The only BS Aviation Program in Maine and one of only two in New England.
Our Flight Partner: Maine Instrument Flight
UMA’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.
UMA’s RedBird Flight Simulator
The RedBird FMX Full Motion Flight Simulator is an FAA-approved advanced aircraft training device (AATD). Located in the Richard Randall 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 learning environment. Current FAA regulations allow logging of up to 20 hours in this device toward completion of an Instrument Rating.
The RedBird FMX 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.
RedBird Flight Simulator Preview
Because of UMA’s low public tuition rates, our BS in Aviation is significantly less expensive than comparable programs nationwide. 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 a portion of your tuition and fees.
As noted above, the availability of the RedBird FMX simulator helps students reduce flying costs.
A clear, unrestricted class 1 or 2 Medical Certificate issued by an FAA-certified Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) is a requirement for admission into this degree program.
Because locating a certified FAA medical examiner and completing the requirements for an FAA Medical Certificate may be time-consuming, applicants are encouraged to complete this requirement at their earliest convenience. FAA-certified AMEs can be located here.
All students who wish to enroll in the Aviation degree will first matriculate into a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies, pre-Aviation track. Once a student has earned the private pilot license, the student can change degree programs to BS AVI.
The Veterans Administration will not pay tuition for veteran students to take ground or flight training courses to earn an FAA Private Pilot certification – no VA funding will be authorized for AVI 141 Private Pilot Ground and/or AVI 142 Private Pilot Flight training. These two courses that were initially required in our Bachelor of Science Aviation have been removed and replaced with electives. VA funding is authorized for the BS AVI now that the private pilot courses have been removed. A private pilot license is REQUIRED for admission to the BS AVI.
UMA’s BS in Aviation program is regionally accredited through the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).
Additionally, we have begun the Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI) accreditation process and expect our AABI accreditation to be in place in the next few years. Stay tuned for our progress.