Flight Course Information

Get the information you need, as a new or prospective flight school student about course registration, flight fees and other requirements.

Flight School Course Registration

Once admitted to Saint Louis University and the Flight Science concentration (or approved by the department for the Flight Science Minor), students may register for flight courses. To register for a flight school course, students must coordinate with the Chief Flight Instructor for a flight slot. Once a flight slot has been obtained, the student may register with the consent of their Faculty Mentor and Academic Advisor. Students must web register for flight courses. New students may obtain a flight slot and register for their flight course during SLU 101.

Flight school courses at SLU’s Parks College are hands-on and designed to incorporate one-on-one work and guidance. Our professors have a vested interest in our students so you can count on a thorough learning experience through our flight school courses.

Course Prerequisites – Except with the consent of the Department of Aviation Science, students will not be allowed to register for a department flight course without having completed all prerequisite coursework. To complete the degree requirements in 4 years, it is important that students continue to make adequate progress in each flight course.

Flight Award

Parks College Flight Award is designed to make SLU’s Flight Sciences Degree Program more affordable for first-time, full-time domestic freshman students. Beginning with the fall 2017 semester, students who meet the requirements for the Flight Award will receive $3,500 off their fees for the Flight 1 through Flight 5 courses. These courses are required for students in the Flight Science major degree program and for students enrolled as an Aviation Management major with a minor in Flight Science. The Flight 2 Transition course (see the section “Additional Training” below) and the Certified Flight Instructor courses are not included in the award.

Flight Course Fees

Required Flight Courses for the Flight Science Degree (Flight Science Minor/Major)

Flight Course

FAA Certificate

Credit Hours

Course Fees

Flight 1 (FSCI 1150)

Private Pilot – (through 1st solo) * ASEL

2 Credit Hours

($105 after Flight Award)

Flight 2 (FSCI 1550)

1st ½   – Complete Private Pilot Certificate *ASEL 

2nd ½  – 1st Commercial Pilot *ASEL Module 

2 Credit Hours

($3,710 after Flight Award)

Flight 3 (FSCI 2150)

1st ½   – 2nd Commercial Pilot *ASEL Module
2nd ½  – Start Instrument Rating 

2 Credit Hours

($3,710 after Flight Award)

Flight 4 (FSCI 2550)

1st ½   – Complete Instrument Rating
2nd ½  – 3rd  Commercial Pilot Module (Complex A/C) 

2 Credit Hours

($3,710 after Flight Award)

Flight 5 (FSCI 3550)

1st ½   – Complete Commercial Pilot Certificate *ASEL
2nd ½  – Commercial Pilot Multi-engine Land 

2 Credit Hour

($3,710 after Flight Award)



10 Credit Hours

($14,945 after Flight Award)

* ASEL - Airplane Single-engine Land

Recommended Flight Courses for the Flight Science Degree (Required for the Flight Education Minor)

Flight Course

FAA Certificate

Credit Hours

Course Fees

Flight Instructor

Preparation I


Flight Instructor – Initial

Airplane Single Engine Land

2 Credit Hours (one of which incurs flight fees)


Flight Instructor

Preparation II


Flight Instructor – Instrument

Flight Instructor – Multi-Engine Land

2 Credit Hours




4 Credit Hours


Additional Training

FSCI 1560 Flight 2 Transition – This course is mandatory for students entering the flight program and holding an FAA Private Pilot certificate. The Flight 2 Transition course does not have a standard flight fee associated with it. The course is charged by the hour for each hour of flight time, instructor time and/or Advanced Aviation Training Devices (simulator devices). The charges are listed in the table below.

Remedial Training (Associated Charges) – Flight course tuition and fees include sufficient airplane, simulator and instructor time to complete all course requirements. In addition, a minimal amount of remedial time is built into each flight course. When a student has expended their allotted time, they will incur flight course charges at an hourly rate. The current rates (effective July 1, 2015) for additional flight school training are as follows:


Applicable Flight Courses

Hourly Rate

Diamond DA-20 Eclipse

Flight 1, Flight 2, Flight 3, Flight 4, & Flight Instructor Preparation I & II 


Piper PA-28R Arrow

Flight 4, Flight 5, & Flight Instructor Preparation I 


Cirrus SR20

Flight 4


Piper PA-44 Seminole

Flight 5 & Flight Instructor Preparation II 


Advanced Aviation Training Devices (F141, F142, MFD)

All Flight Courses


Instructor Rate

All Flight Courses



FAA Check Rides & Review Flights – Charges for FAA Certification flights and FAA review flights are not included in student tuition and fees. Expenses incurred while obtaining FAA certification are charged at the published hourly rates. FAA certification exams are conducted by FAA examiners who do not work for Saint Louis University. Saint Louis University is not responsible for examiner fees. FAA certification must be completed prior to the expiration of the 141 graduation certificate (60 days).

The above listed hourly rates are periodically subject to change. Please contact the Center for Aviation Science for the latest rate information. Assessed charges for remedial training and FAA certification (except examiner fees) may be paid via a student’s university account, credit card, check or cash.

Prior to Starting Training

FAA Physical – All students are required to have a current FAA – Second Class Medical Certificate to begin flight training. FAA medical certificates may be obtained from any physician authorized by the FAA to conduct FAA medical exams. A current listing of physicians approved by the FAA may be found on the FAA’s website, faa.gov, under Licenses & Certificates – Medical Certification – Locate an Aviation Medical Examiner.

Student Pilot Certificate – Students pilots are required to obtain a Student Pilot Certificate prior to solo flight. A Student Pilot Certificate may be obtained at the time a student receives their medical certificate.

TSA Requirements – Prior to beginning flight training for the Private Pilot Certificate, Instrument Rating and Commercial Pilot Multi-Engine Rating, students are required to meet TSA requirements.

  • For U.S. Citizens, the TSA requires flight schools to verify a student’s citizenship. This requirement may be met by presenting a current US Passport or an official copy of the student’s Birth Certificate with a government issued photo ID to their instructor during their initial flight slot.
  • For Non-U.S. Citizens, the TSA requires a background check and TSA approval prior to commencing flight training. Students requiring more information on this process should contact the Aviation Science Department or reference www.flightschoolcandidates.gov.

Flight School Books and Accessories

Each flight course requires the purchase of certain textbooks and other accessories. Textbooks for flight courses and certain pilot accessories (including headsets) are available for purchase at the Center for Aviation Science dispatch office. In addition to textbooks, students will typically require a flashlight, aviation approved headset, E6-B flight computer, and approved navigation charts. New students should budget around $175.00 for textbooks and accessories during the first semester and an additional $100.00-$300.00 for a headset.

Student Records

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act - The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), 20 U.S. C. § 1232g, as amended, is a federal law giving certain rights to parents or students regarding education records at schools of every level receiving funding from the U.S. Department of Education. At the post-secondary school level, the rights afforded by FERPA belong, in general, to the student rather than the parent. In order for University Officials to disclose any student record information with a student’s parent or guardian, a current FERPA waiver must be on file with Saint Louis University

Student Access to Flight Training Records – Currently required FAA records are maintained using the Talon Systems, Education and Training Administration (ETA) software. Upon enrollment in a flight course students will receive access to their flight training records via their ETA login. Students are encouraged to monitor their flight training progress to avoid and/or anticipate additional flight course charges.

The Center for Aviation Science

The Center for Aviation Science is located at the St. Louis Downtown Airport, located at 4300 Vector Drive, Cahokia, Illinois, 62206 and can be reached at (314) 977-9569.

University transportation between the Main Campus and the Center for Aviation Science is available during the fall and spring semesters via hourly shuttles Monday through Friday from 6:00 AM through 6:35 PM. Additional transportation is available during off hours and on weekends via SLU-Ride.

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