klm672
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Global Aviation Degree Program

Sat Jun 28, 2008 6:14 pm

Hello. I hope to get my Associate degree at my local community college in December of 2008. My major is Liberl Arts because I would like to make a career out of flying. I currently have no logged time but I work at my local FBO. A co worker attends The Utah Valley University through the Global Aviation Degree Program (Distant Learning) and my boss/future CFI has reccomended this program. I was wondering if anyone has done it/currently enrolled in it or knows anything about it? Would the college fee's overwrite the FBO's charges or would I have to pay both?
Also, I've been told a million times not to major in aviation (I've also read it on here) because airlines will accept a degree in anything. I was wondering if there are any other options? Would it be more sensible to transfer to a state college and major in business and then take out a Sallie Mae loan and fly on the side?
I have no interest in anything else in this world but airplanes and would feel "wrong" sitting in an office all day. Any other tips?
Thanks!
 
iairallie
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RE: Global Aviation Degree Program

Mon Jul 14, 2008 10:29 pm

I'm about finished with this program one more semester to go. You pay by credit hour but you pay your flight training directly to whichever flight school you choose at their standard rates.
So for PPL you would take PPL ground for about 3 credit hours plus PPL flight about 3 credit hours plus pay the flight school for any flight instruction. It's a pretty nice program I'm doing the management emphasis though there is a flight element.

I kinda agree with the don't major in aviation crowd. I have a 4 year degree in another area. Aviation is an interest of mine and I needed to bring up my GPA because I am interested in applying to grad school so I just combined goals. They don't care what your degree is in and the industry is unstable so it's good to have other areas as a fall back plan.
Enough about flying lets talk about me!
 
413X3
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RE: Global Aviation Degree Program

Tue Jul 15, 2008 7:28 pm

probably the worst time to be looking for pilot jobs right now... even regionals are cutting staff
 
iairallie
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RE: Global Aviation Degree Program

Wed Jul 16, 2008 6:25 am

Maybe however if fuel prices ever fall back again we will face a pilot shortage. Lots of flight schools are hiring right now some with a guarantee and benefits.
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