Aspiring aviators often think they have to attend a large, expensive, out-of-state aeronautical university to earn an aviation degree. Pilots are in high demand among the U.S. Air Force and the airlines, which means many options for potential pilots. In as little as 18 credit hours, students earning an aviation minor at NGU can become certified to fly single-engine planes.
Located at Greenville’s Downtown Airport (GMU), US AeroFlight (https://usaeroflight.net/flight-school/) is South Carolina Upstate hometown flight instruction service. US AeroFlight has 11 instructors with thousands of combined flying hours who each specialize in training future aviators. Here are five things to know which will help you consider if an aviation minor is right for you.
- You start flying right away
Flight instructors want to familiarize their students with how an aircraft is operated by demonstration. That means that little instruction is done in a typical classroom setting. Before you know it, the controls will be in your hands. Upon completion of this minor, students will have completed at least 190 hours of flight time in single and twin-engine aircraft.
2. You can work on your own time
Although the US AeroFlight program is scheduled, student pilots have flexibility when it comes to building their flying hours. The aviation minor only requires three credits per semester. After 12 credit hours, students will earn their Instrument Rating certificate. After 18 credit hours, students will earn their Commercial Pilot Certification.
3. You, too can become a flight instructor
After becoming a certified commercial pilot, students can opt to take flight instruction courses. Once certified, these students can begin instructing other beginner pilots. This certification is another way pilots can earn money while they are accruing their flying hours.
4. You’ll be training with several aircraft types
US AeroFlight has a fleet of safe, modern aircraft at Greenville Downtown Airport. Their fleet includes: Cessna 140, Cessna 172 Skyhawk, Cessna 310Q, Diamond DA-20, and Beech Sierra 200. These aircraft are rented to pilots at a “wet rate” which allows student pilots to use them outside the requirement for their aviation degree.
5. You’ll be highly recruitable
There are dozens of commercial airlines in the United States alone. Regional airlines, in particular, are desperately in need of qualified, professional pilots. Students can also become cargo, private or military aviators. The skills students learn with an aviation minor are highly transferrable within the aviation industry.
If you’re ready to diversify your skill set and be part of a close-knit community, consider minoring in aviation at NGU. For more information about the program, visit ngu.edu/aviation.
Written by Office of Marketing and Communications Intern Carson Myers.