Scott WilsonScott Wilson

Professor of Aviation
B.S. Biology, University of Colorado 
Master of Business Education, Montana State University Billings
Juris Doctor, University of Montana
Graduate studies at Navy War College and National Defense University
Phone: 406.657.1059
Office: Aviation Hall 101C


Professor Scott Wilson is a certified flight instructor (instrument and multi-engine), advanced ground instructor, and airline transport pilot. He has given more than 1,000 hours of flight instruction and 10,000 hours of ground instruction. He served as a Naval Flight Officer and later flew aerial patrol and a fire bomber for the U.S. Forest Service. He was also a commercial pilot for several aviation companies.

Professor Wilson is an aviation attorney and was vice president of a cargo airline. He is currently the regional legal counsel for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). He has litigated FAA enforcement cases and negotiated international aviation contracts in Asia and Europe. Professor Wilson also served as a special assistant U.S. Attorney and Assistant Attorney General for Montana.

As a Captain in the Navy, he completed 32 years of military service, including duty in Saudi Arabia as Director of Long Range Air Operations and numerous assignments with NATO forces overseas. He was the senior U.S. military officer in Poland, where he oversaw the construction of the first NATO facility behind the old "Iron Curtain," which now provides training to eastern European military forces. He was then assigned to NATO headquarters, where he wrote the initial "Alliance Maritime Strategy" for NATO's global naval challenges. Following this duty, Captain Wilson served as the director of the Navy's Wounded, Ill, and Injured program to help provide America’s wounded warriors with brighter futures.

Courses Taught

  • AVS 150: Meteorology 
  • AVS 180: Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems
  • AVS 231: Aviation History 
  • AVS 307: Fixed Base Operations
  • AVS 310: Airport Planning and Administration
  • AVS 312: Aviation Law
  • BSA 331: Business Law
  • All FAA pilot ground schools

Photo credit: Larry Mayer, Billings Gazette