EKU Aviation

As the only program of its kind in Kentucky, EKU Aviation provides the aerospace industry with the best trained and safest professional pilots, and the most forward thinking managers coming out of academia today.

EKU Aviation provides the aerospace industry with the safest, best trained, and most adaptable pilots and managers. The Bachelor of Science degree has concentrations in Professional Flight, Aerospace Management, or Aerospace Technology (AT). Besides a general aviation core, aviation students are required to take supporting courses in mathematics, statistics, physics, and business management. Graduates of the program are professionally prepared for all facets of the aerospace and aviation industry to include piloting, flight instruction, aviation management, and aerospace technology.

Aviation Careers

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The U.S. Department of Labor projects employment of aircraft pilots to increase nine to ten percent through 2014. The “Age 65 Rule”, signed into law in December 2007, will reintroduce the beginning of another pilot shortage in the next few years as the initial wave of already very senior pilots begin to retire. In the long run, demand for air travel is expected to grow along with the population and the economy. Median annual earnings of commercial pilots are around $50,000.

Average entry level incomes for management are $30,000 to $40,000. EKU aviation graduates from both options have found positions with Delta, Chautauqua Airlines, Jet Blue, Continental, Kentucky Department of Aviation, U.S. Military, San Antonio International Airport, L-3, Kentucky State Police, Louisville Police Department, and through self-employment.

Student Organizations

Eastern Kentucky University’s student chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) seeks to promote professional development and instill professional attitudes in students engaged in the study of airport development, administration, management, and operation, and related fields of aviation. All EKU students are invited to become members. As the world’s largest professional organization for airport executives, the AAAE represents thousands of management personnel at public-use airports nationwide and helps these professionals fulfill their responsibilities to a variety of airport and community constituencies. For more on the EKU Student Chapter of AAAE, contact EKU Aviation.

Live like a Colonel

EKU Aviation students may live in preferred housing on the top floor of Clay Hall. On “The Flight Deck!” you will enjoy weekend activities, study sessions, and adventures worth sharing with fellow aviators. The advantages: endless, the cost: minimal, the experience: priceless. See EKU Housing for details.

Attention Veterans!

Save thousands of dollars using your Post 9-11 GI Bill benefits at EKU. As a public institution of higher learning (IHL), your Aviation degree is fully covered including ALL flight fees (tuition, flight fees, BAH, and textbook stipends are pro-rated for Post 9-11 beneficiaries who have less than 36 months of qualifying service). Plus, at EKU all Post 9-11 GI Bill eligible beneficiaries qualify for in-state tuition regardless of where you are from. If you are taking at least 7 hours you also qualify to draw the monthly Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH). 

  • EKU has a proud heritage of serving veterans since World War II.  Visit va.eku.edu for ten ways we help veterans achieve their educational goals.
  • For more on GI Bill benefits visit: www.gibill.va.gov.

The Air Up There

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