Flight Operations

The Bachelor of Science in Flight Operations prepares students for FAA certification (licensing) and ratings. The flight training program is available to majors and non-majors. The Flight Operations program includes courses ranging from private pilot through commercial pilot with instrument and multi-engine ratings, each supported by an appropriate ground school. Instructor certificates and ratings are available as electives and are highly recommended. All flight students are required to obtain a FAA Medical Certificate at least 30 days prior to enrollment. U.S. citizens must have a certified copy of their birth certificate or a passport before beginning training. Non-U.S. citizens need to contact the Flight Center at least 4 weeks prior to the start of school for compliance with Transportation Security Administration (TSA) rules and procedures. Flight students desiring to qualify for the Restricted-ATP should work closely with their academic advisors to ensure that they obtain the minimum credit hours required to meet the reduced aeronautical experience. 

What You Will Learn

  • An understanding of the impact of aviation and technology within societal and global contexts
  • An ability to apply techniques, skills, and modern aviation tools to flight operations
  • An ability to function on a multi-disciplinary team and operate as a crew member in an aircraft cockpit
  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and aerodynamic principles to ensure safe and efficient flight operations
  • An ability to accurately analyze and interpret data to solve a variety of problems
  • An ability to recognize and apply ethical and professional excellence for responsible decision making
  • An ability to communicate effectively with precision and clarity within aviation and related industries
  • An ability to recognize the need for and engage in life-long learning
  • Knowledge of contemporary aviation industry issues
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of business applications relating to the management of flight operations

A University of Dubuque degree in flight operations aligns students with professional ground school and flight training from day one. The program begins with a basic private pilot ground school, continuing with instrument rating, and then reaching a commercial pilot certificate. Students earn a multi-engine rating as well as receive jet transition training in a CRJ 200 airline simulator. Students can also continue the program and conclude with a flight instructor certificate. 

Schedule a visit today!  Tour the University campus and Flight Operations Center at the Dubuque Regional Airport.  Speak with our professors about career paths in aviation and meet our friendly staff.  We can't wait to share our passion for aviation.


Program Assessment

The Aviation Department uses an annual (Academic Year) process to look formally at an outcome or set of outcomes. Plans are developed in August, lead faculty for each outcome are assigned, interim reviews are conducted in January, draft reports are due in June, and final reports are due no later than October.

We collect signature data from a minimum of one course per learning outcome. The Aviation Department uses external and internal assessments to identify areas of weakness and where possible areas of interest. When shortcomings are determined, plans are developed and resources are gathered to address these issues.

Minutes are the primary set of evidence indicating future actions. Formal assessments do result in plans to address shortcomings as well as to take no action when the process provides validation.

The following departments and committees participate in assessment of outcomes. Identified program recommendations are followed up with syllabi changes, course flow adjustments, and program development to address short comings.

• The Curriculum Committee and Core Committee
• Assessment Committee

AABI 3.4.2 Comprehensive Self-Analysis

AABI 3.4.2 Compliance - Flight Operations


What Our Students Do

The University of Dubuque Flight Operations Program allows students the opportunity to engage in several flight training sessions each week. They incorporate knowledge learned in ground school classes into the flight training lessons they accomplish one-on-one with a flight instructor. Additionally, as students advance in their training, jet system knowledge and crew resource management is practiced with hands-on experience in our CRJ-200 flight training device. Class trips to places such as United Airlines in Chicago and the FAA Altitude Chamber in Oklahoma City enhance the learning experience.

Where Our Graduates Go

University of Dubuque Flight Operations graduates pursue many different career paths. Recent graduates of the University of Dubuque Flight Operations Program have pursued piloting careers in aerial surveying, air taxi operations, regional airlines, corporate flight departments, and flight positions with various branches of the military.

News from the Department

The Aviation Programs have moved into the new Babka Aviation Center less than a mile down Airport Road from the old Flight Operations Center.

University of Dubuque's Spring Aviation Career Days will be held April 30, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Aviation employers will be available to answer questions in the Iowa Hangar on their segment of the industry. Mock and real interviews will take place in the Americas Hangar concurrently. 

The Flight Operations FAA Testing Center has moved to the main campus. To schedule your exam, contact Kay Smith at KASmith@dbq.edu

 

Flight Operations - Program of Study - US Students

The courses below are a program sample of what students may encounter pursuing the Flight Operations Airplane Track. Students will meet with their advisers to develop a personal educational program to plan their elective course choices, internships, undergraduate research, and other educational opportunities and experiences.

Flight Operations Fixed Wing Graduation Plan


Flight Operations - Program of Study - International Students

The courses below are a program sample of what students may encounter pursuing the Flight Operations Airplane Track. Students will meet with their advisers to develop a personal educational program to plan their elective course choices, internships, undergraduate research, and other educational opportunities and experiences.

Flight Operations - Rotor Wing - Grad Plan 2019 - International Students


Jo Lynn Bentz
Jo Lynn Bentz
Aviation Business Office Assistant

BS - Computer Science, Mount Mercy College

Office Phone: 563.589.3928
E-mail: JBentz@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Ben Cashman
Ben Cashman
Flight Instructor


E-mail: BCashman@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Alex Cleven
Alex Cleven
Flight Instructor - Fixed Wing


E-mail: Acleven@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 119 Babka Aviation Learning Center

Candace Dalsing
Candace Dalsing
Aviation Dispatch


Office Phone: 563.589.3820
E-mail: cdalsing@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Joel Dronebarger
Joel Dronebarger
Flight Instructor


Office Phone: 563.589.3829
E-mail: JDronebarger@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

James Drury
James Drury
Flight and Aviation Specialist

MBA, University of Dubuque
BS, University of Dubuque
AGI-I; CFI



Office Phone: 563.589.3679
E-mail: JDrury@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Babka Aviation Learning Center
Fax: 563.589.3722

Bryan Eggers
Bryan Eggers
Assistant Chief - Rotor Wing


Office Phone: 563.589.3805
E-mail: beggers@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Babka Aviation Learning Center

Sara Ellert-Beck
Sara Ellert-Beck
Assistant Professor of Aviation

MSA, Central Michigan University
BS, United States Air Force Academy



Office Phone: 563.589.3315
E-mail: sellert@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 308 Severance Hall
Biography - Click Here

Sara began flying airplanes at the age of 15.  By 17 she had a pilot's license and appointment to the United States Air Force Academy.  Sara served in the United States Air Force from 1981 until 1991, primarily as an Air Traffic Control Officer. 

After leaving the Air Force, Sara received a master's level certification in environmental management from West Coast University in Los Angeles and worked as an environmental airspace consultant.

Sara began working for the University of Dubuque as an adjunct professor in both business and aviation for several years before becoming a full-time faculty member in the Department of Aviation. 


Jack Erickson
Jack Erickson
Flight Instructor


E-mail: jerickson@dbq.edu 

Efren Fonseca
Efren Fonseca
Flight Instructor


E-mail: Efonseca@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Babka Aviation Learning Center

Tony Foster
Tony Foster
Assistant Professor

MAS, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; Safety Systems
BS, University of Dubuque; Flight Operations/Aviation Management

Office Phone: 563.589.3815
E-mail: tfoster@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center
Fax: 563.589.3179

Trey Franks
Trey Franks
Aviation Maintenance Assistant


E-mail: TFranks@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Michael Glynn
Michael Glynn
Chief Flight Instructor

BS, University of Dubuque

Office Phone: 563.589.3277
E-mail: mglynn@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center
Fax: 563.589.3179

Nick Glynn
Nick Glynn
Certified Flight Instructor


E-mail: NGlynn@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Kenneth Godwin
Kenneth Godwin
Assistant Professor

MBA, University of Dubuque; Business Administration
BS, University of Dubuque; Aviation Management

Office Phone: 563.589.3761
E-mail: kgodwin@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 302 Severance Hall
Fax: 563.589.3177

Robert Grierson
Robert Grierson
Adjunct Faculty

MPA
BA



E-mail: Rgrierson@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center
Biography - Click Here

Robert A. Grierson, AAE, is currently serving as the manager of the Dubuque Regional Airport. He previously managed the Chico Municipal Airport and served as assistant director for the Fresno Airport System. Robert Managed the operating and capital budgets for O’Hare, Midway & Meigs for the City of Chicago, and served as Commissioner on the DuPage Airport Authority.

Robert holds a master and bachelor degrees in public administration. He is an Accredited Airport Executive by the American Association of Airport Executives. He served second term as president of the Iowa Public Airports Association. Robert has 30 years of experience in airport management, has been teaching undergraduate and graduate classes since 1996, and is an active pilot with commercial, instrument, multi-engine, and helicopter ratings.

Robert retired as full Colonel with over 38 years of military service, and he was awarded the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, and Master Army Aviator Badge.

Robert is married with two sons, one at University of Missouri, the other at University of Iowa.


Bryan Hancock
Bryan Hancock
Part-time Jet Simulator Instructor


Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Madeleine Hassler
Madeleine Hassler
Flight Instructor


E-mail: MHassler@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Babka Aviation Learning Center

Lane Hawkins
Lane Hawkins
Flight Instructor


E-mail: LHawkins@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Babka Aviation Learning Center

James S. Jenkins
James S. Jenkins
Director of Aviation Maintenance

BS, University of Dubuque



Office Phone: 563.589.3812
E-mail: jjenkins@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center
Fax: 563.589.3179

Polly Kadolph
Polly Kadolph
Associate Professor of Aviation

MBA, University of Dubuque
BS, University of Dubuque

Office Phone: 563.589.3120
E-mail: pkadolph@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 314 Severance Hall
Fax: 563.589.3177


Joan Kariuki
Joan Kariuki
Aircraft Mechanic
AAT Faculty


Office Phone: 563.589.3812
E-mail: jkariuki@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Derek Krohnke
Derek Krohnke
Flight Instructor - Fixed Wing


E-mail: Dkrohnke@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 119 Babka Aviation Learning Center

Zarick Kuehl
Zarick Kuehl
Chief Flight Instructor - Rotor Wing


E-mail: ZKuehl@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Babka Aviation Learning Center

Trevor Lee
Trevor Lee
Flight Instructor


E-mail: TLee@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Babka Aviation Learning Center

Michael Nickeson
Michael Nickeson
Flight Instructor


Office Phone: 563.589.3817
E-mail: MNickeson@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Suzanne Peterson
Suzanne Peterson
Chief Flight Instructor

BS, University of Dubuque



Office Phone: 563.589.3828
E-mail: speterson@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 116 Babka Aviation Learning Center
Fax: 563.589.3179

Michael Phillips
Michael Phillips
Director of Flight Operations

BA, MA; Loras College



Office Phone: 563.589.3732
E-mail: mphillips@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Babka Aviation Learning Center
Fax: 563.589.3179

Chaminda Prelis
Chaminda Prelis
Director of Aviation Programs

MS, Aviation
BBA, Aviation Management



Office Phone: 563.589.3835
E-mail: CPrelis@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 118 Babka Aviation Learning Center
Fax: 563.589.3177

Brian Quade
Brian Quade
CRJ 200 Instructor


E-mail: BQuade@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Matt Reuter
Matt Reuter
Flight Instructor


E-mail: MReuter@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Babka Aviation Learning Center

Jonathan Salaun
Jonathan Salaun
Flight Instructor


E-mail: JSalaun@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Babka Aviation Learning Center

Grant Sanders
Grant Sanders
Flight Instructor - Fixed-Wing


E-mail: GSanders@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Eric Savage
Eric Savage
Assistant Professor of Aviation


Office Phone: 563.589.3386
E-mail: ESavage@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 306 Severance Hall

Tad Schoeny
Tad Schoeny
CRJ Sim Instructor


E-mail: TSchoeny@dbq.edu 

Nicholas Schwab
Nicholas Schwab
Certified Flight Instructor


E-mail: NSchwab@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Ching-Kuan Su
Ching-Kuan Su
Stage Check Instructor


Office Phone: 563.589.3807
E-mail: csu@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Robbie Thier
Robbie Thier
CRJ Sim Instructor


Office Phone: 563.589.3824
E-mail: RThier@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Randy Tolley
Randy Tolley
CRJ 200 Instructor


E-mail: RTolley@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Matthew Vander Ploeg
Matthew Vander Ploeg
Certified Flight Instructor

BS, Flight Operations

E-mail: mvanderploeg@dbq.edu 

Colin Waldorf
Colin Waldorf
Stage Check Instructor

BS, University of Dubuque



Office Phone: 563.589.3823
E-mail: cwaldorf@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Randy Warm
Randy Warm
Director of Aviation Operations and Safety

MS, United States Army
BA, University of Northern Iowa



Office Phone: 563.589.3514
E-mail: RWarm@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Babka Aviation Learning Center

Neil Weston
Neil Weston
CRJ Sim Instructor


E-mail: NWeston@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Roger Wickman
Roger Wickman
Flight Instructor


Office Phone: 563.589.3829
E-mail: rwickman@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Gregory Mark Woodhouse
Gregory Mark Woodhouse
Assistant Professor

MSCTE, Nova Southeastern University
BSEE, New Jersey Institute of Technology



Office Phone: 563.589.3233
E-mail: GWoodhouse@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 226 Dunlap Technology Center
Fax: 563.589.563.589.3410
Biography - Click Here

Mark is a Bible teacher and conference speaker with 20+ years of higher education teaching experience. Commercial Pilot, Multi-engine, Instrument, Advanced Ground Instructor Ratings;  Chief Firearms Instructor, Proficient Defense Training;  Chaplain with Dubuque Police Department and Sheriff's Office; Advisor, UD Computer Club;  Advisor, UD RC Pilots Club


Edwin Zenke
Edwin Zenke
Certified Flight Instructor


E-mail: EZenke@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Careers in Flight Operations

Aviation is a profession filled with limitless personal and professional reward; where the sky is not the limit when it comes to the type of careers students can pursue in the industry. The University of Dubuque’s flight operations graduates can choose from a vast array of areas when they begin their careers. Our flight operations students have gone on to work as flight instructors or pilots for charter operators, airlines, and small and large corporate aviation departments. Other graduates have gone on to serve our country in the various branches of the military, coast guard, and law enforcement agencies. 

Program Alums may request a transcript review by completing the Restricted ATP Request Form. Send the completed document to Program Director, Chaminda Prelis at CPrelis@dbq.edu.

Bachelor of Science Opportunities 

An aviation student with a bachelor of science in flight operations, is prepared to enter almost any position within flight management and flight operations within the aviation industry. The Aviation department provides students with the professional skills that allow for success in all segments of the aviation industry while enhancing their critical thinking and decision making skills.

Accordingly, an aviation student is well-qualified and comes with the experiences to enter most entry level positions within the aviation industry. Our flight operations students may also qualify for many of the partnerships UD has created with ExpressJet, Endeavor to Delta, Cape Air, Envoy Airlines, SkyWest, and GoJet Airlines. These programs give students an opportunity to qualify as first officers with these airlines.

Post-graduate Opportunities

The University of Dubuque Aviation Program provides the educational and experiential base not only for entry-level management and flight professions, but also as a foundation to build a career through graduate level study in the aviation industry. The University of Dubuque Aviation Department encourages all of our graduates to strive for higher levels of experience and education, to advance the students capacity to enhance the quality of their education and experience in serving the aviation industry. Most of our graduates have gone on to complete advanced level training in flight operations, and for some this has included pursuing post-graduate degrees.

Successful Outcomes

Brian Arbuckle BS, 2013 Flight Operations

I entered the University of Dubuque in 2010 and eagerly advanced through the program, earning a bachelor of science in flight operations in 2013.  After graduating, I worked part time at UD as a flight instructor as well as flying for a local insurance company.  I then flew for a freight company operating a larger turbine aircraft.  Today I am a crew member on a Hawker 800, a medium sized corporate jet, for SC Aviation in Janesville, Wisconsin.  A key to my success at UD was a bond that developed between me and a faculty member who urged me to keep studying and keep moving forward with my flight training.  This faculty member gave me the drive to achieve my goals.  If I were to offer any advice to an entering first-year student, it would be to work hard and study even harder.  If aviation is your passion, the class work and flight training will be worth it.  UD’s CRJ 200 simulator and the fast-paced class work that accompanies it, was eye opening.  I was able to see the next level of flying and the unlimited possibilities in the vast field of aviation.  Like many career paths, aviation is a continuous learning process that begins with the first class you take.