What Will You Become?
Iowa Western Community College

Aviation Professional Pilot

Aviation Professional Pilot

Just the Facts

Program Start Term: Fall and Spring
Program Length: 2 Years
Award: A.A.
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved

Number of Majors: 20
Average Class Size: 7
Part-Time or Full-Time: Both
Program Courses Offered: Day, Evening, Online
Program Locations: Council Bluffs Campus

About the Program

If you have dreams of becoming a professional aviator, Iowa Western's Aviation Flight and Administration Professional Pilot Option program can make those dreams come true. In just two years, you can earn an Associate of Arts degree and transfer to another four-year institution that will get your career soaring.

This program will take you from solo flights to private pilot certification to an instrument-rated pilot status. Many students then transfer to the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s (UNO) Aviation Institute to work toward a bachelor’s degree, starting as a junior. From there, many land jobs as airline pilots, corporate pilots, flight instructors, flight engineers, air taxi pilots, and agricultural pilots.

This program will teach you aviation history, aviation safety, and aviation meteorology. You’ll have access to a library complete with reference materials and computers for the most up-to-date information.

Career Information

This program is designed for students intending to transfer on to a four-year institution upon completion of this two-year degree. The program takes students from solo flight through the private pilot certificate and to an instrument rated pilot. Commercial training is started and will be finished at a four-year institution that offers flight majors. This program and option transfer directly to the Aviation Institute of the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). Upon completion of your bachelor’s degree, students would be eligible to find employment as airline pilots, corporate pilots, flight instructors, air taxi pilots, flight engineers, and even agricultural pilots.