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Aviation Flight

SIU Aviation Flight Students in flight over Southern Illinois

Watch your career take off with our Aviation Flight program!

If you want to be a professional pilot, start here. You can earn your associate’s in aviation science (AAS) degree, or you can fold this program into the Aviation Management  or Technologies bachelor’s degree programs. You’ll begin flight training your first semester.

Graduates armed with an associate's degree from SIU find themselves working as pilots for airlines, the charter industry, government, corporate flight, air ambulance, cargo and freight, and aerial survey.

Associate Degree

The (AAS) in Aviation Flight (AF) prepares students for careers as professional pilots. Students in the AF degree begin their flight training in their first semester and may begin working as Certified Flight Instructors (CFI) in the program by their senior year.

Approximately 80% of students in the Associate of Applied Science degree program complete the Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Management as a 2 + 2 arrangement - getting both the AAS and the BS degrees in a four-year period.

Southern Illinois Airport & TEC

Southern Illinois Airport ranks as one of the busiest airports in the State of Illinois. As a full-service facility, the airport provides three lighted all-weather runways and an array of aircraft and pilot services. Sufficient land is also available at the airport for the development of additional aviation-related enterprises.

The Transportation Education Center is home to the Aviation Flight Program and includes multiple classrooms, individual instructor offices, simulator training labs, and more. Located among the hills and lakes of beautiful southern Illinois, the airport is continually upgrading its facilities to ensure that it meets the needs of aviation users well into the future.


The Southern Illinois University Aviation Flight program is proud to be accredited by the Aviation Accreditation Board International.

Aviation Accreditation Board International
115 S. 8th Street - Suite 102
Opelika, AL 36801


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