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Welcome to Central Washington University's Aviation program

Central Washington University is the regional leader in professional aviation education. Established in 1975, CWU's aviation program is the only fully accredited public university aviation program in the Pacific Northwest. CWU has a stellar reputation for preparing students for the demands of industry with B.S. degrees in Aviation Management of Professional Pilot. The CWU Department of Aviation attracts individuals with a passions for the combined art and science of aviation.


CWU Aviation and IASCO Agreement a Boon to Students, Ellensburg

There will be no increase in flight-training fees for Central Washington University aviation students next year (2015-2016), according to Stuart Thompson, director of contracts and procurement.  Recent contract negotiations between CWU and IASCO Flight Training (IFT) sustained the flight-training rate that reduced costs for students by approximately 25 percent this year.

"Our goal was high quality and lowest possible costs for students," said Thompson, adding that IFT has been slowly growing program strength since the start of the contract last fall. "IFT has been working through facilities, equipment and personnel details and is fully engaged in the program now."

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CWU Department of Aviation is offering an accelerated 3 year B.S. Professional Pilot degree. CWU has initiated this program in response to industry's identification of projected pilot shortages. Many students are expressing a desire to accelerate their school time to target industry vacancies. Consider getting a jump start on your career! Please contact CWU Aviation for more information.

CWU 2015 Aviation Scholarship Winners!

Dean's ScholarshipDarby Chung, DeAundre Cola, Lauren Doherty, Ryan Fox, Gage Geist, and Eric Schultz
Boeing ScholarshipCasey Hanshew, Leonel Valdez
Finelli Scholarship 
Ken Adams Scholarship 


Interested in Scholarships & Grants?! For more information, click the picture below!


Aviation Application
*This application is in addition to the University's application.

Anticipated 2015-2019 Aviation Course Offerings





Non-Aviation Prerequisites Required for Professional Pilot

  • ENG 101 (With a C- or better)

Information on the Flight Officer Specialization

Non-Aviation Prerequisites Required for Aviation Management Specialization

  • ENG 101 (With a C- or better)
  • ENG 102

Information on the Aviation Management Specialization

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