Scholarship and Internship Opportunities

There are several scholarship and internship opportunities available to students within the Aviation Institute. Scholarships for current UNOAI students are awarded annually through an application process. The applications for these scholarships are available in December and are awarded at the Aviation Institute’s annual honors convocation in April. The Aviation Institute also sponsors scholarships for new students through a recruitment scholarship program. Additionally, the Aviation Institute also offers the UNO Advantage Scholarships that provide non-resident students the opportunity to attend UNO at resident tuition rates. Close partnerships with a number of Omaha metro organizations allow for several internship opportunities to current Aviation Institute students each semester. To apply for an internship, students must contact the internship coordinator, CPACS 120. A list of all UNOAI scholarships and internships can be found on the Aviation Institute Web site.

Advanced Simulation Facility

Keeping with the Aviation Institute’s pursuit of academic excellence, the Advanced Simulation Facility offers students the latest technology in flight simulation. The Advanced Simulation Facility houses state of the art technology from Redbird Flight Simulations.

Financial Aid

Students should apply for financial aid immediately upon acceptance to UNO and at the beginning of each calendar year thereafter. Priority is given to applicants who apply early. Additional financial aid may be available to qualified students to pay for the added cost of flight training. See the Aviation Institute academic adviser for information regarding additional financial aid for flight training. Flight training is optional and not required for students working toward the Air Transport Administration concentration.

Graduate Programs

The Aviation Institute offers a concentration in aviation in both the MPA and the Ph.D. in public administration. Contact the Academic Program Coordinator in the School of Public Administration for more information about either of these options.

Language Fluency

International and other students enrolling in the Aviation Institute for whom English is not their primary language will be required to be sufficiently fluent in English as a second language. This requirement is particularly critical for successfully completing the flight training portion of the Institute’s curriculum.

Credit By Exam

Incoming students who complete portions or all of Private Pilot training independently (not through a college or university) prior to a student’s first day of classes at the Aviation Institute may be granted UNO academic credit as follows:

  • AVN 1020 (3 credits):  Complete a non-collegiate Private Pilot ground course and pass the FAA Private Pilot Knowledge Test.  The student must also score at least 80% on a UNOAI written challenge exam consisting of 50 FAA questions and 10 planning problems.  Failure of this exam will result in the student being required to take AVN 1020 before progressing in the flight curriculum.
  • AVN 1024 (1 credit):  Logbook evidence of soloing a single-engine aircraft.
  • AVN 1030 (2 credits):  Possess a valid FAA Private Pilot Certificate, pass an oral examination and a practical examination (with a cross-country flight planning exercise) in the UNO AATD or aircraft. Failure of either of these exams will result in a faculty-directed remedial training program.

Credit-by-Exam requirements must be completed prior to a student’s first day of classes at UNOAI; appointments for testing can be made with UNOAI advisor during orientation.  Once Credit-by-Exam requirements are complete, see the UNOAI Academic Advisor to finish the necessary paperwork. In order to have the credit posted to your student account, you will have to pay 1/2 tuition.

Credit-by-Exam is not allowed for training beyond the Private pilot certificate.