Iowa Lakes Aviation Earns #1 Ranking for Community College Aviation Programs and 3rd in the Nation for All Colleges

The Aviation and Airport Management program at Iowa Lakes Community College earned top national rankings. Flying Magazine has recently ranked Iowa Lakes Community College as the nation’s leading community college aviation program and third among all college-based aviation programs in the United States.

The Aviation and Airport Management program has been offered at Iowa Lakes for more than 40 years, with significant growth and expansion over the past three years.

“We have spent the past three years developing the program. There have been many changes as we grow into a world-class aviation program. More improvements are coming, but we’re on the right track. Iowa Lakes students know they are getting a great start to a great career at a great value,” said Tim Busch, Iowa Lakes Aviation and Airport Management Program Coordinator and Chief Flight Instructor.

The magazine ranked college aviation programs based on five categories: industry partners, value, fleet, campus life, and facilities/location. Iowa Lakes scored 41 out of 50.

With the demand for pilots on the rise, there is a considerable need for new pilots to enter the workforce each year. Iowa Lakes not only offers an Associate in Applied Science degree but also the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) licenses and ratings and the industry connections needed for placement in a fulfilling career.

According to Flying Magazine, Iowa Lakes offers a solid aviation education and is perfect for students interested in a smaller school with personalized instruction. Visit to learn more about the ranking. To learn more about Iowa Lakes or the Aviation and Airport Management program, visit