Welcome to CAU

Do you daydream about a future where you’re the one in the cockpit, flying across the world? Maybe you have a knack for engines and love figuring out how they work. Or just maybe you get a thrill at the idea of moving planes and people through the sky from the inside of a flight tower. If any of these spark your curiosity, a career in aviation might be right for you.

Aviation schools are not all created equally. I’d like to personally invite you to learn about the programs CAU has to offer. Whether you’re interested in our pilot program, aviation maintenance or aviation dispatch, you’ll figure out quickly that we’re different. More than just a pilot school, CAU is an aviation community. Our students don’t just pass tests and get degrees, they get the chance to go after their dream of an aviation career and actually have a lot of fun doing it! Our campus and training center are designed to let students have the best of both worlds – the aviation training you need in a fun, supportive atmosphere that makes you forget this is school. The future doesn’t wait for you! Schedule your tour of our campus today and see why CAU is anything but average.

-Matthew Johnston, President, California Aeronautical University

Our Campus

CAU’s campus is connected to Bakersfield International Airport at Meadows Field in beautiful Southern California. With multiple airports nearby, students get to experience exciting, hands-on training in a variety of flying conditions on a gorgeous, tree-lined campus. Campus features:

  • 39,000 square foot flight center
  • 32 shaded hangar ports
  • Spacious 32,000 square foot hangar
  • 168-room on-site student housing
  • Recreation center with pool, gym and athletic courts
  • On-site dining
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Why Choose CAU?

Tradition of Excellence

CAU is part of a group of colleges that have been educating students for over 125 years in California. With a long history of helping students build real-world skills and life-long friendships, CAU is a school for students who want to turn their passion for aviation into a successful career. This is the place where a tradition of excellence meets the next generation of aviation professionals. Find out what sets CAU apart from other aviation schools. Contact us today to learn more.

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World-Class Flight Training Center

At CAU, you won’t be sitting in a boring classroom struggling to pay attention. Our world-class training center features the latest in flight training technology and advanced equipment in a spacious, modern facility. Students receive stimulating hands-on training on flight simulators and aircraft in an exciting, realistic setting. Onsite housing is available with fantastic amenities that include a fully equipped gym, swimming pool, recreation center and athletic courts. Let’s face it, aviation training at CAU is more than pencils and books. It’s the chance to chase your dream and achieve your career goals, all while enjoying the ride.

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Career Advantages

CAU graduates launch their aviation careers with the confidence that comes from training with experienced, caring instructors. Whether you need assistance with financial aid, scholarships or job-placement, our staff will work directly with you every step of the way. The career services department and faculty at CAU always have your back and are there to help you find just the right opportunity for your aviation future.

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The CAU Culture

The CAU student body is made up of a diverse mix of cultures and backgrounds from around the world, all with a passion for aviation. The fact is, being surrounded by people who share your interest in aviation makes your daily routine a lot less ordinary. It’s this shared passion that brings it all together and makes up the CAU culture. A culture that encourages students to become all they can be and to be sure to have fun getting there.

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Hear From CAU Students

Tanner Henderson

I'm in the bachelor’s degree program at California Aeronautical University. I’ve always loved aviation. It’s always been a great thing. Ever since I was little, I’ve loved flying and...

Tanner Henderson, Bachelor of Science - Aeronautics Full Story
Jacob Jepson

Hi, my name is Jacob and I’m here at California Aeronautical University for my associate degree. I’ve always liked aviation and airplanes in general since I was very young. And when it came...

Jacob Jepson, Associate of Science – Aviation Studies Full Story
Keaton Hutchins

I like that you wake up and can just walk over and get to go fly. It’s not like you’re driving from far away and commuting or flying is a hassle. You literally wake up and you know your...

Keaton Hutchins, Bachelor of Science – Aeronautics Full Story
Ebrany Anis

Being in high school, I didn’t want to do anything else. My parents – one of them is an architect and another one is a teacher in college. So I was in a very successful family. But I also...

Ebrany Anis, Associate of Science – Aviation Studies Full Story