Aviation Management / with Pilot Studies / with Air Traffic Controller Studies
DC117 | Undergraduate Full Time
In addition to a general management education, the aviation management course provides you with specialist knowledge in all areas of aviation and qualifies you for careers in demanding positions in this growing industry sector. It is well recognised that in the near future, the aviation industry will require increased numbers of new pilots and other trained specialist staff to operate the expanding global air fleet.
The programme is designed so that the first three years of the course provide you with a general introduction to business analysis, the aviation sector, technical aspects of piloting and industry relevant work experience. In your final year, you can opt to enter either flight training to qualify as a commercial pilot or choose to follow more specialist studies in aviation management.
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PodcastKate Goodman, Aviation Management student, chats with broadcaster Leanne Hanafin about why she chose the course. The first three years of the course provide students with a general introduction to business analysis, the aviation sector, technical aspects of piloting and industry relevant work experience.
Why Do This Course?
This course offers a distinct choice for those wishing to train as commercial pilots or to pursue fast-paced management careers in aviation.
Your first two years of the Aviation Management course provide a general introduction to business analysis, the aviation sector and technical aspects of piloting. DCU is recognised as a Registered Training Facility (RTF) by the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) for the theoretical knowledge needed to acquire the Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL).
You will start with a four- to six-month INTRA work placement in your third year in a related aviation setting. The second half of third year is comprised of both specialist business and aviation modules.
In your final year, the course divides into three streams. Some students will opt to pursue integrated flight training at an approved Flight Training Organisation with a view to qualifying as a commercial pilot (Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL))*.
A second stream will choose to seek training as air traffic controllers (for instance at the Irish Aviation Authority).
The final stream will choose to follow more specialist studies in aviation management here in DCU. Note that while all students who pass their third year DCU exams will qualify to proceed to their final years of study, if you seek a piloting or ATCO career you will also need to pass a selection process to be admitted to a pilot training college or ATCO training.
Flight Training Organisations currently approved by DCU include:
• National Flight Centre (NFC Dublin, Ireland) – www.nfc.ie
• Atlantic Flight Training Academy (AFTA, Cork, Ireland) – www.afta.ie
• Flight Training Europe (Jerez, Spain) – www.ftejerez.com
Other European ATO’s can also be considered by DCU, providing they are both IAA & ERSA approved. Please note that UK pilot schools may not be EASA approved now that the UK has left the EU. DCU Business School, accredited by AACSB, has a strong international reputation for the quality of its programmes and graduates
*Please be aware, qualifying as a commercial pilot entails expenses estimated to be around €75,000 – €100,000.
Other EASA / IAA approved FTO’s may be utilized providing there is prior consultation with the AMPS programme staff.
Aviation is a high-tech, dynamic and competitive industry operating in a global arena. Both aviation management professionals and airline pilots need specialist aviation management skills, and career options within the industry are diverse.
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