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Professional Aviation Flight Technology (PAFT)

The Professional Aviation Flight Technology curriculum is designed to prepare students for flight in the aviation industry. Students who complete the major in Professional Aviation Flight Technology will graduate with a Bachelor of Science Degree and Commercial Pilot Certificate and a Multi-Engine Land Class Rating.

Program Strengths

  • Lower cost flight training when compared to other Midwestern Universities. We believe that the ISU Program is the best aviation training values in the nation and challenge the prospect to shop around.
  • Opportunities to take advanced flight courses taught by airline pilots.
  • Wide variety of flight experiences include specialized flight courses in ocean flying, mountain flying, glider, tailwheel, and float plane.
  • Senior courses including advanced aircraft systems, Aviation legislation, and air carrier systems are taught by professional leaders in Aviation  industry.
  • Students have the benefit of the FAA flight service stations, approach control, and control tower, located at Terre Haute International Airport.

After arriving, a variety of scholarships ranging from $500 to $1500 are available to full-time aviation technology students on a competitive basis. Credit is awarded for internships/co-ops with aviation companies and airports. Internships/co-ops are also possible.

Employment is generally found at commuter airlines in companies having flight departments, the federal government, the military services, flight simulator companies, aircraft manufacturers, state departments of aviation, and airport fixed base operators.

Graduates of our program are flying as captains with all the major U.S. Air Carriers. Employers include: American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, U.S. Airways, Northwest Airlines, American Tran Air, Express One Airlines, Continental Express, Air Wisconsin, Boeing Co, Emery Worldwide Airlines, UPS Federal Express, U.S. Check, Kroger, Inc., and other military services.

The FAA is anticipating a 13.8 percent increase in Commercial Pilots due to a boost in corporate flying and a 3 percent increase in the number of Airline Transport pilots over the next several years.


All students must have a valid United States passport.

A flight physical is required before a student can fly. For information and locations of FAA designated physicians in your area, please refer to WWW.FAA.Gov. While a Class 2 physical is required, a Class 1 is highly recommended.


For a link to a printable Word document explaining the flight fees, click here.
Pay flight fees online during selected time periods [Link to site]