AeroGuard Flight Training Center has been selected by Arizona State University to provide flight training services to ASU students enrolled in the B.S. in Aeronautical Management Technology (Professional Flight) degree program. Within this agreement, AeroGuard will train future commercial airline pilots with zero prior flight experience to earn their Commercial Pilot License and beyond, providing them with the knowledge, skills, and a clear path to the in-demand career of becoming a professional commercial airline pilot.
Boeing has forecasted that over 600,000 new pilots are necessary over the next 20 years to keep the commercial airlines operating at capacity. This growth is driven by both an increase in air travel, expected to more than double in that time, as well as an FAA-mandated retirement age of 65 requiring a majority of current airline pilots to leave the industry in the next few years. A huge demand for well-trained pilots has led to pay increases in excess of 90%, along with signing bonuses and other attractive benefits.
The ASU B.S. in Aeronautical Management Technology (Professional Flight) has over 250 enrolled students completing their practical pilot training and supporting coursework at ASU's Polytechnic campus in Mesa, Arizona. This degree allows students to complete their Private, Instrument and Commercial Single and Multi-Engine Ratings, as well as optional Flight Instructor Certificates. With approval from the FAA, graduates are qualified for the Restricted-ATP at 1,000 flight hours, helping them advance more quickly to their careers compared with other pilots requiring over 1,500 hours of experience.
AeroGuard will begin training ASU students immediately at their current Arizona campus locations, with more students starting in this upcoming Spring Semester. These students will train alongside AeroGuard's current Pilot Pathway Program and International students completing accelerated flight training courses on a similar path to become professional pilots.