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 the Contact 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 in Applied Science 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 tuition cost of your junior and senior year at SIUC on the SWIC 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 60 percent through this SWIC/SIUC partnership.

Airline Internships and Training

SWIC has partnered with Trans State Airlines to offer internships and link students to careers along with offering 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. TSA Aviators program 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 $44,000 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

Helicopter Pilot Training

Southwestern Illinois College is excited to offer Illinois’ only collegiate helicopter training program to students interested in pursuing a career as a professional helicopter pilot.

Flight training is offered in conjunction with our Aviation Pilot Training program which prepares you with the skills needed to excel in the world of aviation. Private Pilot Rotorcraft/Helicopter, Commercial/ Instrument Rotorcraft Helicopter, Certified Flight Instructor & Certified Flight Instructor Instrument are the flight certificates that may be achieved during the course of the Associate in Applied Science program.

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.  For helicopter, both flight and ground training is approved under FAR Part 141.

Career Opportunities

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

Course Topics

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

Scholarships for SWIC Aviation Pilot Training Students

Take the Next Step

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