The Associate of Science in Aviation-Professional Pilot provides an introduction to aviation for those students who look forward to becoming professional pilots and to completing a baccalaureate degree at a four-year college or university. In addition to completing rigorous general education requirements, students learn to fly single-engine aircraft through the College’s FAA-approved Part 141 training course, Air Agency Certificate 8OZS312L. Students qualify to take the Private Pilot knowledge test and practical exam. This degree will serve as the foundation for advanced flight certification offerings, as well as provide seamless transfer degree opportunities to four-year institutions.
Through a partnership with Henderson State University, students can complete the additional advanced training necessary to launch their aviation careers. Students will only need to complete sixty (60) additional credit hours at Henderson State University for a Bachelor of Science in Professional Pilot.
The Associate of Science in Aviation-Commercial Pilot provides both introductory courses and advanced courses a student needs to become career-ready in aviation. In addition to completing rigorous general education requirements, students learn to fly both single-engine and multi-engine aircraft through the College’s FAA-approved Part 141 training course, Air Agency Certificate 80ZS312L.Students qualify to take the following FAA certification tests though this degree:
This degree serves to prepare a student for his or her career in aviation, particularly through advancing the student with certifications needed to fly professionally. A student should complete the program with approximately 190 of flight time, which is gained through the course. Upon earning a Commercial certificate, he or she may pursue a Flight Instructor Certificate to expand and continue his or her experience. The training can be done through Ozarka if the student decides to further his or her training beyond the requirements of the degree
Earning an income as a pilot requires additional training, but students are on the fast-track to becoming employable pilots. An Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate is required to be eligible for hire with an airline.
The 2018 Boeing Pilot Outlook projects that 635,000 new commercial airline pilots will be needed to fly and maintain the world fleet over the next 20 years – a jump of 102,000 pilots in only the last four years.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, in May 2017, the median annual wage for airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers was $137,330. The median annual wage for commercial pilots was $78,740.
A student attending full-time, enrolled in approximately 15 credits per semester, will be able to complete either the A.S. in Aviation-Professional Pilot or A.A.S. in Aviation-Commercial Pilot in four semesters.
Flight programs require a commitment from students. Students enrolled in the Professional Pilot program should plan on flying at least twice per week to complete their flight lab requirements, and students enrolled in the Commercial Pilot program should plan on flying up to four or five times a week.More information about the standards...