Aviation Studies: Flight Technology and Operations program is part of the Department of Engineering Technologies
in the BGSU College of Technology, Architecture and Applied Engineering.

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Aviation Studies: Flight Technology and Operations

Students in the Flight Technology and Operations program are trained to become commercial pilots. With an on-campus airport within walking distance to residence halls, students can begin flying their freshman year.  

Upon graduation, students earn a Bachelor of Science in Aviation and an FAA private pilot certificate, FAA instrument rating, and FAA commercial pilot single engine and multi-engine certificates. Students also have the opportunity to earn flight instructor certificates and ratings while at BGSU.

Classroom Student Experiences

With an emphasis on hands-on learning, students take classes that blend flight training in aircraft with traditional classroom coursework. Students work closely with flight instructors who provide one-on-one mentorship during their flight training. Students also participate in a cooperative education experience to gain industry experience and begin to build a professional network.

Students take the majority of their classes the Bowling Green Flight Center, located on-campus at the Wood County Regional Airport. The Flight Center, which includes more than 20,000 square feet of hangar space, houses a fleet of 18 aircrafts, classrooms, flight instruction offices, a full-motion RedBird simulator and a FRASCA simulator.

Stand Out in courses like

  • Air Traffic Control and the National Airspace System
  • Safety Management Systems
  • Private Pilot Flight Instruction
  • Advanced Aerodynamics & Aircraft Performance


In addition to professional pilot training, students also study aircraft systems, crew concepts, management and administration.

The Bowling Green Flight Center is a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved part 141 flight school. The primary advantage of this is significantly less flight time needed to achieve a commercial pilot certificate. Part 141 flight schools have a strictly defined training environment. The BGSU flight training program has been designed for the career-minded pilot and offers a curriculum geared toward professionals. The FAA reviews curriculum on a regular basis, checking for consistency, continuity and acceptable flight training practices.


Aviation students can join the Aviation Learning Community where they can live with other aviation students in a residence hall located close to the airport.

The aviation program is fully accredited by The Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE).

Internships and Careers

Upon graduation, our students are employed as flight instructors, charter pilots and work in the recreation and sightseeing industry. After building flight time, our graduates pursue employment as a commercial pilots for airlines, air freight and cargo, charter operations, or corporate flight departments.

GO FAR in your career

  • Corporate Pilot
  • Airline Pilot
  • Flight Instructor
  • Charter Pilot

Demand for air travel is growing so rapidly that 800,000 new pilots are expected to be needed over the next 20 years, according to Boeing’s latest forecast

Learning Outcomes

The Flight Technology and Operations (FTO) specialization is designed to educate and train professional pilots. In addition to being trained as commercial pilots, the students also study general education subjects, aircraft systems, crew concepts, management, and administration.

Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in the Aviation Studies program are expected to:

  • Solve aviation-related problems using knowledge, skills, and aptitudes gained in the program to assure productive outcomes;
  • Maintain professional and social relationships with others in developing, conducting, and promoting safe aviation operations;

Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

The Aviation Studies program is accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE). For more information, click here.

Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The Aviation Studies, Flight Technology and Operations program, leads to professional licensure. For more information, click here.

Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

The Aviation Studies program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.  

* Job placement and salary information was compiled by the Office of Academic Assessment through the Graduation Survey from AY2015-2018. The data are gathered around the time of Commencement and a follow-up survey six months post Commencement. For the salary question, data for programs with fewer than fifteen responses are not included. Salaries for those programs are from the National Association of Colleges and Employers Summer 2019 Survey. For questions regarding the data, contact assessment@bgsu.edu.