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User currently offlineAustinAllison From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 132 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 5250 times:

What schools are there in the United States that offer Professional Pilot programs? Besides Kansas State, Embry Riddle?

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User currently offlineAZO From United States of America, joined Jun 2002, 767 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 5238 times:

Western Michigan University
Ohio State (right?)
North Dakota


lots of others



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User currently offlineGraphic From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 5238 times:

Daniel Webster and Purdue also come to mind.

User currently offlineWdleiser From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 961 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 5233 times:

Purdue
Auburn
Oklahoma State
Florida International


User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21565 posts, RR: 55
Reply 4, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 5228 times:

Some others that have not been mentioned:

Purdue
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Southern Illinois
University of Alaska, Anchorage

The big three are (in alphabetical order) Embry-Riddle, Purdue and UND.

-Mir



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User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6372 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 5228 times:

Lots of community colleges, too...

San Juan community college, Farmington, New Mexico.

Portland Community College (Rock Creek campus), Hillsboro, Oregon.

Just the two that I am familiar with  Smile



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User currently offlineAustinAllison From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 132 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 5219 times:

Does anyone know of the quality of Oklahoma State's Program?

User currently offlineGraphic From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 5215 times:



Quoting KELPkid (Reply 5):
San Juan community college, Farmington, New Mexico.

You get the degree from San Juan CC, but your only option is Mesa.


User currently offlineFlyMIA From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7146 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 5215 times:



Quoting Mir (Reply 4):
Embry-Riddle, Purdue and UND.

Yep. Hands Down Purdue, UND and Embry Riddle are the best and most expensive programs out there. I would rank them at 1. Purdue 2. UND 3. Embry Riddle. There are alot of programs out there though but these are the ones known to be the best.



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User currently offlineAustinAllison From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 132 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 5159 times:

anyone? I was hoping I could get more info about Ok-State

User currently offlineTheGreatChecko From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 1128 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 5154 times:

I hate to say it, but there is no ranking for aviation programs, just egos. Some are better than others. Pick the ones you might like and visit them.

Personally, at least double major in something other than aviation science. The degree is fun and does to an extent help prepare you for training, but its not worth much in the real world.

Some more for the list:

Saint Louis University - Parks College
University of Illinois
Middle Tennessee State
Florida Institute of Technology
Jacksonville University
Lewis University



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User currently offlineTheGreatChecko From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 1128 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 5142 times:



Quoting AustinAllison (Reply 9):
anyone? I was hoping I could get more info about Ok-State

The biggest positive I see there is that you would be attending a large university and would probably get more of the "college experience" than one would at a purely aviation or engineering school.

Other than that, you'd have to go visit. Talk to current students. Ask how they like it, how often they fly, how often planes are down for MX and how often that disrupts their training. See what internships they have and how many students have actually gone to those internships from that school.

Ask lots of questions.

OK State would probably be a good choice because the possibility to double major in another subject you might enjoy is pretty high simply because they would have lots of choices. I'd highly recommend taking that route to give yourself something to fall back on.

Good Luck!

Checko



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User currently offlineD328 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 305 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 5126 times:

Beaver Aviation dba Pan Am Intl Flight Acad. / Community College of Beaver County used to be good, till CCBC f***ed themselves and let another flight school Moore Aviation into the picture; thank you politics. Huge long story, CCBC was only going to require Moore to only have Single Engine non Complex planes, so Moore promised to have cheaper flight blocks by 3 dollars WOO, but the students were dumb and didn't see that Moore was charging 3 dollars more for the flight instruction. But Beaver had to have Multi/Single/Complex, so Beaver/PAIFA said F*** you to CCBC and left. Now Moore is charging 250 an hour for the multi(that took over a year to get and is not even able to fly IFR), Beaver/PAIFA was only charging 180 for multi, Moore Complex 180/hr, Beaver/PAIFA 145. So the students there that wanted Moore so bad are not getting f***ed, thats why I left in July when I could. Moore's planes are not even nice than what Beaver/Pan Am had, I keep hearing from students still there about maintenance problems always cancelling. So that school went down a lot, oh they used to be one of the best ATC schools in the country (had a tower where students in the ATC program controlled the airplanes in the class d airspace) and with all the traffic Beaver/PAIFA had kept that program good with traffic (I remember being number 11 in line to land) now with Moore that has half the planes, no traffic, slow tower, there goes the ATC school there too, CCBC really f***ed themselves.

Wow that took to long to type. Sorry for the rant.


User currently offlineRampart From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 3127 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 5113 times:

Aren't you a "professional" if you graduate from the Air Force Academy and are accepted for the pilot training? Not a direct route to airline flying, I know.

IIRC, AFA pilot training now uses Embry-Riddle instructors on base.

-Rampart


User currently offlineAirTranTUS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 5023 times:

Arizona State now has an aviation program as well.

User currently offlineFuturecaptain From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks ago) and read 4985 times:

Spartan College.

But don't come here, this time of year in Oklahoma is the worst weather for flying unless you are free all day every day and can drop everything when the weather suddenly turns good. Me, I have a job and bills so I've flown twice in the last 4 weeks. These winter storms are killer here.
But, the redeeming quality of Spartan is it's relatively cheap compared to alot of other major schools and can get you done fast. One problem here is students finishing up the commercial course(multi and single) with too few hours to take the checkride. Now, I have to think that getting done sooner is better than later and that is a good problem to have.


User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6372 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks ago) and read 4972 times:



Quoting Rampart (Reply 13):
Aren't you a "professional" if you graduate from the Air Force Academy and are accepted for the pilot training? Not a direct route to airline flying, I know.

IIRC, AFA pilot training now uses Embry-Riddle instructors on base.

-Rampart

Be careful, the Air Force was requiring an 8 year committment for pilots upon graduation when I graduated college (and that was on top of the 4-5 you already gave them for your undergrad degree). The Federal Govt. likes to get it's moneys worth out of pilots...



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User currently offlineContnlEliteCMH From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1458 posts, RR: 44
Reply 17, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks ago) and read 4972 times:

Quoting AZO (Reply 1):
Ohio State (right?)

Yes. They even have their own airport. You can get an aviation degree there certified up to air transport, I believe.

http://www.aviation.ohio-state.edu/

[Edited 2007-12-13 12:00:43]


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User currently offlineEbs757 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 758 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 4925 times:

Im surprised SIU wasn't mentioned more then once. I visited last year and it looks like a great school. Anyone know how it compares to Illinois State University ?


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User currently offlineCross757 From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 271 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 4901 times:

Metropolitan State College of Denver...perhaps not as prestigious as Embry or Purdue, but cheap, and if getting to the airlines is your main objective, it will do...I got my degree from there with a second in Biology...there is no guarantee about how long I will be able to pass a flight physical. As Checko mentioned, it is ALWAYS good to have a back up plan.

Quoting KELPkid (Reply 16):
Be careful, the Air Force was requiring an 8 year commitment for pilots upon graduation

It's now 10 years...

Quoting Rampart (Reply 13):
Aren't you a "professional" if you graduate from the Air Force Academy and are accepted for the pilot training?

Not just the Academy, but ROTC and OTS graduates as well. As far as being considered "professional", well, I suppose so. The training is arguably some of the best in the world (jet time from day one when we flew T-37's, now jet-prop time in the T-6!), and since military student pilots get paid for training instead of the other way around, it's worth the hazing...


User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8955 posts, RR: 60
Reply 20, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 4890 times:
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Quoting TheGreatChecko (Reply 11):
See what internships they have and how many students have actually gone to those internships from that school.

Good advice, but remember....it's not always necessary for a school to have an internship with the airline at which you want to intern. My school didn't have an internship set up with WN, but I was able to take it upon myself to make it work out.

If you have your heart set on a particular airline, but there's no program set up with the school of your choice, you can probably still make it happen.

Quoting TheGreatChecko (Reply 10):
there is no ranking for aviation programs

Great point. Choosing a school is not unlike choosing a spouse. You might find one that sounds perfect in every way, but until you actually spend some time together, you'll never really know whether the two of you are a good fit.  Wink

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User currently offlineAlexEU From Serbia, joined Oct 2007, 1817 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 4885 times:

Are these aviation colleges expensive? What are their benefits upon graduation?

User currently offlineATCtower From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 542 posts, RR: 3
Reply 22, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 4876 times:

For my first post on Anet, I thought this would be a good one to dive into. Metropolitan State College of Denver offers a great four year degree on both the technology (flight) and management side. I participated in this program for about three years working my way through the ranks until I decided I would rather go the ATC route. I cannot fault their program whatsoever, it is truely great. As far as cost goes, it is quite affordable. The only down side to the flight program with the school is they do not have their own aircraft, or "flight club". The aircraft have to be rented from one of the flight clubs at Centennial, Jeffco, or Front Range airport (if interested, I can give recommendations), and are much more affordable than the ones I have seen down here in Florida. Another option, though I would try to stay away from at all costs is Miami Dade. They have a very inexpensive flight program, again no planes. I am in the CTI program for ATC at Miami Dade, and quite honestly wish I had gone somewhere else, but too far into it now to back up. If my recommendations mean anything, and you are really in search for the four year degree along with the certificates, check out Metro State in Denver.


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User currently offlineTurnit56N From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 4865 times:



Quoting TheGreatChecko (Reply 10):
I hate to say it, but there is no ranking for aviation programs, just egos. Some are better than others. Pick the ones you might like and visit them.

Personally, at least double major in something other than aviation science. The degree is fun and does to an extent help prepare you for training, but its not worth much in the real world.

Well said. There are as many paths to a commercial flying job as there are pilots. Just like every other industry, your success depends on your own motivation and attitude more than your alma mater. When you're looking for a college, this is what I'd suggest keeping in mind:

1. How comfortable do you feel on the campus? Generally, you're going to be more successful in a comfortable atmosphere. Visit campuses in person and pay attention to your gut feelings. You're probably going to live there for a few years, so pick someplace where you feel at home. Switching colleges midstream is expensive.

2. How much is it going to cost? Flight training is expensive, and everyone tends to end up in the same low-paid regional job no matter how much they paid for their training. If the initial ticket price looks high, be assertive and ask about grants and scholarships. University recruiters are trained to be positive about everything, so they'll all insist their students get scholarships. Ask for numbers regarding the average scholarship or grant size, how many are given out, the average amount of aid each student gets, etc. Ask what the university does to help students find scholarships. A university with high tuition may still be a good deal if they're assertive about finding grants for their students.

3. How well will they prepare you for a non-flying job? When you're interviewing for a flying job, the interviewer doesn't give a hoot whether your degree is in Economics or Professional Pilot (apparently, that's an actual degree at some colleges). With this in mind, do what Checko suggests and make sure that you can get a job outside of a cockpit with your degree. You never know what will happen in the industry or to your health, so you should always have a non-flying career available.

4. What kind of internships do they offer? Actually, this isn't nearly as important these days as it used to be. Only a few years ago doing an airline internship would allow you to shave years off of landing that airline job. With the current hiring boom, this isn't a big deal. On the other hand, if you think you'd like working in management or an airline's training department internships are still a good way to get your foot in those doors.

As others have pointed out much more succinctly, you can't really say that one college is "better" than another. You just have to decide which is right for you. If you're just looking for names to check out, these are the ones that I seem to hear the most about:

Embry-Riddle
UND
Auburn
Florida Institute of Technology
Daniel Webster
Purdue
SIU
Ohio State


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