Plane & Pilot
Tuesday, August 20, 2013

A New Beginning

As ma­jor airlines hire for the first time in a decade, pilot demand heats up

FLIGHT TRAINING SCHOOLS As requirements and regulations change, so must the type of flight training available to prospective pilots. We're fortunate to live in a nation that has such a good training infrastructure that other nations send their students here to get the best training available. Our industry is also one of excellence, and a few training academies have been around since the early days of aviation, building a legacy that continues to this day. Students have a lot to choose from, but this list should offer a good start.
  Website Type Location
Academy College of Aviation 4-year professional pilot degree programs Bloomington, Minn.
Aerosim Flight Academy Cirrus training center, degree program with Jacksonville University Sanford, Fla.
AFIT Accelerated programs for ratings through multi Instructors come to you
Airline Transport Professionals (ATP) Nationwide locations, all ratings, largest academy in U.S 31 locations
American Flyers Primary training and finish-up programs 9 locations
Baker College 4-year college aviation program Muskegon, Mich.
Baylor Institute for Air Science Private Christian university; many degree programs Waco, Texas
Eagle Jet International Time-builder and international programs Miami, Fla.
Embry-Riddle Nation's largest aviation university program Multiple campuses
Everglades University Many degree programs including Masters 3 Florida campuses
FlightSafety Academy Dedicated aviation campus. Fleet of almost 100 aircraft. Vero Beach, Fla.
Florida Institute of Technology 4-year degree program. Army ROTC. FAA ATC training center. Melbourne, Fla.
Hillsboro Aviation 40-aircraft training fleet includes King Air C90. Huge international program. Hillsboro, Ore.
Kansas State University Affordable tuition, King Air C-90, pilot, ATC and technician programs Salina, Kan.
Middle Georgia College Helicopter, fixed-wing pilot and technician programs. Bachelor's and Associate degrees. Eastman, Ga.
Minnesota State University 4-year degree programs, glass-equipped fleet Mankato, Minn.
Nova Southeastern University 4-year degree program. Flight training through American Flyers. Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Oklahoma State University Various degree programs, low student-aircraft ratio, Cessna and Piper fleet Tulsa and Stillwater, Okla.
Parks College Has Center for Aviation Safety Research (CASR), 80-year history St. Louis, Mo.
Southern Illinois University Undergraduate and graduate degrees. Program owns a 737. Murphysboro, Ill.
Spartan College of Aeronautics Long, rich history, many aviation career tracks, extensive technician program Tulsa, Okla.
Sterling Flight Training Small flight school with Micco SP-20 and Tecnam P2006T aircraft Jacksonville, Fla.
Transpac Academy American Eagle Pipeline program, Piper training fleet Phoenix, Ariz.
University of Cincinnati Multiple career tracks and degrees, public research university Cincinnati, Ohio
University of North Dakota Widely recognized program, 120 aircraft fleet, UAV program Grand Forks, N.D.
US Flight Academy Former Air Force Base, 22-year accident-free history, 2- and 4-year degrees Big Spring, Texas
Utah Valley University All-Diamond training fleet, state of the art simulators, established flight programs Provo, Utah

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