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Seeking a career as a pilot? Want to add an associate or bachelor degree to your airframe and powerplant certificate or become an expert in aviation maintenance management? Or would you like to pursue your passion for planes on the ground as a flight instructor, aviation researcher or accident investigator?

Vaughn College’s certificate, associate and bachelor degree programs in aviation could be just what you’re looking for. These programs are based on relevant industry standards and provide high-quality degrees that prepare students with the skills and knowledge necessary to become successful professionals in their field of interest.


Peter Russo
Peter Russo
Chair, Assistant Professor, Aviation

Captain Russo has been chair of the aviation department since 2014. He loves what the aviation experience offers to young people entering the professional arena, and synthesizes the learning, attitude and skills needed to give them confidence and help them succeed.

Captain Russo started his career in the United States Air Force, where he trained as a pilot and rose through the ranks becoming a unit commander and a director of operations. After the military, Captain Russo worked for commercial and cargo airlines, where his focus became safety and pilot training. He worked at JetBlue Airways for 14 years, flying the Airbus A-320, and holding the post of system chief pilot. While flying, he taught part-time at two local aviation colleges, focusing on safety, aircraft systems and crew resource management. He is also certified as an airline operations safety auditor and has performed dozens of audits around the world.  Captain Russo has developed inspection processes and published numerous articles in leading aviation journals.

He was trained as an engineer and received his PhD in aviation safety from the Union Institute and University in Cincinnati, Ohio. He got (in his words), “the flying bug” and has used that passion to train many professional pilots over the course of his distinguished career.

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