Apr 01, 2023  
2016-2017 SLCC General Catalog 

Aviation Business Operations Rotor Wing Flight Technology: CC (CTE)

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Effective Summer Semester 2017, this program is not accepting new students. Students currently declared in this program can complete through the established teach-out plan through Spring Semester 2019.  See http://www.slcc.edu/aviationtechnology/index.aspx for further information.


Certificate of Completion | 36 credits minimum

Aviation Related Technologies Division
Westpointe Center
Salt Lake City, UT
General Information (801) 957-4073
Program Information (801) 957-2140
Program Website
Academic and Career Advising
Academic Advisor Taylorsville Redwood Campus CT 249, (801) 957-4550

Program Faculty
Professors - Fiona Silcox
Assistant Professor - Erwin Zundel, Brett Terpstra

Program Description
The two-semester Certificate of Completion will provide students with the basic knowledge and skills needed to operate aircraft for pleasure (non-commercial) in the western United States. The program combines flight training with technical and professional courses essential for success to include flight training leading to FAA rating; Private Pilot Certificate; FAA Instrument Certificate; aircraft systems operations; effects of weather on flight; and flying in mountainous regions. Certificate requirements may be applied toward entry-level requirements for the Professional Pilot program 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 $100. 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 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. For program flight fees and associated hours of training please visit the program website at http://www.slcc.edu/professionalpilot/ or see catalog.  Contact program faculty for more information on flight lab fees. FAA Pilot Practical and written exams can cost approximately $650.00 per certification.

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
2 semesters minimum

Specialized Accreditation
FAA-approved Part 141 flight program

Program Objectives
The FAA-approved Part 141 ground and flight program prepares students to earn the following graduation certificates: Private and Instrument Rating in Rotor Wing. The student must demonstrate through knowledge tests, practical tests, and/or show through appropriate records that he/she meets the knowledge, skill, and experience requirement necessary for the associated pilot certificate. 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 before being registered into the next 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 Private Pilot and Instrument aeronautical knowledge areas contained in FAA Part 141 curriculum.

Students will demonstrate proficiency skills in Private Pilot and Instrument 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. 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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