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User currently offlineRwex414 From United States of America, joined May 2008, 82 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 4 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

I am student right now attending high school and I’m hoping to go into aviation for collage and becoming a commercial pilot. I was wondering what the top ten universities are for becoming a pilot are. Right now I’m leaning towards attending Western Michigan University because I have heard many great things about them and for me its in state, and that makes it a lot cheaper. If anyone has any information on what major airlines look for and if anyone can recommend any other universities please share.
Thanks.

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User currently offlineCOERJ145 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1421 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (6 years 4 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Embry-Riddle Aeronauticle University in Prescott, AZ and Daytona Beach, FL is a great school, as well as the University of North Dakota Grand Forks(UND). Embry-Riddle and UND both have a very good reputation(hence the "Harvard of the Skies" nickname). Having visited those I really like them; great campus's, aircraft, and staff. ERAU Prescott has the best campus IMHO, although small, as well as for good weather. ERAU Daytona is nice, but has the city atmosphere and is larger. The price for Riddle is expensive though. Also, if you go to Riddle, don't expect to find many hot chicks(those who are there are usually taken, I found this out from a friend who goes there). UND is the largest, but with the North Dakota winters. I also hear Perdue University and Ohio State have good aviation programs. If you do their flight programs, I recommend getting your Private Pilot License elsewhere though, it'll save you money(especially at UND/Emby-Riddle).

User currently offlineA318 From Bahamas, joined Jan 2008, 328 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 4 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Definitely check out ERAU!!!


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User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (6 years 4 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

The best school to learn how to fly at is a local part 61 flight school at an uncontrolled airport with an instructor who has been teaching people how to fly longer than you've been alive....

User currently offlineBoeing4ever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (6 years 4 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting COERJ145 (Reply 1):
I also hear Perdue University and Ohio State have good aviation programs.

Purdue University. Home of the Boilermakers.

 Smile

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User currently offlineLGAtoIND From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 490 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (6 years 4 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Although I am a graduate of the Purdue School of Aviation Technology (Boiler Up!), I will say that personal bias aside, most aviation professionals will agree that the 3 "best" aviation colleges in the USA are, in no particular order, Embry-Riddle, Purdue, and North Dakota.

I know I will get flamed from all of the Utah Valley community college grads telling me how amazing their program is...


User currently offlineMPDPilot From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 993 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 years 4 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting LGAtoIND (Reply 5):
most aviation professionals will agree that the 3 "best" aviation colleges in the USA are, in no particular order, Embry-Riddle, Purdue, and North Dakota.

I would argue with that. (don't misunderstand, they are good schools, but perhaps not the best)

Arizona State University Polytechnic is another less known school, but good. The flight training is done with a partnership with Mesa Airlines. I have heard from people at Mesa that our program puts out some of if not the best trained pilots for commercial aviation. The flight training is done by Mesa Pilot Development which also has two year programs in Texas and New Mexico. Arizona's program does come with a four year degree and 44 hrs in a CRJ sim at Mesa Air and an interview with Mesa Airlines when you graduate. Feel free to message me for more info.



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User currently offlineBakersdozen From Canada, joined Nov 2006, 336 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 4 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

What about the Air Force??  Smile

User currently offlineMneo From Bulgaria, joined Mar 2004, 776 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (6 years 4 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

I say go to WMU, all the other schools are good, but def not worth the price. A friend of mine JUST got his PPL at ERAU in daytona, because of delays, not being able to get planes on time and this year FL had some bad VFR weather. His PPL alone cost him well over 10K. (some ERAU students can correct me but i think an hour of multi in the Diamond is around $900)

IIRC British Airways used to send its cadets to WMU for flight training

But its a wise idea to save that money, ether for less loans or more flight hours, MEI, ect...



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User currently offlinePhxplanes From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 436 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 4 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting MPDPilot (Reply 6):
Arizona State University Polytechnic is another less known school, but good.



Quoting MPDPilot (Reply 6):
Arizona's program does come with a four year degree and 44 hrs in a CRJ sim at Mesa Air and an interview with Mesa Airlines when you graduate.

You cant beat that, you take two CRJ ops classes as part of your education and also get those hours in the CRJ FTD as well as full motion sim. I have talked to graduates who say the basically sleep through ground school because they already know everything about the CRJ (and thats not just people who went to Mesa Airlines)

Also you you get all your flight training done in 2 1/2 years. (Private, Instrument, Commercial, CFI, CFII, and multi) I know you cant do that at riddle.


User currently offlineN353SK From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 822 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (6 years 4 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

WMU may not have the BEST reputation in the world, but it is a very good aviation school and as a Michigan resident it will probably be to most affordable option for you. You get to fly the cirrus and you may graduate without being "riddled" with debt!

User currently offlineLHboyatDTW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (6 years 4 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting COERJ145 (Reply 1):
Embry-Riddle

overrated!!

I'm going to WMU in a year. It only makes sense to go there since they specialize in just about anything aviation related and best of all it's in state. As a result there's no need to pay an arm and a leg for out-of-state tuition.


User currently offlineUltimateDelta From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 2122 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (6 years 4 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 32767 times:

UNO (Nebraska-Omaha) also has a really good aviation academy. So does NE-Kearney.


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User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21625 posts, RR: 55
Reply 13, posted (6 years 3 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting Mneo (Reply 8):
some ERAU students can correct me but i think an hour of multi in the Diamond is around $900

No no no no. It's expensive, but not that expensive. It's about $250 an hour, which is comparable to what you will find for other twin trainers (cheaper than a Seminole due to it's microscopic fuel burn).

In any case, do NOT go to ERAU. Not because it's not good training (it is), but because the degree you come out with will be utterly useless should the aviation field collapse (and what do you know, it looks like it might do that any day now). Whatever you do, get a degree (not just a minor) in something other than aviation so that if you should get furloughed or laid off (and chances are good it'll happen to you at least once), you don't have to think "oh crap, what now?"

Also, remember that there is a lot more to aviation than just the airlines.

-Mir



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User currently offlineSeattleFlyer From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 154 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting Rwex414 (Thread starter):
collage



Quoting Rwex414 (Thread starter):
universities are for becoming a pilot are.



Quoting Rwex414 (Thread starter):
its

Hopefully whatever collage you choose, I hope grammar and spelling are not be one its requirements are.

~  Wink


User currently offlineAlaska737 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 1063 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Honestly you cant listen to the people who are saying dont go here, dont go here, this place is the best, but your going to have to make the decision yourself. I can tell you everything ( good and bad) about ERAU-Prescott and to a lesser extent Daytona, feel free to pm me or ask me any questions you'd like.

Embry-Riddle Prescott Golden Eagles Flight Team
National Champions 93, 97, 99, 03, 05, 07, 08


User currently offlineBurnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7545 posts, RR: 8
Reply 16, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

I would recommend UND, www.aero.und.edu and www.und.edu


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User currently offlineEbs757 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 758 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 32767 times:

Southern Illinois has a good program. Thats where im thinking of going


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User currently offlineFuturecaptain From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Here is a nice list of some of the top schools in the country...

http://www.aviationschoolsonline.com...hool-listings/Flight-Schools/1.php


Spartan here in OK is pretty good. They'll take all your money. (but which flight schools won't....honestly.  Smile ). The crown jewel here is a fast, newly approved, training cirriculum and the new students which get to use it from day 1 are getting their licenses extremely quickly. The bad part is we are in Oklahoma, land of weather cancellations due to adverse weather.
Bottom line, if you are funding flight school yourself you are going to be poor for awhile. Accept it.
Because you have now learned that fact, go out and get the best damn training you can. Flying at a slow uncontrolled field in the middle of nowhere will do nothing to help you if you aspire to fly out of anywhere else in your life.


User currently offlineJetBlueAUS From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 1145 posts, RR: 8
Reply 19, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

ERAU, I believe, hast the best program.


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User currently offlineAlexEU From Serbia, joined Oct 2007, 1817 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

How expensive are aviation schools/universities in USA? And what's the point of spending you money on them, if you need to spend in on your ATPL/CPL license which is also pretty expensive?

User currently offlineFutureUALpilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2602 posts, RR: 8
Reply 21, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting AlexEU (Reply 21):
How expensive are aviation schools/universities in USA? And what's the point of spending you money on them, if you need to spend in on your ATPL/CPL license which is also pretty expensive?

Very, to the point where I've been able to go from nothing through the CFI/CFII/MEI in the same amount of time, for well under half the cost. In fact, I will graduate with a college degree (and 4.5yrs of out of state tuition) and the licenses and ratings for a combined total that is under what the flight students pay here.



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User currently offlineN6238P From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 505 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting Futurecaptain (Reply 19):
Here is a nice list of some of the top schools in the country...

http://www.aviationschoolsonline.com...1.php

There sure are alot of schools missing from that list. Under Illinois: Lewis, U of Illinois, and Southern Illinois all missing from the list of top schools. I dont quite understand that one. The list looks like the schools listed payed for their spots.

Personally speaking I'd say the training I've received at my school SIUC is as good as any other school. I'd like to say training quality differs from school to school but really how well you do in any program is up to you and how hard you want to try. Every school has washouts and every school has people that go on to be senior captains. There are no easy ways to go through training and instead of trying to find out what school is the best, find out which school fits what you want the best.

I chose SIU because of the price and the location. The staff and students were extremely friendly to me when I visited and they treated me better than any of the other schools I looked at. The thought of doing multi training in a Cessna 310 made me pretty excited too. Flight Team is pretty fun too. Woooooo message drop!



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User currently offlineFutureUApilot From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1365 posts, RR: 4
Reply 23, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Hey, I am currently enrolled here at UND. If you have any questions whatsoever, feel free to email me.

UND has a great program. We fly very new aircraft... i have yet to fly in a bird older than 4 years... most still have the new airplane smell...

We also have a great ATC and management schools that can provide aviation degrees.

Again, let me know if you have any questions, UND is a great and fun school.

-Sam



The Pilot is the highest form of life on Earth!
User currently offlineFuturecaptain From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting N6238P (Reply 23):
Under Illinois: Lewis, U of Illinois, and Southern Illinois all missing from the list of top schools.

I said "top schools."  Smile  duck 

Quoting FutureUApilot (Reply 24):
We fly very new aircraft... i have yet to fly in a bird older than 4 years... most still have the new airplane smell...

It seems like you guys have more than your fair share of crashes up there, flying those new planes must be challenging.

RIP all.


25 N6238P : Oh yes I forgot how Spartan tore it up at NIFA Nationals this year. Ouch... Haha all kidding aside though the list didn't include Purdue, ERAU Dayton
26 FutureUApilot : We don't have many "crashes" at all. The few incidents we have had can and do occur to any other general aviation pilot as well. Yep... but there is
27 Alaska737 : What did SIU get this year?
28 Futurecaptain : Haha. Touche. We have some internal problems with running a NIFA team so I doubt you will see us at any competition soon. Last year we went with 3 we
29 N6238P : We got our table next to Averette University and a power connection for our laptops in the hanger. We had a really young team this year and look for
30 Salukipilot : Okay I'll bite here. What I would honestly suggest, and this will NOT go over well, is to pursue some other career and fly for yourself on the side.
31 Mir : I'll throw out the Seminole crash last year, since that was the result of a freak birdstrike - nothing the pilots did wrong there. That still leaves
32 FutureUApilot : I will give you those two. Even though the Cessna was not a UND aircraft. The only connection UND had with that flight is it was two students who fle
33 2H4 : Best advice yet. Back it up with a degree in a field you're enthusiastic about, and you'll be beautifully equipped....financially and academically...
34 AlexEU : That's great if you can get both college degree (what's the official name for that kind of rank in USA?), and pilot's license. That's the bad side of
35 FutureUALpilot : I suppose its a bachelor's degree...the basic "I dun graj-E-ated kawluj" degree.
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