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Aviation - Airplane Pilot B.S.

Southern Utah University
4 years
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Cedar City

About this program

Aviation - Airplane Pilot B.S.

Southern Utah University’s Professional Pilot Program offers its students an incredible opportunity to prepare to compete for commercial pilot jobs with advanced fixed wing flight training.

The ultimate goal for our students is gainful employment flying for commercial aviation companies. SUU has designed the Professional Pilot Program with knowledge of the educational and flight training requirements demanded by prospective employers. Our students leave uniquely prepared to compete for the best commercial jobs in the aviation industry worldwide.

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Program content

Required Core Courses

  • Personal Finance
  • Elementary Physics
  • Air Transportation
  • Aviation Orientation
  • Private Pilot Ground School
  • Instrument Ground School
  • Aircraft Systems
  • Flight Management Systems
  • Aviation Safety and Security
  • Aviation Meteorology
  • Commercial Ground School
  • Aviation Law
  • Aerodynamics
  • Human Factors and Safety
  • CFI Ground School
  • Air Traffic Control
  • Aeronautical Decision Making - Crew Resource Management
  • Aeromedical
  • Aviation Economics
  • Jet Transportation Systems

Fixed-Wing Emphasis Courses

  • FW Solo Lab
  • FW Private Certification ASEL Lab
  • FW Instrument Certification Lab
  • FW Commercial Phase I Lab
  • FW Commercial Phase II ASEL Lab
  • FW Commercial AMEL Add-On Lab
  • FW CFII Lab
  • FW Initial CFI ASEL Lab

Recommended Electives

  • Aviation Tutor Lab 1
  • Aviation Tutor Lab 2
  • Aviation Tutor Lab 3
  • Aviation Tutor Lab 4
  • Aviation Tutor Lab 5
  • Unmanned Aerial Systems Basics
  • FW ASEL Private Add-On Lab
  • FW AMEL Private Add-On Lab
  • FW SEL Commercial Pilot Add-on Lab
  • FW CFI ASEL Add-On Lab
  • FW CFI AMEL Add-On Lab
  • FW Tailwheel Transition Lab
  • Airline and Dispatch Operations
  • Aerial Application
  • Professional Aviation Internship

Scholarships & funding

The Rotor Aviation Scholarship is a $20,000 award used only for Commercial training (lab 2276).

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.


  • Tuition Fee for SEL Solo Pilot 1st Semester:$6,088
  • Tuition Fee for SEL Private Pilot Certification 2nd Semester: $11,853
  • Tuition Fee for SEL Instrument 3rd Semester;$15,939
  • Tution Fee for SELCommercial Phase I 4th Semester:$19,365
  • Tution Fee for SEL Commercial Phase II 5th Semester:$16,360
  • Tution Fee for MEL Commercial Add-On 6th Semester:$16,875
  • Tution Fee for CFI 7th Semester: $9,425
  • Tution Fee for CFI 7th Semester:$4,708


  • Students will demonstrate an increased recognition and respect for aviation safety between the time they join the program and the time they complete the program.
  • Students will be able to intelligibly and accurately discuss aviation industry particulars with industry participants, faculty and staff, and fellow students. They will also be able to inform other interested parties of aviation industry particulars which may not be common knowledge to individuals who are not directly involved in the aviation community.
  • At conclusion of the program graduating students will demonstrate pilot skills and knowledge deemed critical by industry. Students will possess desirable attributes of professional pilots.
  • Students will show evidence that they have acquired skills or knowledge directly related to piloting aircraft within the first year of participation in the program.
  • Students will satisfy the FAA knowledge and skill requirements for Commercial Pilot Certification, Certified Flight Instructor, Certified Flight Instructor Instrument, and various endorsements in aircraft type and operation.

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Southern Utah University

Southern Utah University is a caring campus community where students come to explore their interests and prepare for meaningful careers and life experiences. With more than 145 undergraduate programs and 18 graduate and certificate programs across six academic colleges, SUU...

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We are known as the 'University of the Parks'. Go to our site, and search that term to see why. We have immediate access to 20 national parks and monuments from our location. Our programs are ranked extremely high in US News and World Reports in our class of school. As a regionally accredited public/state school, we have partnerships and access to a variety of big-time institutions and career opportunities all from a smaller US town in Southern Utah.

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Southern Utah University

351 W University Blvd
84720 Cedar City Utah
United States of America

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