ADMISSIONS/ ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENTS
- High School Diploma or GED
- Age 16 to fly solo; age 17 to earn Private Pilot Certificate; and age 18 to earn Commercial Pilot Certificate
- Current government-issued photo ID
- Birth certificate or current passport
- Student Pilot Certificate
- Current First Class FAA Medical Certificate
The Associate Degree Program is designed for the student interested in pursuing a career as a professional pilot flying passengers or freight. These opportunities include and are not limited to: regional/major airlines, charter industry, government, general aviation, corporate flight department, air ambulance, aircraft industry etc.
This program prepares the beginning student to take their Private Pilot Certificate FAA knowledge exam, oral exam, and flight practical exam. On completing their Private Pilot Certificate, the student proceeds on to add the Instrument Rating. This rating allows the student to use the aircraft’s instruments to navigate without visual ground references.
The next step is for the student to prepare for their Commercial Pilot Certificate. The Commercial Pilot Certificate with instrument rating allow the individual to act as a pilot for compensation or hire. This certificate has two classes, single engine land and multi engine land. The student must select one of these two classes for their Commercial Pilot Certificate. Once completed with the Commercial Pilot Certificate, the student has four Elective options. They are: (1) Additional Commercial Class (either single engine or multi engine depending on what class was selected for the Commercial Pilot Certificate), (2) Certificated Flight Instructor [CFI], (3) Certificated Flight Instrument Instructor [CFII], Certificated Multi Engine Instructor [MEI].
In the Associate Degree Program there are eight Aviation Academic Courses: Advanced Aerodynamics, Advanced Aircraft Systems, Advance Aircraft Familiarization, Aviation Weather, Crew Resource Management, Federal Aviation Regulations, and General Physics with accompanying General Physics Lab to help round out the program. If a student selects a Flight Instructor Elective, an additional course, Fundamentals of Flight Instruction, must be completed. According to the State of Ohio law, there will be six General Academic Courses.
ELECTIVE COURSE OPTIONS
A student may elect to obtain their Commercial Pilot Certificate in a class [either single engine or multi engine]. They then may select the following elective options: (1) Commercial Additional Class [either single engine or multi engine depending on class selected for the Commercial Pilot Certificate]; (2) Certificated Flight Instructor [CFI]; (3) Certificated Flight Instrument Instructor [CFII]; (4) Certificated Multi Engine Instructor [MEI]. Students will build their flight time for their desired occupational choice. The student is responsible for any additional costs associated with elective options.
Upon completion of the program, the student should be able to:
- Fly single engine or multi engine aircraft (depending on elective course)
- Instruct VFR or IFR student pilots’ aircraft (depending on elective course)
- Conduct flights with passengers or cargo for compensation for hire
- Understand aviation meteorological charts and a symbology associated with safe flight in visual and instrument flight
- Think critically as a professional pilot in the aviation industry
POTENTIAL CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
Potential entry level job titles include but are not limited to: Part 135 aircraft charter, corporate flight department, flight instructor, aerial photography, surveying, military aviation, bush pilot/remote re-supply, medical evacuation, firefighting and spotting, Federal and State Government positions, drug enforcement, pipeline and transmission line patrol, and airplane sales/demonstration. Occupations are based on flight hours set by the company. The FAA has set minimum flight hours hiring requirements for Part 121 airlines.
The average length of time for a student taking a full course load is 12-18 months. The enrollment agreement lists the students start date. (quarter system beginning on 1st of the month and ending on the last day of the quarter (ex: 04/01/2019 to 06/30/2019).
BARRIERS FOR EMPLOYMENT
The FAA sets the enrollment requirements, skills required and graduation standards for pilot certificates and ratings. They are published in the FAR/AIM and Airman Certification Standards (ACS) book(s). The ACS has additional references. In addition, the FAA sets the standards for the medical certificates. The FAA holds the right to refuse anyone a pilot certificate(s)/rating(s) and/or medical certificate. Occupational opportunities may be reduced for a criminal record, drug/alcohol offenses and/or low flight time. Commercial pilot jobs require a first or second class medical.
The FAA sets the course curriculum and standards for certificates and ratings. The FAA makes no exceptions for not meeting the standards. Per the FAA regulations, the student must complete the required lessons and successfully pass all knowledge exams, stage checks, oral exams, and practical exams. All academic courses within a program are graded in accordance to the “Grading & Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy” published in the most current Academic Catalog. Graduation credit hours for elective options are: (1) 104.5, (2) 105.0, (3) & (4) 102.5.
- Associate Degree of Applied Science in Aeronautics
- FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate with Instrument Rating for selected class
- FAA Certificate or Rating (Depending on elective)
- Additional Commercial Class (SEL, MEL)
- FAA Flight Instructor (CFI, CFII, MEI)