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 Embry-Riddle, 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 87 Cessnas and 11 Diamonds — 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.
Embry-Riddle'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.
Learn More About Flight Ratings & Courses
Single-Multi Flight Track
This track results in a multi-engine 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 a very concentrated and fast-paced training program. 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. These aircraft are equipped with Garmin G-1000 glass cockpits and Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B), a safety tool to provide flight monitoring in non-radar environments. ADS-B helps pilots detect other aircraft in their vicinity and also transmits weather information.
- Diamond DA42-VI: Used in flight course FA 222, FA 322/323 and FA 417/460
- Cessna 172 Skyhawk: Used in flight course FA 121, FA 221, FA 321 and FA 417/460
Flight Line Webcams
Get real-time video of our students and instructors as they perform their preflight and postflight duties, and taxi to and from our ramp.
Special VFR Productions
Daytona Beach, Florida 32114
For urgent questions or concerns, call the Flight Department Hotline at 386-226-6570. The hotline is monitored 0800-17:00 M-F.