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Become an Aviation Professional Through Liberty’s Online Program

If you’ve always dreamed of becoming an airline pilot, this is an amazing opportunity for you. While flight training may seem out of reach for some, we’ve made it our mission to make high-quality aeronautics education attainable and create men and women who are Champions for Christ in the aviation field. With our unique hybrid program, you’ll be able to complete your academics 100% online while attending a local flight school for your aviation training.

  • Obtain a full bachelor’s degree and your aviation licenses at an affordable price.
  • Earn your licenses and complete your hands-on flight training at one of our nationwide affiliates.
  • Complete your academics online at home, the airport, or anywhere around the globe.

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Reach New Heights in the Aviation Field

In 20 years, Liberty's School of Aeronautics has grown from just four students to over 5,000 worldwide. In 2013, we introduced the Flight Training Affiliate (FTA) program, which allows students to complete their flight training locally where it's convenient for them. Since then, we have expanded to multiple locations nationwide. Liberty's program is now one of the largest collegiate aeronautical flight programs in North America.

You can be a part of this exciting, rapidly-growing program and reach new heights in your aviation career. Here are some benefits our program provides:

High School Dual Enrollment

Start taking your academics with us online while you’re in high school so you can progress straight into flight training upon obtaining your high school diploma.

Reduced ATP Program

You may be able to participate in the R-ATP program, which has been approved by the FAA to reduce the required hours for your ATP license from 1,500 to just 1,000.

Affordable Costs

Liberty's B.S. in Aviation program costs less than most residential non-flight bachelor's degrees with overall tuition costs falling between $22,500-46,800.

Additional Training Options

While not required for graduation, you can also obtain your Certified Flight Instructor (CFI), Certified Flight Instructor Instrument (CFII), Multi-Engine Rating (ME), and Multi-Engine Instructor (MEI) licenses.

During my internship with United Airlines, I flew to Hong Kong in the jump seat of the 747 and traveled to Rome, Vancouver, Honolulu, Cancun, and Cabo San Lucas… I will never forget the relationships and the experiences I built during my internship!

- Kaitlyn A. ’17

My flight training affiliate is a second home. It’s a perfect fit!

- Michael M., Online Student — Jacksonville, Fla.

The caliber of students coming out of the program is outstanding… It is almost a guarantee if a student comes out of Liberty that they are exactly the type of employee we are looking for.

- Kevin Dallaire, Piedmont Airlines Recruiter

Rigorous Academics

Since 1971, Liberty’s mission as a university has been to provide a world-class educational experience with a solid Christian foundation. Liberty offers more than 100 online undergraduate programs of study, with degrees in fields such as aviation, criminal justice, education, nursing, and psychology. Our faculty members emphasize application of skills to real-world scenarios while also taking a personal interest in students’ overall professional development and spiritual growth.

You will be encouraged to not only excel academically but to also impact culture with faith. At Liberty, we believe in comprehensive education — in developing the whole person and training capable leaders, family members, and citizens who live life with honor and excellence.

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Flight Training Affiliates

Liberty partners with independent flight schools* across the nation so that you can access affordable, hands-on training locally while you take your online classes.

*Military benefits from the Veterans Administration for flight courses are only accepted at the following locations at this time. VA benefits can be used for non-flight courses regardless of FTA location.

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Already a Pilot?

Through our Experience Plus program, you can convert your existing aviation licenses into academic credit. In fact, you can transfer in up to 75% of your undergraduate degree.

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Restricted Airline Transport Pilot (R-ATP) Program:

If you want to work for a commercial airline, you'll need your Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) license.

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Affordable Costs

Liberty has one of the most affordable flight-focused bachelor’s degrees in the nation. Through this program, you’ll have the ability to obtain the following licenses:

  • Private Pilot’s Certificate (PPL)
  • Commercial Pilot’s Certificate (CPL)
  • Multi-Engine (ME)
  • Multi-Engine Instructor (MEI)

While our standard tuition rates are between $22,500-$46,800, when combined with flight training overall costs come to $108,501-$132,801. It typically costs around $80,000 just for your licenses to become a pilot with no previous experience. And you can use the following to help with financing your degree:

  • Federal financial aid, loans, grants, and aviation-specific scholarships
  • Tuition discounts available for military service members and their spouses, first responders, and other corporate partners

Also, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2022, airline and commercial pilots had an average salary of $148,900,* meaning you’ll be able to earn back the costs of the program quickly and effectively.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Airline and Commercial Pilots, at (viewed online Jan. 4, 2024). Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.

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