Aviation Leadership – AVIA 245

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

The focus of this course is how an aviator can promote effective and safe aviation operations by developing and employing sound human factors leadership principles. Crew resource management, threat and error management, and safety management system concepts and programs will be evaluated against actual situations and aircraft accident case studies to help students develop their analytic and evaluative skills. Students will also learn their own personal strengths and how those strengths relate to human factors elements that contribute to effective aviation teams and an organizational culture that promotes safe mission accomplishment. (Formerly AVIA 445)




The course provides discussion, critical analysis and application of human factors leadership principles for the purpose of guiding students in gaining an understanding of how to develop into effective and safe aviation leaders, and how to effectively promote an ethical, safe, and effective aviation organizational culture.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    1. Explain the meaning of leadership and discuss how various leadership attributes promote safe and effective organizations.
    2. Summarize the meaning and application of authority, responsibility, and accountability (ARA) in professional aviation roles and relate ARA to the concept of just culture.
    3. Discuss how to apply leadership principles and ethics in various professional aviation settings and situations.
    4. Discuss how to exercise sound and effective airmanship, flight discipline, and aeronautical decision-making in various professional aviation situations.
    5. Explain how an effective Safety Management System contributes to effective and safe operations.
    6. Describe how leadership principles relate to effective Crew Resource Management and Threat and Error Management for safe flight operations.
    7. Illustrate how to promote a positive safety culture and work environment.
    8. Demonstrate effective team skills while planning and leading a team project.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Class Introduction

Student to submit a 2–3 minute video and brief written introduction to the professor and fellow classmates via Blackboard. Specific elements described in the assignment are to be included. This will be a graded assignment and you must reply to at least two other classmate introductions as well.

Journal Reflections (3)

Student will complete 3 journal reflections that examine the application of lessons learned, instances of personal development, and application of personal leadership growth.

Team Service Project

Each student will develop and execute a service project involving the leadership of others to accomplish the project goals.

Quizzes (5)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned modules/weeks. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes and have a 1-hour and 30-minute time limit.

Critical Analysis Research Paper

Each student will submit a 3-5 page APA formatted critical analysis research paper based on a past or present aviation leader who demonstrated various leadership abilities during in the midst of an ethical or moral dilemma.  The aviation leader for this paper should be the leader chosen for the Case Study Discussion Board assignment.

Case Study Discussion Board

Each student will choose a leader from the Bible and a past or present aviation leader and compare and contrast the different leadership traits, how each handled an ethical or moral dilemma, and how they executed authority, responsibility, and accountability.  The aviation leader chosen should be the subject of the critical analysis research paper assignment.

Final Exam

This will be a comprehensive exam of concepts covered on each quiz and the reading assignmes from the final week of the course.