Academic Flight Lab

 

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The Academic Flight Lab provides first-class ground and flight training to students that are enrolled at The Ohio State University.  

Through the College of Arts & Science's Air Transportation program and the College of Engineering's Aviation program, students can complete the Professional Pilot Specialization. This specialization allows students to earn their Private, Instrument, Commercial and either Certified Flight Instructor Certificate or Multi-Engine Rating by graduation.

The following courses are offered autumn, spring and summer semesters in order to fully accommodate the flight instruction needs of our students.

AVN 2101 Private Pilot Flight Lab I | The first course in a series of two courses that culminate in the attainment of a private pilot certificate with airplane single engine land privileges. An application and orientation process is required before enrollment. Prereq: A grade of B- or above in Aviatn 2100. Not open to students with credit for Aviation 341.

AVN 2102 Private Pilot Flight Lab II | The second course in a series of two courses that culminate in the attainment of a private pilot certificate with airplane single engine land privileges. Prereq: Aviatn 2101. Not open to students with credit for Aviation 342.

AVN 2501 Commercial Cross Country Flight Lab | Commercial maneuvers, cross country flying, instrument flying, introduction to complex aircraft leading to complex endorsement.  Prereq: Aviatn 2100, 2101, and 2102, and permission of instructor.

AVN 3101 Instrument Flight Lab | Instrument flight operations, navigation, patterns, maneuvers, regulations, approach protocols, and cross country flight planning and execution.  Prereq: Aviatn 2100 and 2102. Concur: Aviatn 3100. Not open to students with credit for Aviation 441 or 442.

AVN 4101 Commercial Flight Lab | Second course toward Commercial Pilot certificate single engine land.  Prereq: Aviatn 2102 and 3101. Not open to students with credit for Aviation 444 or 445.

AVN 4301 Commercial Multi Engine Flight Lab | Aeronautical knowledge and flight training required to attain an airplane multi engine rating in addition to the Commercial Pilot certificate.  Prereq: A grade of B- or above in Aviatn 3100 and 4100, and 2501 and 3101. Not open to students with credit for Aviation 446.

AVN 5101 Flight Instructor ASE Flight Lab | Aeronautical knowledge, experience and skills necessary to meet or exceed FAR Part 61 requirements for a flight instructor certificate with airplane single engine land privileges.  Prereq: A grade of B- or above in Aviatn 5100. Not open to students with credit for Aviation 461.

AVN 5102 Flight Instructor AME Lab | Aeronautical knowledge and flight training necessary to attain an airplane multi-engine rating in addition to the Flight Instructor ASEL certificate.  Prereq: Aviatn 4301 and 5101. Not open to students with credit for Aviation 463.

AVN 5201 Flight Instructor Instrument Flight Lab | Necessary aeronautical knowledge, experience, and skills to meet or exceed FAR Part 61 requirements for instrument flight instructor certification.  Prereq: Aviatn 5101, or Flight Instructor Certificate. Not open to students with credit for Aviation 462.

For more information about the university’s for-credit flight program, visit the Center for Aviation Studies website. There, prospective students may also request an informational packet with more details.

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"Ohio State Aviation, with its facilities and significant sense of community, provided me the tools and connections to become a successful professional pilot at the airlines."
– Alyssa Manning, ’15, BS Aviation Certified Flight Instructor

Flight Laboratory Training Cost

Each Flight Laboratory Course has an associated laboratory fee that is added to the student’s tuition statement when the class is added. Once paid, that money is transferred into a debit account at the flight school. Each time an activity is completed; either flight lesson, ground lesson or simulator lesson, the amount of the activity is automatically debited from the account. At the end of the course, any remaining funds will be refunded to the student.

Estimated Flight Laboratory fees per course are as follows:

Private Pilot Flight Lab I - $7,000
Private Pilot Flight Lab II - $7,500
Commercial Cross Country Flight Lab - $8,000
Instrument Flight Lab - $9,700
Commercial Flight Lab - $15,000
Commercial Multi Engine Flight Lab - $7,500
Flight Instructor ASE Flight Lab - $7,500
Flight Instructor AME Lab - $6,500
Flight Instructor Instrument Flight Lab - $3,000

*Additional fees per semester may apply.

If additional funds are needed for a student to complete a particular course, funds in $1,000 increments may be added to the account at any time throughout the semester by enrolling in one or more zero-credit hour classes. This will allow the student to continue to gain valuable flight experience without waiting until the next semester’s fees post to their account.

The average student will spend $49,508.05 to complete the professional pilot program with the multi-engine option. If the student chooses to complete the program via the Flight Instructor option the average cost is $49,265.80

Flight Laboratory Time Slots

Students enrolled in the Professional Pilot Specialization complete their flight training at The Ohio State University Airport and choose the flight slots that are most compatible with their class schedule. A flight slot is either 1.5 or 2 hours long, five days a week with opportunities to fly on weekends. A student’s flight slot is held at the same time each day with the same instructor.  

Students who are incoming to the Professional Pilot Specialization will apply for a flight slot the semester before they intend to start training. Once their application has been reviewed, a staff member will contact them to choose a flight slot that compliments their campus course schedule.  

Those students who have already started their flight training with Ohio State will meet with the staff of the flight school in person to schedule their time slot for the following semester.