This program of study academically prepares current degree-holders (regardless of major) for entry into the world of commercial aviation. In addition to airline flying many positions are available worldwide for trained commercial pilots such as executive transport for large and small corporations. Government agencies, both federal and state, hire commercial pilots for law enforcement, land management, wildlife management and staff logistics. Pilots are also in demand for fire suppression, emergency medical transportation and on-demand charter.
The curriculum is designed for students with no flying experience. Courses will systematically prepare individuals academically for the certificates and ratings required to operate aircraft as a commercial pilot. In addition, flight lab courses are offered as suggested electives enabling the student to complete all aspects of their training under the auspices of the college and to accrue the flight hours necessary for licensing as a commercial pilot.
The course of study can be tailored to individual requirements. The small business owner who only needs to use an aircraft for personal transportation can end their training with the Private Pilot Certificate of Specialization (Semester 1) or continue on through Semester 2 in preparation for the Instrument rating. A student seeking a career as a professional pilot would progress further through the curriculum to earn a Commercial Pilot Certificate. All training is conducted in accordance with Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) Part 61 and Part 141. All flight training labs are conducted in accordance with an approved FAR Part 141 syllabus.