Commercial Pilot Program
In the Commercial Pilot Program the student will receive training in the maneuvers and procedures necessary for him or her to meet the standards contained in the FAA Commercial Pilot Practical Test Standards. Additionally, the student will receive training in safety awareness, single-pilot resource management and aeronautical decision-making. Upon graduation from this program, the student will have gained the aeronautical experience necessary to apply for an FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate.
Upon completion of the program, the student should be able to:
- Fly single engine aircraft.
- Conduct flights with passengers.
- Understand aviation meteorological charts and interpret weather data associated with safe flight.
- Work as a commercial pilot for compensation or hire.
- Apply principles of aviation crew resource management.
- Understand aircraft computer systems.
- Think critically, both conceptually and by using mathematical analysis.
All courses, 650 clock hours, are required for graduation.
- Private and Commercial SEL Certificates
- Instrument Rating
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
POTENTIAL CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
Potential entry-level job titles include, but are not limited to: flying corporate passengers, piloting tourist flights, skywriting and flying banners, ferrying aircraft, aerial photography and becoming a flight instructor.
Program Courses for the Commercial Pilot Program
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Provides the student with an understanding of the fundamentals of atmospheric and airspeed measurement in relationship to aircraft performance, design characteristics of airfoils and aerodynamic forces, the production and measurement of lift and drag forces and how they affect performance, jet aircraft basic and applied performance in addition to propeller driven aircraft performance. The course also examines the differences between slow and high speed flight aerodynamics and takes an in-depth look at takeoff, landing, and maneuvering aircraft performance. At the conclusion students will take the knowledge gained in the course and apply it to a small aircraft design project, which will require an understanding of all the course's subject material.
Provides the student with an understanding of the basic theory and principles of electricity and to apply that understanding to aircraft electrical systems from a pilotâ€™s perspective. The course examines aircraft hydraulic and pneumatic systems related to various sizes of light aircraft, aircraft fuel and propeller systems used on aircraft varying in size up to light turboprop twins, and numerous aircraft auxiliary systems and their application and use.
Provides the student with a comprehensive overview of aircraft recognition and generally depends on learn- ing the external appearance of the aircraft, both friendly and hostile, that are most likely to be encountered. The student will be able to identify the different components of an aircraft and helicopters. Distinguish amongst the different types of aircraft. Identify single engine, multi engine, business jets, and commercial proper aircraft. Learn about the various types of military, historical, and helicopter aircraft. Identify the special performance aircraft in the aerobatic industry.
Provides the student with the fundamentals of thermodynamic, heat and mass transfer, fluid mechanic and molecular interaction laws of the air mixture and how they affect pressure, temperature, density and other physical parameters of the atmosphere. This course provides an understanding the fundamental processes in earth's atmosphere, heat transport by radiation and convection, and associated global and local weather phenomena. It also provides the students with an understanding of the technical details and the components of effective national weather prediction, the means by which the current and forecast weather information is disseminated to the flying community and how to use the above information and understand its impact on flight operations and in particular to recognize and make sound judgment and decisions regarding the weather hazards.
Provides the student with an in-depth study of the common principles of aviation crew resource management (CRM) and human factors as utilized by air transport flight crews. This course also will investigate and simulate numerous real world scenarios dealt with by aircrews.â€¨
Provides the student with the understanding of the rules designed to promote safe aviation and protect pilots, passengers, and the general public from unnecessary risk with the intention of protecting the national security of the United States. Students will examine basic flight information and air traffic control (ATC) procedures.
Provides the student with the knowledge to meet the requirements for a private pilot certificate with an airplane category rating and a single-engine land class rating. Instruction includes aerodynamics and the principles of flight, aircraft systems, meteorology and weather data services, airspace, air traffic control, radio communications, federal aviation regulations, aeromedical factors, aeronautical charts and associated publications, aircraft performance and limitations, basic and radio navigation, night flying procedures, flight planning, flight maneuvers, and ground operations.
Provides the student with the skill in airplane ground and flight operations to include take-off and landing, basic flight maneuvers, cross country methods, and emergency procedures. This course prepares students for the required FAA Private Pilot Airplane Practical Test.
Provides the student with the knowledge of instrument flight rules (IFR) operation to include maintaining flight by reference to instruments, understanding and becoming proficient in the use of navigation systems, procuring and using aviation weather reports and forecasts, and maintaining good crew resource manage- ment with communication and coordination.
Prerequisites: PA200, PA200L
Provides the student with the skill and aeronautical experience necessary to meet the requirements for the FAA Instrument Rated pilot. Stresses attitude instrument flying techniques, instrument departure and approach procedures, instrument en route and cross-country navigation techniques while in actual or simulat- ed weather conditions with reference solely to the flight instruments. Prepares students for the required FAA Instrument Airplane Practical Test
Prerequisites: PA220, 200L
Provides the student with the knowledge necessary to meet the requirements of the FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate with an airplane category rating and a single-engine land rating. Topics covered include preflight preparation and procedures, complex aircraft procedures, complex aircraft systems, advanced aerodynamics principles, airplane performance limitations, federal aviation regulations, stall/spin awareness, aeronautical charts and publications, radio aids to VFR navigation, meteorology and weather data services, national air- space systems, radio communications, air traffic control, aeromedical factors, commercial operations, passenger and freight loading, night maneuvers, and ground operations.
Prerequisites: PA220, 200L, 210, 210L
Provides the student with the skill and aeronautical experience necessary to meet the requirements for the FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate. Students will demonstrate complex airplane skills and proficiency including maneuvers such as steep power turns, steep spirals, slow flight, lazy eights, pylon eights, and chandelles. Also includes commercial cross-country, instrument flying skills, and emergency procedures prepares students for the required FAA Commercial Pilot Airplane Practical Test.
Prerequisites: PA220, 200L, 210, 210L