Many registered student organizations (RSOs) at WMU are affiliated with the College of Aviation. These organizations allow students to socialize with others in their chosen field as well as participate in aviation-related events, such as seminars, career explorations, and more!
The mission of the ALPA ACE Club is to circulate, encourage, and uphold professionalism and a culture of safety among the future airline pilots at Western Michigan University; represent the interests of each ALPA ACE Club member as a whole; be a visible force in advocating an airline pilot career through providing a strong means of networking throughout the aviation industry; providing every member with a solid foundation of leadership skills needed to succeed as a professional in the aviation industry; and to be the primary student organization by which Western Michigan University future airline pilots can create a respectful image which may be recognized in the aviation industry
Alpha Eta Rho serves to actively associate interested students of aviation with leaders and executives in the industry. This close association, strengthened through the bonds of an international aviation fraternity, establishes opportunities for all members in their relation to aviation and inspires interest and cooperation among those in the profession who are also members of Alpha Eta Rho.
The Aviation Student Council meets every Monday at 9:00 pm in the Bernhard Center. Room number varies, so please contact us or ask at the information desk in the Bernhard Center before each meeting.
The purpose of the Aviation Student Council shall be to serve the student body of the College of Aviation at Western Michigan University by:
"The Multicultural Association of Aviation Professionals is a non-profit student-run organization at Western Michigan University. Our purpose is to enhance, promote, and educate the multicultural aviation community. We accomplish that by fostering a strong support system between the educational and professional environments in the field of aviation. We also feel that it is our duty to mentor the youth in the local community, so that their potential can be reached to the fullest."
"The purpose of the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association is to promote a high degree of professionalism among aviation maintenance personnel, to foster and improve methods, skills, learning and achievement in the field of Aviation Maintenance, to conduct national, state, and local meetings and seminars, to recognize achievement in our field, to publish, distribute and disseminate news, technical bulletins, journals and other appropriate publications dealing with the trade of Aviation Maintenance, to collaborate with other organizations in aviation and to address the queries of governmental agencies pertaining to maintenance rules and guidelines."
SkillsUSA is a national organization founded in 1965 as the Vocational Industrial Club of America (VICA). Its national membership totals 300,000 high school and post-secondary students and instructors. At the core of SkillsUSA are local, state and national contests in 99 different categories ranging from 3-D visualization and animation to welding. The College of Aviation’s chapter of SkillsUSA participates in the Aviation Maintenance Technology competition. Each year SkillsUSA holds the National Leadership and Skills Conference where students compete for the national championship in their respective skill. In 2013, Andrew Kincaid won the national championship in the Aviation Maintenance Technology competition.
The WMU Precision Flight Team represents Western Michigan University's College of Aviation by competing in the National Intercollegiate Flying Association's (NIFA) collegiate flight competition twice annually. The Sky Broncos captured the National Intercollegiate Flying Association's Region III Title in October 2007, with strong performances in all of the competition's 10 events. They are currently looking to bring aboard new members for this years team!! Check out their Website for more details on how to join a winning tradition!
"Women in Aviation, International began in 1990 and was formally established in 1994 to encourage women to seek opportunities in aviation. According to the FAA, of the nearly 700,000 pilots in the United States, less than six percent are women and only slightly more than two percent are ATP rated. Women account for only 2.13 percent of the more than 540,000 non-pilot aviation jobs in the United States. Women in Aviation, International is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the encouragement and advancement of women in all aviation career fields and interests. Their 15,000+ membership includes astronauts, corporate pilots, maintenance technicians, air traffic controllers, business owners, educators, journalists, flight attendants, high school and university students, air show performers, airport managers and many others. They provide year-round resources to assist women in aviation and to encourage young women to consider aviation as a career. WAI also offers educational outreach programs to educators, aviation industry members, and young people nationally and internationally. Everyone is welcome."