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Professional Flight Program

Take to the skies in our planes or practice in our simulators as you prepare for a career as a commercial, corporate or charter pilot.

Majors in this degree program

Major Name Location:
Professional Flight West Lafayette


AABIAABI: The Professional Flight Program at Purdue University is accredited by the Aviation Accreditation Board International.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Professional Flight program is to prepare the next generation of professional pilots and leaders in flight operations.

Program Educational Objectives

Effectively apply technical knowledge, problem-solving techniques, and hands-on skills in traditional and emerging areas of flight operations.

Be active and effective participants in ongoing professional development, professional growth, and increasing professional responsibility.

Effectively communicate ideas to technical and non-technical people.

Work effectively in teams.

Work within the accepted standards of professionalism.

The Aviation Technology program graduate:

Is an aviation professional with:

  • An understanding of aviation as an integrated transportation system,
  • a broad based knowledge of the aviation industry.
  • a firm grasp of transport category aircraft systems and operations and air traffic control procedures.
  • a complete comprehension of related technical fields such as meteorology, advanced navigation, and crew resource management.

Has developed and demonstrated:

  • The ability to think clearly and analytically.
  • Effective skills in communication, leadership and organization

Student Outcomes

The Professional Flight program graduate…..

A.      Is an aviation professional with a thorough understanding of professional certification and career management.
B.      Demonstrates a broad-based knowledge of the aviation industry as an integrated transportation system.
C.      Demonstrates an understanding of aircraft performance and design, systems, operations, and maintenance.
D.     Demonstrates an understanding of aviation safety and human factors.
E.      Demonstrates knowledge of safe operations within the international airport, airspace, and air traffic management system.
F.      Demonstrates an understanding of national and international aviation law, regulation, and labor issues.
G.     Demonstrates an understanding of meteorology and environmental issues.
H.     Demonstrates the ability to think clearly and analytically.
I.      Demonstrates effective skills in communication, leadership, and organization.
J.      Is prepared to compete in a number of flight-related occupational areas within the aerospace industry.
K.     May be eligible for appropriate levels of Federal Aviation Administration certification.

Enrollment Trends

  2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020
West Lafayette 268 247 243 221 223 209 216 218 236 268 278 287

Number of Graduates

  2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020
West Lafayette 12 37 55 61 56

Enrollment Trends and Number of Graduates data is sourced from Purdue’s Office of Enrollment Management's Data Digest.

Placement Data*

Number of Graduates Percent of Grads Reported Placement Rate Continuing Education Average Salary
35 82.9% 89.7% 5 $50,033