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 aviation equipment that prepares you to work as a private or commercial pilot in a wide range of places. After graduating the program, your career will soar to new heights.

  • Cutting-edge technology such as flight simulators, the latest GPS equipment and aircraft management systems prepare you for flying before you even step into the pilot’s seat.
  • Start flying sooner. Gateway’s Aeronautics program provides approximately 100 hours of multi-engine flight time by graduation – putting you ahead of others in the job market. It also allows for a 250 hour reduction of the restricted ATP certificate.
  • 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 and flight instructor 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 $101,629.

Note: For additional information of course offerings, program flight hours and cost, see the 2019-2020 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: $66,709
Books & Supplies: $4,282

Start Dates


Salary Outlook


Career Opportunities: Corporate Pilot, Airline Pilot, Charter Pilot, Flight Instructor, Skydive Pilot, Banner Tow or Aerial Mapping Pilot

Aeronautics – Pilot Training Career Pathway

Career Pathways are designed to help you reach your educational goals and explore college and career options. Pathways are made up of related certificates, diplomas and degrees that build on common skills and knowledge. You can begin at any point on the Career Pathway and customize your pathway to fit your goals. View the pathway for your area of interest.