Gain a larger perspective of the aviation industry, from making decisions to understanding your aircraft, as you train to become a pilot.

Professional Flight

More than a flight school, Purdue offers a bachelor’s degree in professional flight that provides you with a larger perspective of the aviation industry. Your classes range from how an airplane is built to decision-making in the airline industry. You will learn by flying in our state-of-art fleet and matching simulators, and from aviation professionals with significant industry experience.

The School of Aviation and Transportation Technology encourages you to obtain the highest level of medical and student certificates possible during your time at Purdue.

Special Features


What can I do?

Flight instructor
Executive pilot
Airline captain
Professional pilot

Where can I go?

United Airlines
American Airlines
There are infinite opportunities to do things beyond classwork. The flight program has more to offer than just the skills it takes to be a pilot. There are hidden gems – fly a glider or fly along on the jet. It’s unique having our own airport and the amenities of a big university.
Sebastian Andrade
Professional Flight

What to expect in Professional Flight

Core courses

AT 10000 Introduction To Aviation and Transportation Technology
AT 10200 Aviation Business
AT 14400 Private Pilot Lectures
AT 14500 Private Pilot Flight
AT 10300 Aerospace Vehicle Propulsion And Tracking Systems
AT 24300 Commercial Flight I
AT 20200 Aerospace Vehicle Systems Design, Analysis and Operations
AT 20300 Aviation Operations Management
AT 21000 Ground Trainer I
AT 22300 Human Factors For Flight Crews
AT 24800 Commercial Flight II
AT 24900 Instrument Flight Lectures
AT 21100 Ground Trainer II
AT 25300 Instrument Flight
AT 25400 Commercial Flight Lectures
AT 35300 Multi-Engine Flight
AT 35400 Turbine Flight Operations Lecture
AT 32700 Advanced Transport Flight Operations
AT 38800 Large Aircraft Systems
AT 39500 Turbine Aircraft Simulation Laboratory
AT 32501 Advanced Aviation Meteorology
AT 47500 Aviation Law
AT 39600 Turbine Aircraft Flight Laboratory
AT 41600 Airline Indoctrination
AT 48700 Transport Aircraft Simulation Laboratory
AT 49800 Aviation and Transportation Technology Capstone

What it's like to be a TECHIE!

The Polytechnic learning environment

Our learning experience is designed to produce graduates who not only have deep knowledge, applied skills, and experiences in their chosen discipline, but also problem solving, critical thinking, communications, and leadership skills sought by industries and communities.

About the department

The School of Aviation and Transportation Technology is focused on providing the education and skills necessary to create and build airworthy machines, manage all facets of the aviation industry, and safely pilot aircraft for a variety of consumers. Research projects touch on the same topics as well as NextGen aviation challenges, alternative aviation fuel and general aviation issues.

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