About the Program
Professional flight is a program for those seeking a career as a commercial airline, corporate, or charter pilot. Students develop strong technical skills supported by critical thinking, decision-making, and communication abilities. Cockpit resource management, teamwork, and responsibility are emphasized. Students obtain their basic flight certificates and ratings by the end of the sophomore year. During the junior and senior years, students gain experience flying both turbine-powered aircraft and large airline-style simulators.
Purdue recently upgraded its fleet of airplanes to include an Embraer Phenom 100 jet and 16 Cirrus SR-20G3 single engine aircraft. The planes and their corresponding simulators (as well as a regional jet simulator) are equipped with a Garmin G1000 glass cockpit avionics system. Students in this program can apply to participate in five-year combined bachelor’s/master’s degree program in aviation technology.
This program can be completed in three years; ask an academic advisor how.
The bachelor’s degree in professional flight is accredited by Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI).
Flight (Professional Flight Technology) Website
Summary of Program Requirements
The Summary of Program Requirements for Professional Flight Technology is a comprehensive list of those categories which a student must fulfill in order to earn their degree. Unlike the full Detailed Program Requirements listed below, complete lists of selectives for any given category are not shown. These summaries are intended to be printer-friendly and less expansive in detail.
Detailed Program Requirements
Please see below for detailed program requirements and possible selective fulfillments.
120 credits for graduation