Contemporary Issues in Aviation Policy – AVIA 755

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 09/05/2023

Course Description

This course investigates and analyzes current aviation policy issues and the impact of government and international policy and regulations on the aviation industry. Candidates will evaluate current policy, regulatory, and legislative procedures and how each stakeholder in the process may have inputs. Candidates will analyze how aviation research can help to inform the policy, regulatory, and legislative process. Candidates will be challenged to apply a biblical world perspective to analyzing and developing aviation policy, regulations, and legislation.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


The purpose of this course is to prepare students to critically analyze current aviation policy and regulations and how they may impact the industry. We have seen single court cases, single regulatory actions, and single legislative actions that impacted the aviation industry in immediate and substantial ways. It is important for Doctors of Aviation to know and understand the meaning and impacts of aviation policy and regulations, as well as research actions that may be taken to develop policy. The course explores aviation policy and regulations through biblical worldview, legal, economics, leadership, technology, and ethics lenses.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

The student will complete assigned readings from course texts and course documents.

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Course Overview.

Video Discussion: Class Introductions

The student will complete the Video Discussion: Class Introductions in a visual presentation format. The visual presentation must include a 2-minute minimum recorded presentation. Be creative with the presentations. It is recommended that students use Kaltura to create the presentations. If a student is not comfortable with Kaltura, a technology medium must be used that allows the presentation to include the student's face and audio. In addition to the initial video thread, the student must post 2 replies of at least 150 words. 

Peer-Review Discussion: Aviation Policy Framework Draft

The student will create a personal aviation policy framework of 300 – 750 words to help guide them in their policy positions in this course and future involvement as an aviation policymaker. The candidate will upload their assignment as a discussion and provide 200-words of substantive feedback to two other students. (CLO: A, B, C, D, E)

Discussions (4)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, each student will post an initial thread of 450 – 500 words by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Thursday of the assigned Module. In addition, the student must then post two (2) replies of at least 300 words by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Sunday of the assigned Module. These are intended to be scholarly dialogues and for each thread, the student must support his/her assertions with proper scholarly support in APA format with sources listed as references at the end of the post. (CLO: A, C, D)

Research Topic Selection Assignment

The student will identify a narrowed topic within the area of contemporary aviation policy to form the basis of the Final Research Paper Assignment. The Research Topic Selection Assignment will be 750-1000 words using APA formatting and include a title, abstract, and reference pages (exclusive of the word requirement) with at least five (5) scholarly sources the candidate intends to use in the Final Research Paper. (CLO: A, B, C, D, E)

Literature Critique Assignments (2)

The student will write two 750 – 1000 words Literature Critique using APA formatting and include a title, abstract, and reference page (though it is fine if the only reference is the subject article). The review will seek to identify and concisely explain the key issues presented in the article while providing analysis and critique of the author’s conclusions and perspectives. The student will also identify at least one (1) area of future research inquiry either expressly identified in the article or logically resulting from the article’s content and propositions. The assignment will use proper grammar, spelling, and APA Formatting. (CLO: A, B, C, D, E)

Federal Register Assignment

The student will access the Federal Register and analyze recent drone regulations and public comment and write a 750 – 1000 word APA paper. (CLO: A, B, C, D, E)

Final Research Paper Assignment

The student will write an 3,000 – 4,000 word research paper on their selected international aviation law topic developed in the Research Topic Selection Assignment earlier in the term. The reference page must include at least ten (10) scholarly sources. (CLO: A, B, C, D, E)

Aviation Policy Framework Final Assignment

The student will revise their Peer-Review Discussion: Aviation Policy Framework Draft previously submitted in light of comments received from peers and insights gleaned during the course. The student will also answer two reflection questions using a minimum of 500 words. (CLO: A, B, D, E)

Quizzes (3)

Each quiz will cover the Learn material for the modules: weeks for which it is assigned. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contains 10 multiple choice, short answer, true false or essay questions, and have a 20 minute time limit. (CLO: A, B, D)