Have you always dreamed of flying? At Southern New Hampshire University, the sky's the limit.
SNHU is now offering an aviation program designed to train new pilots and prepare them to enter the airline industry-an exciting new opportunity for students searching for the right aviation school.
SNHU is dedicated to creating new and innovative pathways for students to achieve even their loftiest goals. The Bachelor of Science in Aviation and Operations Management (AOM) degree program is designed to help aspiring aviators finally reach the sky.
In partnership with the Air Direct Airways (ADA), an FAA-approved program, Southern New Hampshire University's Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Operations and Management (AOM) is designed to leverage both the aeronautical engineering and aviation management expertise within SNHU's College of Engineering, Technology, and Aeronautics (CETA), and the ADA's highly professional FAA Part 141 flying academy.
The goal of the AOM program is to provide an immersive experience in both flying and academics. The front end of the program focuses on aviation, with the goal of each student achieving a rating as a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) at the end of the first year. Students will then build their flying hours as a CFI while completing the remainder of their academic studies.
The SNHU Aviation Operations & Management program is in the process of securing a Letter of Approval (LOA) with the Federal Aviation Administration that would provide the authority for SNHU to certify graduates of the program for an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate.
The SNHU Aviation Operations & Management program is not yet approved for the use of GI Bill® benefits. GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by the VA is available at the official U.S. government website.
Not available for international students.
The demand for qualified pilots is growing. According to a study published by air manufacturing giant Boeing, over 117,000 new commercial airline pilots will be needed in North America between now and 2036. The retirement rate for current pilots is expected to rise dramatically in the near future, with nearly 42% of active U.S. airline pilots employed by major airlines hitting the mandatory retirement age of 65 by 2027.
Boeing notes that educational outreach and career pipeline programs will be essential to help meet the demand for pilots in the future. By partnering with the ADA, SNHU has positioned itself to provide students inspired to become pilots with a clear pathway to commercial aviation success.
The AOM program has a flexible start date depending on the amount of experience with which students enter the program. The program begins with a summer term starting in May and some students may even be able to begin their coursework prior to graduating from high school if their high school will allow them to enroll early. SNHU will work with both the student and their high school to help determine the most appropriate start date for them.
The program is open to both students who currently have a Private Pilot License (PPL) and those who do not. Students without a license will work toward earning private licensure within the first 10 weeks of the program. Regardless of the term start, the dynamic nature of the courses within this program is meant to allow each student to make progress toward their next licensure.
Students with no prior flight experience can expect to enroll in four terms of campus undergraduate study and nine courses of online study, followed by the option of either an additional two terms of campus study or ten courses of online study (or a combination of the two).
The first four semesters will take place on-site in Nashua, where students will receive 210 hours of flight instruction from SNHU faculty. This exceeds the FAA requirement of 190 hours of actual flight time. During the following semesters, students are expected to earn significant flight hours and will have the option to take advantage of SNHU's more flexible online course offerings. Students who wish to continue taking class on campus will have the option to do so.
By the end of the program, students are expected/estimated to have logged approximately 1,000 flight hours applicable toward an eventual Restricted Air Transport Pilot (ATP) license, which is ultimately required to be hired by a major airline.
We believe that college should change your life, not break the bank. The AOM program features a variable tuition model, depending on the level of experience and rate of progression through the program. Because AOM is a hybrid program, students have added flexibility; most students will pay Campus rates for the first two years of the program, and Online rates for the second two years.
A $35,030 Flight Fee is also assessed, and will be distributed across the first five terms of the program. This fee covers the specific flight costs required for a student to earn a Private Pilot License, Instrument rating, Certified Flight Instructor rating, and Commercial Multi-Engine rating. If a student has already earned their PPL or any rating, the related costs and fees will decrease accordingly
The cost breakdown below is specific to the Aviation Operations and Management program.
Students with no prior flight experience can expect to enroll in four terms of campus undergraduate study and nine courses of online study, followed by the option of either an additional two terms of campus study or ten courses of online study (or a combination of the two). The difference in cost can be estimated using the per term/per course breakdown below.
The program also carries a $35,030 Flight Fee, distributed across the first five terms of the program. This fee covers the specific flight costs required for a student to earn a Private Pilot License, Instrument rating, Certified Flight Instructor rating, and Commercial Multi-Engine rating. If a student has already earned their PPL or any rating, the related costs and fees will decrease accordingly.
The above data reflects 2017-18 costs for full-time undergraduate day students.
SNHU's bachelor's in aviation operations and management program includes:
General Education Program
Our programs are designed to equip you with the skills and insights you need to move forward. In recent years, employers have stressed the need for graduates with higher order skills - the skills that go beyond technical knowledge - such as:
All bachelor's students are required to take general education classes. Through foundation, exploration and integration courses, students learn to think critically, creatively and collaboratively, giving you the edge employers are looking for.
This is an introduction to the federal air traffic control, airspace and airway structures, and fundamental ATC concepts, skills, techniques, and procedures. The course is intended to allow students to explore air traffic control as a professional option and to provide a foundation for further ATC education. ATC simulation exercises will focus on exposing the student to an understanding and appreciation for ATC fundamentals through simple exercises of realistic air traffic scenarios. On-site visits to air traffic facilities may provide the student with an understanding of the air traffic environment, relationships and interaction among air traffic facilities, and pilot/controller relationships. This course is open to primary ATC and Flight Students. The introductory nature of the material in this course makes it an inappropriate selection for advanced flight students seeking elective credits.
This course provides advanced and modern cockpit technology used in commercial and air transport aircraft. This course addresses the advanced functions and operation of the glass cockpits operating equipment such as a variety of flight management systems, NEXTGEN navigation, satellite-based and inertial navigation systems, automatic pilot systems, flight management data systems, electronic flight information systems, ground proximity warning systems, traffic collision avoidance systems, datalink systems, electronic flight publications bags, weather radar, enhanced/synthetic vision systems, flight data, cockpit voice recording systems, and new technologies.
The student will explore human physiological processes as affected by flight including high altitude flight, and human cognitive and judgment processes typically required of the human "half" of complex human/machine systems found on flight decks, in air traffic control suites, and in other flight operations contexts, to gain understanding of our unique capabilities and limitations, both as physiological organisms and thinking beings. The student will learn to apply these insights to assessing and improving the performance of flight crews, air traffic controllers, and other operations personnel, and to identify and respond to critical physiological and cognitive factors such as hypoxia, disorientation, and the effects of stress, fatigue, anxiety, and alcohol and other drugs. The student will gain an understanding of medical standards and certification of pilots and other flight personnel, and of available resources for responding to medical deficiencies and/or certification difficulties.
This course teaches and combines attributes of advanced principles of performance, capabilities, and limitations; performance design criteria; and load factors. This course covers advanced theories of flight and performance factors including engines, limitations engines, limitations of normally aspirated piston engines, limitations of turbine engines, effects of moisture, temperature and altitude, airfoil shape; theories of lift and drag; velocity; power and thrust; stability; controls; high speed aerodynamics; compressibility and mach effects.
This seminar integrates the professional and technical knowledge and methods gained in the flight operations, air traffic control, or aviation management sequences and applies these understandings to the prime objective of achieving aviation system safety. Students will work in multi-disciplinary teams to evaluate and respond to representative case studies drawn from National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) accident investigations, reports and findings, aviation industry analyses and reports, and analysis and policy statements by government and trade organizations. In addition, students will complete self-assessments of their professional preparation, status of their professional certification, short and mid-term career planning, and long-term career objectives.
Total Credits: 121
The AOM program at SNHU is designed to be available at a lower cost than other more traditional models, and students in search of an aviation or flight school may find SNHU's flight program more affordable. The cost of tuition will vary student-to-student. For specific pricing information and additional admission-related questions, we encourage you to reach out to SNHU's Director of Freshman Admission at email@example.com or 603-645-9709.
As students accumulate flying hours during the final two years of the program, they will be working in paid positions within the aviation industry, giving them the option to put their earnings toward the cost of the program. SNHU is continuing to build relationships within the industry and will assist students in securing these paid positions.
Students in the AOM program have the option to live on campus in Manchester, NH. Those students who require housing can expect to pay the standard campus housing rate. Because the first four semesters take place on-site in Nashua, SNHU will provide shuttle transportation between campus and Nashua during the morning and afternoon.
Although the final four semesters can be completed via online courses, students who wish to continue living on campus during that time have the option to do so.
Are you ready to take flight? Begin your application to the Aviation Operations and Management program at SNHU. If you have further questions about the program, you can contact the Office of Admission at firstname.lastname@example.org or 603-645-9709.
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