Aviation Pilot Training

Flight Training for Career or Personal Use

If you want an exciting career, train to become an airline or commercial pilot. If you want the best flight training in the St. Louis region at an affordable cost, fill out the form on this page to get in touch with us. The SWIC aviation pilot program offers value you won’t find at other flight schools.

Great Start at a Great Price

Flight school is an investment, but SWIC can save you a significant amount  on the cost of becoming a professional pilot compared to other institutions. Upon completion of SWIC pilot training you can transfer to a four-year institution to complete a bachelor's degree.

Private Pilot Training

Complete the requirements to obtain your private pilot certificate in as little as one semester.

Professional Pilot License Programs

The one-year Aviation Pilot Training Certificate will qualify you to fly commercially.

The two-year Associate degree expands upon the certificate and prepares you to transfer for a four-year degree.

Four year degree from SIUC at SWIC

SWIC has partnered with Southern Illinois University Carbondale for a seamless continuation of your training toward a bachelor degree. Upon completion of the Associate degree program, you will return to the same SWIC campus to begin your junior year at SIUC.

The cost savings

While SIUC has higher tuition, you will save a significant amount by paying SWIC tuition the first two years. Through the extended campus program, the cost of your junior and senior year at SIUC on the Belleville Campus will be reduced by approximately 25 percent. You will also save on travel or relocation costs to attend SIUC. Overall, your costs earning a bachelor's degree will be reduced by more than 50 percent through this SWIC/SIUC partnership.

Airline Internships and Training

SWIC has partnered with Trans State Airlines to offer internships along with the new TSA Aviators program. An Internship is available in your last semester of the associate degree program. It provides a semester-long experience with TSA learning airline operations and management.

You can apply to the TSA Aviators program once you complete the basic requirements for an FAA private pilot certificate and finish the first year of academic studies. Aviators provides a professional track to becoming a first officer at TSA through continued training, mentoring and professional airline guidance. The TSA Aviator program  offers the following benefits:

  • A Company badge
  • Training materials
  • Up to $10,000 reimbursement for education expenses
  • New employee referral program financial incentives
  • Expedited hiring as a TSA pilot
  • Meetings with TSA flight operation leadership team
  • A TSA mentor to provide technical insights and opportunities for professional growth

FAA Approved Training

SWIC is an FAA-approved flight school for ground and simulator training under the Federal Aviation Regulation Part 141. Flight training is provided under FAR Part 61. Certification covers single engine, multi-engine and instrument ratings.

Career Opportunities

  • Airline Pilot
  • Commercial Pilot
  • Corporate Pilot
  • Flight Instructor
  • Agricultural Pilot

Course Topics

  • Air Traffic Control Systems
  • Aviation Meteorology
  • Commercial Pilot Flight Theory
  • Flight Instructor Theory
  • Instrument Flight Training
  • Instrument Flight Theory
  • Multi-Engine Flight Theory
  • Multi-Engine Flight Training
  • Private Pilot Flight Theory
  • Simulator Training
  • Simulator Instrument Training

Scholarships for SWIC Aviation Pilot Training Students

  • Don Chapman Memorial
  • Don Libby Memorial

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