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students in the CRJ 700 simulator 

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. The Parks Shuttle operates hourly Monday through Friday from 7 am to 5 p.m. 

University transportation via the Parks Shuttle is available for students needing transportation to/from the Center for Aviation Science. Students are to schedule shuttle service by using the Parks Shuttle Request Form. The Parks Shuttle pick-up and drop-off point is located at Grand Hall on the Saint Louis University campus and at the Center for Aviation Science at the St. Louis Downtown Airport.

Additional transportation is available during off hours and on weekends via SLU Ride. Students are to use the TapRide app (which can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play) during the hours of operation to request a ride.

Outside of SLU Ride and the Parks Shuttle hours, the Department of Public Safety can provide safety escorts. To request a safety escort, call 314-977-3000.

To request or schedule a ride with SLU Ride, use the TapRide app or make your request online.

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.

Parks College Aircraft Fleet and Technology

SLU’s Parks College hosts a versatile aircraft fleet, including these cutting-edge airplane options:

Diamond DA-20

Our 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.

Piper Archer PA-28-181 with Garmin G1000NXi

The technologically advanced Piper PA-28-281 is equipped with a glass cockpit, Garmin G1000 NXi avionics and autopilot, allowing you to receive additional training in an aircraft with electronic systems that are typical of today’s commercial aircraft.

Seminole PA44

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.

Canadair Regional Jet (CRJ-700) Simulator

Learn in our state-of-the-art flight simulator while being advised by lab instructors with extensive real-world experience.

Flight training is further supported by our fleet of Frasca advanced aircraft training devices (AATD), also referred to as 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.