1.2 Bachelor of Commercial Aviation (BCA)

Entry Requirements | Financial Information | Program Curricula
Flight Operations | Aviation Management 

The Bachelor of Commercial Aviation is a 124-credit-hour degree program. Undergraduate students may major in Flight Operations or Aviation Management. Upon graduation, Flight Operations majors hold at least a Commercial Pilot Certificate with Airplane Single- and Multi-engine Land and Instrument-Airplane ratings, along with a Flight Instructor Certificate. Both concentrations involve a general education core (English, math, etc.), a commercial aviation core (transportation, aviation law, etc.), and each has specialized degree requirements. Flight Operations majors earn academic credit for flight courses, while Aviation Management Majors take business-related classes that improve management skills.

DSU Flight Operations provides part 141 and part 61 training for students enrolled at Delta State University. Flight Training is only available to students of the University, which helps to ensure that students will have plenty of resources for training. The single-engine training fleet includes 5 Cessna 172Ps, 5 Cessna 172Rs, 5 Cessna 152s and 1 Cessna 206. The multi-engine training fleet currently includes 3 Diamond DA-42 aircraft.

bullet Entry Requirements

Admission to the Bachelor of Commercial Aviation program is granted to applicants who qualify for acceptance to Delta State University. Students may apply for admission online.

bullet Financial Information

Flight training costs are not covered by DSU tuition. These are additional expenses that include aircraft rental; flight, simulator, and oral instruction; charts, manuals and study guides; physical examinations; and FAA written and practical tests, such as check rides. These costs are subject to change, so students should consult the current year’s Proposed Flight Training Cost Sheet (PDF). The training cost are average cost.

bullet Program Curricula

The BCA curricula allows for specializations in Flight Operations and/or Aviation Management. The sections below describe the aviation core and courses required for the two specialized tracks. The following course sequence is taken from pages 66 and 77 of the DSU Bulletin and is strongly recommended. Textbooks for all courses can be purchased at the DSU Bookstore.

bullet Flight Operations

Year 1: "Freshman Year"

Term

Title

Description

Fall CAV 100: Introduction to Aviation The development of aviation from early attempts to space travel, including career opportunities in the aviation industry. (Can be taken anytime.)
Fall CAV 250: Private Pilot Ground I Principles of flight; the flight environment; aircraft systems and performance; basic and radio navigation; flight planning; physiology; federal aviation regulations. Designed to prepare the student for the FAA Private Pilot Written Examination. Co-requisite: (Flight Operations Majors) CAV 256.
Fall CAV 251: Private Flying Dual and solo flight instruction designed to prepare the student for FAA Private Pilot certification. Special fee.
Spring CAV 252: Private Pilot Ground II Basic and radio navigation; flight planning; physiology; federal aviation regulations. Designed in conjunction with CAV 250 to prepare students for the FAA Private Pilot written examination. Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C in CAV 250, or permission of department
chair.
Spring CAV 256: Applied Meteorology Basic weather theory and information services available, including how to interpret various reports and forecasts provided by the National Weather Service and the Federal Aviation Administration. Corequisite: CAV 250.
Spring CAV 260: Aircraft Engine Operation The study of aircraft engine types; their design, construction, and operation. Review of auxiliary engine systems as part of the aircraft powerplant system. Prerequisite: CAV 250.

 

Year 2: "Sophomore Year"

Term

Title

Description

Fall CAV 350: Instrument Pilot Ground Aircraft instruments, FAA regulations, ATC procedures, radio navigation, SIDS, STARS, communications phraseology, aircraft operations, and aircraft performance as applied to instrument flying and flight planning. Designed to help the student prepare for the FAA Written Examination. Prerequisites: CAV 250 and Private Pilot Certificate; or permission
of department chair.
Fall CAV 353: Commercial/Instrument I COMMERCIAL/INSTRUMENT I. Dual and solo flying to prepare the student for the basic instrument phase check. Includes introduction to commercial maneuvers and high performance aircraft. Supervised dual night cross country and solo cross country. Special Fee. Prerequisite: CAV 251 or Private Pilot Certificate. Corequisite: CAV 350.
Spring CAV 352: Commercial Pilot Ground Procedures, operations, and regulations necessary to prepare the student for the FAA Commercial Pilot Airplane Written Examination. Prerequisite: MAT 104, CAV 260 and Private Pilot Certificate; or permission of department chair.
Spring CAV 354: Commercial/Instrument II Dual and solo flying to prepare the student for navigation and high performance aircraft phase checks. Solo practice and solo cross country. Special Fee. Prerequisite: CAV 353.
Spring CAV 357: Aerodynamics A study of aircraft design and performance. Prerequisites: CAV 250, or permission of department chair.

 

Year 3: "Junior Year"

Term

Title

Description

Fall CAV 373: Human Factors Examination of the importance of interpersonal skills and human interaction in relation to safety and effectiveness in the aviation environment. Includes the concepts of processes, role issues, and practice in implementing these concepts. Prerequisite: CAV 250.
Fall CAV 355: Commercial/Instrument III Dual and solo flying to prepare the student for the instrument approach phase check and final phase check for the Instrument Rating and Commercial Pilot Certificate. Solo practice and solo cross country. Dual cross country. Special Fee. Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C in CAV 352, or permission of department chair, and CAV 354.
Fall CAV 362: Multi-Engine Ground Theory, procedures, maneuvers, and operation of multi-engine aircraft. Designed to prepare the student for multiengine flight. Prerequisites: CAV 357, CAV 354, CAV 352.
Spring CAV 360: Flight Instructor Ground Ground instruction of fundamentals of instruction and aeronautical knowledge necessary to instruct primary and advanced flight maneuvers and procedures. Designed to prepare the student for the FAA CFI written and practical examinations. Special Fee. Prerequisite: CAV 355, Instrument Rating, and Commercial Pilot License.
Spring CAV 361: Flight Instructor Flight Dual flight instruction designed to prepare the student for the FAA CFI practical flight examination. Prerequisite: CAV 355.
Spring CAV 372: Aviation Safety Trends in aviation safety practices with an emphasis on future safety enhancement.
Spring CAV 387: Advanced Aircraft Systems Introduction to aircraft systems commonly found in more complex airplanes. Includes turbojet powerplants, hydraulic, flight control, electrical pneumatic, environmental, avionics, and warning/emergency systems. Prerequisite: CAV 352.

 

Year 4: "Senior Year"

Term

Title

Description

Fall CAV 371: Aviation Law & Legislation Overview of federal, state, and local government impact on the aviation sector, including trends in transportation policy. Review of FARs.
Fall CAV 380: Air Transportation Economic aspects of passenger and cargo air transportation, including practices, problems, and regulations.
Fall CAV 390: Instrument Ground & Flight Ground and flight instruction of aeronautical knowledge necessary to instruct instrument flight maneuvers and procedures. Designed to prepare the student for the FAA CFII written and practical examinations. Special Fee. Prerequisite: CAV 360 and CFI certificate, or permission of department chair
Fall 363: Multi-Engine Flight Dual flight instruction designed to prepare the student for the FAA Multi-engine Airplane Rating. Special Fee. Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C in CAV 362, Commercial Pilot License, and Instrument Rating, or permission of department chair.
Spring CAV 381: Air Traffic Administration The background and operation of the Federal Aviation Administration with emphasis on the air traffic control system.

 

Aviation Management

Year 1: "Freshman Year"

Term

Title

Description

Fall CAV 100: Introduction to Aviation The development of aviation from early attempts to space travel, including career opportunities in the aviation industry. (Can be taken anytime.)
Fall CAV 250: Private Pilot Ground I Principles of flight; the flight environment; aircraft systems and performance; basic and radio navigation; flight planning; physiology; federal aviation regulations. Designed to prepare the student for the FAA Private Pilot Written Examination. Co-requisite: (Flight Operations Majors) CAV 256.
Spring CAV 252: Private Pilot Ground II Basic and radio navigation; flight planning; physiology; federal aviation regulations. Designed in conjunction with CAV 250 to prepare students for the FAA Private Pilot written examination. Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C in CAV 250, or permission of department
chair.
Spring CAV 256: Applied Meteorology Basic weather theory and information services available, including how to interpret various reports and forecasts provided by the National Weather Service and the Federal Aviation Administration. Corequisite: CAV 250.

 

Year 2: "Sophomore Year"

No CAV courses required; students take required business courses.

 

Year 3: "Junior Year"

Term

Title

Description

Fall CAV 373: Human Factors Examination of the importance of interpersonal skills and human interaction in relation to safety and effectiveness in the aviation environment. Includes the concepts of processes, role issues, and practice in implementing these concepts. Prerequisite: CAV 250
Fall CAV 370: Principles of Transportation There is no description for this course in the DSU Bulletin.
Spring CAV 372: Aviation Safety Trends in aviation safety practices with an emphasis on future safety enhancement.
Spring CAV 379: Aviation Management Application of management and other business and economic techniques to the problems of aviation managers.

 

Year 4: "Senior Year"

Term

Title

Description

Fall CAV 371: Aviation Law & Legislation Overview of federal, state, and local government impact on the aviation sector, including trends in transportation policy. Review of FARs.
Fall CAV 380: Air Transportation Economic aspects of passenger and cargo air transportation, including practices, problems, and regulations.
Spring CAV 380: Air Transportation Economic aspects of passenger and cargo air transportation, including practices, problems, and regulations.
Spring CAV 381: Air Traffic Administration The background and operation of the Federal Aviation Administration with emphasis on the air traffic control

  

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