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College of Education and Professional Studies

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 or Professional Pilot. The aviation major attracts individuals with a passion for the combined art and science of aviation.



Professional Pilot Degree

  • Commercial Pilot Specialization
  • Flight Officer Specialization

Aviation Management Degree

  • Aviation Management Specialization
  • Aviation Maintenance Management Specialization


Aviation News:
Central Washington University’s Aviation department has purchased (5) 2017  Piper Archer aircraft (6) 2018 Piper Archer aircraft and (2) Seminole twin engine aircraft.   The Archers will primarily be used for Instrument and Commercial training and they have a modern glass cockpit with systems such as Garmin G1000 NXi Avionics Suite, Electronic charts, and WAAS GPS Navigation systems. CWU is keeping pace with the ever changing aviation world by offering students exposure to this type of equipment which they will see in their future airline careers.  


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CWU Aviation in the News

Horizon Air, CWU partnering in order to recruit more future pilots

October 10, 2016

King 5

Staggering demand for new pilots

July 20, 2015


Airline Pilot Turnover Opens Door for New Pilots to Start Flying

October 24, 2015

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Anticipated 2015-2019 Aviation Course Offerings


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