Pilot License Training

Aviation Specialization

Introduction

Ready to take flight? Find your path in Aviation. 

The Aviation Specialization, provided in coordination with Nulton Aviation Services, catapults a student with no past flight experience to the edge of commercial aviation. 

 

Through the specialization, you can:

  • obtain a Private Pilot License and a Commercial License within 3.5 years.
  • prepare for a career in commercial aviation by leveraging Saint Francis University's Elite Partnership with SkyWest Airlines.
  • enhance your marketability in law enforcement, engineering, and many other fields

Admissions paths are open for both traditional undergraduate students and working professionals.

Aviation the Saint Francis Way

Coursework is taught by certified flight instructors from Nulton Aviation Services.  Online options can be arranged upon request.  All flight training will be held at the John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport near Johnstown (students will need to arrange their own transportation).

 

Fly the state-of-the-art Diamond DA-40NG equipped with a Garmin G1000

State-of-the-art Diamond DA-42 available for multiengine training

Redbird FMX full-motion simulator available at the Johnstown airport, and ELITE PI-1000 simulator available on campus for student use

SkyWest Airlines Pilot Pathways Program

Did you know that the Saint Francis University Aviation program is an Elite Partner with SkyWest Airlines?

The SkyWest Pilot Pathway Program is designed to help meet the growing demand for pilots across the aviation industry. Those who join the pathway are eligible to receive tuition reimbursement of up to $17,500 from SkyWest as they achieve certain program milestones.

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Many fields are seeking pilots with deep industry knowledge. 

It takes a special kind of dedication to persevere in flight school while working toward your bachelor's degree, yet for the select few who are willing to put in the effort, the rewards are like no other. Here are a few industry examples:

 

  • Engineers use aviation to take their work into remote job sites.
  • Cybersecurity experts can benefit from understanding threats to aviation from a pilot’s perspective.
  • Both law enforcement and communication fields depend on pilots.
  • And of course, commercial pilots are in high demand with small and large airline
The Traditional Undergraduate Path

Bachelor's Degree + Private Pilot's License


The 21-credit specialization in Aviation can be taken as part of many majors at Saint Francis. Please talk with your admissions counselor or academic advisor about whether the concentration is feasible with your choice of major.

 

Student pilot Zach

 

Zach Boote is shown above training at the Johnstown airport thorough the Nulton Aviation/Saint Francis pilot program. The communications major plans to fly for the airlines.


Flexible Approaches for Working Professionals

If you need a more flexible approach to coursework you can enroll in the Aviation  Specialization through the Francis Worldwide School of Continuing Studies.  


Online Degree + Private Pilot's License

This 21-credit specialization in Aviation can be taken as part of an online degree program at Saint Francis. Please talk with your enrollment counselor or academic advisor about whether the concentration is feasible with your choice of major.  Ground School courses are typically offered on campus, but other options can be discussed.

 

Flight School Only 

If you already have your degree but are interested in pursuing your pilot's license we can talk you through how to apply to the Aviation Specialization as a non-degree student. Ground School courses are typically offered on campus, but other options can be discussed.

CURRICULUM & COURSES

What You’ll Learn in the Aviation Specialization

 

The SFU Aviation Specialization is designed to take a student with no past flight experience and train them such that they can fly, professionally, a single-engine, land-based aircraft in a variety of flight conditions. With minor additional training, graduates from this specialization may also provide flight instruction. This specialization also opens a pathway toward future employment as regional and major commercial airline pilots. However, if a student is simply seeking to learn to fly, they can exit the program after any year with a valid license to fly. 

 

  • Structure/Delivery
  • Traditional Undergraduate
  • Flexible Entry
  • Learning Objectives
  • Program Snapshot

    • 21 total credits

    • 3 theory courses and 6 flight labs

    • Ground school courses are taught on the SFU campus, but other options can be discussed.

    • All flight training is held at the John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport near Johnstown. (transportation required)

    • See FAQs at bottom of the page for cost and timeframe details.

     

    Flight School Standing

    Nulton Aviation Services is a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certified part 141 Pilot School. 

     

    Curriculum

    Courses in the specialization prepare the aspiring career pilot for immediate entry-level employment in the aviation industry.  Coursework covers aerodynamics, aircraft systems, federal aviation regulations, aircraft performance, aeronautical decision-making/human factors, flight physiology, and navigation.  

     

    Each year of the specialization corresponds to a different set of privileges, as shown below.

     

    Year 1 - Private Pilot License 

    Successful completion of this license grants the ability to fly legally in the US. License holders can fly single-engine, land-based aircraft in visual flight conditions (e.g., no rain, snow, etc.) and with passengers. License holders may not fly for hire and cannot be compensated for more than half the cost of a given flight.

     

    Year 2 - Instrument Pilot Rating

    The instrument rating confers additional privileges to a licensed pilot: namely, the ability to fly in instrument conditions. This rating does not confer additional privileges with regard to carrying passengers, cargo, etc. or being compensated for flying, but increases the variety of flight conditions one can fly in.

     

    Year 3 - Commercial Pilot License

    The commercial pilot license confers the ability to use one’s skills as a pilot for compensation or hire. Upon reception of this license, pilots can fly missions for an employer (e.g., inspection, survey, cargo hauling, etc.) as required, and in a larger variety of aircraft than before as completion of the commercial pilot license also confers certification in complex and high-performance aircraft.

     

     

  • This 21-credit specialization in Aviation can be taken as part of many majors at Saint Francis. Please talk with your admissions counselor or academic advisor about whether the concentration is feasible with your choice of major.

     


    Majors to Consider:

    • Aquarium and Zoo Science
    • Biology (may require summer courses) 
    • Business 
    • Chemistry (BA only)
    • Criminal Justice 
    • Computer Science
    • Cybersecurity
    • Engineering (may require summer courses) 
    • History
    • Mathematics
    • Political Science
    • Psychology 
    • Public Health

    You will be paired with an aviation-centric advisor who will aid in scheduling during the academic year.

     

     

  • Adult students who need a more flexible approach to coursework can enroll in the Aviation  Specialization through Francis Worldwide School of Continuing Studies.  

     

    Online Degree-Seeking Professional Path

    This 21-credit specialization in Aviation can be taken as part of an online degree program at Saint Francis. Please talk with your enrollment counselor or academic advisor about whether the concentration is feasible with your choice of major.  

     

    Tell your Francis Worldwide Enrollment Advisor that you are interested in combining aviation with your online major or that you are interested in flight school as a stand-alone offering.

     

    Flight School Only Path

    If you already have your degree, but are interested in pursuing your pilot's license. we can talk you through how to apply as a non-degree student for the flight school courses. 

     

     

     

  • Individual Student Learning Outcomes

     At the successful conclusion of the Aviation Concentration, students will achieve the following programmatic learning objectives: 

     

    1.   Comprehend the role of the Commercial Pilot within an airline or corporate flight department.

    2.   Know the basic theories of aerodynamics and apply them to the various flight scenarios encountered in the field.

    3.   Understand and apply aircraft systems knowledge to the various equipment that a Commercial Pilot may manage. 

    4.   Apply human factors, crew resource management, flight physiology, and aeronautical decision-making concepts to the flight deck environment. 

    5.   Recognize potentially hazardous atmospheric conditions and assess the risk of flight in various weather scenarios. 

    6.   Navigate the U.S. National Airspace safely through the use of all available resources.

     

Aviation Faculty

Taught by Certified Pilots & Enthusiastic Instructors

Flight training in the Aviation Specialization is taught by certified flight instructors from Nulton Aviation Services, an FAA-certified part 141 Pilot School. Ground School courses are administered by faculty in the Department of Math, Engineering, and Computer Science at Saint Francis University.


Br. Strom

Aviation Program Chair

Br. Marius Strom, T.O.R.
Engineering Department
814.472.3934

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Career Outlook in Aviation

Careers in Aviation that those who successfully complete the program would be qualified for: 
  • Commercial Pilot (with additional flight hours)
  • Corporate Pilot
  • Tourism and Sight Seeing Operations
  • Powerline and Pipeline Patrol
  • Law Enforcement
  • Air Charter
  • Air Ambulance

Opportunities after additional flight hours include jobs as regional and major commercial airline pilots. Those with proper certification may also teach flight instruction.

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