First, let me start by saying that I attended ERAU (Daytona Beach campus) and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Aeronautical Science (flight) this past May, and I can give you a very accurate description of the information you're looking for. One note: since I am not that framiliar with Flight Safety or UND, I will not try to speculate what goes on there, nor try to bash them in any way because they are also extremely reputable schools; I will only focus on ERAU.
Admissions requirements (http://www.erau.edu/db/admissions/faq.html
"When evaluating an applicant for admission, Embry-Riddle takes into consideration a student's high school academic record (both courses taken and overall grade point average), standardized test scores (SAT
), and rank in class, and activities.
High school students are advised to prepare for Embry-Riddle by having taken three years of math and three years of science. Students should have a background in algebra, geometry, and trigonometry. Chemistry and physics are the preferred science courses. Students interested in engineering should take an additional year of mathematics and, if possible, an engineering design course.
Students may be required to take a math placement test before registration."
**The average SAT
score around campus seemed to be somewhere around 1200.
My total costs over four years (Appx): $128,000
Tuition: $72,000 (Raised from first year - $7,250/sem. to $9,350/sem. fourth year)
Housing: $18,000 (On campus first three years, leased an apt. fourth year)
Misc. Fees: $2,600 (SGA fee, IT
Flight Courses: $28,700 ($6,800 private, $7,000 instrument, $7,700 comm'l, $7,200 multi)
**Keep in mind that these costs increased from year to year, and I'm sure they'll be even higher by the time you are in college.
Sunny year-round (with the occasional thunderstorm in the Summer, and the occasional cold-front passage in the Winter)...Average Summer temp: 85-95, average winter temp: 60-70 with a few
cold nights down to the 30's. There aren't too many girls on campus, but that situation is improving...many more beachside. Mid October is Biketoberfest, late Feb. is Speedweeks over at the speedway (just on the other side of the airport), and the entire month of March includes Spring Break, Bike Week, and Black College Reunion. Don't expect to get much sleep during any of this.
The campus itself is pretty big, although everything is still within walking distance of eachother. Some people choose to ride bikes, skateboards, or rollerblades (which can all be done year-round!) The greatest thing that I can say about the campus is that since the entire university is aviation-related, there will never be anyone to criticize your love for aviation. Everyone there shares a common bond. In fact, you can tell that you're at an aviation school because as soon as you hear the roar of a departing jet, every single person stops whatever they're doing to just get a glimpse of it. You'll also never be stumped as to what type of plane it was, because there will always be a few people nearby to call out "Lear 31!"
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Vicinity to the speedway (campus in lower-right corner):
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Photo © Jonathan Derden - SPOT THIS!
This is what sets ERAU apart from any other aviation route. The previous posts in this thread and other threads are correct in saying that you can get your certificates and ratings on the side from practically anywhere for significantly less money, while pursuing a degree at a standard university. Unfortunately, although you may have the required certificates and ratings toward an aviation career, you may actually have little or none of the knowledge pertaining to complex, high-tech aircraft and high-speed/high-altitude aerodynamics that airlines require before even applying. Aside from the military route, this information is scarcely taught ANYWHERE
. For this reason, ERAU has semester-long courses dedicated to each aspect. These courses include Jet Transport Systems (specifically using the B747-400 for the course, using airline-styled computer-based training), Electronic Navigation Systems (B757/767 and B747-400 FMSs), Aerodynamics (including Mach tuck, dutch roll, sonic booms, etc.), Turbines (operation, components, varieties, calculations of thrust, fuel consumption, etc.), Flight Physiology (high-altitude), two sem's of Meteorology, Flying techniques of transport-category aircraft (takeoff, climb and descent profiles, landing, etc.), and the list goes on.
One word: strict. There is a reason that the school charges students $100 for the first no-show, $200 for the second, $400 for the third (and withdrawl from the flight course). If students are going to be professional during their careers, then they must learn to do so before they even get to that point. (did I mention that it is considered a no-show when the student fails to arrive for a flight later than 30 minutes early!!!
In the plane, the atmosphere is just like that of an airline cockpit: Sterile cockpit on the ground until reaching a safe altitude. While in flight, a "positive exchange of flight controls" is used if the student needs to give the controls to the instructor (or vice-versa) by verbally stating "you have the flight controls", the instructor states "I have the flight controls", and the student finally verifies again "you have the flight controls". Landings must be within three feet of the runway centerline. A weight and balance is done before every flight, and and all flows are backed up by the checklist. Taxiing across intersections is accomplished by verbally acknowledging "cleared left", "cleared right" (as appropriate), and when on the university ramp, the speed shall not be any faster than a slow walk. If you are looking to be trained to fly how the airlines expect you to fly (and not how you'd fly when you're just out to get a $100 hamburger), ERAU is the place.
Well i think that sums it up. I hope I've helped you a little more with your decision, and good luck in the near future. Feel free to email me if you have any more questions: BPeterson@eraualumni.org
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