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GSU to offer pilot training program

To meet the growing demand for licensed airplane pilots, Governors State University is launching a training program in partnership with D14 Aviation.

The non-credit course offered by the School of Extended Learning (SXL) begins with a private pilot license requiring 90-hours of classroom work at GSU and  successfully passing 40 hours of flight time with an instructor at Bult Field in Monee. 

With the completion of that course, students can continue toward a commercial pilot license by taking additional courses and flying time.

SXL’s Executive Director Craig Schmidt said the private pilot course will cover theoretical aspects of aviation, including aerodynamics, navigation, meteorology, regulations and other essential topics. Students learn the foundational knowledge required for safe and effective piloting. 


According to Schmidt, the course hits three objectives:

“First, we want to provide an alternative option to achieve a pilot’s license without having to secure a 4-year degree. Second, this aligns with GSU’s focus to provide industry training and industry credentials that lead to good paying jobs. And third, this supports GSU’s Supply Chain Innovation Center and Business Incubator (SCICBI), whose work focuses on the  movement of cargo via aviation mobility.”  

“We are excited to bring this training to the Chicago Southland region as it complements our drone training and puts GSU at the forefront of the supply chain sector,” said Schmidt. 

To learn more, click here to register for an on-campus or virtual information session on March 6 or March 20 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

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