About two-thirds of airline pilots will retire in the coming years, and other areas of the aviation industry — such as helicopter and airline dispatch — are undersupplied with qualified applicants. Through an agreement with Universal Helicopters Inc. (U.H.I.), students in the Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Science (Rotary Wing) program receive flight training at the U.H.I. Center of Excellence facility at Prescott’s Love Field Airport. Students will study aviation safety, environmental operations, crew resource management, flight management systems, flight planning, and advanced helicopter operations. Specific topics will include low-level flight planning, mountain flight, night-vision device operation, operations in adverse weather, and the management of operations, training, personnel, and maintenance. Students will receive flight ratings to include, Private, Instrument, commercial, etc. The B.S. in Aeronautical Science (Rotary Wing) combines flight training with academic preparation in the technical and managerial aspects of aviation — the skills and knowledge demanded by today's aviation industry. The program emphasizes the following skill sets in the education of its pilots:
- Leadership ability as demanded by today's leading aviation companies
- Decision-making aptitude to accurately and quickly assess situations and to manage risk — skills that serve you well not just professionally, but in all aspects of life
- Knowledge of effective resource management, human factors, and safety awareness that can be applied to many endeavors
- Critical thinking and problem-solving skills developed via computer simulations in aircraft performance, navigation, and aircraft systems operation
The program also offers options to enhance specific skills and customize your program through advanced flight training; flight instructor and instrument flight instructor certificates; and familiarization training as a flight crew member. The Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Science (Rotary Wing) degree is housed in the Department of Aeronautical Science in the College of Aviation.