Scott WilsonScott Wilson

Professor of Aviation
B.A. University of Colorado 
M.Ed. Montana State University-Billings
J.D. University of Montana
Graduate studies at Navy Ward College and National Defense University
Phone: 406.657.1059
Office: Aviation Hall 101C


Professor Scott Wilson is a certified flight instructor, advanced ground instructor, and an airline transport pilot. He has given more than 1,000 hours of flight instruction and 10,000 hours of ground instruction. Professor Wilson is also an aviation attorney, and he was vice president of a cargo airline and was regional counsel for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). He has litigated FAA enforcement cases and negotiated international aviation contracts in Malaysia, Singapore, Canada, and Denmark. Wilson also served as a special assistant U.S. attorney and assistant attorney general for Montana. He has flown for the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Forest Service, and several commercial aviation operators.

As a captain in the Navy, he completed more than four years of active duty, primarily with NATO forces overseas. Professor Wilson 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 will train Eastern European military forces for duty in Afghanistan.

Professor Wilson was then assigned to NATO headquarters, where he wrote the first draft of NATO's new "Alliance Maritime Strategy" and presented it to NATO's assembled ambassadors in Brussels, Belgium. This new maritime strategy will become the cornerstone of NATO's policy to meet global threats in the coming decades. Following this duty, Professor Wilson served as the director of the Navy's wounded, ill, and injured program to help provide brighter futures for America's wounded warriors.

Courses Taught

  • AVS 308: Aviation Safety
  • AVS 310: Airport Planning and Administration
  • AVS 312: Aviation Law
  • AVS 405: Air Transportation Management
  • All FAA pilot ground schools