HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET A PILOT CERTIFICATE?
The answer to that question depends on your goals. If you are interested in earning your Private Pilot Certificate for non-commercial purposes, then the minimum requirements are 40 flight hours, a passing result on the FAA written exam, and passing the check-ride, or flight test, with an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner. If you can dedicate yourself, the required flight hours may take only a few months. However, some of our students need to spread their training out because of busy schedules or financial restraints and the process takes longer to complete.
ULA can be as flexible or as aggressive as you wish to be. In that regard, ULA is considered a boutique training school, in that we cater to your schedule. So by the same token, if your desire is to train at an accelerated pace, we will accommodate your schedule.
If you are interested in pursuing a career in aviation then the program we recommend is about 18-20 months long. You also have the option of enrolling in an online-program with one of our education partners and earning an Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree while you complete your flight training. For more information, please call our Student Service Team at 801-596-7722.
HOW MUCH DOES THE PROGRAM COST?
A Private Pilot license in Fixed-Wing will cost you between 7-10K, and Rotor-Wing will cost 16-18K. Upper Limit Aviation is an affordable flight school with connections to aviation funding sources that can help you finance your pilot certificates. We are dedicated to helping as many folks as possible who are committed to earning a commercial pilot certificate. Our financial lending associations may be able to help provide you the necessary funding to help you meet your career goals.
IS THERE FINANCIAL AID AVAILABLE?
The short answer is yes. The long answer is: there are several types of financial aid that ULA can help you acquire to fund your schooling. There are State and Federal Grants, Federal Student Loans, Federal Work-Study, Tuition Waivers, and Private Educational Loans. To get more information on each of your options please call us at 801-596-7722 and a ULA team member will help walk you through each option. You can also find more information on our financing page.
ARE THERE COLLEGE DEGREE PROGRAMS AVAILABLE WHILE I WORK THROUGH MY TRAINING?
We have a partnership with Charter Aviation College, who provides online Associates and Bachelor of Science degrees in Aviation Science and Professional Pilot. The online bachelor’s degree through Charter Aviation College is a 2.5-year program versus a 4-year program at a traditional college. The accelerated program allows up to $45,000 of Federal Financial aid and Pell Grants over the 2.5-year program. Students generally fill the gap in funding through personal lenders, though many students work as flight instructors at ULA while completing their online college degree.
Please contact Charter Aviation College to begin enrollment and apply for FASFA , student loans and GI Bill Benefits. If you have any questions about this process, contact the Aviation Director, Kyle Beebe, via email, or via phone at 775-224-9501 x 2198.
You can also give us a call at 801-596-7722 and a ULA representative will help you find all of your options if you are looking for a degree.
DOES ULA HAVE JOB PLACEMENT AS A PART OF THE PROGRAM?
Yes. We can help you find and apply for the kind of employment opportunities you are looking for in your aviation career. We have many connections in the industry and all our expertise and knowledge is available to our Alumni to make sure they achieve their aviation career goals.
For example, SkyWest Airlines has partnered with Upper Limit Aviation through their Pilot Pathway Program. Students attending ULA become part of the SkyWest Pilot Pathway Program while pursuing their ratings and commercial license. Graduates get preferential treatment over other job candidates and a guaranteed interview with SkyWest.
ULA is also partnered with Alpine Air, which is an FAA Part 135 On-Demand Air Carrier. Alpine Air fly’s cargo and provides on-demand commercial carrier services to individuals and industry. Graduates may find employment with Alpine Air with 700 hours, as opposed to 1500 hours with the airlines.
WILL MY G/I BILL COVER FLIGHT TRAINING COSTS?
ULA has offered approved VA courses since 2007 in Salt Lake City, Utah. ULA is working on their VA approval in California and expect to have it completed this year.
As of August 2016, under the Post 9/11 GI Bill, flight courses past the private pilot can be part of a VA approved college aviation degree program. ULA is partnered with Charter Aviation College which provides online Associates and Bachelor of Science degrees in Aviation Science and Professional Pilot. As part of the degree requirements, students attend Charter Aviation College online and fly either airplanes or helicopters with Upper Limit Aviation. VA Students can complete their aviation degree programs online through Charter Aviation while flying and completing ground courses at Upper Limit Aviation in Salt Lake City, Utah.
WHAT IS THE FIRST STEP TO GETTING STARTED WITH MY FLIGHT TRAINING?
To get started please fill out the application (button below) and submit that to our Student Services Team. We will review the information you provide and contact you to walk you through your options, answer any of your questions and help you get your career in aviation started!