COVID-19 Update

Posted: March 15, 2020


*UPDATE: 4/21/2020

Dear Aviation Family,

     We thank you all for your patience while we navigate this unprecedented situation. As you have heard by now, the University has extended spring break for a second week and has mandated that all classes continue after break in an online environment. This has recently been extended to include all summer classes for 2020. 

CAS Office & Contact Information

     The Center for Aviation Studies main office will be closed for the foreseeable future, and all faculty and staff will be working remotely. Please contact us with any additional questions via email at,or feel free to email any of the CAS administrators listed on the Directory page.

We are currently not able to monitor our main office phone or voicemail.

Financial Assistance & Aid for Students Affected by COVID-19

Continuation for Flight Labs and Dispatch Classes

     As of Friday, March 20, we are temporarily suspending flight operations until further notice. Dispatch classes will be resumed in a virtual environment for the remainder of the semester. Unfortunately, we do not know when flights will resume, however students are encouraged to watch the Center for Aviation Studies Carmen Hub for additional updates.

Scheduling for Summer and Fall flight labs is currently underway (*as of 4/8) in hopes that we will be able to resume flight operations for part or all of these semesters. If you have applied for a flight slot please be sure to monitor your phone as well as your e-mail (including your junk folder) in order to schedule your slot.

On-Campus Housing Assistance

Currently, we are in communication with housing, and we do not know what the procedure will for students who were approved to stay on campus for dispatch and flight classes. We will post that information when we have it.

Continuing Flight Training Remotely

     We understand that some students are electing to return home and may wish to continue flight at an airport near their home. If you are thinking of doing this, please keep in mind that OSU is only able to accept credit for flight hours through the private pilot certificate. If you will be returning home to complete the private, it is helpful to verify that the flight school at your home airport is operating, and that there is an available DPE (Designated Flight Examiner) to administer the checkride. Unfortunately, many flight schools are temporarily closing, and a growing number of DPEs are electing not to give checkrides until further notice. We highly recommend discussing your options with the Flight Education staff before undergoing flight training to ensure it will transfer. 

Continuity of Learning

     As always, please take care of yourselves. This situation can be extremely stressful, and caring for yourself is of the utmost importance.

     Students are reminded to please keep checking the Center for Aviation Studies Carmen Hub for details as they emerge and share any pertinent details with your families. If you have any questions about your classes you are strongly encouraged to contact your instructor directly, or CAS administration if you need further assistance. Additional resources are being provided by the University at to assist you with completing this semester. 


     We look forward to having everyone back on campus as soon as we are able to. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Prospective and Admitted Students

  All in person prospective and admitted student tours have been cancelled until further notice and Ohio State will be hosting online orientation for students who will be beginning their studies in Autumn 2020. More information can be found here.

In lieu of in person sessions with CAS staff we are hosting a series of prospective student information sessions and Coffee with CAS sessions for admitted students. For details on these sessions please reach out to us at


- The Center for Aviation Studies and Flight Education Team