I want to major in aviation. What should I do?

The first step is to choose your specific career path. Here at Florida Memorial University, we have three aviation majors.

  • Aeronautical Science with concentration in Flight Education: This major will put you on the right track to become a professional pilot.
  • Aeronautical Science with concentration in Air Traffic Control: This major will give you an advantage if you wish to pursue a career as an FAA Air Traffic Controller.
  • Aviation Management: This major will give you endless possibilities to pursue one of many career paths in the aviation industry.

We also offer two minors that you can obtain along with your main degree.

  • Minor in Aviation Safety
  • Minor in Homeland Security

How much does flight training cost?

You can find the cost sheet for flight training here.

Florida Memorial University owns its own aircraft. A Cessna 172S equipped with a G1000. The aircraft is provided at a steeply discounted price for our students. The flight training is provided by our third-party provider Wayman Aviation Academy.  This flight academy is conveniently located at North Perry Airport in Pembroke Pines which is less than 10 miles away. 

How can I pay for flight training?

There are many external scholarships available for qualifying students to pay for flight training. You can find them through aviation organizations such as WAI (Women in Aviation International), AHP (Alpha Eta Rho), OBAP (Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals), and many more!

Florida Memorial University provides scholarships to flight students who have demonstrated an ability and interest in flying. In addition to scholarships for tuition and through a partnership with American Airlines, scholarships are available for Instrument rating, Commercial Pilot rating, Certified Flight Instructor (instrument) and multi-Engine rating.

Private and alternative loans are also available through partnerships with Wayman Aviation Academy and American Airlines. These loans are usually interest deferred and students do not have to repay the loans until after graduating or exiting the program.

I want to major in Aeronautical Science with Concentration in Air Traffic Control. Will I be hired as an air traffic controller when I graduate?

A Concentration in Air Traffic Control will provide the credentials needed to work with the Federal Aviation Administration. However, you must apply directly with the FAA to initiate employment. Upon hiring, the FAA will offer the additional training necessary to obtain certification as an Air Traffic Control Specialist.

Do you offer internships?

Florida Memorial University has several partnerships within the Aerospace Industry that offer very valuable internships to our students. Selection for these valuable learning opportunities is competitive. You can contact Kierra Smith at kierra.smith@fmuniv.edu for more information.

Are there any age requirements?

There are no age requirements to obtain a degree.

To become a pilot, a person must be 16 years old to fly an aircraft solo and 17 years old to obtain a private pilot certificate. You can keep flying as long as you are able to obtain a medical certificate.

To become an Air Traffic Controller, you must be 30 or under before the closing date of the application with the Federal Aviation Administration.

Can I become a pilot If I am an international student?

Yes, international students can become FAA pilots as well. You will have to follow Transportation Security Administration Guidelines (TSA) to register as an alien flight student. The flight school can assist you with this process.

I have been accepted at Florida Memorial University’s Aviation Program. What is my next step?

After you have been accepted into FMU’s aviation program, you will have to register for courses by seeking out your freshman advisor.

I have more questions about the aviation program. Who can I contact?

Fasil Malik
You can contact our Aviation Recruiter Fasil Malik at fasil.malik@fmuniv.edu.