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Aviation Science: Concentration Rotor-Wing

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Why study Aviation Science: Concentration Rotor-Wing at APSU?

The APSU Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Science, with a concentration in Rotor Wing (helicopters) is unique in the State of Tennessee. The program is the first rotorcraft flight school attached to a bachelor's degree in the state. The bachelor’s degree will support any student who desires to pursue competitive careers in flight instruction, aerial tourism, charter operations, and numerous other aviation applications. Students are taught hands-on and academic skills in a professional setting and receive personal attention from their instructors. Flight skills and academics are taught in a recently renovated, aviation oriented facility located at Clarksville Regional Airport (Outlaw Field). Unlike many flight training facilities in the region, the APSU Aviation Science program is staffed by full-time faculty, well experienced in rotary-wing aviation training. Successful students will receive a well-rounded undergraduate education in addition to the ability to obtain FAA Commercial Pilot and Flight Instructor certification. The combination of FAA certification and Bachelor's degree will make graduates more competitive in the career market.


What will I learn?

The primary focus of the program is to provide the required academic knowledge and flight skills to earn a Commercial Pilot Certificate, Rotorcraft, Helicopter and Instrument rating. Students will also be provided the ability to earn a Flight Instructor Certificate, Rotorcraft, Helicopter, and Instrument rating. The Aviation academics will provide a foundation in FAA regulations, airmanship, rotary-wing aerodynamics, and methods of instruction which will provide students the opportunity to pass required FAA knowledge tests require for each certificate or rating. The Engineering Technology Core courses and elective courses round out the Bachelor degree requirements.

The Freshmen Seminar degree requirement completed by most students is APSU 1000. The course is delivered in a small-class setting with like-minded students led by a faculty member and a peer leader. The interdisciplinary course is intended to support first-semester students and provide them with a foundation for university success. Emphasis is placed on student engagement, university learning success strategies, support services, library literacy, financial literacy, and academic and career planning. The first class meeting of APSU 1000 during fall semesters is on Freshmen Convocation Day.

The general education core is designed to develop critical competencies in written communication, oral communication, mathematical analysis, and critical thinking skills. Students at APSU select coursework in the general education core in the areas of Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics. While the general education core requirements for graduation can be met by choosing courses from each of these areas, some programs of study require lower division courses that serve as prerequisites for upper division courses. Students should consult the sample 4-year plans and confer with their academic advisors as they choose their general education core courses.


What engagement opportunities are available to APSU students?

APSU fosters a positive campus environment that encourages active participation in university life. 

APSU students engage in HIP curricular and co-curricular experiences that advance their learning and knowledge. Opportunities include first-year seminar, first-year learning communities, common reading experience 'The Peay Read', undergraduate research, study abroad, service and community-based learning, internships, e-portfolio development, and capstone courses & projects. 

What Do Aviation Science: Concentration Rotor-Wing Majors Do After Graduation?

Some careers may require addition experience or courses such as Business or Management. 

  • Flight Instruction
  • Charters
  • Specialized Flying
  • Offshore Petroleum Industry
  • Business Aviation
  • Aerial Tourism
  • Air Medical Transport
  • Airport or Flight Management

Program cost

This program is subject to all university tuition rates and other applicable fees. For a list of the current rates, visit the Student Account Services site here. This program is also subject to other fees including Flight Instructor lab fees and Flight Training Device fees. Click here for a full list of Aviation Science fees.



Charles Weigandt

Director of the Aviation Sciences program

Weigandt is a 24-year U.S. Army veteran and founding member of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. After his service, Weigandt spent an additional 14 years as a contract flight instructor.

“I can speak from personal experience, having my bachelor’s degree before I went into the Army gave me an edge competitively when it came time for promotion and selection for programs,” Weigandt said. “That’s what we will give our students; it isn’t just the certificates, but also that degree to make them more competitive in the job market.

“This is an obvious draw for veterans and active-duty soldiers, and the veterans educational benefits is a huge opportunity for them. It brings in a new and dynamic program to the University, one that is very visible and exciting.”