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Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Aviation Degree Program

A.S. Degree

Program Description

The Associate of Science Degree in Professional Pilot prepares the aspiring career Pilot for transfer to a four-year collegiate aviation program or for immediate entry level employment in the aviation industry.  Coursework within the program teaches commercial level aerodynamics, aircraft systems, federal aviation regulations, aircraft performance, aeronautical decision making/human factors, flight physiology, and navigation.  The curriculum also places an emphasis on educational psychology and flight instruction theory for graduate marketability.  Graduates of the program may have the opportunity to apply teaching skills, through MTT Aviation,  with beginning private level students. They may also be able to work as a certified flight instructor upon graduation.  Students may build flight time and choose to become an airline pilot or corporate pilot.

Note: Prior to beginning aviation coursework, students are required to provide proof of at least a second-class FAA medical certificate; read, speak, write, and understand the English language, and provide a U.S. Birth Certificate or Passport to show United States Citizenship. Students who are not U.S Citizens must successfully complete TSA screening.

Career Opportunities

Students in this program are prepared for entry-level positions as:

  • Charter Pilot
  • Corporate Pilot
  • Airline First Officer
  • Flight Instructor

Program Objectives

Upon completion of the program, the student will be able to:

  1. Make safe and competent decisions regarding flight at the Commercial Pilot level.
  2. Understand the role of the Commercial Pilot within an airline or corporate flight department.
  3. Understand the basic theories of aerodynamics and apply them to the various flight scenarios encountered in the field.
  4. Understand and apply aircraft systems knowledge to the various equipment that a Commercial Pilot may manage.
  5. Apply Human Factors, Crew Resource Management, Flight Physiology, and Aeronautical Decision Making concepts to the flight deck environment.
  6. Recognize potentially hazardous atmospheric conditions and assess risk of flight in various weather scenarios.
  7. Understand and navigate the U.S. National Airspace system safely though use of all available resources.
  8. Understand and apply the fundamentals of instructing. Perform practice flight instruction sessions with beginning students.
  9. Display professionalism, good demeanor, and attitude within the role of the Flight Instructor.
  10. Understand the role and responsibilities of a Flight Instructor.
  11. Apply strong communication, organization, and interpersonal skills for success within the airline, corporate, or post-secondary education environment.

Obtaining The Degree

To earn the Associate of Applied Science degree, students must:

  • Meet aviation course pre-requisites for FAA medical certification, English language use, U.S. citizenship, or TSA screening.
  • Matriculate into the program.
  • Satisfactorily complete all degree requirements, including General Education and Major Requirements.

 

Program downloads

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Contact Pennsylvania Highlands Community College at (814) 262-6446 or Nulton Aviation Services at (814) 361-3500 to learn more about this exciting opportunity.