About Us

Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Science in Aviation Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management
  • Associate of Science in Aviation Technology

Eleven Reasons Why You Should Choose to Study Aviation at WWU

  1. A modern curriculum with safety, excellence, and Christian values in mind.  Walla Walla University offers specialty classes in crew resource management, aviation safety, and multi-crew operations.
  2. We operate under Part 61 of the Federal Aviation Regulations.  This allows us to best serve your needs as a flight student.  If you are transferring from a Part 141 training course or have some Part 61 training time you may qualify for transfer credit in our program. Walla Walla University also qualifies for VA funding under Part 61.
  3. Walla Walla University shows great confidence in your ability by providing aircraft for rental when not being used for training.  Fly to nearby airports and take a date to dinner!  Students have taken our planes as far east as Florida, North to Maine and Alaska, and South to Los Angeles and Tucson, AZ.  If you have a dream to travel while attending school, there's no better way than by piloting the airplane yourself.
  4. The Walla Walla Valley has on average 200 days of clear sky per year, and another 100+ days of flyable weather.  This means more opportunities to fly.  
  5. The Columbia basin provides lower elevation and wide open spaces to safely train, while remaining central to accessing the great Northwest.  Our location in the Walla Walla Valley is central to accessing training in a variety of climates and terrain from the rainforest and inlets of the Cascade and Olympic Mountains, to the rolling hills of the Blue Mountains, to the high plateaus, deep valleys, and steep crags of Idaho, Montana, and Utah.  Flying in the Northwest is rewarding and the scenery is vast, diverse, and beautiful. 
  6. Because WWU Aviation is based at Walla Walla Regional (KALW) airport, we have access to an Intrument Landing System (ILS) approach, a non-directional beacon (NDB) approach, 2 Area Navigation (GPS/RNAV) approaches, and 2 VOR/DME approaches on field.  This saves you money and time by not having to commute to practice these approaches during your instrument training.
  7. Another advantage of being located at Walla Walla Regional is the opportunity to train at a Class Delta controlled airport.  An FAA ground and tower controller will separate you from other traffic and issue clearances from the moment you pull out to taxi to when you return to land, adding to the safety of your flight.  You will learn to talk to ground and tower controllers the first day in the airplane and become comfortable and familiar with controlled airspace right away, something some pilots never achieve.  Better understanding and interacting with Air traffic control on a daily basis will make you a better pilot and more attractive applicant when you begin your career.
  8. Our large facility houses our main office, directors offices, flight instructor spaces, and Aviation Training Devices (Simulators).  You will have a flight instructor guide you through your training from day one to the day you earn your certificate.  We are personally invested in you and want to see you succeed.
  9. Walla Walla University is a certified Computer Assisted Testing Site (CATS), meaning you will not need to travel or make external payments to take the FAA knowledge examinations.  We also have two designated examiners in the area so when the time comes to take your practical exam there will be no problem getting an appointment. 
  10. Our aircraft are extremely well maintained and under continuous update to keep up the with ever changing modern world of aviation.  Almost all our aircraft are fully instrument flight rules (IFR) capable and ready to explore the north-west.  We also have two aviation training devices (simulators) to use when training for instrument operations and unusual emergency situations, bringing an unprecedented amount of flexibility and safety to your training. Don't just take our word for it, take a tour of our fleet and see for yourself.

The Program

Although most pilots transport passengers and cargo, others are involved in more unusual tasks, such as testing aircraft, monitoring traffic, rescuing and evacuating injured persons, directing fire fighting efforts, and spreading seed for reforestation. Except on small aircraft, two pilots make up the flight crew. The most experienced pilot, the captain, is in command and supervises all other crew members. The first officer assists with flying the aircraft, monitoring the instruments, and communicating with air traffic controllers.

Virtually all new aircraft are equipped with computerized controls, eliminating the need for the third pilot, the flight engineer. Takeoff and landing are the most difficult parts of the flight, and require close coordination between the captain and first officer. Pilots usually start with smaller commuter and regional airlines to acquire the experience needed to qualify for higher paying jobs with major airlines.

The Aviation Technology program at Walla Walla University features a 13,700 square-foot flight center located near the campus at a tower-controlled commercial airport with two paved runways and multiple instrument approaches. The university owns seven aircraft, including a Piper Arrow and a twin engine Piper Seminole, specially equipped for unique training purposes. Computerized Aviation Testing Service (CATS) is available on campus for all FAA written examinations.

Due to increased legislation known informally as the "1500 Rule," all scheduled airlines are now required to hire pilots with a minimum of 1,500 hours flight time or 1,000 hours flight time if qualified for a restricted ATP certificate. Because Walla Walla University students often flight instruct while in school to build flight time and offset costs, they tend to graduate with more flight hours than graduates from other schools. Because of this, our Aviation students often go straight into pilot positions.

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Last update on June 18, 2015