In the Air Traffic Control (ATC) Lab, students learn the rules and regulations as they pertain to air traffic control:
From an airport management perspective, having the basic knowledge of ATC procedures and regulations allows a better understanding of airport, the airport movement area, why runways and taxiways are designed the way they are, and for what purpose. Runway alignments contribute to capacity issues, as to how many aircraft can land at an airport per hour. It also helps when handling aircraft emergencies and incidents.
Having knowledge of the basic ATC rules and regulations, as well as how to apply those rules and regulations gives our students an advantage when applying for ATC positions with the FAA as entry level air traffic controllers. Currently, there are two graduates of the program that are air traffic controllers, and one graduate that works for the FAA as a computer specialist.
In the Airport Management lab, which also serves as a class room, students will learn basic principles of airport operations, airfield signage markings and lighting, and driving on the airport operations area.
The two simulators depict the airfield at several different airports including Tampa, Florida and Houston Hobby airport. Students learn to communicate with the Air Traffic Control Tower to get permission to cross runways and/or taxiways, and to conduct runway/taxiway inspections per Federal Aviation Regulation PART 139 which governs all commercial service airports in the United States.
It is imperative that students learn what the runway and taxiway markings mean, as well as the various signs on the airfield and lighting. Students will be able to recognize the colors of runway lighting and what each color means to a pilot. Students will know the color of taxiway lighting, to include high-speed taxiway lighting, and all lighting and signage pertaining to Surface Movement Guidance and Control Systems for low visibility operations.
This training helps students that are seeking positions at Airports, Fixed Base Operators, and General Aviation Airports. At commercial airports, the airport operations sections conduct airfield inspections, to include the runway and taxiways and the airfield as a whole.
Currently there are several TSU Aviation Science and Technology graduates working for the Houston Airport System at Bush Intercontinent
al Airport and William P. Hobby Airport in airport operations. We have several graduates and current students working as line technici
an at Fixed Base Operators, at Hobby, Bush Intercontinental, and Houston Southwest Airports.
The Aviation Science and Technology Flight Lab is equipped with 8 Flight Desktop Simulators, 2 Fixed Training Devices (FRASCA’S), and a Fidelity Full Motion Simulator.
The primary purpose of the flight lab is to give students hands-on experience of what goes on in the cockpit of an aircraft, and to understand the basic fundamentals of flight. The courses offered pertaining to flight are Introduction to Flight, Private Pilot Flight, and Private Pilot Ground. These are introductory courses designed for familiarization with flight instruments, how they work and what information they provide to the pilot.
The training given in the flight lab will enhance students’ knowledge of aircraft and their operating procedures. Should a student go on to pursue taking flying lessons, the student will be familiar with an aircraft and its parts as well as the instruments and how they operate. Currently there are ten graduates of the Aviation Science and Technology department that have become pilots, seven of which fly for Continental/United Airlines, one who is a pilot for Southwest Airlines, and two who are flight instructors.