The Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Science (Fixed Wing) combines flight training with academic preparation in the technical and managerial aspects of aviation — the skills and knowledge demanded by today's aviation industry. About two-thirds of airline pilots will retire in the coming years, and other areas of the aviation industry are also undersupplied with qualified applicants. In today's airlines, one in four pilots is an Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University graduate.
The advantage is clear: Entering the aviation job market with a degree from Embry-Riddle Prescott will ensure you are considered for the top jobs in the industry.
The program emphasizes the following skill sets in the education of its pilots:
- Leadership ability as demanded by today's leading aviation companies
- Decision-making aptitude to accurately and quickly assess situations and manage risk — skills that serve you well not just professionally, but in all aspects of life.
- Knowledge of effective resource management, human factors, and safety awareness that can be applied to many endeavors
- Critical thinking and problem-solving skills developed via computer simulations in aircraft performance, navigation, and aircraft systems operation
The program also offers options to enhance specific skills and customize your program through advanced flight training, including upset recovery; flight instructor and instrument flight instructor certificates; and familiarization training as a flight crew member in a jet transport aircraft. Students will receive flight ratings to include, Private, Instrument, commercial, etc.
The Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Science (Fixed Wing) degree is housed in the Department of Aeronautical Science in the College of Aviation.