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Aviation at SEU

Accelerated Flight Training  |  Lakeland Linder International Airport  |  Regional Airline Partner

Innovative Program

Southeastern University is launching a new program to provide affordable and accessible degrees that prepare professional pilots. A student who begins this program with zero flight hours will earn their Commercial Pilot Certificate with Instrument and Multi-Engine Rating, Flight Instructor Certificate, and AAS degree in Professional Pilot for less than $80,000.*

* This tuition rate is for students enrolled through Southeastern University’s School of Unrestricted Education at $390 per credit hour. Flight training costs and room and board are additional.

 

Flight Training Agreement

International Aero Academy, Inc. (IAA) is the provider of flight training at Lakeland Linder International Airport for the degree programs available through Southeastern University. IAA provides an FAA Part 141-approved training for the Private and Commercial Certificates and Instrument Rating using integrated flight and ground school curriculum. 

Benefits

Qualified students can apply for financial aid to cover the cost of tuition, room and board, and flight training costs. 

Accelerated Flight Training

Qualified students are eligible to work as flight instructors while completing their degrees and building flight hours toward qualifying for employment with regional airlines.

Latest Technology

Students will have the opportunity to train in a new fleet of Tecnam P2008 light sport aircraft, equipped with the most advanced flat panel displays by Garmin.

Employment Advantage

Students will have the opportunity to qualify for a conditional letter of employment from Trans States Airlines operating as United Express prior to starting their commercial flight training.

Time & Money Savings

Graduates from the AAS Professional Pilot program will spend less on total tuition and flight costs for their degree and enter the workforce sooner than those of most other institutions.

Degree Opportunities

The AAS degree in Professional Pilot is designed for students desiring a pilot career. It requires 62 credit hours, of which 33 are earned toward the major, including 27 credit hours earned for ground and flight training. The remaining 29 hours include general education. All non-flight courses are offered in an online or blended delivery format.

The Bachelor of Science in Business and Professional Leadership with the Professional Pilot track prepares graduates to enter the aviation workforce as aviators and entry-level managerial or administrative roles. The degree with the Professional Pilot track requires 120 credit hours, of which 64 are earned toward the major, including 27 credit hours earned for ground and flight training. The remaining 56 hours include general education. All non-flight courses are offered in an online or blended delivery format.

This option is ideal for transfer students, or for students who are already flying professionally and need the flexibility of online courses to complete their degree.

The Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management prepares graduates to enter the aviation workforce as aviators and in entry-level managerial or administrative roles. The degree requires 120 credit hours, of which 64 are earned toward the major, including 27 credit hours earned for ground and flight training. The remaining 56 hours include general education. The program is ideal for students desiring a full-time, residential program to prepare them for the aviation industry. Students under an F1 visa take courses in a face-to-face or hybrid format.**

** Pending approval by Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). Foreign students must be approved by the Alien Flight Student Program operated by the United States Transportation Security Administration.

These programs will launch in the fall of 2019 pending approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Program Specifics

  • The Southeastern University Aviation Pilot Programs prepare graduates to enter the workforce as commercial pilots, flight instructors, air taxi pilots, corporate pilots or first officers for commuter airlines.
  • Graduates will earn the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Commercial Pilot Certificate, with Single and Multi-Engine Land class ratings with an Instrument Rating, Certified Flight Instructor Certificate.
  • Students may choose a Regional Airline Transition course or a Practicum to build flight hours and other employable skills for the aviation industry. 

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Admission Requirements

  • High school diploma and transcripts
  • Enrollment application
  • Students with existing academic credit may be able to transfer their credits per the university’s policies.

  • Ability to read, write and understand English to take the Private Pilot Practical Exam
  • 17 years of age to take the Private Pilot Practical Exam; 18 years of age to take the Commercial Pilot Practical Exam
  • Ability to obtain an FAA Class 2 Medical Certificate (to operate with the privileges of a Commercial Pilot Certificate)
  • International/non-citizens must complete additional requirements including an appropriate visa and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) approval through the Alien Flight Student Program (AFSP)
  • Students with previous flight training experience or FAA Certified Certificates and Ratings may be issued academic credit or course waivers, subject to verification.

Questions?

Dr. R. Joseph Childs, CFII
Director of Aviation Programs
863-667-5136 | rjchilds@seu.edu