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Aviation Degree

Become a Professional Pilot! It’s a great time to start training for an aviation career—rising salaries, signing bonuses and retention bonuses, travel benefits—and with the pilot shortage expected to continue for the next 10 to 15 years, there have never been more opportunities!

Ratings you can earn: Private, Instrument, Commercial, Multi-Engine, Flight Instructor, Instrument Flight Instructor, Seaplane

What are the top reasons for choosing to do your flight training at NMC?
  • Our small size allows for lots of personal attention
  • Associate and Bachelor degree options
  • Faster track to a professional pilot job
    • All flight training completed in the first two years
    • Start building time sooner, get hired sooner
  • Lower overall costs than other collegiate programs
  • We are VA-approved
  • Beaches, lakes, festivals—enjoy your free time in beautiful Traverse City!

Where do I start? Contact the Aviation Division at (231) 995-2911 or aviation@nmc.edu to get program information and schedule a visit to see for yourself if NMC is the right place for you.

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NMC Partners With Regional Airlines

NMC Aviation has signed partnership agreements with regional airlines seeking to recruit NMC Aviation graduates for pilot positions. NMC flight students and graduates can take advantage of sponsored opportunities to visit company headquarters, observe training, receiving mentoring, and interview for conditional job offers through Envoy, Republic, ExpressJet, and Skywest.

Regional Airlines Offer Signing Bonuses

As regional airlines compete for qualified pilot applicants, many airlines are offering signing bonuses for new hires, with some bonuses exceeding $20,000. See the list by looking at "The Grid" in the latest Aero Crew News issue at issuu.com/aerocrewnews »

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In the News:

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Oct 7, 2019

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June 8, 2019

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TRAVERSE CITY RECORD-EAGLE
May 23, 2018

Inside the Cockpit at NMC's Aviation Program

MYNORTH.COM
July 1, 2017

National pilot shortage impacts northern Michigan aviation industry

“We're trying to develop relationships with the students at NMC earlier and earlier all the time; it's a tremendous asset for us to have that.” - Matt Besaw, Air Services Inc. Director of Operations

9&10 NEWS
March 11, 2016

Pilot light: America is running out of people to fly its planes

"According to one analysis, in the next 20 years the supply of people to fly America's planes will meet just two-thirds of the demand."

THE ECONOMIST
March 9, 2016

Asia-Pacific offers great opportunities for US pilots

Opportunities about for US-trained pilots to meet the high demand for qualified aviators in far off lands.

AVIATION WEEK
February 9, 2015

African bush draws low-time, adventure-seeking pilots looking to build experience

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April 7, 2015

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