The Walla Walla Valley has on average 200 days of clear sky per year, and another 100+ days of flyable weather. This means less time spent on the ground and more time air.
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.
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, 3 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.
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.
Our large facility houses our main office, directors, offices, and flight instructor spaces. You will have an assigned flight instructor selected to 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.
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 written examinations for your certificates. 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.