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Accreditation

The Southern Illinois University Aviation Flight program is proud to be accredited by the Aviation Accreditation Board International. As of February 22, 2019, the Aviation Flight Program is accredited through February 29, 2024.

The Southern Illinois University Aviation Flight program is proud to be certified through the Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) to operate our "Pilot School." View our Certificate.

 

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Mission

The mission of SIU’s Aviation Flight Program is to provide comprehensive flight education to prepare professional pilots to meet the current and future demands of the aviation industry. The Aviation Flight program has two goals: 

  1. To produce graduates who are prepared to acquire entry-level pilot positions within the aviation industry.
  2. To provide graduates the opportunity to pursue the Restricted Airline Transport Pilot certificate.

Curriculum

The curriculum of the program is continuously updated to ensure that we meet these goals. Further, the program annually assesses student performance to ensure that program graduates meet the certain outcomes. We expect that graduates of our program will 

  1. be able to apply relevant aeronautical knowledge and skills in planning and conducting safe flights as an instrument-rated Commercial Pilot.
  2. demonstrate the ability to communicate clearly.
  3. exercise effective aeronautical decision making while planning and conducting single pilot flight operations.
  4. demonstrate the ability to engage in team-based work activities involving multi-disciplinary and diverse groups.
  5. demonstrate the ability to apply knowledge of contemporary aviation issues to professional practice.
  6. recognize the need for and engage in life-long learning.
  7. possess either the multi-engine rating or the Flight Instructor Certificate.

Rate of Graduation from Southern Illinois University's AAS in Aviation Flight

Graduation Rates—AAS in Aviation Flight
New Freshmen: Semester/Year New Freshmen: Number AAS Degrees Granted: Semesters AAS Degrees Granted: Number Graduation Rate

FALL 2020

87

F23/SP24/SU24

N/A

N/A

FALL 2019

73

F22/SP23/SU23

N/A

N/A

FALL 2018

45

F21/SP22/SU22

N/A

N/A

FALL 2017

 

60

F20/SP21/SU21

28

47%

FALL 2016

63

F19/SP20/SU20

27

42%

FALL 2015

78

F18/SP19/SU19

44

56%

FALL 2014

84

F17/SP18/SU18

41

48%

FALL 2013

77

F16/SP17/SU17

44

57%

FALL 2012

74

F15/SP16/SU16

30

40%

Student Outcomes

Assessment of the student learning outcomes is accomplished using the measures listed below

*A minimum expectation for satisfactory performance on each of the measures is set by the course instructor and data are collected on a per semester basis by the individual course instructors and/or the Assessment Coordinator. Results are then collated and analyzed by Assessment Coordinator. The outcome of that analysis is shared with program faculty and the Office of Assessment and Program Review on an annual basis. If resources are needed to improve outcomes, those requests are made to the appropriate individuals.

Assessment of the student learning outcomes is accomplished

Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes
Student Learning Outcome Measures Utilized

Be able to apply relevant aeronautical knowledge and skills in planning and conducting safe flights as an instrument-rated Commercial Pilot.

  • AF205 project
  • FAA Instrument Rating Knowledge Test, Graduation Checkride performance
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Knowledge Test, Graduation Checkride performance, In-Flight Avionics Use
  • In-Flight Avionics Use

Demonstrate the ability to communicate clearly.

  • AF 211/311 Weather Case Analysis project presentation (oral)
  • AF 210 Final Project (written)

Exercise effective aeronautical decision making while planning and conducting single pilot flight operations.

  • AF207B In-Flight Decision Making
  • AF300B In-Flight Decision Making

Demonstrate the ability to engage in team-based work activities involving multi-disciplinary and diverse groups.

  • AF 211/311 Weather Case Analysis project

Demonstrate the ability to apply knowledge of contemporary aviation issues to professional practice.

  • UCOL101 Journal assignment
  • AF200 Labor Issues Term Paper
  • AF205 Writing assignment

Recognize the need for and engage in life-long learning.

  • AF 210 Final Project Paper

Possess either the Multi-Engine rating or the Flight Instructor Certificate.

  • AF 207B Graduation Checkride performance
  • AF 300B Graduation Checkride performance
  • FAA Flight Instructor Airplane (FIA) Knowledge Test Results
  • FAA Fundamentals of Instruction (FOI) Knowledge Test Results

Rates and types of employment of graduates: AAS in Aviation Flight

Academic Year Total # Graduates Responding # Graduates # Employed (Aviation) # Employed (Non-Aviation) # Further Education # Military # Unemployed % Gainfully Occupied
2019-20 42 31 29 2 0 0 0 100%
2018-19 41

36

34 1 1 0 0 100%
2017-18 38 35 30 1 2 2 0 100%
2016-17 40 38 37 1 0 0 0 100%
2015-16 31 28 25 1 0 2 0 100%

Employers

Companies, organizations, institutions, and others immediately hiring our recent graduates include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • US Air Force
  • Southern Illinois University
  • Envoy
  • Sonoma Jet Center
  • US Army
  • Rural King
  • Endeavor
  • Desert Jet
  • US Navy
  • United
  • SkyWest
  • Omni Air International
  • Surdex
  • Delta
  • Saudi Arabian Airlines
  • Keystone Aviation
  • Sandhills Aviation
  • ExpressJet
  • Air Wisconsin
  • Illinois Aviation Academy