Aviation/Flight Technology

AWARD OFFERED Associate in Applied Science Degree

About the Program

Wallace State can help you begin an exciting and rewarding career as a commercial airplane or helicopter pilot. The Aviation/Flight Technology program provides training for professional or recreational pilots. Additional certificates and add-on ratings may also be obtained through the program.

Pilots are highly trained professionals who either fly airplanes or helicopters to carry out a wide variety of tasks. Most are airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers who transport passengers and cargo, but one out of five pilots is a commercial pilot involved in tasks such as dusting crops, spreading seed for reforestation, testing aircraft, flying passengers and cargo to areas not served by regular airlines, directing firefighting efforts, tracking criminals, monitoring traffic, and rescuing and evacuating injured persons. Initial training for airline pilots includes ground school and simulator training, a certain number of flight hours and a FAA Aviation check-ride.

Once trained, pilots are required to attend recurrent training and simulator checks once or twice a year throughout their career. The Aviation Flight Technology program at Wallace State consists of flight and ground instruction, which will qualify students for various careers in the aviation industry. Students will have theopportunity to acquire FAA certification for the Private Pilot, Instrument Rating and Commercial Pilot certificates. All types of advanced certificates and ratings may also be acquired, even instructor training. An articulation agreement with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University allows WSCC aviation students to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Aeronautics upon completion of their Wallace State course work. We also have a transfer opportunity with Athens State for students to major in Management of Technology with a minor in Aviation Management.

Because the number of college-educated applicants continues to increase, many employers are making a college degree an educational requirement.

Career Outlook

Overall, the employment of aircraft pilots is projected to increase through 2014 as demand for air travel grows along with the population and the economy. In the short run, however, employment of pilots is generally sensitive to cyclical swings in the economy. Earnings of aircraft pilots and flight engineers vary greatly depending whether they work as airline or commercial pilots. In May 2004, median annual earnings of airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers were $129,250. Median annual earnings of commercial pilots were $53,870, with the highest 10 percent earning more than $110,070. (Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics)

WSCC graduate Rob Glenn’s 2016 has included flying Dr. Ben Carson during Presidential run, being named Jet-Pep’s chief pilot
Earlier this year, Wallace State Flight Technology graduate and instructor Rob Glenn spent a grand total of five nights at his Hayden home between January and February. Why was he away from home for so many nights? Glenn, 25, was fortunate enough to serve as the co-pilot for Dr. Ben Carson as the retired neurosurgeon competed in the Republican presidential primary.

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Sample Plan of Study

AAS Commercial Airplane - Example Curriculum

1st Semester
3   FLT 111    Private Pilot Ground School
3   FLT 112    Pilot Lab 1                                              
3   FLT 122    Pilot Lab 2                                                            
3   FLT 124    Pilot Lab 3                                                            
3   MTH 100   Intermediate College Algebra                          
1   ORI 110    Freshman Seminar                                                                                                                    
16 Total Hours

2nd Semester
3   FLT 241    Instrument Ground School                                 
3   FLT 126    Flight Lab 4                                                            
3   FLT 132    Flight Lab 5                                                            
3   FLT 134    Flight Lab 6                                                            
3   ENG 101   English Composition I                                          
15 Total Hours                             

3rd Semester
3   FLT 136    Pilot Lab 7                                                             
3   FLT 138    Pilot Lab 8                                                             
3   CIS 146    Microcomputer Applications                             
9 Total Hours                                                                   

4th Semester
3   FLT 121    Commercial Ground School                               
3   FLT 240    Pilot Lab 9                                                             
3   FLT 242    Pilot Lab 10                                                           
3   ENG 102   English Composition II
3   HUM/FA    Elective                                                  
15 Total Hours

5th Semester
3   FLT 252    Pilot Lab 11                                                           
3   FLT 254    Pilot Lab 12                                                           
3   SPH 106   Fundamentals of Oral Communications           
3/4 Math, CIS, or Science Elective PHS 111 is preferred Intro to Physical Science                                                
12-13 Total Hours                                                                

6th Semester
3   FLT 256    Pilot Lab 13                                                           
3   FLT 258    Pilot Lab 14                                                          
3   History or Social & Behavioral Science Elective (ECO 231 or PSY 200)                                            
9 Total Hours                                                                        

76 TOTAL CREDITS                                    

Bert Mackentepe, Department Head

Marsha Bradford, Administrative Assistant

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