College of Aviation

Dr. Tim Brady, Dean

The College of Aviation integrates into one unit the departments of Aeronautical Science, Aviation Maintenance Science, Applied Aviation Sciences, Doctoral Studies and the Flight Training Department, which is the flight laboratory component for the Aeronautical Science degree. This cohesive unit takes advantage of the various talents and expertise of faculty and staff in these related programs. By having these programs in one complex composed of the Aviation Building, the Simulation Center, the Flight Laboratory, and the Maintenance complex, the College provides an atmosphere in which students are able to immerse themselves in an environment designed to provide them with the best resources available for the highest quality degree possible.

The College of Aviation complex contains strikingly, beautiful buildings that house the academic departments, classrooms, and laboratories, including the Air Traffic Simulation laboratory, which provides a unique experience for students in various curricula. The Simulation Center contains the most advanced ab-initio aircraft simulation devices on the planet: aircraft-specific Cessna 172, Diamond Twin Star, and Canadair Regional Jet (CRJ) FTDs. Each of these devices exactly simulates the aircraft, including the flying qualities, sounds, etc., and each has powerful, realistic visuals.

The College of Aviation complex also serves as a living laboratory that can research all elements of an air transportation system, including dynamic modeling of air traffic control interfaces, security systems, and safety systems through its highly sophisticated aircraft and air traffic simulation laboratories. These simulations can then be incorporated into the real world, where a fleet of airplanes can bring the simulation scenarios to life in an actual in-flight laboratory.

Academic degree programs offered through the College of Aviation include the following undergraduate degrees:

  • Aeronautical Science (Professional Pilot)
  • Aeronautics
  • Aerospace and Occupational Safety
  • Aviation Maintenance Science
  • Air Traffic Management
  • Commercial Space Operations
  • Meteorology
  • Operational Meteorology
  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems Science

In addition, the College offers the Master of Science degree in Aeronautics with specializations in Air Traffic Management, Aviation/Aerospace Education Technology, Aviation/Aerospace Management, Aviation/Aerospace Operations, or Aviation/Aerospace Safety Systems. Further, the college offers the Ph.D. in Aviation with cognates in Operations and Safety/Human Factors.

The College of Aviation has an enrollment of approximately 2,300 students, many of whom are in the Aeronautical Science degree, which has the largest enrollment of any similar undergraduate degree program in the nation. The College has a fleet of 65 aircraft, including the Cessna C-172, Piper PA-28R Arrow, and the Diamond DA 42 Twin Star. The entire C-172 and Diamond DA 42 Twin Star fleet is equipped with all-glass flight decks using the Garmin G1000 all-glass avionics suite and includes the ADS-B onboard collision avoidance system. This is the only all-glass cockpit, all ADS-B fleet in collegiate aviation.

Embry-Riddle has positioned the College of Aviation to serve its students with distinction while investigating and developing new education and programs for pilots, air traffic managers, meteorologists, and safety and security professionals of the new century.



A.S. in Aviation Maintenance Science


B.S. in Aeronautical Science
B.S. in Aeronautics
B.S. in Aerospace and Occupational Safety
B.S. in Air Traffic Management
B.S. in Aviation Maintenance Science
B.S. in Commercial Space Operations
B.S. in Meteorology
B.S. in Operational Meteorology
B.S. in Unmanned Aircraft Systems Science


M.S. in Aeronautics


Ph.D. in Aviation


Aircraft Dispatcher Certification