Aeronautical Science

Online Classes + In-Person Flight Training

Associate of Applied Science | College of Science and Health Professions
Edinboro University

Become a commercial pilot in only 16 months.

Prepare for a rewarding and well-paying career in the field of aviation. Edinboro University has partnered with FAA-approved flight schools on an accelerated 60-credit program that allows you to become a commercial pilot in just 16 months.

Our Associate of Applied Science in Aeronautical Science program first gives you broad knowledge through applicable general education and major courses, all taken completely online. You will then complete in-person ground and flight training with one of our flight school partners (ground and flight training have additional associated costs). The training requirements may be satisfied if you have a current license or appropriate certification. With your associate degree from Edinboro University, you’ll be equipped with the education and training needed for a career in the high-demand field of aeronautics as a commercial industry pilot (non-passenger), a private charter pilot or as a flight instructor.

If you’d like to go a step further and pursue a career as a commercial pilot with a major airline, you can complete additional flight training and earn a bachelor’s degree in just two additional years.

Expert Faculty

Accomplished faculty instruct, guide, and inspire Edinboro students to achieve and lead. EU faculty are recognized for their commitment to student success and creating a personal and engaging academic environment.

Experiential Learning

The Edinboro experience extends well beyond the classroom. EU students prepare for careers and life through opportunities for hands-on learning, collaborative research with faculty, global travel, and internships.

Modern Facilities

Fighting Scots live, work, and play in state-of-the-art facilities on EU’s picturesque 585-acre campus. Located just 20 miles south of Erie, Pennsylvania’s fourth-largest city, Edinboro is bustling with exciting activities.

Take flight with an in-demand career.

According to, Boeing projects a need for 635,000 commercial pilots and 96,000 business pilots worldwide by the year 2037.

Need financial assistance?

Apply for the Erie Airport Porreco Flight Scholarship. Funded by the Erie Regional Airport Authority, this $1,000 annual award is available to one student each year who needs additional financial aid. To qualify, you must:

Complete the application process to receive first semester award of $500.

Maintain a 3.0 GPA in order to receive the second semester award.

Complete a new application for each new academic year.

Onward and upward from here.

As a graduate of the Associate of Science Aeronautical Science program you will earn the following *:

Private pilot license

Certified flight instructor's license

Instrument pilot rating

Commercial pilot license

* Technical flight training may take place on or off campus and has associated costs.

The median annual pay for a U.S. pilot is $113,709 (, February, 2019).


Dr. Richard Lloyd, Department Chair
Phone: 814.732.1699

Edinboro University

219 Meadville St, Edinboro, PA 16444
Phone: 814.732.2000