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 for students who receive a flight slot. 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.
Students can work at the university airport through regular student employment and the federal work study program. Find open positions through the Student Employment Experience website.
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.
Upon admittance to the Ohio State flight program, students begin work towards Professional Pilot Certification (PPC). To complete the certification, students are required to take the following courses: AVN 2100, 2101, 2102, 2501, 3100, 3101, 4100, 4101, 4102 and EITHER 4301 OR 5100 and 5101. A cost breakdown of the lab fees for these courses is below. Here is a link to course descriptions.
|PPC course||Lab cost|
|AVN 2100 – Private Pilot Ground||Lecture: No additional lab fee|
|AVN 2101 – Private Pilot Flight Lab I||$8,200|
|AVN 2102 – Private Pilot Flight Lab II||$11,700|
|AVN 2501 – Commercial Cross Country Flight Lab||$11,600|
|AVN 3100 – Instrument Flight Fundamentals||Lecture: No additional lab fee|
|AVN 3101 – Instrument Flight Lab||$12,400|
|AVN 4100 – Commercial Flight Fundamentals||Lecture: No additional lab fee|
|AVN 4101 – Commercial Flight Lab||$11,300|
|AVN 4102 – Commercial Pilot ASEL Flight Laboratory||$12,200|
|AVN 4301 – Commercial Multi Engine Flight Lab||$6,200|
|AVN 5100 – Flight Instructor Fundamentals||Lecture: No additional lab fee|
|AVN 5101 – Flight Instructor ASE Flight Lab||
|AVN 5102 - Flight Instructor AME Flight Lab||$7,000|
|AVN 5201 - Flight Instructor Instrument Flight Lab||$3,500|
Most incoming students will take Private Pilot Fundamentals (Aviation 2100) their first year at Ohio State, and full time students should expect to wait 3-4 semesters before having the opportunity to enroll in flight education. Note that, 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.
At this time, it is highly unlikely a student would fly during their first semester. There is a competitive process for getting a flight slot and students can see criteria for assigning flights slots here.
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.
There are many opportunities for students to find a safe environment within the Center for Aviation Studies. Visit https://aviation.osu.edu/students/get-involved to learn more about all the aviation student organizations.
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.