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EMU at Lancaster contracts with Aero-Tech Services, Inc., an FAA-approved Part 141 Pilot School, to provide pilot training. Pilot training will occur at the Aero-Tech facility at Lancaster Airport in Lititz, PA.

Will my previous training transfer?

Transfer and other sources of credit may be accepted toward total degree requirements.
These Cessna Pilot Center include: credits from technical, community, or four-year accredited institutions of higher education; FAA certifications or ratings earned through Areo-Tech Services, Inc. prior to enrollment at EMU; and CLEP or DSST testing.  Contact an enrollment counselor for evaluation of prior learning.

The aviation concentration represents 60 credits within EMU’s existing LOM degree, which requires 120 credits. Of the 60 credits earned in the aviation concentration, 30 credits will be provided by *Aero-Tech Services, Inc.

Schedule of Course Offerings (subject to change)

* Taught by  Aero-Tech Services, Inc.

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Year 1


AVIA 110: Becoming Aviators – An Introduction To Aeronautics (4 credits)
This course will provide an introduction to, and survey of, the field of aeronautics. It will include a study of the history of flight and of the three categories of aerospace activity: airline operations, military operations, and general aviation. The course also will examine likely future trends. Students will participate, with specific research assignments, in four field trips to historical repositories and will submit written reports based on their findings. Students will explore and assess various piloting careers. This will include the completion of a research paper on the career path to a particular piloting vocation and the presentation of findings to class members. 

*AVFO 120: Private Pilot Ground (3 credits)
This ground training course is designed to allow the pilot applicant to acquire the aeronautical knowledge needed to safely operate as a Private Pilot and satisfactorily complete the Private Pilot Knowledge Test.

*AVFO 121: Private Pilot Flight (3 credits)
The objective of this course is for the student to gain the necessary aeronautical skill, knowledge and experience to meet the requirements of a Private Pilot certificate with an Airplane Category rating and a Single-Engine Land class rating.

LOM 320: Leadership Development (3 credits)
The emphasis in this course is on the experiential nature of nontraditional education and adult development theory. Students will be familiar with various theories and instruments that will provide a cognitive basis for personal analysis and understanding. The objective of this interdisciplinary module is personal discovery through examination of issues in adulthood as studied in the fields of literature, wellness, and gender studies.

WRIT 130: College Writing (3 credits)
This first-year course develops academic reading, thinking, and writing skills in various
discourse communities while supporting students in their transition to EMU. Includes a
research project with particular attention to analysis and synthesis.  Satisfies EMU Core college
writing requirement.


AVIA 120: Aircraft Systems (3 credits)
The objectives of this course are to provide the student with sufficient background knowledge in aircraft systems and their operation, as required by various aviation occupations.  This course involves a comprehensive study of aircraft systems and components at the technical level.  Areas of study include:

·       Aircraft electrical systems.
·       Piston engine ignition systems.
·       Turbine aircraft ignition systems and operations
·       Aircraft hydraulic and pneumatic systems.
·       Aircraft fuel systems.
·       Aircraft propellers and systems.
·       Aircraft pressurization and environmental systems.
·       Ice and rain control systems.
·       Fire protection systems.

*AVFO 220: Instrument Ground (3 credits)
This ground training course is designed to allow the pilot applicant to acquire the aeronautical knowledge needed to safely operate as an Instrument Rated Pilot and satisfactorily complete the Instrument Pilot Knowledge Test

*AVFO 221: Instrument Flight (3 credits)
The Instrument Rating (Airplane) flight-training course will allow an enrolled appropriately rated Private or Commercial Pilot student to acquire the proficiency and experience needed to meet the certification requirements for adding a U.S. FAA Instrument Rating (Airplane) to an existing Private or Commercial Pilot Certificate (ASEL). The performance criteria specified in the syllabus is based on the current FAA Instrument Pilot (ASEL) Airmen Certification Standards (ACS). All enrolled students of this course must meet these standards before graduating from this course.

LOM 380: Team Dynamics (3 credits)
This is a practical course on the skills and practice of team building and leadership. Students will become familiar with team types, roles, composition and processes, and assess personal team and leadership skills. Classes are structured around weekly simulations that provide experience with teams and team leadership. A secondary emphasis is a focus on communications and effective interpersonal relationships. Students will also develop understanding of theories of motivation and conflict management and their applications in team building.

WRIT 150:  Speech - Exploring Voice in Vocation (2 credits)
This course, ideally taken by students in the spring semester of their first year, invites
students to explore their calling within a discipline through engaged listening and speech
events. Students will develop voice and audience awareness using appropriate rhetoric and
technology. Prerequisite: WRIT 130 


AVIA 130: Meteorology (3 credits)
This is a survey course in atmospheric science that includes applications to flight. Included is a systematic development of the following: thermal patterns, atmospheric moisture, horizontal and vertical pressure patterns, clouds, atmospheric circulation, local winds, stability, air masses, fronts, fog, icing, thunderstorms, jet streams and turbulence. Students will study and make use of weather products such as surface weather observations, surface maps, and constant pressure maps.

BIST 390: Biblical Perspectives (3 credits)
This course reflects the commitment of EMU as a Christian, liberal arts University, to nurture an appreciation for the rich resources of the scriptures for creative personal faith and human life in the modern world. It is designed to foster knowledge and understanding of the literature and history of the Bible and the integration of faith, learning, and living.

Year 2 


*AVFO 320: Commercial Pilot Ground (3 credits)
This course will prepare the student for the FAA Commercial Pilot written exam by acquiring advanced aeronautical knowledge in aerodynamics, regulations, meteorology, aircraft systems, and airspace operations. Students will be prepared for the required Commercial Pilot written exam. This course will prepare the student to pass the FAA Commercial Pilot written exam with a minimum score of 70%, equip him/her with the knowledge to successfully answer required knowledge subject matter questions during the oral portion of the Commercial Pilot Practical exam, and provide the necessary information to safely employ an aircraft in the National Airspace System at or above FAA Commercial Pilot Airmen Certification Standards.

*AVFO 321: Commercial Pilot Flight I (3 credits)
Basic commercial pilot flight maneuvers and complex/high performance aircraft systems and operations. This course will provide thorough preparation for the required FAA Commercial Pilot check flight. The purpose this course is to prepare the student in part (this is one of three consecutive courses), to successfully pass the FAA Part 141 Commercial Pilot checkride. This stage will be completed by retaining the web-based knowledge instruction obtained in AVFO 320, completing Stage 1 flight scenarios, and successfully passing the Stage 1 associated proficiency and progress check.

LOM 350: Organizational Behavior (3 credits)
Students study the foundational theories and approaches to organization structure, design and culture. Primary emphasis is placed on understanding the organization as an open system. Students will learn to utilize a systems approach in basic organizational diagnosis. Contingency theory provides a theoretical framework for understanding the impact of the business environment on organizational effectiveness, design and change.

LOM 360: Groups & Individuals in the Organization (3 credits)
This course is a study of group and individual behavior in organizations and how these impact organizational effectiveness. Emphasis is placed on decision making, group dynamics, emotional intelligence, and resolving conflict. Students develop strategies for efficient and productive group management and determine which tasks are best handled by groups or individuals


*AVFO 322: Commercial Pilot Flight II (3 credits)
The student will perform advanced Commercial pilot flight maneuvers and demonstrate knowledge of complex/high performance aircraft systems and operations. This course will provide thorough preparation for the Stage 2 check flight. The purpose of AVFO 322 is to in part (this is two of three consecutive courses), prepare the student to complete the written FAA Part 141 Commercial Pilot Test and to successfully pass the FAA Commercial Pilot exam. The practical flight training consists of scheduled weekly flight lessons with an FAA Certificated Flight Instructor. These flight lessons include in-flight training, flight simulator training, as well as pre-flight and post-flight ground training. Completion of this course requires a successful Stage 2 progress check.

AVIA 220: Aerodynamics and Performance (3 credits)
This course provides a study of applied theories of flight and flight factors, including a study of the principles of aircraft performance, stability and control, and operational data.

CCSSC 440: Cross-Cultural Perspectives (3 credits)
This course focuses on the development of global awareness, faith, and management as it relates to cross-cultural understanding. Students will be challenged to look beyond their own culture and understand social systems and institutions from the perspective of people in another culture.  Experiential learning will take place as students participate in an off-campus, cross-cultural experience in a culture that is different from the students’ majority orientation.

MATH 140 Elementary Statistics (3 credits)
This general education course provides an introduction to descriptive and inferential
statistics. Topics include correlation, normal distributions, confidence intervals, and
hypothesis testing. Spreadsheets will be introduced and used throughout the course. 


*AVFO 323: Commercial Pilot Flight III (3 credits)
An overview of all Commercial maneuvers and procedures within the FAA PTS Standards. This course will provide thorough preparation for the FAA Commercial Pilot Checkride. This course, in conjunction with AVFO 321 and 322, will prepare the student to complete the FAR Part 141
Commercial Pilot course and pass the FAR Part 141 Commercial Pilot Practical Exam (checkride). The practical flight training consists of scheduled weekly flight lessons with an LUSOA (What is LUSOA?) approved FAA Certified Flight Instructor. Flight lessons are scheduled as simulator or airplane lessons, including a pre-flight and post-flight briefing. Completion of this course requires a successful Final (Stage 3) progress check.

LOM 410: Human Resources Management (3 credits)
This course demonstrates the effective merging of the practice and perspectives of management and the Human Resources professional. Students will understand that human resources management recognizes the value of the employee as a key contributor. In so doing it provides a management challenge necessitating the personal as well as professional development of the employee. It goes far beyond the quest for increased productivity resultant from capital improvements by including in management techniques designed to obtain maximal contributions from the members of the organization.

Year 3


*AVFO 420: Flight Instructor Ground (3 credits)
This ground training syllabus is designed to allow the pilot applicant to acquire the aeronautical knowledge needed to safely operate as a Certified Flight Instructor and satisfactorily complete
both the Fundamentals of Instruction and the Certified Flight Instructor Knowledge Tests. To enroll in the Flight Instructor Certification Course, the student must hold a commercial pilot certificate or an airline transport pilot certificate with an aircraft category, class, and instrument rating appropriate to the flight instructor category and class rating for which the course applies.

*AVFO 421: Flight Instructor Flight (3 credits)
The Flight Instructor Certification, Airplane Single Engine, Flight Training course is designed allow an enrolled student to acquire the proficiency and experience needed to meet the certification requirements for attaining a U.S. FAA Certified Flight Instructor Certificate (ASE). The performance criteria specified in the syllabus is based on the current FAA Certified Flight Instructor (ASE) Practical Test Standards (PTS).

LOM 420: Leadership Theory (3 credits)
During this course, students will examine the principles of management and leadership that underlie the behavior of organizations. As in earlier modules, a systems approach will be emphasized wherein the organization is viewed as a dynamic and changing system. Working predominately in groups, students examine motivational theory and its application to individual and group functioning in work and home situations. Leadership styles related to particular circumstances are analyzed.

LOM 430: Leadership Practice (3 credits)
Expanding upon the previous course, students will put their leadership theories to practice as their knowledge, skills, and abilities are tested against real-world scenarios. This module gives the student space to be introspective as they look back over the months of education and determine how their beliefs and styles may have changed. Experiential and application-based learning are utilized throughout this course to develop the student’s individual leadership style.


AVIA 320: Aviation Safety (3 credits)
This course examines aspects of aviation safety through a presentation of factors, procedures, and aircraft accident investigation case studies relating to aviation safety, including risk management assessment, hazard identification analysis, safety program development, called Safety Management Systems (SMS) by Federal Aviation Administration, and evaluation of outcomes.

AVFO 340: Multiengine/Professional Operations (3 credits)
Course to include ground and flight instruction required to add FAA Airplane – Multiengine Land Rating to a Commercial Pilot Certificate. Will include subjects related to the exercise of the Commercial Pilot Certificate in professional settings, including line operations related to security, aircraft servicing, and passenger safety, and Pilot-inCommand aircraft maintenance and airworthiness responsibilities.

LOM 405: Organizational Research (3 credits)
This course guides the student in understanding the research process and becoming a critical consumer of research. Organizational research concepts are examined in both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Students critically read and critique organizational research.

Social/Behavioral Science  Course (3 credits)

Natural Science Course  (3 credits)


AVIA 330: Aviation Law and Regulatory Compliance (3 credits)
This course examines the evolution of federal civil aviation regulations in the United States. Students will examine the past and present problems prompting regulation of the industry, the resultant safety, legislation, airport development, funding legislation and international aviation legislation. Studies Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR), previously called the Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR). Focuses on the application of 14 CFR Parts 1, 61, 91, 141, NTSB Part 830 and various other 14 CFR Parts. Includes a discussion of the history of aviation regulations, the rulemaking process, letters of interpretation and enforcement.

SRSEM 460: Business Ethics (3 credits)
In this course, the student formulates a philosophy of life, providing the base for such concerns as ethics in business, accountability in government, respect for human rights, and a responsible life style in our contemporary world. With a focus on three basic ethical perspectives- virtue theory, deontological theory, and utilitarianism, ethical theories and personal values are examined through readings, analysis of the workplace, and classroom discussion.

Year 4


AVIA 400: Air Transport Advanced Subjects (3 credits)
Course to include survey of 14 CFR Part 121 passenger and cargo airline operations and orientation in full-motion jet simulator. Functional areas include flight operations, dispatch, customer service, cargo carriage, aircraft maintenance, and cabin safety. Course requirements will include observation of operations and maintenance facilities of a 14 CFR Part 121 air carrier organization and completion of a research project based on a Part 121 operation.

AVIA 401:  General Aviation Advanced Subjects (3 credits)
This course prepares students to pursue a career in general aviation, including missions and humanitarian flying. Students will conduct a research project related to a selected general aviation vocation and organization. Specialty flight training, including but not limited to, Instrument Instructor Rating, tailwheel endorsement, or mountain flying orientation, will be included in this course.

LOM 440: Global Trends in Economic Justice (3 credits)
This course examines global economic trends, theories of justice, and issues in economic justice. A variety of written materials, historical literature, and contemporary culture are examined for their perspectives on economic justice and fairness. Local, national and international perspectives on economic development and justice are studied. Students will develop a deepened and more nuanced perspective on issues of poverty and justice.

LOM 460:  Application of Research Project (ARP) (3 credits)
Students combine their research and practical implementation of theories and concepts in this capstone project. The project examines an area of the student’s occupation or avocation. The student’s project will be written and presented orally to the instructor and cohort learning group.

LOM 461:  Application of Research Project for Aviators (3 credits)
Students combine their research and practical implementation of leadership and organizational theories and concepts in this capstone project. The project examines an area of the student’s aviation occupation or avocation. The student’s project will be written and presented orally to the instructor and cohort learning group.

Creative Arts Course (3 credits)


AVIA  430: Aviation Internship
(6 credits)
Aviation concentrators will complete a supervised internship with an established aviation company or firm. Standard internships run during a full 15 week semester and may be completed in fall, spring, or summer. An internship position should be secured prior to the end of the spring semester of the junior year. Each internship must be approved by the program director. For successful completion of this course, the student will: compile a resume and cover letter prior to seeking an internship; seek and acquire an internship position with the approval of the program director; submit the EMU at Lancaster Internship Proposal Form; be under the supervision of a professional in the aviation or space industry; work a minimum of 250 hours in an approved operation; remain responsible for completing all assignments and for routinely communicating with the program director during the internship experience.

Literature/History Course (3 credits) 

* Taught by Aero-Tech Services, Inc.

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