Programs at SUU

Aviation Associate of Applied Science Degree Program

Become a certified pilot with an associate degree in just two years

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Being a commercial airplane or helicopter pilot is an exciting career with broad employment possibilities. When you earn your Associate of Applied Science degree in Aviation from Southern Utah University, you’ll be ready to take the helm of an aircraft and fly for a living anywhere in the world.

Southern Utah University’s Aviation students pursue either a pilot’s license for fixed-wing aircraft (single engine or multi-engine) or rotor aircraft (helicopters). You will complete a common core of general education and general aviation courses to earn your AAS degree.

Through the Aviation Associate degree program, you will acquire ratings for private pilot, instrument, commercial, certified flight instructor, and certified flight instrument instructor. Through the Aviation Associate program you will develop the confidence, experience, and understanding you need to compete for top flying positions both domestically and internationally.

Why Choose SUU for Aviation Associate Degree Studies?

  • You will learn from a Southern Utah University flight instructor who is dedicated to the professional development of no more than five flight students.
  • Southern Utah University’s flight school is the highest altitude flight school in the country, located in Cedar City, Utah. The experience you gain at the SUU flight school prepares you to successfully pilot anywhere you gain employment.
  • You will learn to fly in flight labs that are considered the very best for airplane and helicopter The actual aircraft you fly will be identical to aircraft you encounter on the job after graduation.

Career and Salary Opportunities for Aviation Graduates

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for commercial pilots, including helicopter and fixed-wing pilots, in 2012 was $73,280. Pilots can work as flight instructors and work in fields like aerial photography, traffic reporting, scenic tours, rescue operations, firefighting, criminal justice and agriculture applications.

Aviation Associate Degree Courses You May Take

This is a partial list, please contact the SUU Aviation program for a detailed list of degree requirements.

  • Air Transportation – Study the evolution of the aviation industry from its earliest days through the modern age.
  • Aircraft Systems - provides a study of the design, construction and theory of operation of basic systems common to fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft.
  • Aviation Meteorology – Explore atmospheric conditions and their related effects on aeronautical operations.
  • Private Pilot Ground School - Study of aviation fundamentals as required by FAA regulations for students pursuing a Private Pilot certificate.
  • Instrument Ground School – Study instrument flight fundamentals as required by FAA regulations for students pursuing an instrument rating.
  • Human Factors and Safety – Examine pilot performance as a function of physiological, psychological, and environmental factors.

Aviation Associate Degree Requirements

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Contact the Aviation department for information and/or assistance.

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