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Become a pilot! It’s a great time to train to become a commercial pilot. NMC students can earn FAA ratings and an associate degree in less than two years so they can enter the job market faster. We offer first-class instruction in a top quality, diverse fleet of aircraft in a great location. NMC graduates enjoy high employment placement rates in the charter, airline, freight, flight instruction, seaplane, and unmanned aircraft fields. The program offers a myriad of FAA ratings and licenses including Private, Instrument, Commercial, Multi-Engine and Flight Instructor certificates for both fixed wing aircraft and helicopters.

Program Highlights:

  • VA-approved
  • Ratings in less than two years
  • GPS-equipped, glass cockpit aircraft fleet
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicle courses
  • Aerobatics, tailwheel, helicopter and seaplane training
  • International Partnership program offers exciting exchange options
  • FAA Part 141 certified training program — same ratings at fewer hours and lower costs
  • Competitive costs with any other collegiate flight program in the US
  • Flight Instructing opportunities
  • Convenient follow-on bachelor’s degree programs
  • Non-credit programs and training available
  • Training pilots since 1967

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Envoy Pipeline Agreement

NMC Aviation signed a partnership agreement with officials from Envoy Airlines that provides strong financial incentives and outstanding job opportunities for program graduates. Read the press release »

UAS Program Expands

Students are flocking to NMC's unmanned aerial systems program, which has added new aircraft, autopilot systems, and more flight hours to courses. Check out the UAS Program »

Pilot Shortage Looms

Regional airlines are predicted to be hit hardest as pilot retirements increase and new rules take effect. One regional airline is even offering $5,000 signing bonuses for new pilot hires. Learn more about career opportunities »

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In the News:

NMC Offers Helicopter Training

February 6, 2014

College students studied drones before Amazon

“Tony Sauerbrey, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) program manager at Northwestern Michigan College, estimates there are only six college programs dedicated solely to unmanned aircraft system piloting and creation....

‘It's exciting to be part of a brand new industry. It's like the Wright Brothers all over again,’ Sauerbrey says.”

December 14, 2013

Students drawn to NMC's unmanned systems and robotics program

September 30, 2013

NMC offers robotics, unmanned systems degree

January 15, 2013

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