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When you start exploring ways to combine flight training with a degree program, you quickly realize that 1) it’s expensive, and 2) there are lots of decisions to make.

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A few months ago I met with Karl Baldessari, the Director of the Aviation Program at Central Oregon Community College in Bend, and he gave me a great overview of all the options.

We talked about:

  • His background in the Coast Guard
  • The different kinds of flight schools
  • The differences between Part 61 and Part 141 programs
  • The pros and cons of a two-year Associate’s degree program vs. a four-year Bachelor’s degree program
  • Getting financial aid
  • Flying helicopters
  • UAVs
  • The military option

Karl’s an articulate guy who pulls no punches with the information he provides. Great stuff!


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2 Responses to “Aviation Education: Exploring your options with Karl Baldessari”

  1. Bailey Bernier says:

    Thank you very much for the recording. I talked to Karl last week. I’m considering transferring, the cost is Way cheaper, 70K estimate versus 93K estimate at my current school.

  2. Drew says:

    Shopping schools is well worth the time when it comes to the money you could save. Thanks for sharing the recording.

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