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Flight Operations Program

Why Study Flight Operations at Westminster?

Students graduating with a flight operations degree earn private, instrument, and commercial single- and multi-engine land ratings. Students can progress to certified flight instructor (CFI), certified flight instructor-instrument (CFII), and multi-engine instructor (MEI) ratings. Our program is designed to prepare students to be professional pilots in the aviation industry--especially in light of recent industry changes.

Most of our students plan to become pilots for the commercial airlines, but others have plans to fly corporate jets, transition into the military, or take advantage of the many other opportunities available for pilots today.

Now, more than ever, the aviation industry is demanding more from its pilots and Westminster College is uniquely qualified to prepare its students to meet these rigorous demands. The Westminster College flight training program combines high academic standards with high flight training standards to produce pilots who can think critically and who have a thorough understanding of the many professional demands they will face as professional pilots in today's ever-changing industry.

We are fully accredited by the Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI) and are part-141 approved.

The Westminster Difference

Rule changes regarding pilot training are expected to go into effect August 2013. These new rules will have a significant impact on anyone who is preparing for a pilot career.

By choosing Westminster, however, you will be prepared for these changes because we are fully-accredited, we are part-141 approved, we offer industry-recognized aviation degrees, and our capstone courses prepare you for the industry changes. The Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) on Pilot Certification Requirements for Air Carrier Operations was published in the Federal Register on February 29, 2012. The proposed rules are open for comment through April 2012. New rules are scheduled to go into effect August 2013.

We are staying on top of these changes so our students will be fully-prepared to enter their chosen careers with minimal time and cost.


FAA Industry Training Standards (FITS) based Commercial Pilot Program Approved August 2012

The complete flight curriculum for the Advanced Flight Courses is fully-approved. This part 141, FITS training program will provide innumerable benefits for our students. This new training program will reduce flight training costs for our students AND better prepare them for the changes in the industry.

From Division Chair, Dr. Gerry Fairbairn: "This course is one of the key pieces of the new flight curriculum and it allows us to train students to a standard without regard to the number of hours of flying. The new curriculum is heavily scenario-based and we believe the outcomes we achieve will be superior to what we have done in the past. This new program is rather radical by FAA standards and it came together only through the hard work of our Director of Flight Education and her team."