Select topics below to learn more about Flight Education at The Ohio State University.
Visit the university airport website to learn about its location. There is FREE parking at the university airport available for students or community members attending training or visiting the facility.
For transportation to the university airport, students may use their personal vehicles or the COTA bus system. Traditionally, freshmen are not able to purchase a permit to park their cars on campus, however the Center for Aviation Studies can issue aviation students waivers. The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) offers bus service from main campus to a shopping plaza about one mile from the Ohio State airport. COTA is free for Ohio State students.
The Center for Aviation Studies offers academic overview sessions and airport facility tours to those interested in learning more about aviation programs. Currently, these tours are offered on most Friday afternoons and are scheduled to coincide with general campus overview tours held in the morning. Visit the Academic/Airport Tour page on the CAS website to learn more and check current status. Please note that the Center for Aviation Studies is housed on central campus in Suite 228 of Bolz Hall.
To view a virtual facility tour, click here.
Students have the opportunity to apply to work at the university airport. To learn about current opportunities, visit the airport website by clicking here.
The Flight Education program offers technical skills and trainings for licensing, certificates and testing for both Ohio State students and community members. The Center for Aviation Studies is the home of the university’s aviation academic programs and only applies to Ohio State students pursuing aviation-related degrees.
To take part in Flight Education, students must first enroll with the university. The aviation portion of degrees are managed through the Center for Aviation Studies, while the student works with their main college on other degree requirements. Currently, only students enrolled through the College of Arts & Sciences and the College of Engineering are able to participate in the Flight Education program.
Community members interested in participating in flight training, should visit the Flight Training Clinic webpage.
To find more information about the aviation degree paths offered at the university, visit the Center for Aviation Studies website. Students will be able to find information about the different degree paths, courses offered, internships, faculty, aviation minor and involvement opportunities.
Currently, students may fly only while pursuing the air transportation and aviation engineering degrees due to capacity. The flight and ground school classes will only apply to those two degrees with the exception of Private Pilot Fundamentals (Aviation 2100), which is required for all students pursuing any of the three aviation degrees offered.
The aviation management degree is housed within the Fisher College of Business, and admission to that program is selective within the college. For more specific information on admission to the Fisher College of Business, please visit their website here. The aviation management curriculum can be found here.
The Center for Aviation Studies student information packet (request by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org) includes estimated costs of the flight programs. Students can also visit the Flight Education website to learn more about the costs of attending or visit the Flight Training Costs page for more information.
Most incoming students will take Private Pilot Fundamentals (Aviation 2100) their first autumn semester and will go on to fly in the spring or summer – provided a grade of at least 80% is earned in the class and the student has at least a 2.0 their first semester at Ohio State (if applicable). Most students do stay to fly during the summer, as Columbus’ best flying weather is in the summer and autumn!
Students who are admitted to the university may obtain credit for ratings already earned, however there is a process. Click here for complete information.
For students who enter Ohio State having already earned their private pilot certificate, it MAY be possible to begin flying during the first semester. However, there is a waiting list for flight training, and current students have first priority.
Our students enjoy all of the aviation organizations on campus. To learn what organization would be a good fit, visit the Get Involved page on the Center for Aviation Studies website. Another way to learn more about the organizations is to visit their social media pages linked on the Get Involved page and connect with the current students involved.
Yes! We have a high-performing student Flight Team. The many awards and trophies they have collected over the years are on display in the Flight Education center at the airport. For more information click here.
YES! We are so proud of our students for being amazing industry trailblazers. There are diverse and inclusive opportunities for students to find a safe environment within the Center for Aviation Studies. Included groups:
The Flight Education program works with the university airport to provide learning opportunities and professional opportunities. To learn about the jobs available at the university airport, visit the airport website here.
The airport supports the region’s economic prosperity, generating over $157 million in direct and indirect benefits to central Ohio each year. For more information regarding our contribution, see a summary of our latest Economic Impact Study.
Yes, The Ohio State University Airport's Flight Education center serves as a PSI FAA Testing Services site, the recognized leader in educational, licensing and certifications testing. To view all the available testing opportunities, visit the FAA Testing Service webpage on the Flight Education website.
Absolutely! Flight Education is proud of its ability to provide prestigious training for not only students, but also community members. To learn more about the available opportunities for the community visit The Flight Training Clinic webpage.