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.