THE RIGHT COLLEGE CAN GET YOUR AVIATION CAREER OFF TO A FLYING START
So you’ve decided to become a professional pilot. Congratulations! There are few careers that offer as many job options and opportunities for adventure. Now comes the hard part: Deciding between training at an independent flight school, or earning your ratings as part of a four-year degree program. Both options have a lot to offer.
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