Aviation

For the first time in Maine, students are able to attain their Bachelor degree and become an FAA certified commercial pilot under one program.

With the growing demand for pilots in this country and abroad, and with commercial airlines preference to hire pilots with a Bachelor Degree, the future for UMA graduates of the Aviation program is sky high.

Degree offered: B.S. in Aviation
Offered in Augusta only

 

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Bachelor of Science in Aviation

Prepare for Take-Off!

For the first time in Maine, students are able to attain their Bachelor degree and become an FAA certified commercial pilot under one program. There is a growing demand for pilots in this country and abroad, and with commercial airlines preferring to hire pilots with a Bachelor Degree, the future for UMA graduates of the Aviation program is sky high.

Our Flight Partner: Maine Instrument Flight

Bill PareUMA’s BS in Aviation represents a public-private partnership with Maine Instrument Flight (MIF), a highly regarded flight school located in Augusta. Training pilots since 1946, MIF is the only FAA Part 141 certified flight school in the state of Maine that is approved for all courses.

Through the UMA program, MIF will equip students with the following four FAA certifications: private pilot in the first year, instrument rating in the second year, commercial pilot in the third year, and flight instructor in the fourth year.


Low Airfare:

sherilaughingBecause of UMA’s low public tuition rates, our BS in Aviation is significantly less expensive than comparable programs. Plus, financial aid is available to most students to help offset the costs, and if you’ve served in the armed forces, your military education benefits may pay 100% of your tuition and fees.

To further reduce student costs, UMA has also integrated a Red Bird FMX Full Motion Flight Simulator into the curriculum as a tool to supplement student flight time.  Learn more about the Simulator »


Seats Available:

UMA now offers the B.S. in Aviation program in both Augusta and Brunswick.

Augusta

Brunswick

  • Located at UMA’s flagship campus and at Maine Instrument Flight/Augusta Airport.
  • Open to new & transfer students with prior flight training.
  • Located at Brunswick Landing
  • Student housing available!
  • Open to new students without prior flight training.

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For more information on the program and applying, contact UMA Admissions at 1-877-UMA-1234.

As of May, 2013 UMA's BS in Aviation program became regionally accredited through the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

A clear, unrestricted class 1 or 2 Medical Certificate issued by a FAA certified Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) is a requirement for admission into this degree program. Because locating an AME and completing the requirements for a FAA Medical Certificate may be time-consuming; applicants are encouraged to complete this requirement at their earliest convenience. FAA-certified AMEs can be located at: http://www.faa.gov/pilots/amelocator/ 


Already have your pilot’s license, but want your Bachelor’s degree?

UMA also offers a Bachelor of Applied Science for students who have completed 41 credits of technical training (including flight or military training). That’s more than a third of the way to your degree!  Visit our Bachelor of Applied Science page for more information. 

Flight Simulator

UMA's RedBird Flight Simulator

The RedBird FMX Full Motion Flight Simulator is an FAA approved advance aircraft training device (AATD).  Located in the Richard Randal Student Center on UMA’s Augusta campus, students from UMA’s Aviation Program use this tool to learn instrument flying skills in a low pressure, lower cost environment.  Current FAA regulations allow logging of up to 20 hours in this device toward completion of an Instrument Rating.

The device features wrap-around visuals, a fully enclosed cockpit, quick-change configurations, scenario-based training compatibility and an electric motion platform.

The simulator is also available for a fee to the community as an FAA certified Advanced Aircraft Training Device.  Pilots can use the device to fulfill instrument currency requirements and can also sharpen flying proficiency. 

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