Frequently Asked Questions
BGSU Aviation offers both flight and classroom education. We are one of only two universities in the nation with an on-campus airport, which is only a short walk or bus ride away from the residence halls. Our faculty members have a great deal of experience as pilots in the airlines, military, and corporate flight departments, as well as many management areas of aviation. We are very capable of helping our students make the transition from the training environment to the working world of aviation. Our experience with airline resumes, airline interviews, and airline type training will prepare our graduates to be successful as they move into their aviation careers.
Yes, we will have you in a plane the first week you are on campus. We prefer you begin flight training as soon as possible so you are able to complete your degree in four years.
Upon graduation, our students will have their Instrument Rating and Commercial Multi-Engine and Single Engine certificates. The majority of our students also choose to become flight instructors (elective). Flight instructors build important flight hours and get paid for it.
As of January 1, 2014, Bowling Green Flight Center (BGFC), a private company, is now providing the flight training for BGSU. BGSU is still handling all the academics.
There is an additional charge of approximately $55,000 to $60,000 for the required flight courses at BGSU. This amount is comparable with most other university aviation programs or pilot training schools. Even though this seems like a great deal of money, the long term financial rewards as an airline pilot are substantial. Financial aid is available.
The job market looks extremely bright. There is going to be an extreme shortage of pilots in the future. According to Boeing, there will be a need for more than 500,000 new airline pilots in the next 20 years. Airlines that require a 4 year bachelor’s degree will be looking to programs such as BGSU Aviation for many of their top prospects. It takes time to grow and develop a professional pilot. Because of this shortage, now is the best time to become a pilot!
Yes, you can go into the military. We have had graduates successfully become Navy, Army, and Air Force pilots. We have also had graduates join the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserves. Becoming a military pilot, especially in the Air Force, is extremely competitive. If this is your goal, you must start working on it early in your flight education.
Yes, we have Alpha Eta Rho, The Falcon Flight Team, and the Aviation Ambassadors. Students who become active in these organizations tend to be more successful academically, and have more fun during their time at BGSU. One major benefit of being part of these organizations is the network you begin building for the rest of your aviation career.
As a professional pilot you can expect to fly for an airline, corporate flight department, or charter company. The majority of professional pilots are very well compensated. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average airline pilot earns $114,200 per year. The training to become a professional pilot is rigorous and requires your full attention. It is a very serious thing to fly a large group of people across the nation or internationally. The training will be on-going during your entire aviation career.