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Want to be a pilot? Then the Aviation Flight degree is for you.
- FAA approved FAR part 141 curriculum
- 2 year Associate of Applied Science degree (A.A.S.)
- FAA Commercial Pilot certificate with multi-engine and instrument ratings
- FAA Flight Instructor certificate1
- Practical experience in a corporate flight environment through the SIU Executive Air Transportation program2
- Fully accredited by the Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI)
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The Associate of Applied Science degree (A.A.S.) can be completed in two academic years plus one summer semester at SIUC or in combination with community college or other acceptable extra-instructional education experience. The 21 credit hours of flight courses must be taken at SIUC. Credit may be granted for a Private Pilot certificate earned prior to enrollment at SIUC.
Admission to the Aviation Flight program requires a student to first apply to the university and be admitted as an Aviation Flight Applicant. Once admitted to the University the student must submit a program application within 30 days to be considered for admission to the major. See the how to apply page for details on admission to the Aviation Flight program.
After completing the Aviation Flight program the majority of graduates proceed on to a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management (AVM) degree program on a "Two-Plus-Two" basis. In conjunction with enrollment in the Aviation Management program, Aviation Flight graduates are eligible for a wide range of flight operations internships.
In addition, students who obtain a Flight Instructor certificate may be employed by the university in teaching flight courses. These positions allow upper-class students to build valuable flight experience and their resume in preparation for a career as a professional pilot.
1The Flight Instructor course is not required for the Applied Science degree (A.A.S.)
2Experience in the SIU Executive Air Transportation program is offered as an elective course and requires consent of the department.