Avia101 Introduction to Aviation 3 hours
Private pilot ground school covering required subject areas in preparation for the Private Pilot - Airplane written exam. Meets the FAR Part 141 ground training requirement for the Private Pilot Certificate course.
Avia103/104 Private Pilot I/II 3 + 1 hours
Includes a minimum of 35 hours of flight training and simulation. Student is introduced to and gains proficiency in the maneuvers required for the Private Pilot flight test in addition to the solo, cross-country and night phases of private pilot training. Meets the FAA Part 141 flight training requirement for the Private Pilot Certificate course. Prerequisite or concurrent enrollment: Avia 101.
Avia106 Airspace and Air Traffic 1 hour
Studies the US National Airspace System, including standard and special use airspace, navigational aids and air traffic communication. In addition, studies basic air traffic procedures and regulations including control tower/non-control tower operations and radar/non-radar separation.
Avia121 Meteorology 3 hours
Studies the principles of weather including atmosphere, air masses, moisture and stability. Also studies weather charts and forecasts, especially as regards their use in aviation. Designed for the entry-level aviation learner, but also appropriate for any student wishing to learn weather basics.
Avia161 Aviation Regulations 2 hours
Studies Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR), often 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.
Avia205 Aircraft Systems 3 hours
Studies basic aircraft systems, including the following: structure, reciprocating engines, avionics and navigation, flight instruments, flight controls, propellers, landing gear, electrical, fuel, environmental, high altitude, stall and icing protection. Also includes a discussion of required aircraft documents and manuals.
Avia206 Aerodynamics and Aircraft Performance 2 hours
Studies the four forces of flight - lift, weight, thrust and drag - along with stability and control of those forces. Also studies basic aircraft performance including altitudes, speeds, weight-and-balance, aircraft performance data and performance limitations such as stalls and the operating envelope. Focuses on propeller-driven airplanes, but an introduction is given to high speed flight and rotorcraft.
Avia215 Air Traffic Control 3 hours
Studies the principles of operation, air traffic rules, procedures, separation criteria and methods in the control tower, terminal and en route environments of air traffic control. Also discusses the role of Flight Service. Prerequisite: Avia 106 or consent of instructor.
Avia220/221 Instrument Flight I/II 1 + 2 hours
Includes a minimum of 35 hours of flight training and simulation. Teaches precise airplane attitude control by instrument reference and radio navigation. Teaches accurate instrument approach procedures, missed approaches and holding patterns. Introduces IFR cross-country procedures and increases student’s proficiency to the level required of a competent instrument pilot. Meets the FAA Part 141 flight training requirement for the Instrument Rating course. Prerequisite: Private Pilot Certificate (may be accomplished in the same semester). Prerequisite or concurrent enrollment: Avia 222.
Avia222 Instrument Rating Principles 2 hours
Prepares the learner for the FAA Instrument Rating - Airplane Knowledge Exam. Meets the FAR Part 141 ground training requirement for the Instrument Rating course. Offered spring semester. Prerequisite: Avia 101 or Private Pilot Certificate.
Avia225 Mountain Flying 1 hour
Offers advanced training associated with the complexities of flying in the mountains. This training includes an extended cross-country flight into the Colorado Rockies. The student will become familiar with high altitude airports, high altitude operations and limited survival techniques. Prerequisite: Private Pilot certificate or consent of instructor.
Avia229 Commercial Pilot Principles 2 hours
Prepares the learner for the FAA Commercial Pilot - Airplane Knowledge Exam. Meets the FAR Part 141 ground training requirement for the Commercial Pilot Certificate course. Offered fall semester. Prerequisite: Avia 101 or Private Pilot Certificate.
Avia230/231 Commercial Flight I/II 3 + 2 hours
Includes a minimum of 120 hours of flight training and simulation. The student is introduced to and gains proficiency in maneuvers required for the commercial pilot flight test. Includes instruction and proficiency in a complex or TAA aircraft. Meets the FAR Part 141 flight training requirement for the Commercial Pilot course. Prerequisite or concurrent enrollment with either 230 or 231: Avia 229.
Avia254 Human Factors 2 hours
Studies human factors in the aviation industry, such as decision-making, situational awareness, crew resource management, fatigue, workload management, human performance and human/machine interaction.
Avia281 Aviation Safety 3 hours
Studies safety systems in the aviation industry with a focus on proactive safety management. Includes a review of the NTSB investigation process and the Aviation Safety Reporting System, including a review of cases in their respective databases with a focus on identification and mitigation of risk. An Integration Source Course.
Avia305 Advanced Aircraft Systems 3 hours
Studies advanced aircraft systems, including the following: turbine-powered engines, advanced cockpit instrumentation, automation, electrical, fuel, hydraulic and pneumatic, environmental and various protection systems. Also addresses handling, service and maintenance from a pilot’s perspective. Prerequisite: Avia 205 or FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate.
Avia316 Advanced Aircraft Performance 3 hours
Studies performance of high performance aircraft, including turboprop and jet aircraft. Includes study of the operating aerodynamic envelope of such aircraft, the use of operating and performance data, and transonic and supersonic flight. Prerequisite: Avia 206 or FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate.
Avia321 Aviation Weather 3 hours
Studies the use of aviation weather products and services and other weather products, including text, graphics, models and soundings, to aid the pilot in preflight planning and decision-making. Includes a review of weather concepts and hazards, a discussion of ground-, satellite- and flight-based weather observation equipment, and aircraft performance considerations as it relates to weather. Prerequisite: Avia 121 or FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate.
Avia325 Mountain Flying 1 hour
Offers advanced training associated with the complexities of flying in the mountains. This training includes an extended cross-country flight into the Rocky Mountains. The student will become familiar with high altitude airports, high altitude operations and limited survival techniques. Prerequisite: Private Pilot certificate.
Avia331 Multiengine Ground School 1 hour
Studies multiengine airplane concepts such as systems, performance and limitations, and principles of flight with an engine inoperative. Also includes a discussion of multiengine procedures and maneuvers.
Avia332 Airplane Multiengine Land 1 hour
Covers aircraft systems and piloting skills required to operate a multiengine aircraft safely. Prerequisite or concurrent enrollment: Avia 331 and Avia 231 or consent of instructor.
Avia336 Flight Instructor Ground School 4 hours
Prepares the commercial pilot to become a teacher. Covers information included in the following FAA Knowledge Exams: Flight Instructor Airplane, Fundamentals of Instructing, Basic Ground Instructor and Advanced Ground Instructor. Prerequisite: Avia 229 or FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate.
Avia337 Flight Instructor Refresher Course 1 hour
Reviews flight instructor knowledge and teaching techniques, including the topics in the FAA’s Advisory Circular 61-83.
Avia340 Flight Instructor Airplane 2 hours
Instruction in teaching techniques, maneuver analysis and performance and other subjects required to be a competent FAA Certificated Flight Instructor. Prerequisite or concurrent enrollment: Avia 336 or consent of instructor.
Avia341 Flight Instructor Airplane - Instrument 1 hour
Instruction in teaching techniques and analysis and performance of maneuvers required for the FAA Certificated Instrument Flight Instructor. Prerequisite or concurrent enrollment: Avia 340.
Avia360 Airline Training Orientation Program (ATOP) 1 hour
Introduction to the Boeing 737/300. During this program conducted by ATOP, Inc., the student will receive: 10 hours of Systems and Flight Procedures Ground School 2 hours of Cockpit Procedures Training 1 hour of Simulator Flight Observation 1 hour of Simulator Flight “High Altitude” Operations Training and Endorsement. Prerequisite: Private Pilot Certificate and U.S. citizenship.
Avia406 National Airspace System 3 hours
Studies the US National Airspace System, including the application of air traffic procedures and regulations regarding flight operations in standard and special use airspace. Studies air traffic procedures, separation, and communications at towered and non-towered airports and enroute. Studies ground- and satellite-based navigational aids, the role of Flight Service Stations, and flight plans. Introduces international air traffic procedures as they relate to flight to and from the US. Addresses the effects of environmental concerns within aviation such as noise, light and carbon pollution. Prerequisite: Avia 106 or FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate.
Avia432 Multiengine Experience 1 to 3 hours
Gain experience flying multiengine aircraft in the air traffic system. Each credit equals 15 hours of flight time, ground briefing with an instructor, preflight planning and preparation, and post flight evaluation. Prerequisite or co-requisite: Avia 332 or FAA Commercial certificate with AMEL rating. Repeatable up to 3 credits total.
Avia451 Crew Resource Management 3 hours
Studies crew resource management with a focus on both general aviation and the airline cockpit. Topics include crew communication and coordination, workload management and distribution and human/machine interaction. Prerequisite: Avia 254 or FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate.
Avia461 Aviation Law 3 hours
Studies the aviation regulatory system including rulemaking, legislation, enforcement, case-law and administration. Prerequisite: Avia 161 or FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate.
Avia470 Flight Instructor - Multiengine 1 hour
Prepares the learner for instructing in a multiengine airplane. Prerequisite or concurrent enrollment: Avia 432.
Avia481 Safety Management 3 hours
Studies safety management systems and best practices for risk management in the aviation industry. Prerequisite: Avia 281 or FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate.
Avia490 Flight Instructor Internship 1 to 6 hours
Provide supervised instruction to Hesston College private, instrument and commercial flight students in a 14 CFR 141 environment. May include advanced course instruction if qualified. Requires weekly check-ins with supervisor and instructional flight observations. Prerequisite: Avia 340. Prerequisite or co-requisite Avia 341. 1 to 6 credits per semester - repeatable up to 12 credits total.
Avia495 Professional Internship 1 to 6 hours
Gain experience in the aviation industry by working in an area related to flight science. The student will arrange the experience, write learning outcomes and objectives and determine an evaluation mechanism. The instructor can assist with arrangements and must approve the experience. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing. 1 to 6 credits per semester - repeatable up to 12 credits total.