Flight Operations

The BS 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

Program of Study

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. 


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 19-20, 2017. We begin with a career fair in the Iowa Hangar at the Dubuque Regional Airport on Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 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.

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. In the fall of 2015, UD added three new Piper Arrow and two new Piper Seminole multi-engine aircraft, all with modern glass cockpit technology.  

Flight Operations - Program of Study

The courses below are a program sample of what students may encounter. 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)
ENG 101: Composition and Rhetoric (3)
FLI 131: Flight Training I (3)
WVS 101: World View Seminar I (3)

J-Term
Core/Pillar Elective (3)

Spring Semester
AVI 233: Air transportation (3)
CIS 101: Introduction to Computers or CIS 103: Computer Applications in Business (3)
COM 101: Speech Communication (3)
UDMA 112: College Algebra (3)
RES 104: Introduction to Research Writing (3)

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


Year Two

Fall Semester
AVI 214: Aviation Meteorology (3)
AVI 231: Ground School - Instrument (4)
FLI 231: Flight Training - Instrument (3)
Global Awareness Requirement (3)
WVSII:  World View Seminar II (3)

J-Term
Open

Spring Semester
AVI 232: Ground School - Advanced (3)
ENG 112: Intro to Literature or ENG 260: Literature and Culture (3)
FLI 232: Flight Training - Commercial Maneuvers (3)
Social Development Requirement (3)
UDMA 150: Precalculus or PHY 151: General Physics I & Lab (4)

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


Year Three

Fall Semester
AVI Elective (3)
AVI 349: Aviation Safety Management (3)
Aesthetics Requirement (3)
FLI 132: Flight Training - Commercial Cross Country (2)
Stewardship Requirement (3)

J-Term
Open

Spring Semester
AVI 401: Applied Aerodynamics (3)
AVI 434: Human Factors (3)
FLI 334: Complex/High Performing Aircraft (2)
Religion Requirement (3)
Elective Courses (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 Elective (3)
FLI 435: Flight Training - Multi-Engine (2)
Elective Course (3)
Elective Course (3)

J-Term
AVI 435 & AVI 435L: Ground School – Multi-Engine (3)

Spring Semester
AVI Elective (3)
AVI 447: Crew Resource Management and Advanced Systems (3)
AVI 495: Senior Seminar (3) or World View Seminar IV 
Elective Course (3)

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

Steven Accinelli
Steven Accinelli
Director of Aviation and Special Programs

MS, Case Western Reserve University
MS, National Defense University
BS, University of Idaho



Office Phone: 563.589.3811
E-mail: saccinel@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center
Fax: 563.589.3179
Biography - Click Here

Over 40 years of experience in the aviation industry with extensive experience in flight operations, financial planning, research,  teaching, safety management, contract negotiations, equipment procurement, and personnel management.   

Courses taught at institutions of higher learning:

      Applied Aerodynamics

      Instrument Ground School

      Crew Resource Management

      International Airline Operations

      CFI – Instrument Ground School

      Human Factors

      Aviation Policy Development

      Airport Management

      Contemporary Problems in Air Transportation

                   Multi-Engine Ground School

                   Private Pilot Ground School

                   Corporate Aviation Management

                   Corporate Aviation Management (graduate level)

                   Aviation Business Design (graduate level)

                   Airline Management

                   Fixed Base Operations

                   Safety and Ethics in Aviation

Current Position

Director of Aviation and Special Programs, and Professor emeritus of Aviation, University of Dubuque, Dubuque, Iowa 

Education

1996 - Master of Science, National Security Strategy, National Defense

University, Washington, DC

1985 - Master of Science, Operations Research, Case Western Reserve

University, Cleveland, Ohio

1974 - Bachelor of Science, Business Management,

University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho

 

Pertinent Aviation Certificates

                NBAA Certified Aviation Manager

                Initial certification 09/2007

                Recertification 09/2010 and 09/2013

                FAA Pilot Certifications

                Air Transport Pilot, Multi-engine Airplane

                Commercial/Instrument Helicopter

                Certified Flight Instructor, Airplane Single & Multi Engine

                Certified Flight Instructor-Instrument Airplane

                Helicopter Instructor (Military)

                Airman Certification Representative (ACR)

                Designated Pilot Examiner (Ground Instructors)

 

Flight Experience

                Total Time 8400 hours

                Turbine 4525 hours

                Multi-engine 4100 hours

                Helicopters 3500 hours

                Instrument 1550 hours (Actual 1125 hours)

                Night 1030 hours

                Dual given 1950 hours

 

Pertinent Experience

1/99 to present Department Head for a University Aviation Department consisting of 240 majors, 21 aircraft and 38 faculty and staff.  Responsible for academic direction and program development.  Manage a budget of over 2.8 million dollars with maintenance, safety, logistics, recruiting, and employee hiring responsibilities. 

9/02 to present Airport Commissioner, Dubuque Regional Airport.  Currently serving as the Chairperson of an autonomous Commission for an airport ranked second busiest in the State with part 139 responsibilities and over 40,000 annual passengers. 

7/83 to present Flight Instructor for single and multi-engine aircraft to include instruments; non-current helicopter flight instructor.

7/98 to 8/99 Adjunct Instructor III, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, qualified to teach 19 graduate courses.

6/96 to 1/99  Principle Adviser to the Adjutant Generals of the Montana and Idaho National Guard for training, operations, personnel, and logistics in support of 7000 National Guard soldiers.  Developed detailed training plans and coordinated the execution of training leading to significantly improved unit readiness.  Developed plans and policies that increased personnel fill to high priority units and increased promotion selection rates.  Developed training and deployment plans for infantry, aviation, public affairs, and fire fighting units participating in Bosnia operations and National Training Center (NTC) rotations.

6/94 to 6/95  Senior Military Analyst in an office led by a Department of Army Civilian in the Senior Executive Service.  Provided oversight and policy guidance to Army Experimentation and Testing programs.  Assigned as lead analyst on the policy committee for the Comanche Helicopter Program.  Project analyst for the integration of all analytical efforts in support of Force XXI digitization experimentation.

6/92 to 6/94  Commander, Aviation Battalion, Fort Rucker, Alabama.  Directly responsible for the Army’s Initial Entry Rotary Wing training program.  Budget authority exceeded 12 million dollars.  Supervised flight activities that achieved over 270,000 accident free flight hours.  Provided quality assurance for over 200 contract flight instructors and 700 maintenance personnel.  Supervised over 320 personnel of which approximately 200 were flight instructors.

1/91 to 5/92  Senior Aviation Advisor to the U.S. Embassy La Paz, Bolivia.  Coordinated 50 aircraft from various U.S. Government agencies and the Bolivian Air Force in our Nation’s efforts against illicit drug activities.  Developed training, logistics, operations, safety education, and aircraft overhaul programs in a country with limited infrastructure.

9/88 to 1/90 Vice-president, Fixed-wing Operations, Air North, Watertown, New York.  A part-135 business integrating two companies with fixed and rotary wing aircraft.

6/88 to 1/90  Executive Officer for an Assault Helicopter Battalion in Fort Drum, New York.  Responsible for the staff integration of maintenance, logistic, administration, personnel, operations, safety, and training for an organization consisting of 325 personnel and 55 helicopters.  Project officer for the formation of this new unit.  Developed and oversaw execution of a plan to consolidate unit split by a distance of over 100 miles two years early.  This resulted in savings of 1.8 million dollars.  Planned and executed transition to the UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter with minimum impact on unit readiness.

1/86 to 6/88 Ad Hoc Member, Graduate School, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas. Provided counseling to graduate students and served on thesis committee for computer simulation experimental design proposals.

3/85 to 7/88 President, Fort Leavenworth Flying Club, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.  Directed flight school, supervised maintenance, and managed fuel operations.

9/83 to 1/85 Fixed and rotary wing commercial pilot for Baron Aviation, Cleveland, Ohio.  Established turbine helicopter operation.

6/81 to 6/83 Aviation Company Commander for UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter unit.  Unit consisted of 15 helicopters and 190 personnel.  Responsible for operations, training, safety, maintenance, and logistics.

6/73 to 5/81 Various aviation leadership, maintenance and flight positions in Europe and the United States.

6/73 First paid flight (aviation employment)

 

National and Regional Level Aviation Activities 

National Business Aircraft Association (NBAA)

Certified Aviation Manager (CAM)

Access Committee member – Airport Working Group (6/08-9/12)

Co-Chair, CAM Testing Committee

CAM Governing Board member

Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI)

Past Secretary

Past Treasurer

Ad Hoc member Outcomes Assessment Committee

2007 Visiting Team Accreditation, SE Oklahoma State University

2008 Visiting Team Accreditation, Southern Illinois University

2009 Elected Trustee, re-elected in 2102

2010 Visiting Team Accreditation, ERAU Prescott and Daytona Beach

2010 Conducted Workshop for SIU on Aviation Accreditation Assessment

2011 Conducted Assessment Workshop, Raising the Standard

2011 Presentation, Safety Programs for Collegiate Aviation

2011 Qualified as Visiting Team Chair

2011 Visiting Team Accreditation, St. Louis University

2012 Visiting Team Accreditation Chair, Westminster College

2013 Visiting Team Accreditation Chair, Mercer County Community College

2014 Visiting Team Accreditation Chair, Purdue University

2015 Visiting Team Accreditation, Kent State University

 

University Aviation Association (UAA)

Aviation Policy Seminar Director (15 seminars to Washington, DC)

Safety Auditor, 2007 ERAU

2009 Presentation on Establishing an Aviation Advisory Board

2013 Presentation on Aviation Policy Development

 

                School of Missionary Aviation (SMAT) Advisory Board Member (2005-2011)

 

Dubuque Regional Airport Commission

 Member, 2002

Treasurer, 2003

Secretary, 2004

Vice-Chair, 2006 – 2007, 2013 - 2014

Chair, 2007- 2010, 2014 – present

 

State of Iowa

Aviation Advisory Committee, 2005 to 2010

Aviation Infrastructure Committee, 2009 to 2011

 

University Service

University of Kansas: Graduate Thesis Advisor

University of Dubuque

Professional Development, Promotion,  and Tenure Committee

Core Curriculum Committee

School of Professional Programs representative to the Board of Trustees

Planning and Finance Committee

Presidential Ad Hoc Committee on Enrollment/Student Body Size

Advisor Flight Team/Qualified NIFA Judge

Faculty Search Committees (Aviation/Business/Criminal Justice/Environmental Science)

Faculty Athletic Representative

Chair, Management Council, Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC)

Two years on the Executive Management Council, IIAC

Academic Council

Professional Development Committee, past Chair

 

Professional Associations

Member, Aircraft Owners and Pilot Association (AOPA) Institutional Representative, University Aviation Association (UAA) Institutional Representative, Aviation Accreditation Board, International (AABI) Committee Member, National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Member, National Air Transportation Association (NATA)


Mitchel Barske
Mitchel Barske
Flight Instructor


Office Phone: 563.589.3838
E-mail: mbarske@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Jeffrey Barta
Jeffrey Barta
CRJ 200 Instructor


E-mail: JBarta@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

Anthony Brooks
Anthony Brooks
Aircraft Maintenance Assistant


E-mail: ABrooks@dbq.edu 

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

Joshua Bulfer
Joshua Bulfer
Certified Flight Instructor


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

Candace Dalsing
Candace Dalsing
Aviation Dispatch


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

Michael Ferrero
Michael Ferrero
Adjunct Professor - Aviation


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

Kyle Jones
Kyle Jones
Flight Instructor


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

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 Maintenance Assistant


Office Phone: 563.589.3812
E-mail: jkariuki@dbq.edu 

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

Cathy Macatangay
Cathy Macatangay
Certified Flight Instructor


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

Kevin Michalski
Kevin Michalski
Flight Instructor


Office Phone: 563.589.3819
E-mail: kmichals@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Matthew Mohr
Matthew Mohr
CRJ 200 Instructor


E-mail: MDMohr@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

Kyle Neisius
Kyle Neisius
Certified Flight Instructor


E-mail: KNeisius@dbq.edu 

Michael Nickeson
Michael Nickeson
Flight Instructor


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

Sean O'Meara
Sean O'Meara
Flight Instructor


Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Cody Parkovich
Cody Parkovich
Certified Flight Instructor - Helicopter


E-mail: CParkovich@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


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

Brian Quade
Brian Quade
CRJ 200 Instructor


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

Ken Rizer
Ken Rizer
Assistant Professor of Aviation

MPA, Harvard University MBA, University of Iowa MS, Air War College BS, U.S. Air Force Academy



Office Phone: 563.589.3315
E-mail: krizer@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 308 Severance/Flight Operations Center
Biography - Click Here

Ken served 25 years in the Air Force as a fighter pilot and commander, culminating as the Base Commander for Andrews Air Force Base, the home of Air Force One.  He serves as an Iowa State Representative for Marion, Bertram, Ely and the surrounding parts of Linn County.


Nicholas Rodts-Miranda
Nicholas Rodts-Miranda
Certified Flight Instructor


E-mail: NRodts@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

Robbie Thier
Robbie Thier
Flight Instructor


Office Phone: 563.589.3834
E-mail: rthier@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Austin Todd
Austin Todd
Flight Instructor


Office Phone: 563.589.3824
E-mail: ATodd@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

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.