Flight School Experience

Parks College Trains Students To Become Skilled Pilots And Strong Leaders

Attending Flight School At Parks College

At Saint Louis University’s Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology, the flight school is located at the St. Louis Downtown Airport in Cahokia, IL, only a few miles from the main SLU campus in midtown St. Louis.

Students enrolled in SLU’s Parks College aviation department are able to fly within weeks of their freshman year, and continuously gather more and more certification throughout each year of the flight science degree program.

Here’s a brief overview of how the Parks College flight school progresses

  • End of Freshman Year:  Earn a private pilot’s license and take family and friends flying over summer vacation!
  • End of Sophomore Year: Obtain instrument rating and a single-engine commercial license by the end of the academic year.
  • End of Junior Year: Receive a multi-engine certification for commercial flight and begin the transition to turbine aircraft operations via our Beechcraft King Air FTD course.
  • End of Senior Year:  Have the option to become a certified flight instructor and undergo aircraft simulator training to apply knowledge to real-world scenarios. Seniors also take in-depth CRJ courses, including crew training and line oriented flight operations (LOFT) courses.

Small Flight School Classes

Students enrolled in the aviation department have one-on-one time with flight instructors at least three times a week, meaning they receive plenty of personalized instruction aimed at educating them not only in the technical aspects, but also helping them shape ethical decision making skills. This helps students succeed in a variety of challenging issues they’re sure to face at some point in their career.

Technology Used In Parks College Flight School

The Parks College flight school incorporates three different types of aircrafts for student flights:

  • The Diamond DA-20 - Single engine light aircraft
  • The Piper Arrow with Avidyne Entegra integrated flight decks – Advanced Single-engine light aircraft - complex
  • The Piper Seminole - Two engine aircraft - complex
  • The Cirrus SR20 with Garmin Perspective - Technically advanced aircraft

Advanced students further their studies of larger aircraft in a state-of-the-art Canadair Regional Jet-700 simulator. In addition to providing students with a full repertoire of foundational and advanced courses in flight science and aviation management, the required curriculum ensures the breadth of your undergraduate experience with the traditional SLU core and additional credits of earned electives.

Getting Real-World Experience at Flight School

Parks College students have the ability to become certified flight school instructors during their senior year, meaning they can have hands-on experience teaching others to fly by the time they graduate.

After Graduating Parks College for Aviation

Upon finishing flight school, students will possess a wide variety of technical skills as well as the characteristics found in effective leaders, having been exposed to a variety of moral and mechanical challenges throughout the undergraduate degree program.

Apply To Parks College Flight School

Interested in becoming part of the Parks College aviation tradition? Apply now to get started on your aviation career path today.