Aviation - Professional Pilot Airplane - Associate of Applied Science (AAS)

Program Description

The Professional Pilot Airplane Associate of Applied Science trains professional pilots for the air transportation industry. There are many fascinating work opportunities, including piloting a commercial airliner, flying for a corporation providing a service to the leaders of the company, flying as a charter pilot taking passengers point-to-point, and providing flight instruction to student pilots.

Upon satisfactory completion of prescribed flight element, students in the airplane track will be eligible to earn the following Federal Aviation Administration ratings/certificates: Private Pilot, Commercial Pilot, Instrument, Certified Flight Instructor, and Certified Flight Instructor Instrument. Training will be conducted under Federal Aviation Regulations Part 141 or Part 61.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate skills necessary to independently operate fixed wing aircraft safely and proficiently.
  2. Recall fixed wing aviation knowledge commensurate with level of qualification.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to develop fixed wing aviation lesson plans.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to teach from a lesson plan in a clear and effective manner (one-on-one and in small classroom settings).
  5. Demonstrate the ability to deliver practical fixed wing flight training. 

Entrance Requirements

Academic Entrance Requirements

There are no formal academic entrance requirements for the Professional Pilot Airplane AAS.

Other Entrance Requirements

Required:

Students who enroll in this course of study must have a valid Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Medical Certificate and a student pilot certificate. A doctor designated by the FAA as an aviation medical examiner must conduct the medical exam. Incoming students are encouraged to obtain at least a second-class medical certificate before entering the program to ensure that they can eventually pursue a career in commercial aviation. The medical application form asks about the applicant’s prior medical history, prior DUI/DUII records, records of alcohol or substance abuse, and history of non-traffic misdemeanors and felonies.

Additional Program Costs (Beyond Standard Tuition/Fees and Textbooks)

All fees for the term must be paid in full by 5 p.m. on Friday of the second week of the term. Unless under unusual nonacademic and documented circumstances, simulator fees are non-refundable. Used portions of flight fees are non-refundable. Licensure fees are non-refundable.

Fees:

  • Pilot headset: approximately $350
  • AV 112 Technically Advanced Aircraft: $650
  • Flight labs (authorized aircraft and hourly rates for airplane aircraft C-172, C-182, Seminole, Bonanza, Baron, Decathlon, flight training device)
    • AV 222A Airplane Flight Lab (AV 110 Private Pilot - Airplane)       
      • Cessna 172
      • 16 hours pre- and post-instruction at $35/hour: $560            
      • 18 hours dual flight at $214/hour: $3,852
      • 2 hours dual flight training device at $125/hour: $250
      • Total: $4,662
      • Total flight hours: 20 (1 credit)                                                       
    • AV 222B Airplane Flight Lab (AV 110 Private Pilot - Airplane)       
      • Cessna 172
      • 14 hours pre- and post-instruction at $35/hour: $490            
      • 15 hours dual flight at $214/hour: $3,210
      • 7 hours solo flight at $179/hour: $1,253
      • 3 hours dual flight training device at $125/hour: $375
      • Written exam: $160
      • Total: $5,488
      • Total flight hours: 25 (1 credit)                                                       
    • AV 222C Airplane Flight Lab (AV 110 Private Pilot - Airplane)                   
      • Cessna 172
      • 11 hours pre- and post-instruction at $35/hour: $385            
      • 17 hours dual flight at $214/hour: $3,638
      • 3 hours solo flight at $179/hour: $537 
      • 3 hours dual flight training device at $125/hour: $375
      • Designated pilot examiner: $450
      • Total: $5,385
      • Total flight hours: 23 (1 credit)                                                                                    
    • AV 222D Airplane Flight Lab (AV 210 Instrument - Airplane)
      • Cessna 172
      • 13 hours pre- and post-instruction at $35/hour: $455            
      • 20 hours dual flight at $214/hour: $4,280               
      • 10 hours dual flight training device at $125/hour: $1,250
      • Written exam: $160
      • Total: $6,145
      • Total flight hours: 30 (1 credit)                                                       
    • AV 222E Airplane Flight Lab (AV 210 Instrument - Airplane
      • Cessna 172
      • 13 hours pre- and post-instruction at $35:$455            
      • 20 hours dual flight at $214/hour: $4,280               
      • 12 hours dual flight training device at $125/hour: $1,500
      • Designated pilot examiner fee: $450
      • Total: $6,685
      • Total flight hours: 32 (1 credit)         
    • AV 222F Airplane Flight Lab (AV 220 Commercial Pilot-Airplane
      • Cessna 172
      • 15 hours pre- and post-instruction at $35/hour: $525           
      • 25 hours dual flight at $214/hour: $5,350
      • 15 hours solo flight at $179/hour: $2,685              
      • 12 hours dual flight training device at $125/hour: $1,500
      • Total: $10,060
      • Total flight hours: 52 (1 credit)                                                       
    • AV 222G Airplane Flight Lab (AV 220 Commercial Pilot-Airplane
      • Cessna 172, Cessna 182, Bonanza
      • 20 hours pre- and post-instruction at $35/hour: $700           
      • 25 hours dual flight at $214/hour: $5,350
      • 20 hrs, dual flight at $265/hour: $5,300
      • 15 hours solo flight at $179/hour: $2,685
      • 12 hours dual flight training device at $125/hour: $1,500
      • Written exam: $160
      • Designated pilot examiner fee: $450
      • Total: $16,145
      • Total flight hours: 72 (1 credit)                                                                                                          
    • AV 222I Airplane Flight Lab (AV 250 Certified Flight Instructor-Airplane
      • Cessna 172
      • 35 hours pre- and post-instruction at $35/hour: $1,225           
      • 20 hrs, dual flight at $214/hour: $4,280
      • 5 hours dual flight training device at $125/hour: $625
      • Written exam: $320
      • Designated pilot examiner fee: $650
      • Total: $7,100
      • Total flight hours: 25 (1 credit)                                                       
    • AV 222J Airplane Flight Lab (AV 250 Certified Flight Instructor-Airplane
      • Cessna 172
      • 12 hours pre- and post-instruction at $35/hour: $420            
      • 15 hours dual flight at $214/hour: $3,210
      • 6 hours dual flight training device at $125/hour: $750 
      • Written exam: $160
      • Designated pilot examiner fee: $450
      • Total: $4,990
      • Total flight hours: 21 (1 credit) 
    • AV 222K Airplane Flight Lab (AV 220 Commercial Pilot-Airplane
      • Baron, Seminole
      • 10 hours pre- and post-instruction at $35/hour: $350            
      • 20 hours dual flight at $425/hour: $8,500
      • Designated pilot examiner fee: $450
      • Total: $9,300
      • Total flight hours: 20 (1 credit)                                                       
    • AV 222H Airplane Flight Lab (AV 220 Commercial Pilot-Airplane
      • Baron, Seminole
      • 10 hours pre- and post-instruction at $35/hour: $350           
      • 20 hours dual flight at $425/hour: $8,500
      • Designated pilot examiner fee: $450
      • Total: $9,300
      • Total flight hours: 20 (1 credit)

Course Requirements

Course Title Credits
Core Courses
AV 101Introduction to Aviation 13
AV 104Introduction to Aircraft Systems 14
AV 108Meteorology I 14
AV 110Private Pilot - Airplane 25
AV 112Technically Advanced Aircraft3
AV 116Airplane Fundamentals3
AV 150Aerodynamics 14
AV 200Aviation Law 13
or AV 201 Airport Management
AV 204Advanced Aircraft Systems 14
AV 208Meteorology II 14
AV 210Instrument - Airplane5
AV 220Commercial Pilot-Airplane4
AV 235Human Factors 14
AV 246Aviation Safety 13
AV 250Certified Flight Instructor-Airplane5
Airplane Flight Labs 311
Airplane Flight Lab
Airplane Flight Lab
Airplane Flight Lab
Airplane Flight Lab
Airplane Flight Lab
Airplane Flight Lab
Airplane Flight Lab
Airplane Flight Lab
Airplane Flight Lab
Airplane Flight Lab
Airplane Flight Lab
Other Required Courses
BA 206Management Fundamentals I4
or BA 101 Introduction to Business
BA 285Business Human Relations3
or COMM 218 Interpersonal Communication
CIS 120Computer Concepts (Computer Competency Test)0-4
Discipline Studies Courses9
MTH 102Applied Technical Mathematics (or choose one course from the foundational requirements math list)4
WR 121Academic Composition 43-4
or BA 214 Business Communications
Total Credits92-97

Advising Notes

Airplane students should plan to transfer to an institution granting bachelor’s degrees to enhance employment opportunities. Therefore, the program works with several universities for transfer options. The AAS is designed to train the student as a professional pilot. Universities that have an aviation bachelor’s degree (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University) will often accept the majority of these credits toward their degree.

Those wishing to transfer to Oregon Institute of Technology should use the Associate of Science degree program. For information about transfer requirements at other institutions, contact the program director at 541-318-3702.

Performance Standards

  • Academic Requirements:

    • Students must have a 2.0 cumulative GPA to earn a COCC certificate or degree.

    • Students must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA while enrolled in the program. Students who do not maintain this standard and desire to continue the program, require completion of a training plan approved by their COCC advisor.

    • All courses in the program must be completed with a grade of C or higher.

  • Additional Requirements:

    • Students must be prepared to fly three to four days per week in order to maintain the rigorous schedule that is required in order to complete the flight training in a timely manner.

    • National/state legal eligibility or unique requirements for licensure and/or entry into occupation, or advancement in the occupation

    • Pilots are credentialed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and must meet the requirements of the Federal Aviation Regulations
      to qualify for the pilot certificates/ratings.

    • FAA medical certificate required prior to beginning flight training.

    • Student Pilot certificate required prior to beginning flight training.

    • The FAA requires applicants pass an airman knowledge exam for pilot certificates/ratings. A third-party company administers those exams and a $160 testing fee is required.

    • Pilot certificates/ratings are issued after an applicant passes a practical exam (ground oral exam and flight check) administered by a Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE) who will charge a fee for that exam.

    • Background checks and random drug screening can be expected in any aviation industry position.

Sample Plan

Sample Plan Grid
First TermCredits
AV 101Introduction to Aviation3
AV 104Introduction to Aircraft Systems4
AV 110Private Pilot - Airplane5
AV 116Airplane Fundamentals3
AV 222AAirplane Flight Lab1
AV 222BAirplane Flight Lab1
 Credits17
Second Term
AV 108Meteorology I4
AV 222CAirplane Flight Lab1
AV 246Aviation Safety3
MTH 102Applied Technical Mathematics (choose one course from the foundational requirements math list)4
 Credits12
Third Term
AV 112Technically Advanced Aircraft3
AV 210Instrument - Airplane5
AV 222DAirplane Flight Lab1
AV 222EAirplane Flight Lab1
WR 121
Academic Composition
Business Communications
3-4
 Credits13-14
Fourth Term
AV 200
Aviation Law
Airport Management
3
AV 204Advanced Aircraft Systems4
AV 222FAirplane Flight Lab1
BA 285
Business Human Relations
Interpersonal Communication
3
CIS 120Computer Concepts (Computer Competency Test)0-4
 Credits11-15
Fifth Term
AV 150Aerodynamics4
AV 220Commercial Pilot-Airplane4
AV 222GAirplane Flight Lab1
BA 101
Introduction to Business
Management Fundamentals I
4
 Credits13
Sixth Term
AV 222IAirplane Flight Lab1
AV 222JAirplane Flight Lab1
Discipline Studies Course3
Discipline Studies Course3
Discipline Studies Course3
 Credits11
Seventh Term
AV 208Meteorology II4
AV 235Human Factors4
AV 250Certified Flight Instructor-Airplane5
AV 222HAirplane Flight Lab1
AV 222KAirplane Flight Lab1
 Credits15
 Total Credits92-97

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