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Aerospace, Professional Pilot Concentration, B.S.

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Aerospace, Professional Pilot Concentration, B.S.

MTSU has a rich history of teaching students to fly, dating back to WWII when flight training took place right on campus. Today, graduates from the Professional Pilot program fly for every major U.S. airline, at dozens of regional airlines, and for corporations and government agencies. To prepare for these opportunities, Professional Pilot students must complete flight operations coursework and achieve pilot certification up to and including the Commercial Multi-engine Certificate with an Instrument Rating. Students receive extensive experience in all aspects of the flight environment, culminating in a turbine aircraft transition course. Graduates must demonstrate proficiency in aircraft systems operation, determination of aircraft performance parameters, navigation, communication, and airport operations. MTSU trains in state-of-the-art aircraft with "glass" (computerized) flight decks and an innovative, scenario-based curriculum. This MTSU curriculum is FAA approved under 14 CFR Part 141, and allows students to be trained to proficiency instead of requiring minimum flight times. MTSU's Professional Pilot curriculum is recognized by the FAA so that graduates may receive credit up to 500 flight hours toward the Restricted Airline Transport Pilot certificate.

The mission of the Professional Pilot program is to prepare our students to become the leaders of the next generation of aerospace professionals by developing the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for successful careers in aerospace.

If you live in one of these states: MS SC VA WV; you may be able to attend MTSU at in-state rates under the Academic Common Market program.

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At the 乐播传媒入口 Flight Operations Center on Memorial Boulevard in Murfreesboro, Tenn., alumni Alyssa Smith, left, of Collierville, Tenn., and Rachel Frankenberger, of Cisco, Ga., and senior Hailey Harrison, of Lakeland, Tenn., pose with the MTSU Aerospace Department鈥檚 Diamond DA 40 airplane they will fly June 18-21 during the upcoming all-women Air Race Classic. The Blue Raider trio will be among 22 collegiate teams and nearly 50 teams altogether competing in the nearly 2,400-mile event that features nine legs and eight states starting in Carbondale, Ill., and finishing in Loveland, Colo. (MTSU photo by Randy Weiler)

They will fly nearly 2,400 miles from the Midwest to Colorado at an altitude of 200 to 400 feet and average speed of nearly 150 mph 鈥 all while competing against nearly 50 all-women flight teams.

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乐播传媒入口 assistant flight training manager Sean Logan plots his pathway to becoming a pilot and much more in the October 2023 edition of the 鈥淥ut of the Blue鈥 television magazine program. An alumnus (Class of 2022, summa cum laude) and graduate assistant, Logan shares about his experiences as a flight instructor operating MTSU鈥檚 DA-40 single-engine Diamond Aircraft that have

News Briefs

At the 乐播传媒入口 Flight Operations Center on Memorial Boulevard in Murfreesboro, Tenn., alumni Alyssa Smith, left, of Collierville, Tenn., and Rachel Frankenberger, of Cisco, Ga., and senior Hailey Harrison, of Lakeland, Tenn., pose with the MTSU Aerospace Department鈥檚 Diamond DA 40 airplane they will fly June 18-21 during the upcoming all-women Air Race Classic. The Blue Raider trio will be among 22 collegiate teams and nearly 50 teams altogether competing in the nearly 2,400-mile event that features nine legs and eight states starting in Carbondale, Ill., and finishing in Loveland, Colo. (MTSU photo by Randy Weiler)

They will fly nearly 2,400 miles from the Midwest to Colorado at an altitude of 200 to 400 feet and average speed of nearly 150 mph 鈥 all while competing against nearly 50 all-women flight teams.

Promo graphic for

乐播传媒入口 assistant flight training manager Sean Logan plots his pathway to becoming a pilot and much more in the October 2023 edition of the 鈥淥ut of the Blue鈥 television magazine program. An alumnus (Class of 2022, summa cum laude) and graduate assistant, Logan shares about his experiences as a flight instructor operating MTSU鈥檚 DA-40 single-engine Diamond Aircraft that have

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CAREERS

Employers the world over recognize MTSU's Professional Pilot program under the Aerospace major as an elite program that produces the highest caliber graduates. Examples of career options include

  • Air carrier pilot (regional or major)
  • Air freight/cargo pilot
  • Air taxi or charter pilot
  • Corporate pilot
  • Instructor pilot
  • Military pilot

Employers of MTSU Alumni include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Abel Aviation and Air Ambulance Inc. 鈥 Fort Pierce, FL
  • Airborne Express 鈥 Seattle, WA
  • AirTran Airways 鈥 Orlando, FL
  • American Airlines 鈥 Fort Worth, TX
  • American Eagle Airlines 鈥 Fort Worth, TX
  • Corporate Air Fleet 鈥 Nashville, TN
  • Corporate Flight Management 鈥 Smyrna, TN
  • Delta Airlines 鈥 Atlanta, GA
  • Federal Aviation Administration 鈥 Washington, DC
  • FedEx Express 鈥 Memphis, TN
  • Florida Division of Aeronautics 鈥 Tallahassee, FL
  • Gemini Air Cargo 鈥 Dulles, VA
  • Great Lakes Airlines 鈥 Cheyenne, WY
  • Hawaiian Airlines 鈥 Honolulu, HI
  • Horizon Airlines 鈥 Seattle, WA
  • Jet Solutions 鈥 Richardson, TX
  • Kalitta Flying Services 鈥 Morristown, TN
  • MetroJet 鈥 Hong Kong
  • 乐播传媒入口 鈥 Murfreesboro, TN
  • Provincetown-Boston Airlines 鈥 Provincetown, MA
  • Republic Airways 鈥 Indianapolis, IN
  • Sky Night Aviation 鈥 Greeneville, TN
  • SkyWest Airlines 鈥 St. George, UT
  • Sol Air 鈥 Metlakatla, AK
  • Southwest Airlines 鈥 Dallas, TX
  • 乐播传媒入口 Division of Aeronautics 鈥 Nashville, TN
  • Thai Airways 鈥 Los Angeles, CA
  • The University of 乐播传媒入口 Space Institute 鈥 Tullahoma, TN
  • United Airlines 鈥 Chicago, IL
  • United Parcel Service (UPS) 鈥 Atlanta, GA
  • United States Air Force
  • United States Army
  • United States Coast Guard
  • United States Department of Transportation
  • United States Marine Corps
  • United States Navy

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Professional Licensure Disclosure

The Bachelor of Science in Aerospace, Professional Pilot (BS Aerospace, Professional Pilot) in the College of Basic and Applied Sciences is accredited by the Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI) and is an approved Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) 14 CFR Part 141 Flight School. Admission to the BS Aerospace, Professional Pilot does not guarantee that students will earn FAA Pilot certification, up to and including the Commercial Multi-engine Certificate with an Instrument Rating, which is required for successful completion of the 120-hour program. MTSU鈥檚 BS Aerospace, Professional Pilot curriculum has been authorized by the FAA to certify graduates for up to 500 flight hours toward the Restricted Airline Transport Pilot certificate.

FAA Pilot Certification is a federally established license. The BS Aerospace, Professional Pilot disclosure provided on MTSU鈥檚 indicates the states and territories where MTSU has determined, through reasonable and good faith effort, that the program does or does not meet the educational requirements for other US states and territories. Certification requirements may include additional and recurring requirements, such as an application, supervision, examinations, continuing education, fees, fingerprinting, a background check, etc. MTSU strongly recommends that prospective and current students discuss their plans with an advisor to ensure they have the most up-to-date information and guidance regarding licensure requirements.

For additional information on flight training requirements, facilities, and aircraft fleet, as well as information on scholarships specific to Aerospace students, please visit the Aerospace Department.

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