Prescott Campus

Aeronautical Science - Professional Pilot - Fixed-Wing



About two-thirds of airline pilots will retire in the coming years and other areas of the aviation industry are also under-supplied with qualified applicants. In today's airlines, one in four pilots is an Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University graduate. The advantage is clear: entering the aviation job market with a degree from Embry-Riddle Prescott will ensure you are considered for the top jobs in the industry.

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Aeronautical Science combines flight training with academic preparation in the technical and managerial aspects of aviation - the skills and knowledge demanded by today's aviation industry. The program emphasizes the following skill sets in the education of its pilots:

  • Leadership ability as demanded by today's leading aviation companies.
  • Decision-making aptitude to accurately and quickly assess situations, and manage risk - skills that serve you well not just professionally, but in all aspects of life.
  • Knowledge of effective resource management, human factors, and safety awareness that can be applied to many endeavors
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills developed via computer simulations in aircraft performance, navigation, and aircraft systems operation.

The program also offers options to enhance specific skills and customize your program through advanced flight training, including upset recovery; flight instructor and instrument flight instructor certificates; and familiarization training as a flight crew member in a jet transport aircraft. You can also tailor your degree program to specific career goals by adding a related minor:

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  • Learn in the most sophisticated aircraft and simulators anywhere
  • High altitude flying, mountains, flatlands and more flying opportunities due to exceptional weather
  • High instructor contact and small class sizes
  • Our graduates are chief pilots, heads of flight standards, corporate vice presidents, military heroes, and astronauts
  • Graduates enter the aviation industry with their commercial certificate and multi-engine and instrument ratings
  • Corporations like Jet Blue and Cape Air look to Embry-Riddle Prescott to provide top students for jobs upon graduation
  • Cutting edge research and development including Unmanned Aircraft Vehicles (UAVs)


View requirements for the B.S. in Aeronautical Science degree on the Catalog site.


The College of Aviation is served by an Industrial Advisory Board with contacts in corporate aviation and most major air carriers in the United States. These contacts allow us to keep abreast of industry changes and industry needs and help you accelerate your transition into a professional flying career.

Our flexible program prepares you for a variety of rewarding and demanding careers in the aviation industry:

  • Airline Pilot- Corporate/Commercial/Military
  • Helicopter pilot
  • Military pilot
  • Air traffic controller
  • Aviation Consulting
  • Airport Management
  • Aviation Safety
  • Aerospace Industry
  • Certified Flight Instructor
  • Fixed Base Operator Manager
  • Aircraft dispatcher

Potential Employers

  • U.S. / International Airlines & Flight Service Stations
  • Corporate Aviation
  • Flight Schools (CFI)
  • Alaska Airlines
  • American Airlines
  • Cape Air
  • Clay Lacy Aviation
  • Comair
  • Continental Airlines
  • Delta
  • FedEx
  • General Atomics
  • General Dynamics
  • Great Lakes Airlines
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • JetBlue Airlines
  • Jet Aeronautical, LLC
  • Lockheed Martin Flight Service Station
  • Mesaba Airlines
  • Northwest Airlines
  • Piedmont Airlines
  • Pinnacle Airlines
  • Raytheon
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Washington Consulting Group

In addition, the degree program provides a foundation for further development in such aviation-related disciplines as:

  • Airway regulations
  • Aircraft technologies
  • Aviation safety
  • Flight operations management


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Aeronautical Science

Robert Fiegl, Chair of Aeronautical Science. Professor Fiegl served 10 years in the U.S. Navy as an aircraft mechanic, maintenance instructor and an aircraft maintenance inspector.