Professional Piloting

UAA Professional PilotingProgram Overview

The Professional Piloting program prepares graduates for piloting careers in professional aviation. The Aviation Technology Division offers an AAS degree in Professional Piloting and a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Technology with a Professional Piloting. The UAA professional pilot training program is certificated by the FAA under Part 141 of the Federal Aviation Regulations.

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Both ground and airborne flight training are provided utilizing FAA approved curricula. UAA has fully-equipped flight training airplanes, advanced aircrew training devices (AATD) and a level B flight simulator to enhance the educational experience of the students. The FAA has authorized UAA to certify its professional piloting graduates as eligible for an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate with reduced aeronautical experience.

Professional pilots need knowledge of aerodynamics, aircraft engine and system operation, aircraft operating limitations and performance, weather and atmospheric processes, as well as navigation and communication methods. This degree program prepares graduates for careers in professional flying. The FAA has authorized UAA to certify its professional piloting graduates as eligible for an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate with reduced aeronautical experience.

Special Considerations

The following applies for those students desiring to pursue a professional piloting degree:

  • Students must meet with the aviation academic advisor to obtain departmental approval to register for all flight courses. Flight training costs are not included in university tuition and fees. Flight training costs are based on hourly rates established for each aircraft type flown. Students will be provided with current hourly flight costs and program cost estimates when they meet with the department’s academic advisor.
  • Students must pass an FAA Class II medical examination before beginning any flight training.
  • U.S. citizens must present verification of U.S. citizenship before beginning any flight or airplane simulator training. The following three methods are acceptable: an unexpired U.S. passport, an original or raised seal official copy of birth certificate, or an original or raised seal official copy of Certificate of Naturalization. Non-U.S. citizens must register and receive approval from the Transportation Security Administration before beginning any flight or simulator training. Please contact the Aviation Technology Division office for information.
  • Once formally admitted to the AAS in Professional Piloting or the BS in Aviation Technology or registered for aviation classes at UAA, all subsequent required flight training must be completed in residence at UAA. Enrolled students who receive flight training outside UAA under specific curricula will not receive credit for the corresponding UAA courses.
  • All students are required to complete a minimum of the FAA Instrument Airplane Pilot rating and the FAA Commercial Airplane Single-engine Land Pilot certificate while in residence at UAA.
  • Military pilots may petition to have appropriate curriculum requirements awarded based on FAA pilot certificates held on a case-by-case basis.
  • It should be noted that it is possible to take several of the General Course Requirements online. However, there is a very limited selection of aviation courses taught online.

Bachelor of Science Degree

The Bachelor of Science in Aviation Technology prepares individuals for professional positions within the aviation industry. Related career opportunities are found with airlines, airports, general aviation, government organizations, education and the aerospace industry.

Within the degree there are two emphasis areas: Aviation Management and Professional Piloting. Each emphasis has a discrete program description and outcomes. The specific interests and career goals of each student determine the emphasis area to pursue.