Flight Technology and Operations
The Flight Technology and Operations (FTO) specialization prepares the student for a career as a commercial pilot for the airlines, air cargo companies, corporate or business operations, and numerous general aviation positions such as agriculture, flight training, charter, air freight, and sightseeing. Flight and ground instruction is accomplished in strict accordance with the Federal Aviation Administration's part 141 regulations.
Students can begin flying as early as first semester of their freshman year if flight slots are available and if they have made arrangements to fund the laboratory fees. Students who choose to pursue the FTO specialization can expect to spend as much as $50,000 in addition to regular University tuition and fees. Loans, grants and scholarships are available to help meet the cost of flight training. Despite the additional cost, FTO majors say the program is “worth every penny,” based on the challenges and personal rewards they experience in the FTO program.
Upon successful completion of the FTO specialization, the student will hold a commercial pilot certificate with single and multi-engine land instrument rating. Flight instructor certifications for single engine, multi-engine, and instrument are also available.