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Associate of Applied Science in Professional Piloting

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Professional Piloting prepares students with 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. 

Licensure and/or Certification

Students that complete the AAS in Professional Piloting will obtain their commercial pilot certificate with an instrument rating in both single and multi-engine aircraft. 

Please go to UAA's Authorization by State website for information about licensure or certification in a state other than Alaska.

Admission Requirements
  • Complete the Admission Requirements for Associate Degrees.
  • It is recommended that students planning to enroll in the AAS in Professional Piloting obtain a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) second-class airman medical certificate (Federal Aviation Regulation Part 67, Subpart C) to assure they meet the medical qualifications to complete the program. 
Special Considerations
  • Students must meet with the aviation academic advisor to obtain department 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 possess a valid FAA second-class airman medical certificate 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 (ATD) Office for information.
  • Once formally admitted to the AAS in Professional Piloting or the Bachelor of Science (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.
  • Once enrolled in ATP A101 , ATP A126 , ATP A218 , ATP A219 , ATP A220 , and/or ATP A305, students are expected to complete the course requirements within 12 months from the date of registration. Failure to do so will be considered unsatisfactory progress and will result in a failing (F) grade in that registered flight course.
  • The FAA has authorized UAA to certify its professional piloting graduates as eligible for an airline transport pilot certificate with reduced aeronautical experience.
Graduation Requirements
Core Courses
ATA A102Introduction to Aviation Technology3
ATA A133Aviation Law and Regulations3
ATA A233Aviation Safety3
ATA A331Human Factors in Aviation3
ATP A100Private Pilot Ground School3
ATP A101Pre-Professional Flying2
ATP A116Instrument Ground School3
ATP A126Instrument Flying2
ATP A200Commercial Ground School3
ATP A218Commercial Flying I1.5
ATP A219Commercial Flying II1.5
ATP A220Commercial Flying III2
ATP A235Elements of Weather3
ATP A305Airplane Multiengine Land Rating2
PHYS A123College Physics I3
PHYS A123LCollege Physics I Laboratory1

A minimum of 60 credits is required for the degree.