Flight (Professional Flight Technology)

Purdue Polytechnic Institute (one of 10 colleges at Purdue University)

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).

The Purdue Polytechnic Institute is one of 10 academic colleges at Purdue University. The Polytechnic specializes in team-based labs where you’ll test ideas, take things apart and put them back together — only better. You’ll learn side-by-side with professors who have worked in the industry and thrive on combining theory, imagination and real-world application. In this innovative environment, you'll learn by doing - gaining deep technical knowledge and applied skills in your chosen discipline coupled with problem-solving, critical-thinking, communication and leadership skills employers desire.

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  • Flight instructors
  • Flight crew members
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