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Kansas State University Polytechnic’s professional pilot degree option is FAA regulation part 141 approved, allowing students to complete commercial pilot training in as little as 190 hours instead of 250 hours. The training also allows students to qualify for a Restricted Airline Transport Certificate (ATP) at 1,000 hours instead of 1,500 – giving students the ability to fly for the airlines earlier.

After completing their initial commercial certificate, students will have the option to obtain a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) rating and can join the Kansas State University Instructor team. Many join the team in the middle of their junior year.

Our faculty are experienced airline pilots, military pilots, corporate pilots, chief flight instructors, experts in flight safety and other areas, providing students with experience essential to a successful career in aviation.

Academic courses are complemented by the flight curriculum to allow students to have a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of aviation and graduate ready to begin their aviation career.

The lab time reflected in the pilot courses are minimum times, significant time commitment is necessary for the labs and flight training. This program requires additional costs above the standard tuition, books, and supplies.

See the Professional Pilot Option (pdf) curriculum guide for additional information on the bachelor's and associate degrees.