Airline Pilot Training at Florida Tech

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Florida Tech offers a 3-course, 6-credit airline pilot training sequence that leads to a type rating in either the Airbus 320 (A320) or Boeing 737 (B737).

We are currently the only regionally accredited national university to offer large jet airliner type rating courses for academic credit that may be applied to a 4-year bachelor's degree. Here, you can get a head start on the path to becoming a commercial airline pilot by earning a type rating before you graduate.


Airline Pilot Training Program Overview

Offered by the College of Aeronautics in partnership with AeroStar Training Services LLC of Orlando, the airline pilot training type rating program at Florida Tech makes it possible for students to earn a large jet (A320 or B737) type rating while earning their degree. The 3-course type rating sequence is designed to fit into any of Florida Tech's undergraduate flight option curricula, which include aeronautical science, aviation management and aviation meteorologyflight simulators at aerostar

The program is also available to FIT Aviation flight instructors, aeronautics graduate students, working pilots and students attending other colleges and universities who wish to earn transferable course credit at Florida Tech. 

Program Benefits

  • Earn academic credit for large jet airliner type rating courses
  • Courses are structured for Florida Tech students and fit into four-year degree flight curricula
  • Costs about the same as flight instructor training sequence at Florida Tech
  • Get professional experience on Level D Full Flight Simulators
  • Build the high-altitude, high-speed experience that will put you ahead of the curve

What's a Type Rating?

A type rating is an official qualification to fly a specific type of aircraft, added to a pilot's commercial multiengine certificate upon completion of an approved training program. The two most popular commercial airliner types in use today are the A320 and B737. The fleets of Southwest Airlines, Delta, United Airlines, American Airlines, JetBlue and US Airways include one or both of these aircraft types.

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Enrolling in the Program

Prospective Students

Prospective students interested in completing airline pilot training as part of their flight option bachelor's degree program in aeronautics may apply now or visit the Office of Undergraduate Admission for more information.

Current Students

Registration is open to current Florida Tech flight students and graduate students who have met certain prerequisites as outlined below. There is a dual enrollment process for the type rating curriculum. First, students must register for the class they want as they normally would via Access. Then, students must contact AeroStar at (407) 888-9011, ask for admissions and identify themselves as Florida Tech students. An AeroStar representative will facilitate students' enrollment from there.

Transient or "Guest" Students

Students from other colleges and universities or working adults who wish to take one or more type rating courses through Florida Tech for academic credit must complete the Application for Non-Matriculating Students.

Attending Airline PIlot Flight Training

All type rating courses (except Commercial Type Rating for the B737) are conducted at AeroStar's flight training facilitiies, which are located on the Orlando International Airport compound. Once a student is enrolled, he or she will work with AeroStar to develop an agreeable simulator schedule, with evenings and weekends being the preferred times for full-time Florida Tech students. Students must provide their own transportation to and from AeroStar, which is about a 75 minute drive from campus.

Prerequisites

In most cases, undergraduate students will be required to have earned a minimum of 75 credits toward their bachelor's degree and completed flight training up to and including multiengine pilot before being permitted to enroll in type rating courses.

Flight Fees

As with all flight training, flight fees are in addition to standard tuition rates. The total cost for the type rating sequence of courses is estimated at $16,300 (A320) or $17,300 (B737). All flight fees must be paid directly to AeroStar Training Services LLC, not Florida Tech.

Airline Pilot Training: Type Rating Course Descriptions

These courses fulfill the free, flight and/or aviation elective requirements of Florida Tech's flight option degree program curricula.

Flight Observation: AVS 4201
1 credit | Flight Fee: $1000

This 1-credit course is a great way to begin airline pilot training. In this course, students sit in the A320 jump seat and observe another student earning a type rating. Students spend a total of 16 hours watching other pilots interact with the aircraft, with their instructor(s) and with each other in a multi-crew environment, experiencing first-hand how the type rating curriculum unfolds. The value of this course cannot be overstated. In it, students have the unique opportunity to learn from both the triumphs and mistakes of others while watching course topics like “crew resource management” and “threat and error management” unfold right before their eyes. A term paper is required to complete this course.

Jet Transition: AVF 4090
2 credits | Flight Fee: $3,800
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The next step in a student’s airline pilot training is this 2-credit course, which prepares students for the high-speed, high-altitude regime in several ways. First, students undergo several briefings or ground lessons on jet performance, physiology, aerodynamics and cockpit resource management. Next, students progress to the cockpit mock-up, where they practice flows and checklists. The heart of this course consists of three rigorous, scenario-based lessons in a Level V FTD (flight training device), which provide detailed procedures and a realistic flight deck as preparation for flying a jet airliner. Students then complete a final FTD lesson in the Full Flight Simulator (FFS), in which they are challenged to fly to altitude, maneuver and complete an instrument approach and landing. This course is both great preparation for the type rating and a credible addition to one’s flight resume.

Commercial Type Rating (A320 or B737): AVF 4500
3 credits | Flight Fee: $11,500 (A320, Orlando) or $12,500 (B737, Miami)

This 3-credit course leads to the PIC (pilot-in-command) type rating check. In it, students follow AeroStar’s FAA-approved syllabus for either the A320 or B737. There are two ways that students may complete their type rating training: distance learning from campus, or on-site at Aerostar. For Spring and Fall semesters, the distance method is preferred; it allows students to study at their own pace, then complete a 9-day express program in Orlando. The on-site course, which takes place over 21 days in Orlando, is better suited for summer semester. This course requires completion of grounds lessons, passing an oral examination and 24 hours of successful flight time in the simulator (12 in each seat). A320 simulator training happens in Orlando; students pursuing the B737 type rating will complete their training in Miami.

About AeroStarAeroStar logo

AeroStar Training Services is an FAA Approved Part 142 Training Center specializing in pilot and flight attendant training utilizing the latest advances in aviation training technology. AeroStar was was founded in 2008 by a team of experienced airline pilots with a vision that aviation training should be realistic, state of the art, and provide an enjoyable learning experience.

The team focused on a goal to provide state-of-the-art flight training using the most timely and cost effective approach. AeroStar is the launch customer for Aerosim, the latest state-of-the-art flight training software on the market. Aerosim fills the missing link between traditional computer based training (CBT) and full flight simulators by designing a new kind of PC-based simulation trainer, equipped with full free-play functions and realistic cockpit environments.

Additional information is available at www.aerostartyperatings.com.