Aviation Institute - School of Public Administration

The demand for well trained people will increase as the aviation industry undergoes major expansion in the years ahead. The Aviation Institute is responding to these local, state, regional, national and international aviation needs by offering a comprehensive aviation education. The aviation curriculum consists of courses in airline operations, aviation meteorology, airport master planning, aviation safety, aviation administration, aviation law, aviation history, numerous flight courses and more. In addition, transfer programs exist with many local community colleges and include the opportunity for students with an associates degree in avionics, airframe, and powerplant certification to complete their bachelor’s degrees.

The Aviation Institute is a division of the School of Public Administration in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS). Please refer to the CPACS general requirements. It is important for all students to review the “Core Curriculum of All Colleges” section in this catalog for the University’s general education requirements.


The mission of the Aviation Institute is to:

  • provide an environment where students are supported and challenged as they develop the skills, knowledge, and experiences that prepare them for personally and professionally rewarding careers in aviation and transportation;
  • conduct research that enhances the safety, security, efficiency, reliability, and sustainability of aviation and transportation services, and improves mobility and quality of life for the citizens of the State of Nebraska;
  • engage the community through partnerships and other collaborative initiatives that improve the lives of the citizens of the State of Nebraska and others through innovative education, training, research, and service projects; and
  • maintain the highest standards of integrity and transparency in the conduct of the Institute’s business and the management and stewardship of its resources.


The vision of the Aviation Institute is to lead collegiate aviation in ways that measurably enhance the lives our students and others through instruction, research, and service programs.


One of the concentrations in the Bachelor of Science in Aviation, the Air Transport Administration Specialization, is accredited by the Aviation Accreditation Board, International.


For Non-Traditional and Transfer Students

As an alternative for non-traditional and transfer students 21 years of age or older, the Division of Continuing Studies offers the Aviation Administration and Aviation Studies areas of concentration in the Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) degree program. This program provides maximum opportunity for the acceptance of transfer credits. Students entering this program with Federal Aviation Administration pilot or maintenance certificates or qualified military training courses may receive academic credit for prior experience. It is important for all students to review the “Core Curriculum of All Colleges” section in this catalog for the university’s general education requirements. See the Aviation Institute academic adviser to determine if this option is best suited for your needs. A specialized transfer program in avionics, aircraft maintenance, and pre-aviation is available through agreements with Western Nebraska and Iowa Western Community Colleges.

General Admission Requirements

Incoming students who are not considered transfer students are guaranteed admission to the Bachelor of Science in Aviation program upon admission to the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Transfer students who want to complete the Bachelor of Science in Aviation Program must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 to be accepted into the College of Public Affairs and Community Service. Current UNO students accepted for admission to any of the University’s colleges may enroll in the Institute’s aviation courses for elective credit.

Language Fluency

International and other students enrolling in the Aviation Institute for whom English is not their primary language will be required to be sufficiently fluent in English as a second language. This requirement is particularly critical for successfully completing the flight training portion of the Institute’s curriculum.


Aviation students are expected to regularly attend all academic aviation classes in accordance with university policy. Attendance is mandatory in order to satisfy ground school requirements as established by the FAA.

Incomplete Policy

Students who receive instructor permission to take an incomplete must have the incomplete resolved the following semester or the incomplete changes to withdraw. If a student has a question in regard to this policy, they should see their academic adviser for clarification.

Advising Services

The Aviation Institute offers both academic and career advising to students. The academic adviser is available to assist students in meeting their career requirements and to interpret Institute and university policies regarding academic requirements. Students are encouraged to contact their adviser whenever questions arise concerning their academic program. As a minimum, students should see an adviser before registering for the next semester and review their academic progress, when choosing an area of specialty, and prior to registering for their senior year. The Aviation Institute faculty are also available to discuss career planning, opportunities, and advising. The faculty have a strong connection to the aviation industry and students are encouraged to use the faculty as a resource in determining their career goals. Students are encouraged to make an appointment as a freshman or sophomore with the Aviation Institute faculty to discuss their career path. For more information or to setup and appointment contact the Aviation Institute.

Scholarship and Internship Opportunities

There are several scholarship and internship opportunities available to students within the Aviation Institute. Scholarships for current UNOAI students are awarded annually through an application process. The applications for these scholarships are available in February and are awarded at the Aviation Institute’s annual honors convocation in April. The Aviation Institute also sponsors scholarships for new students through a recruitment scholarship program.The Aviation Institute also offers the UNO Advantage Scholarships that provide non-resident students the opportunity to attend UNO at resident tuition rates. Close partnerships with a number of Omaha metro organizations allow for several internship opportunities to current Aviation Institute students each semester. To apply for an internship, students must contact the internship coordinator, CPACS 120. A list of all UNOAI scholarships and internships can be found on the Aviation Institute Web site.

Advanced Simulation Facility

Keeping with the Aviation Institute’s pursuit of academic excellence, the Advanced Simulation Facility offers students the latest technology in flight simulation. The Advanced Simulation Facility houses state of the art technology from Precision Flight Controls, Inc.

The Modular Flight Deck (M.F.D.) Simulator is available for students to use as a training aid and is FAA certified for loggable flight time. Industry experienced and certified professionals will provide exemplary instruction for students. In addition to the M.F.D. Simulator, the Advanced Simulation Facility accommodates an M.F.D. Desktop Training Unit. The software in both M.F.D.s can simulate many single and multi-engine aircraft; therefore, students can use these simulators to train for a variety of FAA certificates – from Private Pilot to Airline Transport Pilot.

In 2012, the Aviation Institute added a G1000 full motion Redbird Simulator to the Advanced Simulation Facility.

Aviation Resource Center

The Aviation Resource Center is available to all Aviation students. In the Aviation Resource Center, students can utilize the many resources offered to help them achieve academic success. Resources available are: computers for research, testing, and personal use, printing services, FAA Practical Test Study Guides, Gleim Test Prep Software, Jeppesen Study Materials, King CD-Rom Study Courses, free use of PC-ATD simulator, Current Trade Magazines and Publications, Complete AOPA Air Facts DVD Series, Sporty’s Training DVDs, ASA Study Guides, complete collections of Jeppesen Training Videos, current copies of FAA’s FAR/AIM, tutoring, various aviation related referencing textbooks, ASA-JSCH PP2 headsets, Garmin 396 with XM weather, and a Garmin 295.

In addition, the Aviation Resource Center is a LaserGrade certified FAA Testing Center, where students can take FAA Practical Exams.

Financial Aid

Students should apply for financial aid immediately upon acceptance to UNO and at the beginning of each calendar year thereafter. Priority is given to applicants who apply early. Additional financial aid may be available to qualified students to pay for the added cost of flight training. See the Aviation Institute academic adviser for information regarding additional financial aid for flight training. Flight training is optional and not required for students working toward the Air Transport Administration concentration.

Graduate Programs

The Aviation Institute offers a concentration in aviation in both the MPA and the Ph.D. in public administration. Contact the Academic Program Coordinator in the School of Public Administration for more information about either of these options.

For more information...

visit the Aviation Institute Web site at ai.unomaha.edu.