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Frequently Asked Questions About the Aviation Program

Page address: http://ed.mnsu.edu/aviation/faqs.html

 

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What Aviation programs and degrees are offered at Minnesota State Mankato?

The Aviation Program offers a 4 year Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation with a concentration in Professional Flight or a concentration in Aviation Management. The Professional Flight program is centered on those courses which prepare the student to be a commercial pilot whether in the airlines, a corporation, or the government. Aviation Management concentrates on preparing a student for a career in the wider aviation community not involved in piloting an aircraft such as airline management, airport management, air traffic control, and manufacturing.

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Do I start flying immediately when I enroll in the Aviation Program?

Yes, we prefer you begin flight training on your initial flight rating as soon as possible. The sooner you begin flight training, the sooner you will complete the required flight ratings.

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What Flight Ratings will you have when you graduate?

To complete the Aviation degree  in Professional Flight, the student will have their Private Pilot, Instrument, Multi-Engine, Commercial Flight ratings, and all three Flight Instructor ratings as well. These ratings allow them, while still a student themselves, to flight instruct newer students in the program.  Flight Instructors build important flight hours and get paid for it, while still being a student.

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Who provides the flight training for the Aviation Program?

Minnesota State Mankato contracts with North Star Aviation to provide flight instruction for the aviation professional flight students. They provide the airplanes (3 different models) and the full-motion simulators.  The majority of their flight instructors are former Minnesota State Mankato students. Flight evaluations are conducted by the FAA with the proper pilot certificate issued at the successful completion of the checkride.

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What does flight training cost and is financial aid available for this?

Flight training costs may be found under Flight Training Resources, FAR Part 141 Training Fees, click here. For information about financial aid for flight training, click here.

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What does the job market look like for commercial airline 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 the Minnesota State Mankato Aviation 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.

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Can I go into the military and fly?

Yes, you can go into the military. We have had graduates successfully become Navy and Army pilots. Becoming a military pilot, especially in the Air Force is extremely competitive so if this is your goal, you must start working on it early in your education.  We have also had good success getting students selected for pilot training with the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserves.

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Are there any University sponsored organizations I can be a part of?

Yes. We have the Aviation Club, Women in Aviation, and Alpha Eta Rho. Each of these clubs are open to all aviation students. The Women in Aviation and Alpha Eta Rho organizations have national affiliation. Those students who become active in these organizations tend to do better and have more fun during the four years they are here. One major benefit of being part of these organizations is the network you begin building for the rest of your career. We also have a Flight Team which competes in competitions between other college flight programs.

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What can I expect from 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 thing to fly a large group of people from point A to point B. It is not like learning to drive a car or truck. The training will be on-going during your entire flying career.

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Why come to the Minnesota State Mankato Aviation Program?

The Minnesota State Mankato Aviation Program will offer you the same or better training, both flight and classroom, than more well-known aviation universities provide. All our instructors and professors are very experienced in the airlines, military, corporate flying, and many of the areas of aviation management.  We are very capable at assisting the student 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 graduates to be more successful as they move into the aviation working world.

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For more information about the Minnesota State Mankato Aviation Program, contact the Department at 507-389-6116, or email aviation@mnsu.edu.