SLCC General Catalog

Aviation Business Operations Fixed-Wing Flight Technology CC

CTE Certificate Of Completion
36 credits minimum

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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 $70. To find a Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE) for a Class II Medical Exam please visit the FAA website. 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 the Getting Started.

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 separate costs.

Estimated Cost for Students

The cost of tuition per semester may be found by visiting the Tuition and Fees page. 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 two 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, Certified Flight Instructor Instrument, Multi-Engine Instructor, Rotor Wing or Fixed Wing, and Airline Transport Pilot. 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. 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.

 Program Student Learning Outcomes

Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes


  1. Substantive Knowledge
  2. Communicate Effectively
  3. Develop Quantitative Literacies
  4. Think Critically
  5. Civic Engagement and/or Working Professionally

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


3. Students will demonstrate quantitative literacy skills


4. Students will show how to think critically


General Education Requirements

Quantitative Studies (QS) 3 Credits






 Any approved QS course    3    

Communication (CM) 3 Credits






 Any approved CM course    3    

Human Relations (HR) 2-3 Credits






 Any approved HR course    2-3    

Required Courses (27 Credits)






PILT 1040 Aviation Orientation 1 A  
PILT 1100 Private Pilot Grnd School 4 A Coreq: PILT 1110, 1115, 1140 or 1145
PILT 1140 Solo Pilot Cert Lab 1 A Coreq: PILT 1100
PILT 1150 Priv Pilt Fxd-Wing Crt Lab 2 A PILT 1140
PILT 1250 Instrument Grnd School 3 A PILT 1150 or 1155
PILT 1260 Inst Sim Fixed-Wing Lab 1 A PILT 1150 Coreq: PILT 1250
PILT 1300 Inst Cert Fixed-Wing Lab 3 A PILT 1150 Coreq: PILT 1250 and 1260
PILT 1400 Intro Air Traffic Control 3 F, Sp  
PILT 1420 Aircraft Systems 3 A  
PILT 2050 Aviation Meteorology 3 A  
PILT 2440 Mntn Flying Fxd-Wing Lab 1 Su, F PILT 1150 and 2050
PILT 2470 Corporate/Business AV 1 F, SP  
  Aviation or Track Elective 1 A  

Elective Recommendations






PILT 2210 Multi-Eng Grnd 1 A PILT 1150 and 2050
PILT 2220 F/W Add-on Lab 1 A PILT 1150 or instructor approval


Sample Schedule

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

CM 3 QS 3-4
PILT 1040 1 HR 2-3
PILT 1100 4 PILT 1150 2
PILT 1140 1 PILT 1250 3
PILT 1400 3 PILT 1260 1
PILT 1420 3 PILT 1300 3
PILT 2050 3 PILT 2440 1
ELEC 1 PILT 2470 2





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.

Department Info

Aerospace/Aviation and
Related Technologies Division

Professional Pilot Department

Westpointe Center,
Salt Lake City, UT

Program Information

Academic Advisor
Taylorsville Redwood Campus
Construction Trades Bldg (CT) 294

General Information


Associate Professor
Fiona Silcox

Erwin Zundel