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    Salt Lake Community College
  Feb 19, 2018
2015-2016 SLCC General Catalog [**** ATTENTION: YOU ARE VIEWING AN ARCHIVED CATALOG **** ]

Commercial Fixed Wing: CC (CTE)

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Certificate of Completion | 37 credits minimum

Aviation Related Technologies Division
Westpointe 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

Program Faculty:
Associate Professors - Fiona Silcox
Assistant Professor - Erwin Zundel

Program Description: The two-semester certificate of completion will provide students with the basic knowledge and skills needed to operate aircraft for commercial operations in the United States. The program combines flight training with technical and professional courses essential for success to include flight training leading to FAA rating and endorsements; Commercial Pilot; CFI, CFI/Instrument; aviation industry operations; and human factors in the flight environment. Certificate requirements may be used as credit toward entry-level requirements for Aerospace Aviation Technology AS Degree or toward commercial rating.

Career Opportunities: Career opportunities within the aerospace and aviation industry for pilots 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: Students who may choose to pursue an AS degree in the future should take courses that meet general education requirements for an AS degree in Aerospace/Aviation.

Program Entry Requirements: Minimum age is 17 for pilot 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 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 should possess a strong desire to succeed in each and every endeavor, be willing to devote themselves 100% to a challenging academic and in-flight curriculum and be willing to pursue an active career in a dynamic and fast-paced industry.

Strong, consistent performance in basic high school studies and good overall physical health will adequately prepare students for success in the SLCC program and overall aviation industry.

Students may start this program Fall, Spring or Summer semester. For information on getting started, please visit

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 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: 3 semesters minimum

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, Certified Flight Instructor Instrument, and Multi-Engine Instructor. 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 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. 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 - Acquire substantive knowledge
2 - Communicate effectively
3 - Develop quantitative literacies
4 - Think critically and creatively
5 - Develop knowledge and skills to be civically engaged
6 - Develop the knowledge and skills to work with others in a professional and constructive manner
7 - Develop computer and information literacy
1. Students will acquire substantial knowledge of Instrument, Commercial, Flight Instructor, and Fundamentals of Instructing aeronautical knowledge areas contained in FAA Part 141 curriculum.

Students will demonstrate proficiency skills in Instrument, Commercial, Flight Instructor, and Fundamentals of Instructing flight operations areas contained in FAA Part 141 curriculum
2. Students will demonstrate effective written communication skills 2
3. Students will demonstrate quantitative literacy skills 3
4. Students will show how to think critically 4

General Education Requirements

Quantitative Studies (QS) 3 Credits

  • Any approved QS course

Communication (CM) 3 Credits

  • Any approved CM course

Human Relations (HR) 2-3 Credits

  • Any approved HR course

Sample Schedule

Advising Notes:

Students who need to take preparatory classes prior to entering the program should plan extra time to compete the program. High school curriculum in math, science and communication is recommended.

It is the students’ responsibility to understand the requirements for their chosen program of study and to examine each course description for details about the prerequisite classes. It is highly recommended that each student meet with the program advisor prior to starting this program. The program advisor may be reached at (801) 957-4550.

Credit for Prior Experience:

Any FAA Certification or Military training leading to certification must be reviewed by the department. Official copies of FAA Certification and/or Military training must be submitted for consideration. Private Certification or Private ground school experience may be substituted from the Major Course Requirements area after review or by any course work from any elective track within the Aerospace/Aviation Technology Degree. VA requires Veterans and dependents, receiving VA educational benefits, to submit all official transcripts to the Transfer Evaluation Office for review by the end of the 2nd semester enrolled.

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