Professional Pilot Degree Progam

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Dreaming of a future in Aviation?

To achieve a successful career as a pilot, it is essential to obtain  a bachelor’s degree, possess pilot ratings and build flight time and we can help.  This degree has been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration for a reduction (from 1500 to 1000 hours) in the flight time required for your ATP certificate  thus expediting the launch of your aviation career.

Why Should You Consider the Professional Pilot Degree Program?

Obtaining your professional pilot degree through this unique partnership allows you to:

  • Reduce by 1/3 the number of hours required for your ATP certificate.
  • Obtain your bachelor’s degree without leaving the Kansas City Metropolitan area.
  • Train in a Part 141 environment, reducing the amount of training needed.
  • Receive the highest level of top-quality flight training.
    • We’re a Cessna Pilot Center, specially selected by Cessna.
    • Flight training in top-of-the-line Cessna Aircraft, including the Cessna 172 Skyhawk, the world’s most popular flight training aircraft
    • Interactive, computer based instruction and testing
    • Clean, quiet study areas and classrooms
    • Redbird full-motion simulators
  • Take advantage of job opportunities at Air Associates – earn money while you’re earning your degree
  • Flight instruction (once you’ve earned your CFI)
  • Crew member for Part 91 and Part 135 missions flown by Air Associates

About the Degree

This program partnership allows a student to remain in the Kansas City metropolitan area while completing a a professional pilot degree. Flight training is offered through Air Associates. General education credits are given by Johnson County Community College either online or in person.

To learn more:

Air Associates of Kansas
12901 West 151st Street, Suite B
Olathe KS  66062
Johnson County Community College
Dr. Terry Murphy-Latta
Director of National Academy of Railroad Services
12345 College Boulevard, ITC #112
Overland Park KS  66210-1299



14 thoughts on “Professional Pilot Degree Progam

    1. Yes, Miriam.we will be formally introducing our Professional Pilot Degree Program on Saturday, October 18 from 11-2. Presentations will be at 11:30A and 1:30P. We would love to see you there!

  1. I am seeking the origin and founding of Air Associates. Being from Wichita, I met Bill Roosevelt on many trips he made to Wichita back in the 1960’s under the business name of “Air Associates.” Is this the same corporation? Is Bill Roosevelt connected in any way with the current company?

    1. Hi Walter!

      Thank you for your interest. Air Associates of Kansas was founded about 11 years ago by Tom Cargin. I’m afraid there isn’t a Bill Roosevelt currently connected with the company.

  2. Love the idea of this program, but are you pursing approval from the VA so veteran’s such as myself can use our Post 9/11 benefits?

  3. I’m currently at KSU-Salina and I know there are a few of us here that would love to transfer to your location. Since both locations provide a degree from the same school would it be possible to transfer?

    1. Hi Larry-

      Thank you for your inquiry. A representative of our KSU-Salina/Air Associates Partnership will be in contact with you shortly to discuss details.

  4. I don’t know what Liberty University’s requirements are, but they team up with Cessna Pilot Centers for flight training as well. I was considering a transfer to K-State, but if there’s some way you can become an affiliate, that would be such a relief since I already have their core classes completed.

    1. Hi Phillip-

      We are partners with both Liberty University and KSU-Salina. Please contact Rhet Cantrell (913.764.4800) and he should be able to answer any questions you may have. Thanks for your interest!

  5. Hi there.
    I would like to know which is the best way to reach the 100 MATH credits in Johnson County, which career or program will help with this and also where can I obtain my private pilot rating to complete the requirements for the professional pilot degree.

    1. Hi Santiago-

      Thank you for your inquiry. For all questions relating to the academic side of the program, it’s best that you reach out to JCCC or KSU-Salina directly. With regard to obtaining your Pilot’s license, that can be done right here at Air Associates. We’re happy to get your first lesson set up and assign you to an instructor who best suits your learning style and schedule. Just give us a call when you are ready 913.764.4800!

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