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Collegiate Professional Pilot Program

Nulton Aviation Services and Pennsylvania Highlands Community College (PHCC) are pleased to offer you the opportunity to enroll in our two-year Professional Pilot Associate of Science (A.S.) Degree Program. The 63-credit program takes five semesters to complete.

Why should you enroll in our professional pilot program as opposed to a four-year university? The answer is simple -- cost savings, quality training in all weather conditions, and individual attention. You will experience relatively low flight training fees and community college tuition rates for the same quality of training you would receive at a large university.

The faculty, staff and flight instructors care about you and your goals. Your professional development is our primary concern, and we want you to become a part of this exciting and very special aviation community.

Each student completing the Professional Pilot Program successfully will have obtained:

  • Private Pilot Certificate: This certificate is the first you'll earn. It allows you to fly almost anywhere in the world in selected types of aircraft, but not for hire.
  • Instrument Rating: This add-on certificate certifies a private pilot to fly in unfavorable weather conditions, including rain, clouds or heavy fog. 
  • Commercial Pilot Rating: This continuation of training allows you to be paid to fly an aircraft, as the name implies.
  • Certified Instructor Rating: This rating means you are authorized by the FAA to instruct student pilots.


Affordable costs

Costs for the courses are based on standard rates for tuition and fees. Flight training labs have additional fees to cover the cost of flight time (plane, fuel, instructor) and materials. Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Veterans should inquire about using GI Bill benefits to cover costs.


Air Traffic Control or Aviation Management options

After one year of general education courses and completion of the Private Pilot Certification, you may decide to pursue Air Traffic Control or Aviation Management through an agreement between PHCC and the Community College of Beaver County (CCBC), which is located north of Pittsburgh in Beaver Falls. CCBC will accept the courses and training you complete with Nulton Aviation and PHCC for transfer credit.


After your degree

After completing your A.S. degree, you may decide to transfer to a four-year university, especially if you aspire to a management/chief pilot position with an airline.

Alternatively, qualified graduates with a Certified Flight Instructor certificate may begin right here at Nulton Aviation building flight time as a Flight Instructor.

Graduates can anticipate entry-level jobs as:

  • Flight instructors
  • Charter pilots
  • Corporate pilots
  • Airline first officers at commuter airline level


Program downloads

The downloads below include more information about the A.S. program.

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