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The Flight Department offers training necessary to complete the certificate programs, both in Airplane (fixed-wing) and Rotorcraft (helicopter) aircraft. Individual certificates and ratings also are offered to meet the specific needs of students, including certificates in Instrument Pilot (Airplane), Multi-Engine Pilot (Airplane), Commercial Pilot (Airplane, Helicopter), Certified Flight Instructor (Airplane, Helicopter), and Airline Transport Pilot. Graduates possess the skills to succeed as aviators, managers, and leaders in the aviation industry.

The Flight Department also supports the Department of Aviation Science and Management by offering flight training necessary to complete the Bachelor of Science in Aviation Science and Management with a track in Professional Flight. Completion of the Bachelor of Science in Aviation Science and Management with a track in Professional Flight requires the successful completion of 120 semester hours of credit as prescribed in the related curriculum. An institutional grade-point average (GPA) of 2.5 must be maintained to remain in the flight program. If the institutional GPA falls below 2.5, the student may be placed on probation. In addition, all AERO and AVIA courses must be completed with a "C" or higher to progress to the next sequenced course. If the respective GPA does not return to the required level in two semesters following probation (including summer) the student may be removed from the flight program.

The Piper airplane fleet includes Warriors, Archers, Arrows, and Seminoles. The fleet also operates a Citabria and Super Decathlon aircraft for spin and unusual attitude training. Several advanced simulators are used integrally in the curriculum to complement flight time and provide emphasis on the more challenging areas of flight training. The rotorcraft fleet is composed of Cabri G2 and Robinson R44 helicopters.

Employers of pilots and technical personnel in the aviation industry have made it clear that an understanding and appreciation of business operations, needs, and priorities, and especially of financial considerations, is considered an important advantage when evaluating applicants for employment.