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Associate Of Science Aviation Studies - Fixed Wing

Turn Your Passion For Aviation Into A Career

In our Aviation degree program you’ll learn flight fundamentals from experienced instructors and valuable communication and career building skills that enhance your employment potential. We know you’re ready to fly, and with up to 4 days a week of actual flying, you’ll gain enough aviation training in both ground and flight instruction to earn six different aviation licenses/ratings upon graduation.


CAU's Associate of Science in Aviation Studies prepares students for a career in aviation. Students in this program will become proficient in the areas of understanding the federal regulations, weather, aerodynamics, and various aviation topics including modern aircraft technology. Flight training is also integrated into the program to prepare students to earn four FAA certificates and ratings.

The variety of FAA certificates and ratings earned in the associate's level aviation degree program (private pilotinstrument rated pilotcertified flight instructorcertified flight instructor instrument and commercial pilot) can give you a wider range of employment opportunities at graduation. Eligible graduates also receive a 250-hour reduction in their FAA-mandated Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) flight hour requirement (normally 1500 hours) by qualifying for a restricted ATP (R-ATP). Learn more about ATP requirements and how eligible CAU graduates qualify for a R-ATP.


Aviation Studies Program Highlights

Fly In The First Term

Aviation program students receive flight instruction during their first term of school.

FAA Part 141 Approval

CAU is FAA Part 141 approved. Eligible graduates of the associate’s degree program benefit by a 250 flight-hour reduction when seeking their ATP certificate.

Direct Pathway To Airline Cadet Programs

CAU has partnered with several regional airlines to create opportunities for their professional pilot students, many of which include a direct pathway to the airline’s cadet program.

Build On Your Foundation

This program is ideal for students who have their Bachelor's degree but want to further pursue a professional career in aviation.

Associate Of Science: Aviation Degree Course List

  • Aviation Concepts
  • Private Pilot
  • Aircraft Systems
  • Commercial Pilot Flight
  • Certified Flight Instructor
  • Aviation Weather
  • High Performance Aerodynamics
  • Crew Management
  • And much more. See catalog for full course list here.

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Aviation Studies

Additional Program Highlights

Career Outlook

Successful completion of this aviation degree prepares the student for a career as a Commercial Pilot or Airline Pilot. As a commercial pilot, you will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to fly passengers professionally. Organizations that may hire professional pilots include airlines, government agencies, tour and charter operations, private companies, flight schools, cargo carriers and a variety of other agencies.


Program Offered

*hybrid program including online courses

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