ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE AVIATION STUDIES - FIXED WING
THE FAST-TRACK AVIATION DEGREE
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.
The variety of licenses earned in the Aviation Degree program (private pilot, instrument rated pilot, certified flight instructor, certified flight instructor instrument and commercial pilot-single and multi-engine) gives you a wider range of employment options to choose from at graduation. You’ll also receive a 250-hour reduction in their FAA-mandated Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) flight hour requirement (normally 1500 hours) and the opportunity to interview for a flight instructor position. Learn more about ATP requirements and how 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*. 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.
ADDITIONAL PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
AVIATION CONCEPTS AND AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS
Your journey into the world of aviation begins with learning some fundamentals of the craft. During this part of your aviation degree training, you will learn about the importance of Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) and the Airman’s Information Manual (AIM).
PRIVATE PILOT FLIGHT
This is where the rubber leaves the road. During this portion of your aviation degree training, you will obtain the knowledge necessary to pass the Private Pilot examination. You will learn how to interpret airport signs, lighting, radio communications, and traffic sequencing.
INSTRUMENTAL PILOT FLIGHT
For this unit of your aviation degree, you will be prepared to add an Instrument Rating to your flight certificate. You will learn about the effects of flight on human physiology, along with learning more about ATC procedures, Navigational Aids (NAVAIDs), and instrument flight rules (IFRs) that are applied during emergencies.
CREW INSTRUCTOR AND CREW MANAGEMENT
A commercial pilot wouldn’t get far without his or her crew. In this section of your courses, you will study the information necessary to manage a crew and become certified as a flight instructor.
COMMERCIAL PILOT FLIGHT
These course sections provide you with the knowledge necessary to earn your FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate with an Airplane, Single-Engine, Land rating.
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.
*CAU has Part 141 approval for its main campus in Bakersfield and its Flight Centers in Ventura and San Diego Counties. CAU is in the process of seeking Part 141 approval for its campus in Arizona.