Aeronautics-Pilot Training

Aeronautics – Pilot Training

With an Aeronautics – Pilot Training associate degree from Gateway, the world is your office. If you’ve always dreamed about a career as a professional pilot, this program is the perfect place to start. Learn hands-on from FAA-certified flight instructors and work with the latest flight equipment that prepares you to work as a flight instructor, corporate pilot or commercial pilot. After graduation, your aviation career will soar to new heights.

  • Cutting-edge technology such as flight simulators, the latest GPS equipment and advanced aircraft avionics prepare you for flying before you even step into the pilot’s seat.
  • Start flying sooner. Gateway’s Aeronautics program provides lots of hands-on aircraft and simulator time by graduation — putting you ahead of others in the job market.
  • Get certified as a private pilot through a three-stage program at Gateway and two external FAA exams. Additionally, program courses prepare you to obtain an instrument rating, commercial pilot (single and multi-engine land) and flight instructor single and multi-engine certificates.
  • Earn great wages in a high-demand industry. The need for pilots is expected to grow, and the average annual salary in this field is $86,362. Graduates of the program can start working as commercial pilots, while building hours to qualify for their Airline Transportation Pilot Certificate.

Note: For additional information of course offerings, program flight hours and cost, see the 2024-2025 Aeronautics Course Costs table. Pilot Training Associate Degree Course Costs (per 38 C.F.R 29.9505) as required by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Program Credits



Horizon Center

Financial Aid Eligible


Estimated Program Cost

Tuition & Fees: $66,020
Books & Supplies: $4,964

Start Dates


Salary Outlook


Career Opportunities: Flight Instructor, Freight Pilot, Charter Pilot, Corporate Pilot, Regional Airline Pilot

Aeronautics – Pilot Training Career Pathway

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