Professional Pilot - Associate of Applied Technology Degree / Associate in Applied Science – T Degree

CIP Code

49.0102

A professional pilot possesses a commercial pilot certificate issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Students graduating from this program usually begin their careers as flight instructors. After working as a flight instructor for one or two years, most progress into charter flight, corporate flying, and commuter or major commercial airlines.

Students pursuing an AAT or AAS-T degree must complete all college degree requirements prior to graduation. This includes courses that meet the capstone project, diversity, and computer literacy requirements.

Employability Requirements

To be employed as a professional pilot, at the minimum, one must possess a commercial pilot certificate. This certificate is obtained by passing a Federal Aviation Administration written test and flight test and obtaining a Federal Aviation Administration medical certificate.

Program Length

This certificate program is approximately eight quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.

Admission Dates

Summer, fall, winter, and spring quarters

*Professional Pilot Aircraft Rental Rates

Rates

Plane Rate *Fuel Cost Per Gallon Fuel Consumption Rate Hourly Rate with Fuel
Non-Complex Aircraft $83.39 $4.29 9 GPH $122.00
Complex Aircraft $129.44 $4.29 14 GPH $189.50
Twin Aircraft $233.16   $4.29 9.5 GPH  $273.92 

*Aircraft costs are aligned with current fuel market prices.

Professional Pilot Flight Fees

*Private Pilot Certificate

Flight Hours Hourly Rate with Fuel Total
Aircraft Rental 60 minimum hours $122.00 $7,320.00
Pre and Post Briefings 60 hours $12.00 $720.00
Dual Instruction 47 hours $50.00 $2,350.00
Total Flight Fee Costs $10,390.00

*Aircraft costs are aligned with current fuel market prices.

*Instrument Pilot Certificate

Flight Hours Hourly Rate with Fuel Total
Aircraft Rental 60 minimum hours $122.00 $7,320.00
Pre and Post Briefings 60 hours $12.00 $720.00
Dual Instruction 60 hours $50.00 $3,000.00
Total Flight Fee Costs $11,040.00

*Aircraft costs are aligned with current fuel market prices.

*Commercial Pilot Certificate

Flight Hours Hourly Rate with Fuel Total
Aircraft Rental
102 minimum flight hours $122.00 $12,444.00
18 minimum flight hours $189.50 $3,411.00
Pre and Post Briefings 120 hours $12.00 $1,440.00
Dual Instruction 55 hours $50.00 $2,750.00
Total Flight Fee Costs $20,045.00

*Aircraft costs are aligned with current fuel market prices.

Other Exams

FAA Knowledge Test – 3 @ $175.00 each
Check for current cost with instructor.
$525.00
FAA Medical Exam
Check with FAA examiner for current cost.
FAA medical and examiner fee paid to provider.
$150.00
FAA Check Ride – 3 @ Examiner Fee
(Approximately $600.00 each)
$1,800.00
FAA Check Ride – 3 @ Aircraft Rental Fee
(Approximately $200.00 each)
$600.00


Program Outcomes

• Model aeronautical decision-making principles to identify and mitigate risk factors.

• Apply emergency operation procedures in a simulated situation.

• Integrate pilotage, dead reckoning, and radio navigation techniques with aircraft instruments and aeronautical charts during cross country flights.

• Consider crew resource management principles during scenario-based training.

• Apply applicable Federal Aviation Administration regulations to flight operations.

• Apply visual flight rules to flights under visual meteorological conditions.

• Apply instrument flight rules to flights under instrument meteorological conditions.

• Perform the tasks required to pass the Federal Aviation Administration practical tests for private, instrument, and commercial certificate per the FAA Airman Certification standards.

Completion Requirements

Prerequisite(s)

  • A mandatory Information Session is required prior to admission to the program. See the college web site for information session dates.
  • Must be at least 16 1/2 years of age.
  • Must obtain a second-class FAA medical examination and comply with FAA licensing standards.
  • The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requires that U.S. citizens prove citizenship status before beginning flight training by providing a current passport or birth certificate and driver’s license. Non-U.S. citizen students must submit to a background and fingerprint check from the TSA prior to beginning training.

Program Course List

AVP 105Private Pilot I

4

AVP 110Private Pilot II

4

AVP 115Private Pilot III

4

AVP 125Private Pilot IV

4

AVP 130Private Pilot V

4

AVP 135CAPPrivate Pilot VI

4

AVP 140Instrument Pilot I

4

AVP 145Instrument Pilot II

4

AVP 150Instrument Pilot III

4

AVP 155Instrument Pilot IV

4

AVP 160Instrument Pilot V

4

AVP 170CAPInstrument Pilot VI

4

AVP 175Commercial Pilot I

4

AVP 180Commercial Pilot II

4

AVP 185Commercial Pilot III

4

AVP 210Commercial Pilot IV

4

AVP 215Commercial Pilot V

4

AVP 220Commercial Pilot VI

4

AVP 230Commercial Pilot VII

4

AVP 235Commercial Pilot VIII

4

AVP 240Commercial Pilot IX

4

AVP 245Commercial Pilot X

4

AVP 250Commercial Pilot XI

4

AVP 255CAPCommercial Pilot XII

4

Total Credit Hours:96

AAT Degree Requirements

Technical Course Requirements

96

AAT General Education Requirements

18

Computer Literacy Requirement

3

Total Credit Hours:117

AAT Degree General Education Requirements: See list below

Computer Literacy Requirement: Complete an approved computer literacy course or successfully pass the computer literacy exam

AAS-T Degree Requirements

Technical Course Requirements

96

AAS-T Degree General Education Requirements

23

Computer Literacy Requirement

3

Total Credit Hours:122

AAS-T Degree General Education Requirements: See list below

Computer Literacy Requirement: Complete an approved computer literacy course or successfully pass the computer literacy exam

Note: Students complete the Professional Pilot Program requirements at different rates due to their own skills and abilities, availability of planes and weather conditions that can alter scheduled flying times. Thus, the number of quarters needed to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements may exceed those listed above. Students must meet FAA flight time requirements prior to graduation.

Optional Training

AVP 190Airline Multi-Engine CRM (Crew Resource Management) I

3

AVP 195Airline Multi-Engine CRM (Crew Resource Management) II

3

AVP 218Multi-Engine Instructor Certification MEI

3

AVP 260Certified Flight Instructor I

4

AVP 265Certified Flight Instructor II

4

AVP 268Certified Instrument Flight Instructor

4

AVP 271Multi-Engine Certification

3

Optional Elective Courses

AVP 118Private Pilot Practical Test Standards I

4

AVP 138Private Pilot Practical Test Standards II

4

AVP 152Instrument Pilot Practical Standards III

4

AVP 172Instrument Pilot Practical Standards IV

4

AVP 223Commercial Pilot Practical Standards V

4

AVP 257Commercial Pilot Practical Standards VI

4

General Degree Requirements

In addition to the program course requirements, students must also complete the general education requirements for the degree they seek to obtain. The two degree options in this program are the Associate of Applied Technology (AAT) and the Associate in Applied Science – T (AAS-T). The different requirements for each degree are listed below.

AAT Degree General Education Requirements (18 credits)

ENGL& 101English Composition I

5

Or

CMST& 220Public Speaking

5

 

Any 100-Level Math Class

5

PSYC& 100DIVGeneral Psychology

5

COLL 102College Success for All

3

NOTE: CMST& 220 or higher

PSYC& 100DIV: PSY 112DIV, SOC& 101DIV, or other humanities course that meets the diversity requirement

AAS-T Degree General Education Requirements (23 credits)

All AAS-T degrees must have a minimum of 20 credits of transferable general education. These credits replace the academic courses required for the AAT degree. Required credits include:

5 credits in communication:

ENGL& 101English Composition I

5

5 credits in quantitative reasoning:

MATH& 107Math in Society

5

MATH& 141Precalculus I

5

MATH& 142Precalculus II, Functional Trigonometry

5

MATH& 146Introduction to Statistics

5

MATH& 151Calculus I

5

5 credits in a social science that meets the diversity requirement:

PSYC& 100DIVGeneral Psychology

5

SOC& 101DIVIntroduction to Sociology

5

5 credits in social science, humanities, or science;

choose one from the following:

ART& 100Art Appreciation

5

ASL& 121American Sign Language I

5

ASL& 122American Sign Language II

5

BIOL& 160General Biology w/Lab

5

BIOL& 175Human Biology w/Lab

5

BIOL& 241Human A & P I

5

BIOL& 242Human A & P II

5

BIOL& 260Microbiology

5

CHEM& 110Chemical Concepts w/Lab

5

CHEM& 121Intro to Chemistry

5

CHEM& 131Introduction to Organic/Biochemistry

5

CMST& 220Public Speaking

5

GEOL& 110Environmental Geology with Lab

5

HIST& 146US History I

5

HIST& 147US History II

5

HIST& 148US History III

5

HUM& 101Introduction to Humanities

5

MUSC& 105Music Appreciation

5

PHYS& 114General Physics I with Lab

5

POLS& 202American Government

5

PSYC& 100DIVGeneral Psychology

5

PSYC& 200Lifespan Psychology

5

PSYC& 220Abnormal Psychology

5

SOC& 101DIVIntroduction to Sociology

5

3 credits in College Success:

COLL 102College Success for All

3