Aviation Science minor

Over 2.2 million passengers board airplanes every day traveling to destinations to visit family, work, vacation and discover new cultures. Pilots and flight crews are just some of the people who help ensure travelers arrive safely at more than 19,000 airports throughout the world. Combine your interests of travel and service when you prepare for a career in aviation science and enjoy the view from your classroom 35,000 feet up in the sky.

About the Aviation Science minor

Carroll University’s Aviation Science minor allows you to gain the knowledge and practical experience needed to test for a pilot certificate while studying your major of choice. With an increasing need to fill a variety of career opportunities in aviation, the time has never been better to see where your wings will take you. You’ll study aviation history, aeronautical science, governmental regulations and meteorology as you learn what it takes to fly a plane. Through this program, you’ll have opportunities to complete pilot certification training at the recreational, private and commercial levels. Our students spend time in the classroom and at the airport working with qualified instructors to learn how to operate an aircraft safely.

Regardless of your major, the critical thinking skills and self-confidence you’ll develop in flight school will pay off throughout your life. This program is offered through a partnership between Carroll University and Spring City Aviation at the nearby Waukesha County Airport. The aviation science minor fits nicely with majors including mathematics, applied physics, business and history.

Aviation Science entry requirements

Work toward one of three pilot certificates as you begin your instructional training:

Light Sport Pilot Certificate

Train for a minimum of 20 hours. Operators may carry a passenger, but may not fly at night and are limited to flying lighter and lower-powered aircrafts at low altitudes in their local area.

Recreational Pilot Certificate

Train for a minimum of 30 hours. Operators may carry a passenger, but may not fly at night and are limited to flights less than 50 nautical miles from their departure airport.

Private Pilot Certificate

Train for a minimum of 40 hours. Operators may carry passengers and fly at night from controlled airports, but cannot be compensated for pilot services.

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