aviation & Airport Management program may be a great fit for you. Whether you choose to work as an airline pilot, corporate or charter pilot, ag pilot, flight instructor, or airport manager, you will earn the skills, knowledge, and credentials needed to succeed right here at Iowa Lakes.

The Aviation & Airport Management program is one of the best flight training values in the country. Your flight path to success includes Private Pilot, Instrument Rating, Commercial Pilot, Multi-Engine Rating, and may also include Certified Flight Instructor, Instrument Flight Instructor, and Multi-Engine Flight Instructor. With these credentials, you will be cleared for takeoff in your new career!

With the demand for pilots on the rise, there is a huge need for new pilots to enter the workforce each year. Not only will you earn your Associate in Applied Science degree and FAA licenses and ratings, but with our great industry connections, we’ll help place you in an entry-level job and your dream career! If you want to continue to earn your four-year degree, we will show you how to do it while being paid to build hours toward your dream career. We’re here to help you succeed!

ESTIMATED FLIGHT FEES*†
Freshmen:
New Student Kit – $1,000

Fall Semester
AVI 140 – $160
AVI 180 – $6,140

Spring Semester
AVI 212 – $160
AVI 245 – $6,525

Summer Semester
AVI 248 – $17,200
AVI 261 – $160
AVI 407 – $5,075
TOTAL: $36,420

Sophomore:

Fall Semester
AVI 300 – $320
AVI 350 – $4,750

Spring Semester
AVI 301 – $3,250
AVI 406 – $4,825
TOTAL: $13,145

*The listed fees include all flight and ground training, based on the average time required by recent graduates, to complete all of our FAA approved flight training programs and receive their pilot certifications.

† All aviation flight fees are subject to change. The listed fees include flight and ground instruction based on FAA approved flight training syllabi. These training times are minimum FAA training requirements. Actual training cost may be slightly higher. All aviation flight fees are subject to change.

Faculty Contact

Tim Busch
Aviation/Airport Management Program Coordinator/Chief Flight Assistant Professor
712-362-7961 Ext: 7961 | tbusch@iowalakes.educreate new email

Program Details

PROGRAM LENGTH: 5 terms

DEGREE: Associate in Applied Science (69 credits)

CAMPUS: Estherville

Internship/Practicum

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Starting Salary: $55,640

Average Salary: $118,700

Last Dollar Scholarship Program

Curriculum

Term 1

Credits: 4

The course prepares students for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Private Pilot Knowledge Exam.

Corequisites: AVI 180 – Private Pilot Flight Lab I


Credits: 3

The course prepares students for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Private Pilot Practical Test.

Corequisites: AVI 140 – Private Pilot Ground School


Credits: 3

CSC-110 is an introductory course that surveys a variety of topics to include history, hardware, software, terminology, com­munications, computer ethics, and societal impact of computers. In addition to computer literacy, students will complete hands-on modules using operating systems, word processing, database, presentation, and spreadsheet software; such as Microsoft Office programs.


Credits: 3

Emphasis on expository and argumentative writings including a review of usage and mechanics.

Prerequisites: Satisfactory score on the ACT, Accuplacer, ASSET,COMPASS as determined by Iowa Lakes policy


Credits: 3

This is a general survey course which includes sets; number systems; elementary algebra; exponents; equations and inequalities; fractions; ratios; proportion and variation; probability and statistics; elementary graphing; consumer mathematics; and an introduction to geometry.

Prerequisites: Appropriate placement score


Term 2

Credits: 4

The course includes ground school instruction in instrument procedures and operations.

Prerequisites: AVI 140 – Private Pilot Ground School

Corequisites: AVI 245 – Instrument Rating Flight Lab


Credits: 3

The course prepares students for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Instrument Rating Practical Test.

Prerequisites: AVI 180 – Private Pilot Flight Lab I

Corequisites: AVI 212 – Instrument Ground School


Credits: 3

The fundamentals course develops the basic skills involved in a variety of communication situations, including oral presentations and interpersonal speaking.  Emphasis is placed on organization, audience analysis, vocal and physical delivery, listening, nonverbal communication, critical thinking, and methods of dealing with communication apprehension through class discussion and activities.


Credits: 3

This course examines both the theoretical and practical basis of speech communication, particularly public speaking. Emphasis is placed on speech preparation, organization, support, delivery, and audience analysis.


Credits: 3

Examines how humans communicate in one-on-one situations through personal and professional relationships.


Choose either SPC 101, SPC 112, or SPC 122
Math: 3 credits
Science: 4 credits

Term 3

Credits: 3

The course prepares students for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Commercial Pilot Knowledge Exam.

Corequisites: AVI 248 – Commercial Pilot Flight Lab


Credits: 5

The course prepares students for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Commercial Pilot Practical Test.

Prerequisite: AVI 180 – Private Pilot Flight Lab I

Corequisite: AVI 261 – Commercial Pilot Ground School


Credits: 1

The course prepares students for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Multi-Engine (Commercial) Rating Practical Test.


Term 4

Credits: 3

The course prepares students for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Fundamentals of Instruction Knowledge Exam and Flight Instructor Airplane Knowledge Exam.

Prerequisites: AVI 248 – Commercial Pilot Flight Lab

Corequisites: AVI 350 – Flight Instructor Flight Lab


Credits: 3

The course prepares students for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Flight Instructor Practical Test.

Prerequisites: AVI 248 – Commercial Pilot Flight Lab

Corequisites: AVI 300 – Flight Instructor Ground School


Credits: 3

Principles of Management provides the student with a conceptual framework for understanding the basic theories of management. Emphasis is placed on the internal and external environment, ethics, planning, goal setting, decision making, organizational structure, motivation and group dynamics, and effective control mechanisms for establishing and accomplishing business objectives.


Credits: 3

Students are given the opportunity to apply human relations concepts and evaluate experience and observations. Social skills required in various occupational settings will be developed, emphasizing how appropriate personal attitudes lead to social and business success.


Credits: 3

An introduction to the scientific study of behavior; a brief history of psychology as a science, and topics fundamental to human behavior including developmental issues, sensory abilities, cogni­tive performance, social and emotional factors in behavior, and abnormal behavior and therapies.


Credits: 3

A survey course applying basic sociological concepts, theories, and methods to examine society, culture, cultural institutions, cultural diversity, and cultural stability and change.


Choose either BUS 161, PSY 111, or SOC 110

Term 5

Credits: 1

The course prepares students for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Instrument Instructor Practical Test.


Credits: 1

This course prepares the student for the FAA Multi-Engine Instructor Add-On rating. The student will take the FAA flight test at completion of the course.


Credits: 1

The course prepares students for the careers in the aviation industry.


Credits: 3

This course is designed to give students a clear understanding of the elements of the marketing mix (4P’s) and explanation of environmental issues that are employed in business to gain a competitive edge in the global economy. Includes identification of consumer and organizational needs and an understanding of the basic consumer behavior components.


Credits: 3

Continuation of ENG 105 with emphasis on research and docu­mentation as well as literary analysis.

Prerequisites: ENG 105 – Composition I


Credits: 1, 3, 5

The course provides on-the-job training in an aviation position.


† indicates a course that fulfills the diversity requirement. This course may also fulfill another general AA requirement.