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  Nov 21, 2017
 
 
    
Academic Catalog (2017 - 2018)

Professional Pilot (A.S.)


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A.S. Degree

Program Description

The Associate of Science Degree in Professional Pilot prepares the aspiring career Pilot for transfer to a four-year collegiate aviation program or for immediate entry-level employment in the aviation industry. Coursework within the program teaches commercial level aerodynamics, aircraft systems, federal aviation regulations, aircraft performance, aeronautical decision making/human factors, flight physiology, and navigation. The curriculum also places an emphasis on educational psychology and flight instruction theory for graduate marketability. Students may build flight time and choose to become an airline pilot or corporate pilot.

Important Program Note: This program is offered in partnership with Nulton Aviation Services, previously MTT Aviation.  All hands-on instruction in aviation, including lecture and flight lab courses, is conducted at the Nulton Aviation Services facility located at 469 Airport Road, Johnstown, PA 15904. 

Prior to beginning aviation coursework, students are required to provide proof of at least a second-class FAA medical certificate; read, speak, write, and understand the English language; and provide a U.S. Birth Certificate or Passport to show United States Citizenship. Students who are not U.S Citizens must successfully complete TSA screening.

Career Opportunities

Students in this program are prepared for entry-level positions as:

  • Charter Pilot
  • Corporate Pilot
  • Airline First Officer
  • Flight Instructor

Program Objectives

Upon completion of the program, the student will be able to:

  1. Discuss the basic theories of aerodynamics and potentially hazardous atmospheric conditions affecting flight, and apply this knowledge to a variety of flight scenarios and flight risk assessment.
  2. Navigate the U.S. National Airspace system safely, demonstrating appropriate management and decision making concepts in the flight deck environment.
  3. Discuss the role of the Commercial Pilot within an airline or corporate flight department and demonstrate competent decision making with regard to commercial flight through the application of appropriate aircraft system knowledge and equipment management.
  4. Discuss the role and responsibilities of a Flight Instructor and demonstrate the fundamentals of flight instruction.
  5. Demonstrate strong communication, organization, interpersonal skills, and professionalism for success within the airline, corporate, or post-secondary education environment.

Obtaining the Degree

To earn the Associate of Science degree, students must:

  • Meet aviation course prerequisites for FAA medical certification; English language use; U.S. citizenship or TSA screening.
  • Matriculate into the program.
  • Satisfactorily complete all degree requirements, including General Education and Major Requirements.

Credit hours: 28


Recommended Sequence of Courses


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Minimum credits to earn the A.S. degree: 61-62


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