With its own airfield within walking distance from campus, Andrews University offers a competitive aviation program. The aviation department operates a fleet of single-engine Piper Archers, a Piper Arrow and a Piper Seminole for flight training courses. All aircraft are professionally maintained by the departments' FAA-certified mechanics.
Our flight simulation building with flight training devices is used for training and draws community and nearby companies to use the simulators as well. Also used is a Mitsubishi MU2 that we use for ground operations and learning the complexity of a turbo prop start cycle.
The aviation department also offers employment opportunities to advanced students as Certified Flight Instructors and licensed Maintenance students to obtain valuable experience and expertise as openings allow.
Flight instructors within the first two years of their university career start student teaching the fall of their Junior year. Your interview starts the moment you begin your Andrews career as an aviation freshman.
Mission training combined with flight training from experienced mission pilots with airframe and powerplant certificates is also available.
Andrews offers many other world mission and cultural courses on a highly multicultural campus, from studying abroad to becoming a student missionary for a year.
Flight students gain valuable corporate experience in crew resource management, while gaining multi-engine flight time. The Aviation Department offers transitional training for turboprop and light jets in our flight training devices as well as glass cockpit training with-in our Piper fleet.
Graduates from Andrews University's Aviation program have successfully entered a variety of aviation-related fields, from mission pilots to commercial pilots, crop dusters to corporate jets, service men and women who have flown large cargo style aircraft to medivac helicopters. Our professors are genuinely interested in your success; dedicated to ensuring you realize your career ambitions in an academically stimulating and spiritually enriching environment.
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Airline Transport Pilot: fly for major and regional airlines that transport people or cargo on single or multi-engine airplanes.
Commercial Pilot: fly for major airlines that transport people or cargo on single or multi-engine airplanes. Commercial pilots also fly aircraft for other reasons, such as charter flights, rescue operations, firefighting, aerial photography, and crop dusting.
Missionary Pilot: fly for a faith-based institution. You will serve those in their deepest need and receive the rewarding feeling of servicing others through your flying skills.
Military Pilot: fly with the armed forces of a government or nation-state. Their tasks involve combat and non-combat operations, including direct hostile engagements and support operations.
Corporate Pilot: fly for a private business company who will train you on their type of aircraft and they will help you become a professionally developed pilot in their area.
Flight Test Pilot: is an aviator who flies new and modified aircraft in specific maneuvers, known as flight test techniques allowing the results to be measured and the design to be evaluated.
Certified Flight Instructor: become a pilot who teaches others to fly aircraft. You will serve to enhance or evaluate the knowledge and skill level of an aviator in pursuit of a higher pilot's license, certificate or rating.
Flight Attendant: provides safety briefings to passengers, making sure that their air passage is satisfactory from boarding to disembarkment.
Aviation Safety Inspector (FAA): these inspectors operate in a variety of fields such as operations, maintenance, avionics, cabin safety, aircraft dispatcher. You will apply a broad knowledge of the aviation industry, the general principles of aviation safety, and the Federal laws, regulations, and policies affecting aviation
Airport Manager: you can find yourself leading a team of pilots, aircraft technicians and other people involved in the aviation world at an airport.
Administrative Support: you may assist the airport manager in all the paperwork necessary to keep an airport running. Assist in financial management, planning, development, budgeting, clerical duties and general administrative responsibilities.
Air Traffic Control: work for the Federal Aviation Administration and traffic in specified areas such as towers (local control), ground control, approach/departure control and en-route traffic control.
Airport Dispatcher: be employed by an airline and review weather for the flight, prepare fuel loads, flight routing and filing flight plans for the flight, then follow flights to their destination.
Schedule Planner: assist an airport or airline to schedule pilots in different flight times. Also schedule flights depending on availability of both aircraft and pilots.
Ground Operator (various positions): help with aircraft parking assistance, work directly with the airplane to fuel, add oil if necessary, clean aircraft structures, load baggage in appropriate compartments, etc.
Aircraft Technician: earn your airframe and power-plant certificates given by the Federal Aviation Administration and inspect and perform or supervise maintenance, preventive maintenance, and alteration of aircraft and aircraft systems
In addition to our regular degree programs, we offer the following certificates and ratings to anyone who registers at our office. All FAA written tests and most flight exams are done on site. View our programs and fees for more information, including pricing for certificates.
1.) Private Pilot
2.) Commercial Pilot
3.) Certified Flight Instructor
4.) Airline Transport Pilot
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