Aviation Electives

Aviation Graduation Credits and Electives
drone flying by hereford's water tower

About: a program focusing on UAV / Drone technology and Remote Piloting. Students graduating from four-year program of study are prepared to enter workforce immediately with "Remote Pilot Certificate", or Fixed Wing Pilot Knowledge Test. Graduates who want a college degree can seam
lessly enter two-year Aviation technology programs. Four college credits from CCBC and UMES can also be earned with a C or higher average in coursework.

Year 1 – Introduction to Aviation and Aerospace Technology – 
The introduction course will provide the foundation for advanced exploration in the areas of flying, aerospace engineering, and unmanned aircraft systems. Students learn about engineering practices, problem-solving, and the innovations and technological developments that make today’s aviation and aerospace industries possible.

Year 2 – Exploring Aviation and Aerospace (HON)
Students will understand how aircrafts 
are categorized, be able to identify their parts, and learn about aircraft construction techniques and materials. They will gain an in-depth understanding of the forces of flight—lift, weight, thrust, and drag—including how to make key calculations. They will then touch on aircraft design, looking at stability, aircraft controls, and maneuvering flight. The course will conclude with a focus on career skills related to these topics.

Year 3 – Unmanned Aircraft (GT) OR Private Pilot Fundamentals (GT)
This course is foundational for both manned and unmanned aviation, and will prepare students to take either of two Federal Aviation Administration tests: the Private Pilot Knowledge Test or the Part 107 Remote Pilot Knowledge Test. Topics include: pre-flight procedures, airspace, radio communications, aviation phraseology, regulations, airport operations, aviation safety, weather, cockpit management, and emergency procedures. (Pre-Requisite: Introduction to Flight)

Year 4 – Aviation and Autonomous Systems Engineering CWE (GT)
Pathway 1: Pilot -

After having prepared for the Private P
ilot Knowledge Test and Part 107 Remote Pilot Test in the previous year, students will examine advanced aviation topics and aviation career options. Instrument flight, commercial aviation, and advanced aircraft systems begin the semester. Looking into the future, students then explore new horizons in the aerospace industry. What might aviation look like five, ten, or twenty years into the future? The focus then turns to business development opportunities in aviation. Finally, students learn about and conduct different types of research in preparation for their capstone project in the second semester.

Pathway 2: Unmanned Aircraft Systems -
Practical applications of UAS operations including agriculture, public safety, photography, ethics, preventative maintenance, commerce, environmental studies, and other contemporary uses will be explored.  Students will work as individuals or in small groups to study and report on an approved av
iation topic of their choosing. The goal of this capstone course is to allow students to demonstrate an understanding of a contemporary topic in aviation related to unmanned aircraft operations.

student demonstrating the use of the airplane simulator
Ian Yocum Showing off Hereford's New Flight Simulator (Aviation)