BS Aviation - Professional Flight

The Professional Flight option is designed for those students who wish to obtain basic and advanced pilot ratings with the overall goal of working as a professional pilot. These ratings are earned in conjunction with earning a Bachelor's degree in Aviation. In this option, students acquire a strong foundation of the technical aspects of aviation in their coursework, while simultaneously earning FAA ratings through flight activities. All flight activities are conducted at affiliated FAA approved flight schools in the San Jose area.

Graduates of the BS in Aviation with an option in Professional Flight will be able to:

  1. Earn an FAA Private Pilot certificate, and Instrument rating, and a Commercial Pilot rating
  2. Describe the aerodynamic forces involved in an airplane in flight
  3. Analyze Meteorology and environmental issues related to aviation operation
  4. Understand the nature and sources of law and legal problems encountered by managers
  5. Describe aircraft communication systems including aircraft antennas, voice systems, satellite, UHF, VHF
  6. Utilize navigation concepts and fundamentals.
  7. Select and operate computer devices and navigation systems.
  8. Describe the air traffic control system and relationships between en route, terminal, tower, and flight service functions
  9. Demonstrate an understanding of instrument flight techniques
  10. Analyze the current structure of the aviation industry including general aviation, the airlines, corporate aviation, airports, original equipment manufacturers (OEMS), and manufacturers
  11. Describe the impact of limited airspace and airport capacity on the growth of the aviation industry

General Education

  • Of the 51 units required by the university, 24 may be satisfied by specified major and support requirements. Consult major advisor for details.

Preparation for the Major

Aviation Core

Professional Flight Option

BS in Aviation: Option in Professional Flight -- Additional Program Information

If you have any questions about our Professional Flight program, please email professor Daniel Neal at daniel.neal@sjsu.edu