“The best pilots fly more than the others; that's why they're the best.” ― Chuck Yaeger
THE JOURNEY BEGINS
When you begin CAU’s aviation and professional pilot program in the School of Aviation, it’s pretty clear from the start that you’re beginning an exciting journey. You may be flying the blue skies of Southern California aboard California Aeronautical University aircraft during your very first term of training.
Back on the ground, experienced instructors will begin introducing you to realistic flight training on advanced flight simulators, practical demonstrations and dynamic lectures as part of your professional pilot program that will have you wanting to learn more. Students get professional commercial pilot training and enjoy the process of getting there.
CHOOSE YOUR FLIGHT PLAN
Whether you are interested in a professional pilot program, obtaining a private pilot license, or want to know how to become an airline pilot, California Aeronautical University offers training to help you launch your aviation career.
OUR AVIATION PROGRAMS INCLUDE:
CESSNA 172 G1000
The ultimate training aircraft, students in the CAU Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics program begin their pilot training in the four-seat, 180-horsepower Cessna Skyhawk. The flight deck is powered by the Garmin G1000 avionics suite.
CESSNA 172 RG
A high performance single-engine aircraft with five seats and 310 horsepower, this aircraft features a retractable landing gear and will be used in complex aircraft training as part of our Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics program.
A twin-engine aircraft, the Beechcraft Baron provides CAU students the opportunity to fly a more complex aircraft with fully retractable, tricycle landing gear.
The Decathlon is a 2-place, tandem seating, high wing, single engine airplane and is equipped with conventional landing gear. This airplane is certificated in the normal and acrobatic categories.
FLIGHT TRAINING DEVICES
REDBIRD MCX 172 CONFIGURATION
DUAL CONTROL MOTION
The MCX flight training device comes with a dual yoke, dual rudders, full motion, and Garmin G-1000 cockpit, which provides enhanced training for our students. The dual controls allow both the instructor and/or co-pilot to demonstrate maneuvers from the right seat during the professional pilot program. The dual yoke and dual rudder pedals also allow for simultaneous control from both the left and right seats.
REDBIRD SD 172 CONFIGURATION
The SD is a fully enclosed flight training device with a Garmin G-1000 cockpit that provides a realistic training environment. The SD features a single yoke and single rudder simulator, along with a full enclosure, which creates an ideal training platform for standard flight training as well as instrument flight training.
FRASCA BARON 58P CONFIGURATION
TWIN DUAL CONTROL
The Frasca Barron 58 is a dual yoke and dual rudder flight simulator allowing for both the instructor and/or co-pilot to control the simulator from both the left and right seat. This simulator will be used for multi-engine flight training and provide realistic handling and performance of a twin engine Beechcraft Barron aircraft.
Unlimited use Desktop Simulators for Private and Instrument.
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AVIATION PROGRAM OPTIONS
A.S. AVIATION STUDIES - FIXED WING
- Associate’s degree level commercial pilot program
- Fast-track program – potential to complete program within 22 months
- 250-340 flight hours
- 96 quarter credits
- You may be eligible for a 250-hour reduction in FAA-mandated flight time for an air transport pilot (ATP)
- Ideal for those already holding an undergraduate degree
B.S. IN AERONAUTICS
- Bachelor’s degree level pilot program
- Duration: 3 years (approximate)
- 250-340 flight hours
- 184 quarter credits
- You may be eligible for a 500-hour reduction in FAA-mandated flight time for an air transport pilot (ATP)
A.S. AVIATION STUDIES - HELICOPTER
- Associate’s degree level helicopter pilot program
- Fast-track program – potential to complete program within 1.8 years
- 170 flight hours (min)
- 111 quarter credits
AVIATION MAINTENANCE TECHNOLOGY
- AMT Diploma
- 17 months
- 15 courses
- AS in AMT Degree
- 5 additional months - 22 months total
- 23 courses