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 (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. Professor Wilson is also 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), and he has litigated FAA enforcement cases and negotiated international aviation contracts in Asia and Europe. Professor Wilson has 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 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 their "Alliance Maritime Strategy" and presented it to assembled ambassadors in Brussels, Belgium. This strategy became the cornerstone of NATO's policy to meet global maritime threats. Following this duty, Captain 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 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
  • AVS 405: Air Transportation Management
  • BSA 331: Business Law
  • All FAA pilot ground schools

Photo credit: Larry Mayer, Billings Gazette