University Flight Training

Program benefits...

  • University training programs provide multi-disciplinary aviation training in a highly structured environment.

  • Many of the Major air carriers require a four-year degree to obtain employment.

  • These programs are ideal for students willing to commit to full-time training.

  • Options are available for government and private student loans, which aid in flight training costs. 

  • Most major airlines give preference to applicants who attend an Aviation Accredited Board International school (AABI).

  • University graduates are eligible for the restricted privileges of the Airline Transport Pilot certificate. This reduces the flight experience required to become an airline pilot by 500 hours.

  • Most flight training universities give hiring preference to their graduates for flight instructor positions, which provides a pathway for the graduates to earn valuable flight time and experience.

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University training overview...

Many universities and colleges around the country offer flight training in conjunction with an aviation-related Bachelor's degree. Most of these programs will train you with little or no experience. They will also provide a wealth of training and education to prepare you for your flying career. 

Additional considerations...

  • These programs are designed for individuals wishing to complete a four-year degree. For those who already possess a Bachelor's degree, this path may be cumbersome and unnecessary.

  • Combining flying with higher education adds expense. 

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  • University programs general take four or more years to complete. Although graduates are well-rounded and more competitive in the industry, university programs are generally not the fastest route to obtain pilot certifications.