Parks College of Engineering Aviation and Technology trains students to become skilled pilots as well as strong industry leaders.
Our Center for Aviation Science is housed at the St. Louis Downtown Airport, located at 4300 Vector Drive in Cahokia, Illinois, and can be reached at 314-977-9569. University transportation between campus and the Center for Aviation Science is available for aviation students during the fall and spring semesters. Hourly shuttles operate Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 6:35 p.m. Additional transportation is available during off hours and on weekends via SLU Ride.
Students enrolled in SLU’s Parks College aviation program are able to fly within weeks of their freshman year, and continuously gather more and more certification throughout each year of the flight science degree program.
SLU’s Parks College hosts a versatile aircraft fleet, including these cutting-edge airplane options:
Our fleet of nine GPS-equipped Diamond DA-20 aircraft, capable of flight under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR), are used for primary and instrument training. The Diamond DA-20 is a two-seat, all composite airplane that is ideal for high-utilization flight instruction environments and has an industry-leading safety record and outstanding fuel economy.
Advanced single engine training is provided in our glass cockpit Piper PA-28 Arrow aircraft, equipped with retractable landing gear, the Avidyne Entegra glass cockpit and dual GPS. The aircraft allows you to gain experience operating advanced aircraft in both Visual Flight Rules (VFR) and Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations. Multi-engine training is provided in our Piper PA-44 Seminole aircraft, equipped with dual GPS.
The multi-engine, advanced-training Seminole is sleek, strong, consistent and smart. Powerful twin 180-horsepower Lycoming engines make Seminole the only true multi-engine trainer available today, providing a unique and vital advanced instrument training experience. Its simplicity, stability and safety have made it a low-maintenance, high-value mainstay of training programs everywhere.
The technologically advanced Cirrus SR20 is equipped with a glass cockpit, Garmin G-1000 avionics and autopilot, allowing you to receive additional training in an aircraft with electronic systems that are typical of today’s commercial aircraft.
Learn in our state-of-the-art flight simulator while being advised by lab instructors with extensive real-world experience.
The air traffic control simulator allows you to gain near-real-world experience with air traffic control towers, radar facilities and communicating effectively with pilots.
Flight training is further supported by our fleet of Frasca 141, 142 and 242 turbine simulators.
Our smaller class sizes and individual flight instruction ensure a student-centered approach to learning and the individualized attention afforded by a private education.
You can register for flight courses at Saint Louis University as soon as you are admitted to the flight science concentration.
To register for a flight school course, coordinate with the chief flight instructor for a flight slot. Once a flight slot has been obtained, you may register with the consent of your faculty mentor and academic advisor. You must register for flight courses online. New students may obtain a flight slot and register for their flight course during SLU 101.
Students are not be allowed to register for a department flight course without having completed prerequisite coursework unless they have consent from the Department of Aviation Science. To complete the degree requirements in four years, it’s important that you continue to make adequate progress in each flight course.
Currently required FAA records are maintained using the Talon Systems’ Education and Training Administration software. Upon enrollment in a flight course, you will receive access to your flight training records via your ETA login. You are encouraged to monitor your flight training progress to avoid or anticipate additional flight course charges.