About this Program

Our Bachelor of Science in Aviation Flight Technology prepares graduates for a career as a professional pilot. The curriculum includes specialized courses in aircraft systems, automation, human factors, weather, industry regulations and crew resource management.

Through this program, you will earn your private pilot, commercial pilot, and certified flight instructor certificates. You will also earn your instrument, complex, high-performance, and multi-engine ratings.

EMU, with it’s flight school partner Eagle Flight Centre, is authorized by the Federal Aviation Administration to certify graduates as eligible to apply for the restricted Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate. This lets our graduates apply for an ATP with only 1,000 hours of flight time, as opposed to the standard requirement of 1,500 hours.

There are additional steps you must take in order to get started in the Aviation Flight Technology program. You will find these additional steps in the Aviation Flight Technology Packet [PDF]. This packet includes everything you will need to know to get started.

The Eastern Difference

  • Location

    Located in the heart of Michigan's aviation industry, Eastern Michigan University is next door to the major aviation hubs at Detroit Metro Airport and the Willow Run Airport. This proximity allows Flight and Management students to jump-start their careers and seek industry employment while still attending school. Students also have greater access to airlines, corporate operations, and cargo flight companies after graduation.
  • State-of-the-Art Equipment

    EMU flight training is conducted at the Eagle Flight Centre. Located on the historic Willow Run Airport, the Eagle Flight Centre is just a ten-minute drive from EMU’s main campus. Our fleet is comprised of several new Cessna 172SP Skyhawks, two complex Cessna 172RGs, and a multi-engine Piper Seminole. The Cessna Skyhawk aircraft are equipped with state-of-the-art, Garmin G1000 glass cockpit avionics.

    You will sharpen your skills on an advanced FRASCA Mentor simulator, reducing the cost of flight training and allowing you to learn emergency situations and system logic in a safe and reliable environment.

  • Venture Learning Program

    An added benefit to studying aviation at EMU is that you may expand your horizons and rent the Eagle Flight Centre’s aircraft outside of class. You may also participate in our “Venture Learning Program.” These cross-country flight training trips will take you to Venice, Florida; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; and beyond. You will gain valuable experience flying extended routes, into different airfields, through varying flight conditions. 
  • Pathway Programs

    Because of our Pathway Agreements with major regional and charter carriers, we have a 98% placement rate for all graduates since 2001.

    Air Force, Army, Navy, and Marine Corps ROTC programs are available for students interested in military careers.

    So many great reasons to choose EMU for your aviation education! 

Getting Started

In order to get started we highly recommend scheduling a visit with an enrollment coordinator. The enrollment coordinator will walk you through the process of becoming a professional pilot as well as showing you around our facilities at Eagle Flight Centre.

  1. Review the Aviation Flight Technology Packet [PDF].
  2. Complete your Flight Medical Certificate [PDF].
  3. Complete your Application Expressing Aviation Flight Technology Major Intent.
  4. Receive your Aviation Program acceptance email.
  5. Complete an enrollment online (link provided in the acceptance email.
  6. Complete EMU Orientation.

Before scheduling orientation, you are required to schedule an enrollment appointment with the Eagle Flight Centre. Not scheduling an enrollment appointment before attending Orientation will delay your ability to register for aviation flight courses. Please complete the aviation flight technology packet checklist before scheduling an enrollment appointment.

Transfer Policies

You may transfer in a Private Pilot Certificate. Please review the transfer policy [PDF] regarding transfer policies. If you have any questions, please contact the program coordinator.

For questions regarding the Eagle Flight Centre, contact 734.481.3000.

At a Glance

  • Number of credits: 77-79 hours



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Aviation Program Office

122 Sill Hall

Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197

734.487.1161 | [email protected]