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.

Professional Aviation – Compliance with AABI Policy 3.4.2

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.

Aviation Management – Compliance with AABI Policy 3.4.2

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

Alumni Forum
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.

Estimated Flight Training Costs for Graduation Requirements

Flight & FTD


Flight & FTD


Flight & FTD

PRAV 380 Flight & FTD
TOTAL COST $46,404

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.  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, standardized test scores, and possession of at least an unrestricted FAA Second Class medical certificate.

All must complete an interview with the Department Chair or designated representative prior to 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 with the Department 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.

All students enrolled in the Department of Professional Aviation are required to maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA.

For more information, please visit our university catalog page.