When technology emerged as a distinct area within the total technology spectrum following World War II, aeronautical technology came into being among 4y degree granting institutions. During the past decade, growth among these programs has been confined to expansion and refinement of existing programs, rather than a quantitative growth in the number of new programs being implemented. The proliferation of technician-oriented aeronautical programs among junior colleges came within the past decade.
Programs vary from flight training activities provided on a flying club basis to in-depth aeronautical engineering technology curricula. Indiscriminate and universal application of the term “technology” to all aviation-related programs regardless of content or objective, has led to problems in the transfer of credits.
A recommended course of study provides a strong core approach to general studies and technical areas, with numerous options, depending upon the students' specific areas of interest within the framework of aeronautical technology.
Facts, findings, and recommendations are based on examinations of literature, reports of commissions and committees, and interviews and correspondence with leaders in the aerospace industry and in aeronautical technical education.