Flight Operations

The Bachelor of Science in Flight Operations prepares students for FAA certification (licensing) and ratings. The flight training program is available to majors and non-majors. The Flight Operations program includes courses ranging from private pilot through commercial pilot with instrument and multi-engine ratings, each supported by an appropriate ground school. Instructor certificates and ratings are available as electives and are highly recommended. All flight students are required to obtain a FAA Medical Certificate at least 30 days prior to enrollment. U.S. citizens must have a certified copy of their birth certificate or a passport before beginning training. Non-U.S. citizens need to contact the Flight Center at least 4 weeks prior to the start of school for compliance with Transportation Security Administration (TSA) rules and procedures. Flight students desiring to qualify for the Restricted-ATP should work closely with their academic advisors to ensure that they obtain the minimum credit hours required to meet the reduced aeronautical experience. 

What You Will Learn

  • An understanding of the impact of aviation and technology within societal and global contexts
  • An ability to apply techniques, skills, and modern aviation tools to flight operations
  • An ability to function on a multi-disciplinary team and operate as a crew member in an aircraft cockpit
  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and aerodynamic principles to ensure safe and efficient flight operations
  • An ability to accurately analyze and interpret data to solve a variety of problems
  • An ability to recognize and apply ethical and professional excellence for responsible decision making
  • An ability to communicate effectively with precision and clarity within aviation and related industries
  • An ability to recognize the need for and engage in life-long learning
  • Knowledge of contemporary aviation industry issues
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of business applications relating to the management of flight operations

A University of Dubuque degree in flight operations aligns students with professional ground school and flight training from day one. The program begins with a basic private pilot ground school, continuing with instrument rating, and then reaching a commercial pilot certificate. Students earn a multi-engine rating as well as receive jet transition training in a CRJ 200 airline simulator. Students can also continue the program and conclude with a flight instructor certificate. 

Sample Flight Operations Curriculum - Airplane

Sample Flight Operations Curriculum - Helicopter

Schedule a visit today!  Tour the University campus and Flight Operations Center at the Dubuque Regional Airport.  Speak with our professors about career paths in aviation and meet our friendly staff.  We can't wait to share our passion for aviation.


Program Assessment

The Aviation Department uses an annual (Academic Year) process to look formally at an outcome or set of outcomes. Plans are developed in August, lead faculty for each outcome are assigned, interim reviews are conducted in January, draft reports are due in June, and final reports are due no later than October.

We collect signature data from a minimum of one course per learning outcome. The Aviation Department uses external and internal assessments to identify areas of weakness and where possible areas of interest. When shortcomings are determined, plans are developed and resources are gathered to address these issues.

Minutes are the primary set of evidence indicating future actions. Formal assessments do result in plans to address shortcomings as well as to take no action when the process provides validation.

The following departments and committees participate in assessment of outcomes. Identified program recommendations are followed up with syllabi changes, course flow adjustments, and program development to address short comings.

• The Curriculum Committee and Core Committee
• Assessment Committee

AABI 3.4.2 Comprehensive Self-Analysis

AABI 3.4.2 Compliance - Flight Operations


Graduation Rates

 Program
  Enrollment  
  Year/Term 
  Graduates 
  Year/Term 
Flight Operations 127 2017/Fall 7 2018/May
  163 2016/Fall 10 2017/December
      9 2017/December
      15 2017/May

 


Graduate Rates and Types of Employment

 Semester  Data Available  Employed  Graduate School  Military  CFI  Airline Pilot Other Types of Employment
2017-May 91% 100% 6% 15% 24% 12% Admission Counselor, Aircraft Mechanic Apprentice, Airport Management, Corporate Pilot, Human Resources, Aerial Photography, Charter Pilot
 2016-Dec 100% 100% 0% 0% 16% 19% Loadmaster, Operations Agent, Corporate Pilot, Charter Pilot

What Our Students Do

The University of Dubuque Flight Operations Program allows students the opportunity to engage in several flight training sessions each week. They incorporate knowledge learned in ground school classes into the flight training lessons they accomplish one-on-one with a flight instructor. Additionally, as students advance in their training, jet system knowledge and crew resource management is practiced with hands-on experience in our CRJ-200 flight training device. Class trips to places such as United Airlines in Chicago and the FAA Altitude Chamber in Oklahoma City enhance the learning experience.

Where Our Graduates Go

University of Dubuque Flight Operations graduates pursue many different career paths. Recent graduates of the University of Dubuque Flight Operations Program have pursued piloting careers in aerial surveying, air taxi operations, regional airlines, corporate flight departments, and flight positions with various branches of the military.

News from the Department

University of Dubuque's Fall Aviation Career Days will be held October 25-26, 2018. We begin with a career fair in the Iowa Hangar at the Dubuque Regional Airport on Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and finish with interviews on Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on campus in the Center for Advising and Vocation.  Our regional airline partnerships will be in attendance.  Don't miss your chance to learn about new opportunities to explore in the aviation industry.

The University of Dubuque is striving to bring the best education and flight training available. With the addition of 11 new 2017 Cessna 172SP model aircraft, UD’s entire fleet of Cessnas now consist of 2014 or newer model aircraft. All have the latest in glass cockpit technology, utilizing the Garmin G-1000 Avionics system and ADS-B in/out. 

University of Dubuque was one of five universities selected by Textron Aviation Inc. for the 2018 Top Hawk program. Each university will take delivery of a new, custom branded Cessna Skyhawk 172 to support flight training, recruiting events, and promotional activities throughout the year. Click here for the press release announcing UD's selection as a Top Hawk program.

Flight Operations - Program of Study

Flight Operations Curriculum - Helicopter

Flight Operations Curriculum - Airplane

The courses below are a program sample of what students may encounter pursuing the Flight Operations Airplane Track. Students will meet with their advisers to develop a personal educational program to plan their elective course choices, internships, undergraduate research, and other educational opportunities and experiences.

Year One

Fall Semester
AVI 131: Basic Ground School (6)
AVI 145: Safety and Ethics in Aviation (1)
MATH 112: College Algebra (3)
FLI 131: Flight Training I (3)
WVS 101: World View Seminar I (3)

J-Term
AVI 132: Basic Flight Experience (3)

Spring Semester
AVI 233: Air Transportation (3)
CIS 103: Computer Applications in Business (3)
COM 101: Speech Communication (3)
AVI 214: Aviation Meteorology (3)
ENG 101: Composition & Rhetoric (3)

Summer Semester
* To complete certificates or ratings may require additional flight time during the summer semester.


Year Two

Fall Semester
PRF 201: Career Development Strategies (1)
AVI 231: Ground School - Instrument (4)
FLI 231: Flight Training - Instrument (3)
WVS 201: World View Seminar II (3)
Elective Course (3)

J-Term
Open

Spring Semester
AVI Elective Course (3)
FLI 132: Flight Training - Commercial Cross-Country (2)
FLI 232: Flight Training - Commercial Maneuvers (2)
RES 104: Introduction to Research Writing (3)
Aesthetics Requirement (3)
Social Development Requirement (3)

Summer Semester
* To complete certificates or ratings may require additional flight time during the summer semester. 


Year Three

Fall Semester
AVI Industry Elective (3)
AVI 349: Aviation Safety Management (3)
Aesthetics Requirement (3)
AVI 232: Ground School - Advanced (3)
FLI 334: Flight Training - Complex/High Performance (2)
MATH 150: Precalculus (4)

J-Term
AVI 435: Ground School - Multi-Engine (2)

Spring Semester
AVI 401: Applied Aerodynamics (3)
AVI 434: Human Factors (3)
FLI 435: Flight Training - Multi-Engine (2)
ENG 112-260:  Literature (3)
Science Lab Requirement (3)

Summer Semester
* To complete certificates or ratings may require additional flight time during the summer semester. 


Year Four

Fall Semester
AVI 332: Advanced Aircraft Systems/CRJ (3)
AVI Industry Elective (3)
Stewardship Requirement (3)
Global Awareness B Requirement (3)
Fine and Performing Arts Requirement (3)

J-Term
Open

Spring Semester
Elective Course (3)
AVI 447: Crew Resource Management (3)
AVI 495: Aviation Senior Seminar (3) 
Elective Course (3)

Summer Semester
* To complete certificates or ratings may require additional flight time during the summer semester. 

Chaminda Prelis
Chaminda Prelis
Head of Aviation Programs
Associate Professor of Aviation

MS, Aviation
BBA, Aviation Management

Office Phone: 563.589.3835
E-mail: cprelis@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 304 Severance Hall and Airport Flight Operations Center
Fax: 563.589.3177

Jared Bennett
Jared Bennett
Flight Instructor


E-mail: JBennett@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Jo Lynn Bentz
Jo Lynn Bentz
Aviation Business Office Assistant

BS - Computer Science, Mount Mercy College

Office Phone: 563.589.3928
E-mail: JBentz@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Kim Bruggenwirth
Kim Bruggenwirth
Aviation Business Manager


Office Phone: 563.589.3180
E-mail: kbruggen@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center
Fax: 563.589.3179

Candace Dalsing
Candace Dalsing
Aviation Dispatch


Office Phone: 563.589.3820
E-mail: cdalsing@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Adam Eggerman
Adam Eggerman
Flight Instructor - Helicopter


E-mail: AEggerman@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Bryan Eggers
Bryan Eggers
Helicopter Flight Instructor


Office Phone: 563.589.3805
E-mail: beggers@dbq.edu 

Sara Ellert-Beck
Sara Ellert-Beck
Assistant Professor of Aviation

MSA, Central Michigan University
BS, United States Air Force Academy



Office Phone: 563.589.3315
E-mail: sellert@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 308 Severance Hall
Biography - Click Here

Sara began flying airplanes at the age of 15.  By 17 she had a pilot's license and appointment to the United States Air Force Academy.  Sara served in the United States Air Force from 1981 until 1991, primarily as an Air Traffic Control Officer. 

After leaving the Air Force, Sara received a master's level certification in environmental management from West Coast University in Los Angeles and worked as an environmental airspace consultant.

Sara began working for the University of Dubuque as an adjunct professor in both business and aviation for several years before becoming a full-time faculty member in the Department of Aviation. 


Michael Evans
Michael Evans
Flight Instructor


E-mail: MEvans@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Michael Ferrero
Michael Ferrero
Adjunct Professor - Aviation

MS, Predictive Analytics, Northwestern University
MBA, Colorado State University
BS, Secondary Education, University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign ATP, CFII, MEI, FE



E-mail: Mferrero@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Brian Forsberg
Brian Forsberg
Assistant Chief


E-mail: BForsberg@dbq.edu 

Tony Foster
Tony Foster
Assistant Professor

MAS, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; Safety Systems
BS, University of Dubuque; Flight Operations/Aviation Management

Office Phone: 563.589.3815
E-mail: tfoster@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center
Fax: 563.589.3179

Daniel Gashangi
Daniel Gashangi
Certified Flight Instructor


E-mail: TGashangi@dbq.edu 

Michael Glynn
Michael Glynn
Chief Flight Instructor

BS, University of Dubuque

Office Phone: 563.589.3277
E-mail: mglynn@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center
Fax: 563.589.3179

Nick Glynn
Nick Glynn
Certified Flight Instructor


E-mail: NGlynn@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Kenneth Godwin
Kenneth Godwin
Assistant Professor

MBA, University of Dubuque; Business Administration
BS, University of Dubuque; Aviation Management

Office Phone: 563.589.3761
E-mail: kgodwin@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 302 Severance Hall
Fax: 563.589.3177

Ramon Gonzalez
Ramon Gonzalez
Flight Instructor


Office Phone: 563.589.3832
E-mail: RGonzalez@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Robert Grierson
Robert Grierson
Adjunct Faculty

MPA
BA



E-mail: Rgrierson@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center
Biography - Click Here

Robert A. Grierson, AAE, is currently serving as the manager of the Dubuque Regional Airport. He previously managed the Chico Municipal Airport and served as assistant director for the Fresno Airport System. Robert Managed the operating and capital budgets for O’Hare, Midway & Meigs for the City of Chicago, and served as Commissioner on the DuPage Airport Authority.

Robert holds a master and bachelor degrees in public administration. He is an Accredited Airport Executive by the American Association of Airport Executives. He served second term as president of the Iowa Public Airports Association. Robert has 30 years of experience in airport management, has been teaching undergraduate and graduate classes since 1996, and is an active pilot with commercial, instrument, multi-engine, and helicopter ratings.

Robert retired as full Colonel with over 38 years of military service, and he was awarded the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, and Master Army Aviator Badge.

Robert is married with two sons, one at University of Missouri, the other at University of Iowa.


Tyler Hutchinson
Tyler Hutchinson
Certified Flight Instructor


E-mail: THutchinson@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

James S. Jenkins
James S. Jenkins
Director of Aviation Maintenance

BS, University of Dubuque



Office Phone: 563.589.3812
E-mail: jjenkins@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center
Fax: 563.589.3179

Maxwell Judnic
Maxwell Judnic
Certified Flight Instructor


E-mail: MJudnic@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Polly Kadolph
Polly Kadolph
Associate Professor of Aviation

MBA, University of Dubuque
BS, University of Dubuque

Office Phone: 563.589.3120
E-mail: pkadolph@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 314 Severance Hall
Fax: 563.589.3177


Joan Kariuki
Joan Kariuki
Aircraft Mechanic
AAT Faculty


Office Phone: 563.589.3812
E-mail: jkariuki@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Zarick Kuehl
Zarick Kuehl
Helicopter Flight Instructor


E-mail: ZKuehl@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Trevor Lee
Trevor Lee
Flight Instructor


Office Phone: 563.589.3836
E-mail: TLee@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Emmanuel Munoz
Emmanuel Munoz
Flight Instructor


Office Phone: 563.589.3813
E-mail: Emunoz@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Blaze Murfin
Blaze Murfin
Flight Instructor


E-mail: BMurfin@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Kyle Neisius
Kyle Neisius
Certified Flight Instructor


E-mail: KNeisius@dbq.edu 

Duy Nguyen
Duy Nguyen
Flight Instructor


E-mail: DNguyen@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Michael Nickeson
Michael Nickeson
Flight Instructor


Office Phone: 563.589.3817
E-mail: MNickeson@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Suzanne Peterson
Suzanne Peterson
Assistant Chief

BS, University of Dubuque

Office Phone: 563.589.3828
E-mail: speterson@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center
Fax: 563.589.3179


Michael Phillips
Michael Phillips
Director of Operations: University Flight Center

BA, MA; Loras College

Office Phone: 563.589.3732
E-mail: mphillips@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center
Fax: 563.589.3179


Brian Quade
Brian Quade
CRJ 200 Instructor


E-mail: BQuade@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Cameron Rowenhorst
Cameron Rowenhorst
Certified Flight Instructor


E-mail: CRowenhorst@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Tad Schoeny
Tad Schoeny
Certified Flight Instructor - Check Instructor


E-mail: TSchoeny@dbq.edu 

Nicholas Schwab
Nicholas Schwab
Certified Flight Instructor


E-mail: NSchwab@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Ching-Kuan Su
Ching-Kuan Su
Stage Check Instructor


Office Phone: 563.589.3807
E-mail: csu@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Dallas Syverson
Dallas Syverson
Certified Flight Instructor


E-mail: Dsyverson@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Randy Tolley
Randy Tolley
CRJ 200 Instructor


E-mail: RTolley@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Colin Waldorf
Colin Waldorf
Stage Check Instructor

BS, University of Dubuque



Office Phone: 563.589.3823
E-mail: cwaldorf@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Roger Wickman
Roger Wickman
Flight Instructor


Office Phone: 563.589.3829
E-mail: rwickman@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

G. Mark Woodhouse
G. Mark Woodhouse
Assistant Professor

MSCTE, Nova Southeastern University
BSEE, New Jersey Institute of Technology



Office Phone: 563.589.3233
E-mail: gwoodhouse@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 226 Dunlap Technology Center
Fax: 563.589.3410
Biography - Click Here

Mark is a Bible teacher and conference speaker with 20+ years of higher education teaching experience. Commercial Pilot, Multi-engine, Instrument, Advanced Ground Instructor Ratings;  Chief Firearms Instructor, Proficient Defense Training;  Chaplain with Dubuque Police Department and Sheriff's Office; Advisor, UD Computer Club;  Advisor, UD RC Pilots Club


Edwin Zenke
Edwin Zenke
Certified Flight Instructor


E-mail: EZenke@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Jeremiah Ziebert
Jeremiah Ziebert
CRJ 200 Instructor

BS, University of Dubuque



E-mail: jziebert@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Careers in Flight Operations

Aviation is a profession filled with limitless personal and professional reward; where the sky is not the limit when it comes to the type of careers students can pursue in the industry. The University of Dubuque’s flight operations graduates can choose from a vast array of areas when they begin their careers. Our flight operations students have gone on to work as flight instructors or pilots for charter operators, airlines, and small and large corporate aviation departments. Other graduates have gone on to serve our country in the various branches of the military, coast guard, and law enforcement agencies. 

Bachelor of Science Opportunities 

An aviation student with a bachelor of science in flight operations, is prepared to enter almost any position within flight management and flight operations within the aviation industry. The Aviation department provides students with the professional skills that allow for success in all segments of the aviation industry while enhancing their critical thinking and decision making skills.

Accordingly, an aviation student is well-qualified and comes with the experiences to enter most entry level positions within the aviation industry. Our flight operations students may also qualify for many of the partnerships UD has created with ExpressJet, Endeavor to Delta, Cape Air, Envoy Airlines, SkyWest, and GoJet Airlines. These programs give students an opportunity to qualify as first officers with these airlines.

Post-graduate Opportunities

The University of Dubuque Aviation Program provides the educational and experiential base not only for entry-level management and flight professions, but also as a foundation to build a career through graduate level study in the aviation industry. The University of Dubuque Aviation Department encourages all of our graduates to strive for higher levels of experience and education, to advance the students capacity to enhance the quality of their education and experience in serving the aviation industry. Most of our graduates have gone on to complete advanced level training in flight operations, and for some this has included pursuing post-graduate degrees.

Successful Outcomes

Brian Arbuckle BS, 2013 Flight Operations

I entered the University of Dubuque in 2010 and eagerly advanced through the program, earning a bachelor of science in flight operations in 2013.  After graduating, I worked part time at UD as a flight instructor as well as flying for a local insurance company.  I then flew for a freight company operating a larger turbine aircraft.  Today I am a crew member on a Hawker 800, a medium sized corporate jet, for SC Aviation in Janesville, Wisconsin.  A key to my success at UD was a bond that developed between me and a faculty member who urged me to keep studying and keep moving forward with my flight training.  This faculty member gave me the drive to achieve my goals.  If I were to offer any advice to an entering first-year student, it would be to work hard and study even harder.  If aviation is your passion, the class work and flight training will be worth it.  UD’s CRJ 200 simulator and the fast-paced class work that accompanies it, was eye opening.  I was able to see the next level of flying and the unlimited possibilities in the vast field of aviation.  Like many career paths, aviation is a continuous learning process that begins with the first class you take.