Aviation Management Degrees at the College of Aeronautics

Aviation management goes far beyond air carrier schedules and airport planning. While business functions that are unique to aviation are important for students of aviation management to understand, there is much more going on behind the scenes of the modern aviation industry. Like everything else, aviation is a business and it is unique. Diving into and further examining management concerns and other concepts as they apply to the business of aviation is essential to the continued success of the industry. Studying at an aviation management university like Florida Tech, students have the opportunity to explore a variety of subjects such as airport planning and design, public relations, airport operations, finance, and marketing. Florida Tech offers an aviation management degree program at the undergraduate level and an airport management and development degree at the master’s level. Bachelor’s and Master's level aviation management degrees are also offered online through Florida Institute of Technology.

The Programs

As the complexity of our social and regulatory environment increases, the dedicated study of management and development becomes more and more important to the aviation industry. Business professionals with the knowledge and understanding to successfully navigate the complex regulatory environment of aviation and implement more effective and progressive business practices are invaluable to the aviation industry.

Broad Field, Narrow Focus

It is simply not enough to explore aviation management and development in a few broad classes. Florida Tech’s approach to aviation management and development breaks down the fields into more specific classes examining marketing, air transportation management, economic and fiscal management, and business development. Of course, comprehensive courses and projects have their place too. Students use business simulations, internships, and advanced research to see how management and development principles are employed to make real-world airports and aviation businesses more successful.

Airport Business Development

Airport development is essential for the continued success of any airport. Development works to ensure that the infrastructure of an airport is appropriate for its level of activities and can be flexible and affordable enough to cope with ever changing political and economic conditions. Students of airport development consider capital project development issues, emphasizing project definition, funding, project administration and coordination, marketing, and property management of airside and landside facilities. Airport development also considers civil engineering topics and principles such as construction cost engineering, real property and water rights, and environmental planning laws and requirements.

Airport Planning and Design

Students exploring airport planning and design at Florida Tech have the opportunity to learn from industry veterans and gain experience on the latest technology available. Students focus heavily on airside components of airport design and learn to work with the FAA’s standards. Students gain exposure to and understanding of a wide range of key factors in airport design from terminal buildings and capacity calculations to approach gradients and taxiway design.

Students also gain experience with some of the most advanced airport planning and design software available. These programs, such as AutoCAD® and Three-Dimensional Airspace Analysis Program (3DAAP), allow designers to model the physical layout of the airport and visualize how airport operations might impact local communities.