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Professional Pilot Program

The aviation technology - professional pilot degree is designed for students who intend to pursue a career as an airline pilot, plan to fly for charter, commuter, or corporate airlines, or who wish to operate their own aviation-related business.

During freshman and sophomore years, students complete courses that develop general flying skills and provide a background in aviation. During junior and senior years, students spend the majority of time focused on improving flight skills and preparing for careers by taking courses in commercial certification, airline management, aviation law, and more. Over the course of their studies, students will complete approximately 250 to 300 hours of flight time.


Students must choose an emphasis:

  • Fixed Wing: This emphasis focuses on receiving flight training in fixed wing aircraft. Students will train in Diamond DA-40’s and DA-42’s, Piper Arrows, and a Cessna 152. Students will also spend time training in a Red Bird simulator, and a CRJ-700 simulator.
  • Rotorcraft: This emphasis focuses on receiving flight training in rotorcraft. Students will train in R22 Beta II, R44 Raven II, and a flight training simulator. Possible career paths could include scenic tours, EMS, aerial firefighting, wildlife study, and more.

Four Year Degree Plan

To learn more about what it takes to enter the major, and what classes you will take, please visit the catalog listing for either fixed wing or rotorcraft for more information. Please feel free to reach out to Kaylee Roholt, the academic advisor, at kaylee.roholt@ or schedule an appointment to learn more.