Frequently Asked Questions
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What kind of degree will I earn and what can I do with it?
- Regardless of specialization, all aviation students earn a bachelor degree of science in technology. Flight Technology & Operations students are generally employed by airlines and corporations, but also in agriculture and recreational/sightseeing settings. They may also work in the areas of flight instruction, route planning and aerial photography or surveying. Aviation Management & Operations students find positions in such fields as the management of airports, general aviation and corporate facilities, sales management, marketing, purchasing and airline management. Students involved in our Aviation Engineering Technology program find employment with companies engaged in the manufacture or maintenance of aviation and aerospace components and vehicles.
What strengths or skills should I have to major in Aviation Studies?
- Prospective aviation students will find courses in physics, mathematics, communications, applied science and mathematics helpful in preparing for the program. A strong interest in all aspects of aviation is vital.
What if I already have certifications and have prior flight experience?
- Prospective and incoming students who have prior flight experience and/or certifications should contact the Aviation Studies Program at 419-372-2870 to determine how this prior experience will impact future study.
Do I start flying immediately when I enroll in the Aviation Studies Program?
- We prefer our Flight Technology and Operations students begin flight training on their initial flight rating as soon as possible. The sooner they begin flight training, the sooner they will complete the required flight ratings. Most freshmen students in our flight program complete their first solo flight within a couple months.
What flight certificates & ratings will I have by the time I graduate?
- To complete the Aviation Studies Program specializing in Flight Technology & Operations, the student will have to earn their private pilot certificate, instrument rating, multi-engine rating, and commercial pilot certificate.
What does flight training cost and is their financial aid available?
- To complete all flight ratings required for Flight Technology & Operations students, it will cost around $50,000 to $55,000 for the flight training. This amount is in line, or actually somewhat less expensive than most other university aviation programs or pilot training schools. Financial aid is available for all pilot ratings. Even though this seems like a great deal of money, the long term financial rewards of an airline pilot career are substantial.
What does the job market look like for commercial pilots?
- The job market looks extremely bright. The major airlines will begin mandatory retirement of pilots, which will create a shortage. U.S. airlines which require a 4-year bachelor degree will be looking to programs such as Bowling Green State University's Aviation Studies Program for many of their top prospects. It takes time to grow and develop a professional pilot. Starting this program now will put you in the best job market in years.
What can I expect form a career as a professional pilot?
- As a professional pilot, you will most likely fly for either a corporation or an airline. The large majority of professional pilots are well compensated for a job that is never the same day to day. Every flight has something new or different than the last one. The training required to become a professional pilot is fairly demanding - it is a very serious responsibility to fly a large group of people form point A to point B. It is not like learning to drive a car or truck. The training will be ongoing during your entire flying career.