Professional Pilot Program

Program Overview

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Professional Pilot Program is designed for the student interested in pursuing a career as a professional pilot. This would include working for the major airlines, corporate flight operations, and general aviation. The PPP prepares the beginning student to take their Private Pilot Certificate written exam, oral exam, and flight checkride. Upon completing their Private Pilot Certificate, the student proceeds on to add the Instrument Rating. This rating allows the student to fly by using the aircraft’s instruments and without visual ground references.

The student then begins preparation for the Commercial Pilot Certificate, which is divided into two ratings: single engine and multi engine. The Commercial Pilot Certificate allows the individual to act as pilot in command of an aircraft for compensation or hire. Additional ground classes such as Advanced Aerodynamics, Advanced Aircraft Systems, and Crew Resource Management help round out the prospective professional pilot. The student has the option to take elective substitute courses to earn a Commercial Pilot Certificate with MEL Rating and/or FAA Certified Flight Instructor Certificate.*

* Elective Course Substitutions

With prior approval from administration, a student may elect to earn a Commercial Pilot Certificate with MEL Rating with the following courses:  Commercial Pilot MEL Ground (PA 230) & Commercial MEL Flight (AV 230L).  The student also has the option to earn his or her FAACertified Flight Instructor License with the following courses: Certified Flight Instructor Ground (PA 240) & Certified Instructor Flight (PA 240L).  The student is responsible for any additional costs associated with elective course substitutions and additional ratings/licenses.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES
Upon completion of the program, the student should be able to:

  • Fly single engine or multi engine aircraft. Multi engine option available if student successfully completes the electives associated with the Commercial MEL Rating.
  • 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.
  • Use basic computer applications.
  • Offer the student the opportunity to earn an FAA Certified Flight Instructor Certificate. CFI option available if student successfully completes the electives associated with the Certified Flight Instructor Certificate.


REQUIRED COURSES

All courses, 685 clock hours, are required for graduation.

CREDENTIALS AWARDED

  • Diploma
  • Private & Commercial SEL & MEL 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: flight instructor, aerial photography and surveying, military, bush pilot/remote re-supply, pipeline and transmission line patrol, recreation/sight-seeing pilot, police and traffic control, research and development, test flight, airplane sales/demonstration.  

The CFI allows you to give instruction to private and commercial student pilots as well as the ability to perform biennual flight reviews.

 




Program Courses for the Professional 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.
Prerequisites: None



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 pilot’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.

Prerequisites: None



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.

Prerequisites: None



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.

Prerequisites: None



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.


Prerequisites: None



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.

Prerequisites: None



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.
Prerequisites: None
Co-Requisite: PA200L



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.
Prerequisites: PA200



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
Co-Requisite: PA210L



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
Co-Requisite: PA210



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
Co-Requisite: PA220L



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
Co-Requisite: PA220



Provides the student for adding multi-engine airplane operations to their Commercial Pilot Certificate. This course covers the theory of multi-engine airplane flight and the significant aerodynamic differences between single-engine and multi-engine airplane flight. Also includes system operation of constant speed propellers, multi-tank and pump fuel systems, dual electrical systems, turbochargers, and ice control systems. It discusses multi-engine weight and balance and use of performance charts and prepares students for the oral exam portion of the FAA multi-engine airplane practical test and airplane pilot knowledge test.
Prerequisites: PA200, 200L, 210,210L, 220, 220L
Co-Requisite: PA230L



Provides the student with the skill and aeronautical experience necessary to meet the requirements for adding multi-engine airplane operations to their Commercial Pilot Certificate. This course stresses normal and emergency flight procedures and skills demonstrated and practiced in all phases of flight to include single-engine operation of a multi-engine airplane in varying flight environments and situations. It discusses complex systems operation as well as instrument flight procedures and prepares the student for the required FAA multi-engine airplane practical test.
Prerequisites: PA200, 200L, 210,210L, 220, 220L
Co-Requisite: PA230