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FAA Certified Schools

Thu May 31, 2007 9:01 am

Need your help anetters

I am looking for schools which offer Bachelors degrees in fields such as Flight Operations, i know of existing schools like ERAU, but is there a link where i may find schools like this? Is it the same as pay as you go flight schools, how does it work? Thanks for all your help.
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RE: FAA Certified Schools

Thu May 31, 2007 12:15 pm

anyone have a clue of any colleges offering these programs?
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RE: FAA Certified Schools

Thu May 31, 2007 12:31 pm

Many schools offer these programs.

Don't forget to also consider just going to a Part 61 flight school and getting a "normal" degree from a "normal" university. My bachelor's degree is from a "normal people" university in Economics; it gives me a good foundation for getting an MBA later if I'd like and it has taught me how to research well, write professional papers, and helped develop my ability to think critically. I just had to do all of my flying on the side...often times it comes out cheaper anyway. While Part 141 schools do give you a good foundation for airline learning and training, and college "flight operations" majors give you ground school courses you might not get otherwise, the bottom line is this: You can be as good of a pilot as you want to be no matter where or how long it takes to develop your skills. For me, it just meant I had to study things like government finance and economic theory alongside aerodynamics and FAR's. I probably studied a whole lot more to get a grasp on it all, but I believe I measure up well against any ERAU or other pilot mill grad in knowledge about aviation, because I studied--hard--in my spare time from school. Plus, I spent a heck of a lot less than some of the poor regional folks I know trying to pay down $60,000+ worth of debt on a $20,000/year salary.

And as for all that hooey about "guaranteed interviews" and all, it's just that--hooey. That's next to meaningless these days.

That's just my opinion. Do what's best for you.
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RE: FAA Certified Schools

Thu May 31, 2007 1:59 pm

JBird gave sound advice, get a degree in something other than flying. It is good to have a "safety net" to fall back on, just incase. There are schools that offer degrees in the aviation community, that are not flying, i.e. I am majoring in Aviation Management at Purdue, so I am still involved with aviation, but all flying is done on the side. You will moost likely end up with less debt as well. Some schools that come to mind, are:

Purdue University
ERAU
Univ. of North Dakota
San Jose St.
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RE: FAA Certified Schools

Thu May 31, 2007 2:02 pm

Quoting JBirdAV8r (Reply 2):
Plus, I spent a heck of a lot less than some of the poor regional folks I know trying to pay down $60,000+ worth

For ERAU you mean $130,000+.
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RE: FAA Certified Schools

Thu May 31, 2007 2:28 pm

what would be the cost of attaining a commercial pilot's license, say at American Flyers or other similar flight schools?
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RE: FAA Certified Schools

Thu May 31, 2007 2:40 pm

Quoting LAXspotter (Reply 5):
what would be the cost of attaining a commercial pilot's license, say at American Flyers or other similar flight schools?

It varies, but you can--at the very least--expect to pay tens of thousands of dollars. Especially at some of the flight schools that do the heavy advertising (American Flyers, ATP, DCA, etc.).

I'd suggest going out to your local airport and getting a cheap-o introductory flight first!
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RE: FAA Certified Schools

Thu May 31, 2007 3:00 pm

Quoting JBirdAV8r (Reply 6):
It varies, but you can--at the very least--expect to pay tens of thousands of dollars. Especially at some of the flight schools that do the heavy advertising (American Flyers, ATP, DCA, etc.).

I'd suggest going out to your local airport and getting a cheap-o introductory flight first!

Agreed, make sure this is something you are sure you want to get into! Second, look outside of 141 schools, at a local FBO, they are often the cheapest, and offer lenty of networking opportunities. I have heard figures from as low as 5k (guy worked for the BO and tradedwork hours for time) to go from 0 time to multi/comm/inst to 50+k, it depends on how much you pay, and how quickly you pick things up.
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