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Top U.S. aviation universities: an interview with Bowling Green State University

We interviewed Carl Braun of Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, and asked all about the organisation’s courses, history, alumni, and more.

An interview with Bowling Green State University

Bowling Green State University Jerome Library building
Bowling Green State University Jerome Library building

ACS: Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions! First off, what courses do you offer aviation and aeronautics students?

BGSU: Our Aviation Studies program currently has three specializations: Aviation Management and Operations, Aeronautical Engineering Technology, and Flight Technology and Operations.

Our aviation-specific courses include:

  • Private Pilot Ground Instruction
  • Air Traffic Control/National Airspace System
  • Aviation Management
  • Aviation Law
  • Crew Resource Management
  • Airport Operations
  • Airport Planning and Design
  • Instrument Ground School
  • Commercial Ground School

ACS: What makes BGSU’s courses for aviation and aeronautics unique?

BGSU: We have an airport attached to campus so students can easily walk to their airport, aviation and flight lab courses. In addition, we have a family atmosphere here where we make a point to get to know our students, learn their individual needs and help them succeed. You are not a number here at BGSU Aviation.

ACS: How long has the BGSU Aviation school been in operation?

BGSU: BGSU has been actively teaching aviation courses and flying since 1978.

ACS: How many students do you take on each year?

BGSU: Currently, between 100 and 130 students in the fall semester with an additional 10-15 starting in the spring semester.

ACS: How long are each of the courses?

BGSU: All courses run for one semester; about 14 weeks.

ACS: As one of the top universities for aviation and aeronautics, we’re guessing there are many aircraft lovers at BGSU. Care to let us in on your favourite aircraft?

BGSU: My background is in corporate aviation and I’ve always been partial to the Hawker 800 and Gulfstream V. In addition, I’m a big fan of our new Piper Archers here at the Bowling Green Flight Center.

ACS: What are you most excited about when it comes to the future of aviation?

BGSU: The industry is growing, along with the need for pilots and managers. I find that exciting.

ACS: How is BGSU preparing its students for the future of the industry?

BGSU: Utilizing the latest in training systems such as our RedBird Simulator, our future CRJ FTD, and our industry-experienced faculty.

ACS: Do you offer any bursaries, scholarships or special entrance options?

BGSU: BGSU offers many scholarship options to students. We also have services for non-traditional, veteran, and special needs students.

ACS: Do you have any partnerships with notable companies in the industry? If so, can you give us a quick summary?

BGSU: No specific partnerships currently. We like to give our students the opportunity to place with the airline of their choice.

ACS: If there was one piece of advice you could give to prospective aviation and aeronautics students, what would it be?

BGSU: A strong foundation in study skills, strong work ethic, self discipline, and an ability to understand professionalism.

ACS: For BGSU alumni, what’s the most common career path? Private aviation, commercial aviation, military and civil, or a combination of all?

BGSU: Most of our flight students end up with a regional carrier for their first job position. Our management students either end up in airline management, station supervisory, or corporate charter service companies.

ACS: Lastly, how should students go about applying to BGSU’s aviation school? Any tips for up-and-coming students?

BGSU: Apply as you would to Bowling Green State University and have a desire to learn and a willingness to earn your achievements.

ACS: Anything else you would like to add about your aviation courses or the industry itself?

BGSU: If you have an interest in aviation, either as a pilot or as a manager, now is the time to pursue your dream. Starting salaries and benefits have never been better.

Are you looking to start a career in aeronautics or aviation? Speak to us about applying for a course and we’ll do our best to provide some helpful advice. ACS also provides aviation and flying scholarships for many of the best aviation institutions in the U.S. and around the world. Find out more on our Aviation Scholarships and Student Grants page.



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