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Inflight Pilot Training partners with Purdue University Global to address projected demand for aviation professionals over next 20 years

Inflight Pilot Training and  Purdue University Global – have formed a partnership to address the projected global and regional demand for aviation professionals over the next 20 years.


Beginning Dec. 14, students accepted into the Purdue Global professional flight degree program will complete their Bachelor of Science degree courses online through Purdue Global, while completing their professional flight training at Inflight Pilot Training.


“Inflight’s goal has always been to offer best-in-class education while providing ultimate flexibility for our students, and we felt that aligning with Purdue University Global was a perfect fit for our organization based on these shared values,” owner Trever Rossini said.


Students who complete all five flight certificates/ratings – Private Pilot Certification, Instrument Flight Rating, Commercial Pilot Certification, Flight Instructor Flight Certification and Multiengine Flight Certification  – will receive 45 college credits from Purdue Global towards their bachelor’s degree in professional flight, equivalent to one year of college credits at no cost. Students who have college credits from previous schools may also receive additional transfer credits, thereby saving them more money and allowing them to graduate faster.


“We are pleased to join forces with an established flight training center like Inflight Pilot Training to bolster our popular professional flight program,” said  Sara Sander, Purdue Global vice president and dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the School of Education. “The benefits to our students training under Inflight Pilot Training is the significant cost savings and speed to obtaining the five flight certificates/ratings required within our professional flight program. Students can realistically accelerate their path to the airlines by one or two years.”


Inflight Pilot Training students, employees, and immediate family members (spouse, domestic partner, children, siblings, and parents) will receive a 20% tuition reduction for undergraduate degrees and certificates and 14% reduction for graduate degrees and certificates.


Purdue Global’s professional flight degree program is a collaboration between Purdue Global and Purdue University’s School of Aviation and Transportation Technology –  announced in 2019. It combines the quality of Purdue’s legendary aviation program spanning more than six decades with the flexibility and affordability that Purdue Global offers.


Purdue’s  School of Aviation and Transportation Technology, one of six departments and schools in the Purdue Polytechnic Institute, is recognized worldwide as a leader in aviation education and provides its expertise in curriculum development, faculty hiring, and accreditation by the Aviation Accreditation Board International.


As U.S. airline pilots approach the federally mandated retirement age of 65, the industry faces a shortage of pilots. Reports forecast a need for more than 800,000 pilots over the next 20 years, and airlines are already finding it hard to fill open positions. This partnership is designed to get students flying immediately, shortening the timeline to professional pilots in order to meet this demand.


About Inflight Pilot Training 

At Inflight it’s our passion to share the joy and freedom of flight and we’re dedicated to providing you with the best flight instruction in the entire industry. We are not a franchise, giant corporation, or academy. All we do is fixed-wing flight training and we do it well. We’re a local business with Minnesota roots and have been providing flight training in the Minneapolis Metro area since 2008. We’ve built a reputation on high teaching standards that include personalized flight training programs and a desire to help students succeed. At Inflight you’ll find instructors who care, a first-class experience, and an exclusive community.


About Purdue University Global

Purdue University Global delivers personalized online education tailored to the unique needs of adults who have work or life experience beyond the classroom, enabling them to develop essential academic and professional skills with the support and flexibility they need to achieve their career goals. It offers personalized paths for students to earn an associate, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree, based on their work experience, desired pace, military service, previous college credits, and other considerations – no matter where they are in their life journey. Purdue Global is a nonprofit, public university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It is affiliated with Purdue University’s flagship institution, a highly ranked public research university located in West Lafayette, Indiana. Purdue University also operates regional campuses in Fort Wayne and Northwest Indiana, as well as serving science, engineering, and technology students at the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus. For more information, visit