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Become a Professional Pilot at BGSU Aviation!

With state of the art technology, highly skilled instructors, and a well-maintained fleet of Piper aircraft, BGSU Aviation is the perfect place to become a Professional Pilot! Since 1978, BGSU Aviation has been Ohio's premier flight training school. We offer Bachelor of Science in Aviation degrees in Flight Technology and Operations, Aviation Management, and Aviation Engineering Technology, which you can learn more about here. We are proud to say that our graduates work as airline pilots, corporate pilots, and airport managers, just to name a few. Interested in knowing why BGSU Aviation is the right choice for you? Check out our What Sets Us Apart page!

Fleet Information


Our fleet consists of 14 aircraft maintained to meet and exceed FAA standards, a full-motion RedBird simulator and a FRASCA simulator. Learn more about BGSU's flight training aircraft and simulators here

Class sizes


With class sizes of no more than 30 students, you're never just a number. Each Flight Technology & Operations (FTO) student is assigned a flight instructor at the beginning of each semester so you're able to get the one on one attention that you need to succeed!

Airport Location


BGSU is one of only two universities in the United States that has an airport on main campus. The Wood County Regional Airport is only a short walk/free shuttle ride from the residence halls, making getting to your flight slot or ground class hassle-free. Learn more about the Wood County Regional Airport here


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Learning Outcomes

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;

Accreditation and/or Program/Cluster

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.

Professional Licensure (If applicable)

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.

Gainful Employment (If applicable)

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.   


Aviation Engineering Technology
Aviation Management Operations
Flight Technology and Operations

Aviation Studies offers a bachelor degree program in three specialization areas including Aviation Engineering Technology, Aviation Management and Operations, and Flight Technology and Operations.

The Aviation Engineering Technology (AET) specialization prepares students to become industry leaders in aerospace and aircraft manufacturing, as well as at aviation consulting firms, engineering firms, airlines, and in other technical sectors of the aerospace industry which focus on the manufacture, design, production, and testing of aerospace materials and vehicles.

The Aviation Management & Operations (AMO) specialization focuses on the business aspects of the aviation industry with coursework covering law, air traffic control regulations, construction, planning design, public relations, accounting and economics.

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.