I echo the many positive sentiments about ERAU. I'm a business guy too, with a bachelor's. I too was involved and had an absolutely awesome experience educationally, emotionally, and proffessionally. Yes, the money thing is true, but you pay top dollar to go to the tops schools. Are Brown, Harvard, Yale, and the likes cheap to go to? No (not that ERAU is in the same category as those, but in the aviation world it is). I've worked for an airline and an airport since graduation and have never not been offered a job that I applied for since. I've turned down 2 full time postions, one with CO
(route planning in IAH
) and WN
(customer service agent in PVD
), to pursue and eventually get better jobs. The common theme in all this: the ERAU name was immediately recognized at every interview and is on a day to day basis with the hundreds of pilots, airline agents, airport, and airline management people I have met over the past 9 years. Judging pilot skills (actually flying the aircraft and dealing with related issues) or any other specific aviation function based on an ERAU diploma isn't really fair. I would hope the pilot of any aircraft has the same (minimal?) skills regardless of where they received their training. It's about the commitment and recognition of going to what is arguably the "best" aviation school in the world.
Despite my appreciation for ERAU, I'd also like to say that ERAU is not alone in the top tier of aviation schools. Daniel Webster College in NH
in MLB, and Bridgewater State in MA
are just a few of the very good aviation schools in the U.S. that come to mind. They are just not AS
recognized as ERAU. If you can afford it, I'd highly recommend ERAU to anyone serious about a carrer in aviation. Some ERAU grads joke about "paying for the name", but it sure seems to have helped me!