The professional piloting program prepares graduates for piloting careers in professional aviation.

Program Overview

Associate of Applied Science

The Aviation Technology Division offers an Associate of Applied Science degree in (AAS) professional piloting. The associated knowledge and airborne flight training required for pilots comprise the majority of the professional piloting degree core courses.

The UAA professional pilot training program is certificated by the FAA under Part 141 of the Federal Aviation Regulations. 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.

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.

Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science in aviation technology with a professional piloting emphasis prepares graduates for careers in professional flying and management.

Special Considerations

Please consult the UAA Course Catalog for special considerations regarding the professional piloting associate and bachelor's degrees. These catalog addresses the following: flight training costs, medical examination, U.S. citizenship, flight training requirements, FAA certificates, curriculum requirements for military pilots.


Did You Know?

Motion-based flight-training devices and simulators with sophisticated visual capabilities are incorporated into the professional piloting program.

Our faculty includes aviation professionals with extensive industry experience providing outstanding instruction in this program.

Program Announcement

UAA Professional Piloting graduates gain substantially from new FAA rule -- The FAA has authorized UAA to certify its graduates as academically eligible to apply for the Restricted Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) Certificate available only to graduates of selected two- and four-year collegiate aviation programs. The FAA approval means our graduates will need fewer flight hours to qualify for the Restricted-ATP Certificate!