UFV
School of Business

Let your career take flight

Trained pilots with a Bachelor of Business Administration not only have the potential to become outstanding captains, they can also assume management responsibilities for an airline or airport.

In partnership with Coastal Pacific Aviation, a renowned flight training company located at the Abbotsford International Airport, UFV offers a Bachelor of Business Administration (Aviation) degree to equip you with the flight skills and academic knowledge you need to succeed in the aviation industry.

At the end of your studies, you have a university degree, as well as private and commercial pilot licenses certified by Transport Canada, and supplemented by both night and multi-engine instrument ratings. You have the option to specialize in either heavy jet transport operations or professional flight instruction.

As part of your aviation degree, you enjoy over 200 hours of flight training in Cessna single engine and Piper multi-engine aircraft as well as up to 175 hours of simulator training in a variety of simulators, including a Beech King Air and a Boeing 747.

In the classroom, you gain all the knowledge necessary to pass your Transport Canada examinations, cover human factors affecting pilot decision-making, and learn how to become a valuable member of an airline crew. Normally, this training would take up to six years to complete, but at UFV, you can do it in four. Upon completion, you are a fully-qualified professional pilot, ready to provide leadership both on the ground and in the air.

Career Outlook

According to Boeing's Pilot and Technician Outlook, between now and 2032, demand for pilots will grow, as airlines across the globe expand their fleets and a generation of older pilots retire. The largest growth in pilot demand is projected in the Asia Pacific region, with a need for 192,300 new pilots, 77,400 of them in China alone. Europe will require 99,700 pilots, North America 85,700, Latin America 48,600, the Middle East 40,000, Africa 16,500, and the Commonwealth of Independent States 15,200.

After you graduate, you may fly planes for corporate travel or float planes, helicopters and charter flights for one of Canada's 800 on-demand aviation service providers. Or you may find yourself working as a flight instructor, medevac pilot, airline courier, or aerial fire ranger.

Once you have flight hours under your belt, you may become a commercial pilot and fly jumbo jets for major airlines. You could also become an airport administrator or choose to pursue graduate studies.

British Columbia's Fraser Valley is one of Canada's fastest-growing, most ethnically diverse regions. Our communities are welcoming, our scenery breathtaking, and we're within minutes of Metro Vancouver and the U.S. border. Whether you wish to get a university education, learn a trade, retrain or upgrade, study in Canada, take a course for fun, hire a student, or work with friendly, dedicated people, check out UFV.
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