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The campus

Where you'll train

United Aviate Academy is located in Goodyear, Arizona. Our 340,000 square-foot facility at Phoenix Goodyear Airport provides aspiring pilots with industry-leading resources, equipment and accommodations. The facility is one of only three aviation training campuses in the U.S.

United Aviate Academy
Goodyear, AZ



The facility covers 28 acres including an Administrative and Flight Operations building, cafeteria, three dormitories, two aircraft maintenance hangars, a simulator and facility maintenance building.

Our recreational facilities include tennis and basketball courts, two swimming pools, fitness room, sand volleyball court, and a student lounge area.

The airspace where you'll be training

The Phoenix area offers student pilots a wide variety of airspace to train. Students will gain experience flying in controlled, uncontrolled and special use airspace. There are dozens of small to medium sized airports in the area with many instrument approaches. Additionally, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is typically among the top ten busiest airports in the United States, offering our students experience operating in a high-density traffic environment later in their program while learning the basics at a smaller regional airport.

About the area

The diverse nature of the terrain found in the southwestern United States enables students to experience a wide variety of flight conditions including coastal flying, mountain flying, instrument meteorological conditions and high density altitude flying. The volume of local air traffic and superb year-round weather make the Phoenix valley an excellent location for flight training.


Arizona has five climate zones that range from alpine (yes, Arizona has skiing) to low arid desert and three zones in between. Phoenix is located in the Sonoran Desert and gets about seven inches of rainfall per year. There’s a reason why aviators from all around the world come to Arizona. It’s the weather. Daily temperatures run from the 60s in the winter to the 100s in the summer.

Where you'll stay

Students accepted into United Aviate Academy will need to relocate to the greater Phoenix, Arizona, metroplex for the duration of their flight training. We encourage applicants to wait before making any final housing plans until receiving a class date. We will work with admitted students to select a date to start training and will ensure you have adequate notice before needing to secure housing and relocate.

Living on-campus

For those living in on-campus housing, the dorms are within a 5-minute walk to the training center. The dorms are single-occupancy so there is no need for roommates. In each room there is a sink and mirror, closet, a XL twin sized bed (adjustable height), a wall mirror, a desk and cork board hung above it, and a desk chair.

Students living on-campus will have access to free laundry facilities. You will need to provide your own detergent/dryer sheets.

Rent ranging from $650 to $750/month due at the beginning of each month.

Living off-campus

Students who do not wish to live on campus may also choose to live off campus. However, we do not currently partner with any off-campus apartments.

If you are looking to live off-campus and are interested in finding a roommate, it will be the responsibility of the student. United Aviate Academy will not facilitate that process.


If you don’t have a car, most students choose to utilize Uber or Lyft.

Whether you live on or off campus, all student vehicles parked on Goodyear property will be required to display a parking decal. This will be arranged when you arrive to campus for class.

Before arriving to campus, you will need to provide Academy Services your license plate information. Safety is of the utmost importance and we like to ensure the safety of our students by easily identifying vehicles. You will be given a parking decal during orientation to place inside your vehicle.

About the area

In addition to being the premier location for flight training in the world, Phoenix is a world-class tourist destination. As such, there are unlimited opportunities for recreational activities. The following are a few suggestions and resources for finding fun things to do when you are not flying or studying.


There are trails suited for every skill level within a short drive from the United Aviate Academy campus.

Sightseeing & guided tours

A variety of tours are available for outdoor enthusiasts. Professional outfitters are happy to put adventurous sightseers in the saddle of a horse, the seat of a Jeep or the basket of a hot-air balloon.

Gardens, parks & zoos

Visit the Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix Zoo or the Phoenix Mountains Preserve to see the true Sonoran Desert.

Phoenix sports

Phoenix is the proud home of four major professional sports leagues: The NFL's Arizona Cardinals, NBA's Phoenix Suns, MLB's Arizona Diamondbacks and NHL's Arizona Coyotes.

The Phoenix Suns Arena is also home to the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury and the Indoor Football League’s Arizona Rattlers. Local soccer fans have a hometown team to root for with the USL's Phoenix Rising FC.

If you like sports, Phoenix hosts major sporting events every year, including college football's Fiesta Bowl and Cactus Bowl; the PGA Tour’s highest-attended event, the Waste Management Phoenix Open; NASCAR events each spring and fall; and Cactus League Spring Training, where fans can see the biggest names in the MLB up close as 15 teams train and play.

Golfing in Phoenix

The Greater Phoenix area is known as one of the top destinations for golf.

Phoenix arts & culture

Phoenix enjoys a rich environment of arts and culture with performances to attend at a variety of theaters, concert halls and cultural centers, along with several excellent art and history museums.

Cost of living

There are many moving pieces when it comes to moving from one state to another. Please see the cost-of-living calculator to get a good idea of how to financially plan during your stay in Phoenix.

Where to find us

United Aviate Academy is located in Goodyear, AZ.

We're not currently offering in-person tours, but you can learn more about our location or take a virtual campus tour below: