Department of Aviation Technology (AVT)
The mission of the Aviation Technology (AVT) Department is to prepare students for a career in the dynamic and challenging world of aviation. The Departrment is recognized for the excellence of its facilities, faculty, and graduates. We offer a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Management, Professional Aviation Flight Technology, and Unmanned Systems. Additionally, the departrment offers a minor in Unmanned Systems and Aviation Technology.
The Aviation Department's Flight Academy was established in the fall of 2013. It is located at the Terre Haute Regional Airport which is a twenty minute drive from the campus. With a newly renovated facility and a multi-million dollar fleet of aircraft, students receive quality flight training assuring they are sought after by employers. The fleet consist of Diamond DA-20, DA-40, DA-42, and a Piper Arrow's. Training at the academy is exclusive to students who are enrolled in the Professional Aviation Flight Technology degree program. The Flight Academy is an FAA part 141 approved training facility.
Unmanned Systems Mobile Laboratory
The Aviation Departrment was one of the first in the nation to create a degree in the unmanned systems. In addition to a classroom laboratory, the program operates a mobile laboratory that is used to provide hands-on experiences for students. The mobile lab compliments classroom learning by allowing students to plan and then execute drone missions. With the aid of UMS faculty members, students in the program have completed several projects in support of local government and private agencies.
Flight Simulation Laboratory
Flight simulation is a crucial component in reducing the overall cost of obtaining any given certificate or rating. Additionally, it allows for simulating emergency situations that would not be acceptable in an aircraft. The Aviation Department has invested in several technically advanced flight simulators. The simulation lab has 2 fixed Redbird trainers, one full motion Redbird trainer and a new Precision Flight Controls Simulator that can simulate multiple aircraft including a light jet. In addition to the simulators that are in the flight simulator lab on campus, there are two additional Redbird flight simulators located at the flight academy.
Our records indicated a total of 184 FAA certificates or ratings issued in the last three years, with a 86 percent pass rate.
Private pilot certificates: 39
Instrument ratings: 52
Commercial Pilot Certificate: 36
Multi engine rating: 27
CFI (Certified Flight Instructor): 14
CFII (Certified Flight Instructor Instrument):12
MEI (Multi Engine Flight Instructor): 4