Associate of Applied Science in Professional Piloting

Professional pilots need knowledge of aerodynamics, aircraft engine and system operation, aircraft operating limitations and performance, weather and atmospheric processes, as well as navigation and communication methods. This degree program prepares graduates for careers in professional flying. The FAA has authorized UAA to certify its professional piloting graduates as eligible for an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate with reduced aeronautical experience.

Admission Requirements

Satisfy the Application and Admission Requirements for Associate Degree Programs.

Special Considerations

The following applies for those students desiring to pursue a professional piloting degree:

  • Students must meet with the aviation academic advisor to obtain departmental approval to register for all flight courses. Flight training costs are not included in university tuition and fees. Flight training costs are based on hourly rates established for each aircraft type flown. Students will be provided with current hourly flight costs and program cost estimates when they meet with the department’s academic advisor.
  • Students must pass an FAA Class II medical examination before beginning any flight training.
  • U.S. citizens must present verification of U.S. citizenship before beginning any flight or airplane simulator training. The following three methods are acceptable: an unexpired U.S. passport, an original or raised seal official copy of birth certificate, or an original or raised seal official copy of Certificate of Naturalization. Non-U.S. citizens must register and receive approval from the Transportation Security Administration before beginning any flight or simulator training. Please contact the Aviation Technology Division (ATD) Office for information.
  • Once formally admitted to the AAS in Professional Piloting or the BS in Aviation Technology or registered for aviation classes at UAA, all subsequent required flight training must be completed in residence at UAA. Enrolled students who receive flight training outside UAA under specific curricula will not receive credit for the corresponding UAA courses.
  • All students are required to complete a minimum of the FAA Instrument Airplane Pilot rating and the FAA Commercial Airplane Single-engine Land Pilot certificate while in residence at UAA.
  • Military pilots may petition to have appropriate curriculum requirements awarded based on FAA pilot certificates held on a case-by-case basis.
  • It should be noted that it is possible to take several of the General Course Requirements online. However, there is a very limited selection of aviation courses taught online. 


All students must meet with an ATD academic advisor prior to beginning this program of study and are encouraged to meet each semester to review their academic progress and plan future courses. It is particularly important for students to meet with their advisor whenever academic difficulties arise. Degree check sheets are available in the ATD Office, and students may also access DegreeWorks for verification of degree requirements.

See an ATD advisor for appropriate sequence of courses.

Academic Requirements

In order to progress within the AAS Professional Piloting program, students must register for a flying course within three semesters of admittance. Students who have not registered for a flying course by this time will be removed from the program.

Once enrolled in any flight training course, students are expected to complete the course requirements within 12 months from the date of registration. Failure to do so will be considered unsatisfactory progress and will result in a failing (F) grade in that registered flight course.

Graduation Requirements

Program Requirements

ATA A102Introduction to Aviation Technology3
ATA A133Aviation Law and Regulations3
ATA A134Principles of Aviation Administration3
ATA A233Aviation Safety3
ATA A331Human Factors in Aviation3
ATA A335Airport Operations3
or ATP A305 Airplane Multiengine Land Rating
ATA A337Airline Operations3
ATP A100Private Pilot Ground School3
ATP A101Pre-Professional Flying *2
ATP A116Instrument Ground School3
ATP A126Instrument Flying2
ATP A200Commercial Ground School3
ATP A218Commercial Flying I *1.5
ATP A219Commercial Flying II *1.5
ATP A220Commercial Flying III *2
ATP A235Elements of Weather3
WRTG A212Writing and the Professions3
MATH A105Intermediate Algebra **3-4
or MATH A121 College Algebra for Managerial and Social Sciences
or MATH A151 College Algebra for Calculus
or MATH A152 Trigonometry
or MATH A251 Calculus I
or MATH A221 Applied Calculus for Managerial and Social Sciences
Natural Science Course with Lab **4
PHIL A101Introduction to Logic **3
or PHIL A201 Introduction to Philosophy
or PHIL A301 Ethics
Total Credits55-56

All flying courses require special documentation and departmental approval before registration.


May be used to fulfill the Associate of Applied Science General Course Requirements.

A total of 61 credits is required for the degree.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in instrument pilot and commercial pilot knowledge and flight skills.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of aviation law and regulations, and of the legal issues affecting the aviation industry.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the issues affecting aviation safety and safety management.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of aviation weather and of aviation weather services.