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User currently offlineEllinopedo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (15 years 1 month 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3603 times:

I live in Chicago area and i dont want to go to erau to become a pilot! does anyone know of any other schools around the midwest in which i can major as a pilot!

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User currently offlineKcle From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 686 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (15 years 1 month 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3591 times:

These aren't exactly too close to you either, but Bowling Green University and Kent State University both offer avation classes. BGSU is near Toledo and KSU is near Akron. Both are quite a drive from Cleveland and even further from Chicago! KSU also does an apprenticeship with Continental Express at Hopkins International.

User currently offlineMiller22 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 741 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (15 years 1 month 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3582 times:

Purdue is about the best you're gonna find. UND is up there too, but they aren't as close.

Purdue has agreements with American Eagle, Ryan International, Chautaqua and Trans States where they will accept Purdue students one semester before graduation. They also offer employment with Comair, ASA, and PSA after a summer internship.
Selection is VERY tight which leaves Purdue not largely known, but Airlines know Purdue, and take everypilot they can. 4 year degree with 120 hrs 727sim, 15 hrs KingAir time, a chance to earn a type-rating in a beechjet and get 100 hrs turbine time in it.

Hope this helps  Smile

User currently offlineCaptcjmac From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 86 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (15 years 1 month 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3579 times:

UND is a great school! I am from Milwaukee and go to UND. Chicago is about a 12 hour drive to UND. I saw both UND and Purdue before I chose colleges and I was much more impressed with UND. We have the newest fleet of airplanes of any University and was just named the top aviation college in the nation by the FAA. Nothing against purdue, they have a good program but I would strongly recommend UND. The school is smaller which means alot of personal attention and smaller ground schools.

If you have any other questions about UND or colleges, please ask.


User currently offlinePurdue Arrow From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1574 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (15 years 1 month 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3576 times:

I am about to start my last year at Purdue, and I would highly reccomend the University to anybody who wants to fly. The program really is second to none, and is recognized as such by several airlines (I myself chose Purdue at the recomendation of American and the APA). While the University UND may be smaller than Purdue University, the Department of Aviation Technology at Purdue is the more personal of the the two flight programs. We take only about 50 freshman each year into the flight program, and that small class size allows a tremendous amount of personal attention, as well as the minimum 10 hours of FREE King Air PIC time, flying in actual passenger transport situations, paid for by the university, and the opportunity to get a FREE type rating and as much as 100-150 hours in a Beechjet 400A - neither of which any other university offers.

I'm not sure when UND got it's fleet of airplanes, but the bulk of our fleet, our 14 Piper Warrior III primary trainers, were dellivered between June and October of 2000, so they are all still less than a year old.

The most important thing, though, is the quality of the staff. Our professors are amazing people; among them, former airline pilots, meteorologists, military pilots, career educators, and others. They all show a sincere interest in their students, and I have not yet encountered a Purdue professor who wouldn't go out of his or her way to help a student be successful. I can sincerely say that I have never regretted my decision to attend Purdue, nor has any other Purdue student in our flight program that I know of. On the other hand, we had a flood of tranfer students into my class in the fall from other schools, each of whom ha nothing but great things to say about Purdue in comparison to their former institutions.

If you have any questions about Purdue, please don't hesitate to contact me, and I'd be more than happy to help you out. Likewise, if you decide to visit Purdue before I finish there in December, I'd be glad to show you around.

User currently offlineHighliner2 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 697 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (15 years 1 month 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3569 times:

I'm going to Southern Illinois University Carbondale in the fall, I was very impressed with what I saw. I can't wait to go, its obviously expensive but SIUC has connection with almost every major airline in the country. In fact a few weeks ago UA flew a group of us down to Carbondale on a 737-300 just so we could visit the campus. Not only that but the flight was packed with SIUC alumni pilots and execs. who went along to answer any questions. Now that's having connections!

Go Cubs!
User currently offlineCactusA319 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2918 posts, RR: 23
Reply 6, posted (15 years 1 month 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3565 times:

If you're from Chicago and want to stay in the Midwest, go to SIUC. The flight fees are about the same as most other schools but you're basic tuition is much cheaper than UND and Purdue. That does not mean that the school's quality is lower. SIU has one of the best aviation programs in the country and here you don't just learn how to fly, but you're also taught the management aspects in classes that will challenge you. The social life here is also good as is the flying weather. And then there are the airline connections.

SIUC offers flight operations internships with United, American, Delta, Northwest, Chicago Express, Trans States Airlines, UPS, and FedEx to name a few. Not to mention a host of management internships (if you want to go that route). And SIUC alumni are all over the country at different airlines, airports, and other aviation-related areas, so the connections are there. And to top it all off, our flight team, the Flying Salukis won the Midwest Regional competition this past year and are moving on the nationals. So you can't go wrong here.

I'm about to become an SIUC alumnus this year (graduate next Saturday!)and you have KonaB777 and Highliner2 as forum members who will be going to SIU next year. So think about us....

User currently offlinePurdue Arrow From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1574 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (15 years 1 month 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3563 times:

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation, Cactus! What are your plans after you get the degree?

User currently offlineCactusA319 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2918 posts, RR: 23
Reply 8, posted (15 years 1 month 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3562 times:

Thanks Purdue Arrow!

Well, in reality I'm 2 credit hours short of an actual degree,but I will be interning at an airport planning firm in Chicago (at the ORD office) this summer that will take care of that. After that, I'm not sure..most likely a career in airport management or planning or possibly an airline management position, although that would depend on how much the starting pay is. How's your DL internship going?

User currently offlinePurdue Arrow From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1574 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (15 years 1 month 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3560 times:

Same thing's going to happen to me in December... I'm going to be 2 credits short of graduating from Purdue, and will get the 2 credits when I complete initial training with an airline. My internship has been absolutely outstanding, but, unfortunately, it is just about over - tommorrow is my last day at work, and then I head back up to Purdue. Have fun in Chicago, and good luck with your career after that.

User currently offlineCactusA319 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2918 posts, RR: 23
Reply 10, posted (15 years 1 month 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3557 times:

Well that's good to hear. I read a trip report of yours to Costa Rica, so I see you've taken good advantage of your time there  Wink/being sarcastic I'm sure I'll enjoy my time at ORD, the office I'll be at has a great view of the UA terminal and it'll be a great learning experience. I'm really looking foward to it. Good luck to you at Purdue!

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