Associate of Science | 67 credits minimum
Aviation and Related Technologies Division
Westpoint Center: Salt Lake City, UT
General Information: (801) 957-4073
Program Information: (801) 957-2140
Academic and Career Advising
Academic Advisor: Taylorsville Redwood Campus CT 249, (801) 957-4550
Associate Professors - Fiona Silcox
Assistant Professor - Erwin Zundel
Program Description: Salt Lake Community College has offered the Professional Pilot program for 20 years and prepares students for a successful and exciting career in the aerospace and aviation industry. The program includes classroom academics, simulator training, and in-flight instruction. All academic and flight training is certified under the Federal Aviation Administration PAR’s Part 141 standards. Graduates of SLCC’s Aerospace/Aviation Pilot program are well prepared for successful and exciting careers in the aerospace industry. SLCC also caters to future pilots who may not be seeking a degree.
There are a few degrees available within Aerospace/Aviation-Pilot Technology. These degrees include an Associate of Science in Aerospace/Aviation Technology with four different tracks (Fixed-Wing, Rotor-Wing, Aviation Administration, or Dispatch Track), Associate of Applied Science degrees (Fixed-Wing and Rotor-Wing) and Certificates of Completion (Fixed-Wing and Rotor- Wing).
Career Opportunities: Career opportunities within the aerospace and aviation industry for pilots, administrators, and dispatchers include, but are not limited to: U.S. Military, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Division of Wildlife, Commercial flight operations (flight instructing, scenic tours, cargo, charter, firefighting, parajumpers, trafficwatch), Major Commercial flight operations (regional and major airlines), and private corporate flight departments.
Transfer/Articulation Information: The two-year AS degree is designed for students who plan to transfer to programs at four year universities or colleges. SLCC has developed articulation agreements with other state colleges and universities which make it easy for SLCC students to transfer their credits. SLCC students who complete the program are prepared to transfer to Utah Valley University, Utah State University, Westminster College, or Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to complete a bachelor’s degree. Contact an Academic Advisor at both SLCC and the intended receiving institution for specific articulation information. See also www.slcc.edu/professionalpilot.
Admission into a major program at a transfer institution depends upon the receiving institution’s requirements for that major. Some major programs are restricted and require special application as well as a competitive GPA. See an Academic Advisor at both SLCC and the intended receiving institution.
Program Entry Requirements: Minimum age is 17 for pilot applicants and 21 for dispatch applicants. English literacy in reading and speaking is required. Physical condition must be certified by an FAA Medical Examiner for pilot applicants. A minimum of a Class II or physical exam is required at the approximate cost of $150. To find a Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE) for a Class II Medical Exam please visit the FAA website at www.faa.gov/pilots/amelocator. The physical exam must be completed prior to the first flight lesson. Financial Aid is available for eligible students and must be applied for at least 3 months prior to anticipated need.
Students may start this program during the Fall, Spring or Summer semester. For information on getting started, please visit www.slcc.edu/students-future/admissions
Total Program/Course Fees: In addition to tuition and fees, students will pay a special fee for pilot flight labs. This fee is based on the national average flight training required for the particular certificate. Flight lab fees may vary due to individual abilities and aircraft equipment selected. Contact program faculty for more information on flight lab fees. Federal Aviation Administration knowledge exams and practical test flights for pilot certifications are included in the flight lab fees.
Estimated Cost for Students: The cost of tuition per semester may be found at www.slcc.edu/students-future/tuition-fees. The average cost per semester for books and supplies is $250. Most textbooks can be obtained from the College’s bookstore, online, or are available at the pilot shop from the flight school on contract.
Estimated Time to Completion: If students follow suggested sample schedule, completion time is four semesters.
Specialized Accreditation: FAA-approved Part 141 flight program
Program Objectives: The FAA-approved Part 141 flight program prepares students to earn the following certificates: Private Pilot Certificate, Instrument Rating, Commercial Certificate, Certified Flight Instructor, and Certified Flight Instructor Instrument in Rotor Wing or Fixed Wing aircraft, and Multi-Engine Instructor in Fixed Wing (The FAA approved Part 65 Dispatch Program prepares students to earn a Dispatch Certification). The student must demonstrate through knowledge tests, practical tests, and show through appropriate records that he/she meets the knowledge, skill, and experience requirement necessary for the associated pilot or dispatch certificate. The various stages are complete when the student has completed written exams with a minimum passing score of 70% . All program courses require a grade of a C or higher to be considered a passing grade. Students enrolled in the Dispatch track must have a cumulative GPA of a 3.0 to be recommended to take the FAA practical exam. The FAA practical exam, when required for issuance of an FAA pilot certificate, will be required for completion and issuance of a grade for the applicable flight lab.
An incomplete is a conditional grade given only in extraordinary cases where a student has completed a major portion of the class, but is unable to complete course work due to circumstances beyond their control such as major illness/injury, death in the family, and military activation. Other conditions for Incompletes may be issued for flight training labs related to weather delays, aircraft maintenance, and unavailable instructors. All missed flights must be documented and approved by the faculty member overseeing the flight labs.
|Program Student Learning Outcomes
||Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes
1. Students will acquire substantial knowledge of Private Pilot,
Instrument, Commercial, Flight Instructor, and Fundamentals of
Instructing aeronautical knowledge areas contained in FAA Part 141
Students will demonstrate proficiency skills in Private Pilot, Instrument,
Commercial, Flight Instructor, and Fundamentals of Instructing flight
operations areas contained in FAA Part 141 curriculum.
|1 - Substantive Knowledge
2 - Communicate Effectively
|2. Students will demonstrate effective written communication skills
||2 - Communicate Effectively
|3. Students will demonstrate quantitative literacy skills.
||3 - Develop Quantitative Literacy
|4. Students will show how to think critically.
||4 - Think Critically