Since its founding, Embry-Riddle’s Department of Flight has turned people with a passion for aviation into the best pilots in the air. In fact, the flight program was the foundation of ERAU, and it continues to provide the training for all the programs at the university that require flight training.
However, the department doesn’t just train pilots — the training students receive here has always gone above and beyond the FAA requirements. In 1926, the flight school developed what was then called the Master Airman designation. These were not just pilots: They were able to fly airplanes in all conditions, troubleshoot problems that arose, and generally exceed the expectations of regulators in place.
The department has three buildings, a hangar, and more than 60 aircraft — all high-end, electronically supported models. Facilities also include a bank of simulators that includes the highest level of simulations available anywhere. The department has 150 flight instructors, plus 25 technicians performing support and maintenance in the hangar.
ERAU’s Department of Flight continues to be the provider of choice for professional pilots. Most graduates become professional airline pilots or have careers flying other commercial, private, or military aircraft. Some, however, minor in flight while enrolled in other programs.
However, all students are held to the same high standards of performance. The Department of Flight doesn’t just teach the nuts and bolts of flying; students learn what it means to be professional, to be safety conscious, and to have the right ethical foundation to be a great professional pilot.
Single-Multi Flight Track
This track results in a multiengine commercial license but focuses on obtaining the single-engine commercial license first. This way, the student may obtain a Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI) rating sooner and join the Embry-Riddle instructor team.
FastTrack Certificated Flight Instructor/Instrument Instructor (CFI/II)
This special program offered every summer allows selected students to obtain their Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI) and Instrument Instructor (II) ratings in the summer of their sophomore or junior year. Each of these students is guaranteed an interview with the Embry-Riddle Flight Department, and nearly all are hired.
Get a closer look at the top-of-the-line aircraft that our students use during training in the Department of Flight.
Get real-time video of our students and instructors as they perform their preflight and postflight duties and taxi to and from our ramp.
For urgent questions or concerns, call the Flight Department Hotline at 386-226-6570. The hotline is monitored 0800-17:00 M-F.