The Top 10 Aviation Schools

Updated July 20, 2017

If you're looking at a career as a pilot, air controller or aircraft mechanic, then you may want to consider enrolling with one of the top aviation schools in the U.S. The best schools often include training with simulators and a fleet of different aircraft. Most of the best schools also will provide you with the professional instruction that will help you land your dream job.

Academy of Aviation LCC

Located in Farmingdale, New York, this school is approved by Cessna, the most influential name in general aviation. So a degree from this school will increase your chances of landing a job as a pilot upon graduation.

ATP Flight School

This school in Chicago offers an Airline Career Pilot Program, which will give students more job opportunities and the chance to fly aircraft with a range of different engines. Courses are affordable and take place within an economical time frame.

Aerosim Flight Academy

The curriculum at this Florida flight school focuses on advanced training for careers with commercial aircraft careers. You will learn high-speed aerodynamics and advanced aircraft systems. Created by the airlines, this school will instruct you on how to transition into a career with modern commercial aircraft.

Western Michigan University--College of Aviation

This college offers an Aviation Maintenance Technology program that prepares students for technical careers in the aerospace industry. Aircraft structures and system design are some of the areas covered.

California Flight Academy

Located in San Diego, this school offers certificate programs for students looking to become private pilots, commercial pilots, airline transport pilots and flight instructors. This career-oriented training school takes care of all aspect of student life, from housing to airport pickup.

Kansas State University

Kansa State University at Salina, offers an aviation program and has graduated more Master Certified flight instructors than any other collegiate program in the U.S. Class sizes are small and you'll learn how to fly helicopters, gliders and Citation jets.

Galvin Flying Services

Founded in Seattle, Washington in 1930, Galvin Flying Services has prepared more than 17,000 pilots for professional careers in aviation. The school has a state of the art training fleet and simulators to ensure that students train with the latest equipment.

University of North Dakota--Spokane

The John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences at the University of North Dakota is the most technologically advanced aviation college in the world. This internationally respected institute offers training on a 120-aircraft fleet that includes fixed wind aeroplanes and helicopters.

Dutch Wings Flight School

Located in Arcola, Texas, this flight school offers training for private, instrument, commercial and multi-engine planes at an affordable rate with Career Training packages starting at just £12,489, as of 2010.

National Aviation Academy

This top aviation maintenance school in Florida's Tampa Bay area has been around since 1973 and offers quality training on avionics technology and aviation maintenance technology. You will get hands-on training with aircraft, engines and equipment for both piston-powered aircraft and jet-powered aircraft.

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