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Aerospace, Professional Pilot Concentration, B.S.

MTSU has a rich history of teaching students to fly, dating back to WWII when flight training took place right on campus. Today, graduates from the Professional Pilot program fly for every major US airline, at dozens of regional airlines, and for corporations and government agencies. To prepare for these opportunities, Pro Pilot students must complete flight operations coursework and achieve pilot certification up to and including the Commercial Multi-engine Certificate with an Instrument Rating. Students receive extensive experience in all aspects of the flight environment, culminating in a turbine aircraft transition course. Graduates must demonstrate proficiency in aircraft systems operation, determination of aircraft performance parameters, navigation, communication, and airport operations. MTSU trains in state-of-the-art aircraft with "glass" (computerized) flight decks and an innovative, scenario-based curriculum. This MTSU curriculum is FAA approved under 14 CFR Part 141, and allows students to be trained to proficiency instead of requiring minimum flight times. MTSU's Professional Pilot curriculum has been recognized by the FAA so that graduates may receive credit up to 500 flight hours toward the Restricted Airline Transport Pilot certificate.

The mission of the Professional Pilot Concentration is to prepare our students to become the leaders of the next generation of aerospace professionals by developing the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for successful careers in aerospace.

If you live in one of these states: MS SC VA WV; you may be able to attend MTSU at in-state rates under the Academic Common Market program.

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Delta partnership guides MTSU student pilots, alumni to airline careers

MTSU's partnership with Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines will not only be a boon for the Department of Aerospace's professional pilot majors, including student veterans, but also for prospective students, the department's growth and potentially Delta's major hubs in Nashville, Atlanta and Cincinnati. The Collegiate Pilot Career Path application process begins in August. Successful candidates will be provided a "qualified job offer," detailing a defined path and an accelerated timeline to become a Delta pilot. Steve Dickson, Delta's senior vice president-flight operations, said the airline "conducted several years of research to create a pilot outreach and pathway program that will inspire and attract the next generation of high-quality talent." Students with the qualified job offer will receive an advanced engagement opportunity to immerse themselves in the Delta culture on and off-campus, including having a Delta pilot as a mentor for the duration of their training and career, plus a financial assistance opportunity in the form of a guaranteed, interest-free loan to complete their flight training.

MTSU aerospace lands in Wisconsin for "World's Greatest Aviation Celebration"

Each year, students in the MTSU Department of Aerospace make a pilgrimage to EAA AirVenture, the massive convention and fly-in for the Experimental Aircraft Association. Aerospace alumni from across the country, many working for the nation's top airlines and aviation companies, stop by the MTSU tent, as well as several prospective students. "This is the world's largest aviation event and we're thrilled to showcase what MTSU has to offer prospective students and all aviation enthusiasts," said Bud Fischer, dean of the College of Basic and Applied Sciences that houses the Aerospace Department. Wittman Regional Airport at EAA AirVenture becomes the world's busiest airport during this event, as more than 10,000 aircraft make the annual journey. AirVenture features displays from the military, aviation corporations and almost every type of aircraft imaginable. A team of about 10 students, recent graduates and flight instructors plant True Blue flags and a giant tent with the Aerospace logo in a corner of the AirVenture grounds.

News Briefs

Delta partnership guides MTSU student pilots, alumni to airline careers

MTSU's partnership with Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines will not only be a boon for the Department of Aerospace's professional pilot majors, including student veterans, but also for prospective students, the department's growth and potentially Delta's major hubs in Nashville, Atlanta and Cincinnati. The Collegiate Pilot Career Path application process begins in August. Successful candidates will be provided a "qualified job offer," detailing a defined path and an accelerated timeline to become a Delta pilot. Steve Dickson, Delta's senior vice president-flight operations, said the airline "conducted several years of research to create a pilot outreach and pathway program that will inspire and attract the next generation of high-quality talent." Students with the qualified job offer will receive an advanced engagement opportunity to immerse themselves in the Delta culture on and off-campus, including having a Delta pilot as a mentor for the duration of their training and career, plus a financial assistance opportunity in the form of a guaranteed, interest-free loan to complete their flight training.

MTSU aerospace lands in Wisconsin for "World's Greatest Aviation Celebration"

Each year, students in the MTSU Department of Aerospace make a pilgrimage to EAA AirVenture, the massive convention and fly-in for the Experimental Aircraft Association. Aerospace alumni from across the country, many working for the nation's top airlines and aviation companies, stop by the MTSU tent, as well as several prospective students. "This is the world's largest aviation event and we're thrilled to showcase what MTSU has to offer prospective students and all aviation enthusiasts," said Bud Fischer, dean of the College of Basic and Applied Sciences that houses the Aerospace Department. Wittman Regional Airport at EAA AirVenture becomes the world's busiest airport during this event, as more than 10,000 aircraft make the annual journey. AirVenture features displays from the military, aviation corporations and almost every type of aircraft imaginable. A team of about 10 students, recent graduates and flight instructors plant True Blue flags and a giant tent with the Aerospace logo in a corner of the AirVenture grounds.

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CAREERS

Employers the world over recognize MTSU's Professional Pilot program under the Aerospace major as an elite program that produces the highest caliber graduates. Examples of career options include

  • Air carrier pilot (regional or major)
  • Air freight/cargo pilot
  • Air taxi or charter pilot
  • Corporate pilot
  • Instructor pilot
  • Military pilot

Employers of MTSU Alumni include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Abel Aviation and Air Ambulance Inc. – Fort Pierce, FL
  • Airborne Express – Seattle, WA
  • AirTran Airways – Orlando, FL
  • American Airlines – Fort Worth, TX
  • American Eagle Airlines – Fort Worth, TX
  • Corporate Air Fleet – Nashville, TN
  • Corporate Flight Management – Smyrna, TN
  • Delta Airlines – Atlanta, GA
  • Federal Aviation Administration – Washington, DC
  • FedEx Express – Memphis, TN
  • Florida Division of Aeronautics – Tallahassee, FL
  • Gemini Air Cargo – Dulles, VA
  • Great Lakes Airlines – Cheyenne, WY
  • Hawaiian Airlines – Honolulu, HI
  • Horizon Airlines – Seattle, WA
  • Jet Solutions – Richardson, TX
  • Kalitta Flying Services – Morristown, TN
  • MetroJet – Hong Kong
  • Middle Tennessee State University – Murfreesboro, TN
  • Provincetown-Boston Airlines – Provincetown, MA
  • Republic Airways – Indianapolis, IN
  • Sky Night Aviation – Greeneville, TN
  • SkyWest Airlines – St. George, UT
  • Sol Air – Metlakatla, AK
  • Southwest Airlines – Dallas, TX
  • Tennessee Division of Aeronautics – Nashville, TN
  • Thai Airways – Los Angeles, CA
  • The University of Tennessee Space Institute – Tullahoma, TN
  • United Airlines – Chicago, IL
  • United Parcel Service (UPS) – Atlanta, GA
  • United States Air Force
  • United States Army
  • United States Coast Guard
  • United States Department of Transportation
  • United States Marine Corps
  • United States Navy

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