Professional Aviation

Beginning in 1967, Louisiana Tech University’s Department of Professional Aviation has established itself as a high-quality degree program with a national reputation for outstanding graduates. The Department is a member of the University Aviation Association and is accredited by the Aviation Accreditation Board International.

In 2017, the Department of Professional Aviation integrated a new fleet of 12 Cessna Skyhawk and Piper Arrow aircraft. The Department conducts both ground, simulator, and flight training year-round. Flight operations are headquartered at the Ruston Regional Airport in the Louisiana Tech Flight Operations building. We have aviation management cooperative agreements with the Louisiana Airport Managers Association and many Fixed-Based Operators in the region. Our links with industry are accomplished by internship programs with numerous major air carriers, regional airlines, corporate aviation, and government organizations as well as maintaining close contacts with our graduates.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Professional Aviation is as follows: The Professional Aviation curriculum provides two accredited professional degree programs in Professional Aviation and Aviation Management. Professional Aviation and Aviation Management programs focus on setting a standard of excellence and to provide graduates with the knowledge, skills, experience, and attitudes necessary to shape and lead the aviation industry in the 21st century.


Degrees Offered

Professional Aviation

Students complete requirements for the Private, Instrument, Commercial, and Flight Instructor Certificates, minimum of 120 semester hours.

Student Achievement Data – Professional Aviation

Aviation Management

A major in Aviation Management consists of 45 semester hours of aviation and specified flight training requirements. The program concentrates on business practices designed to prepare students for managerial positions throughout the aviation industry. The aviation management curriculum requires a minor in Business Administration. The program also offers a concentration in Aviation Maintenance Management.

Student Achievement Data – Aviation Management


Job Opportunities

Aircraft cargo handling supervisor
Airport planning
Airport operations officer
Commercial pilot
Fixed Base operations manager
Flight school instructor
Private pilot
Transportation and development specialist
Transportation manager

Important Links

Aviation Hazard Reporting Form
Aviation Weather Center
Talon ETA


AABI Accreditation

Accreditation through the Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI) is very important to our faculty, students, and alumni. It means we have met a defined set of standards that not all collegiate aviation programs can meet. The parents of our students and potential students, along with our students and potential students should be proud to know that Louisiana Tech University’s Department of Professional Aviation has been accredited since 1993 and was the fifth institution to become accredited through the only collegiate aviation accrediting body in the world (AABI).

For more information about AABI, please visit our accreditation page.

Requirements for Admission

Applicants to the Department of Professional Aviation must meet all University admission requirements.  University admission does not guarantee placement within Professional Aviation or Aviation Management.  Due to the unique nature of both degree programs, selection as a student within the Department of Professional Aviation is competitive.  All applicants will be evaluated based on initial application date, cumulative GPA, and standardized test scores.  A submitted University application declaring Professional Aviation or Aviation Management will automatically place the applicant in candidate status with the Department of Professional Aviation.  The application deadline is Dec. 15 of the year prior to intended entry.  Students will be notified of their selection status no later than February of their intended year of entry.

All students must complete a campus visit to qualify for admission.  The Department of Professional Aviation recommends University application at least one academic year prior to intended entry.  Applicants are encouraged to confirm acceptance into the program before making a commitment to attend.  Graduating high school seniors and transfer students are required to have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and a 23 ACT composite score.  Higher scores are more competitive. 

A campus visit can be scheduled through Louisiana Tech Admissions at (318) 257-3036.  The campus visit normally concludes with a visit to the Department of Professional Aviation located in Davison Hall and the Louisiana Tech Flight Operations facility located at the Ruston Regional Airport. 

All students not initially selected for Professional Aviation or Aviation Management are encouraged to attend Louisiana Tech in another degree program and compete for an academic major change, if desired.  As a current Louisiana Tech student, enrollment as an aviation major is evaluated each academic quarter and based on cumulative GPA and our available flight training resources.  A major change request can be made in our main office located in Davison Hall 320.

For more information, please visit our university catalog page.