Professional Pilot

Train to become a professional pilot at the Northwest's premier flight instruction facility. Private Pilot, Instrument, and Commercial FAA ratings are all part of our degree program. Certified Flight Instructor and CFII courses are also offered on your way to becoming a pilot for a regional or major airline.

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Our next program info session for Professional Pilot is May 11 at 3 p.m. in the South Hill Campus. Come meet the instructors, see the classrooms, and learn how you can get started!

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You can start our professional pilot program any quarter.

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How Much It Costs

For program costs, visit the Tuition and Fees page.

Costs are estimated and are not guarantees.

You can learn more about financial aid and scholarships right here. Or view our full tuition & fees breakdown.

How Long It Takes

The length for degrees and certificates in the pilot program varies, depending on how long the student needs to fulfill the requirements.

All program lengths are estimates and are not guarantees.

Potential Careers

Graduates may find employment as commercial pilots or flight instructors. In Washington, median pay for commercial pilots is $68,600 per year.

Career pathway

This is not a guarantee of employment or a certain wage. Full career data available at

What You'll Learn

  • Student pilots will have the opportunity to fly our fleet of current and well maintained Cessna Aircraft while working on Private Pilot, Instrument, and Commercial Pilot FAA ratings.
  • Safe flying practices and aviation industry practices will be encouraged at all times during your flight training.
  • How to conduct appropriate pre-flight preparation that assesses current and forecast weather, predicted aircraft performance, loading and navigational requirements.
  • How to plan cross country flights in the national airspace system.
  • Knowledge of aircraft systems and instruments.
  • Our Pilot Program is co-located with our Aviation Maintenance Technician Program to allow additional learning opportunities.

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Stories About Our Professional Pilot Program

Preparing Students for Careers

After a friend of Chanelle Johnson’s completed the Advanced Composites Manufacturing Certificate, Johnson enrolled in the two-quarter program.

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Earning His Wings

Former Professional Pilot student is ready to earn his commercial pilot license.

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Teaching Excellence: An Aerial View

What faculty excellence means to Professional Pilot Instructor Marshall Collins.

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