SLCC General Catalog

Professional Pilot - Rotor Wing AAS

CTE Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
64 credits minimum

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Program Description

Salt Lake Community College has offered the Pilot program for 20 years and prepares students for a successful and exciting career in the aerospace 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 Technology Department. These degrees include an Associate of Science in Aerospace/AviationTechnology 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 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

Students who earn an AAS degree in Aerospace/Aviation Technology-Pilot also have the option to transfer into the Technology Management Bachelor Degree at Utah Valley University. UVU will accept up to 45 technical credits towards this degree.

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 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. 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 during the Fall, Spring or Summer semester.

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 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 the suggested semester schedule, time to completion 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.  (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. 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 option must have a cumulative GPA of a 3.0 to be recommended to take the FAA practical exam.

General Education Requirements

Core Skills:

  Composition (EN) 3 Credits

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

ENGL 1010

Intro to Writing

3

A

WRTG 0990 w/C grade or better or appropriate Accuplacer score

  Quantitative Studies (QS) 4 Credits

Course

 

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

MATH 1010

Intermed Algebra

4

A

RDG 0900 w/C or better and within the past year, MATH 0990 w/C grade or better, or appropriate Accuplacer score

  Communication (CM) 3 Credits

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

Any approved CM course

 

 

  Human Relations (HR) 2-3 Credits

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

Any approved HR course

 

 

Distribution Areas: (3 Credits)

Choose an additional three credits from one of the following distribution areas.

Course

Credits

 

 

Biological Science (BS)

3-4

 

Fine Arts (FA)

3-4

 

Humanities (HU)

3

 

Interdisciplinary (ID)

3

 

Physical Science (PS)

3

 

Social Science (SS)

3

 

Required Courses: (36 Credits)

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

PILT 1010

Air Transportation

3        

F, Sp

 

PILT 1040

Aviation Orientation

1

A

 

PILT 1100

Priv PILT Grnd School

4

A

Coreq: PILT 1110, 1115, 1140, 1145, or instructor approval

PILT 1145

Solo PILT RW Cert Lab

1

A

PILT 1100 or concurrently

PILT 1155

Priv PILT RW Cert Lab

2

A

PILT 1145

PILT 1250

Instr Ground School

3

A

PILT 1150 or 1155; Coreq: PILT 1260 or 1254; instructor approval

PILT 1265

Instr Sim RW Lab

1

A

PILT 1155. Coreq: PILT 1250

PILT 1315

Instr Cert RW Lab

2

A

PILT 1250 or concurrently

PILT 1420

Aircraft Systems

3

A

 

PILT 2050

Aviation Meteorology

3

A

 

PILT 2100

Commer Ground School

3

A

PILT 1150 or PILT 1155 and 1250.

PILT 2205

Cross Country RW Lab

2

A

PILT 1315. Coreq: PILT 2100

PILT 2245

Comm PILT RW Cert Lab

2

A

PILT 2205

PILT 2250

Aerodynamics

3

F, Sp

 

PILT 2310

Human Factors & Safety

3

F, Sp

 

Elective Courses: (Select 13-14 Credits From The Following)

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

DISP 1500

Dispatch Applications

7

A

PILT 1100, 1400, 2050; may be taken concurrently with DISP 1400 and 2050

PILT 1115

PILT 1050

Priv Sim RW Lab

Aviation History

1

2

F, Sp

F, SP

Coreq: PILT 1100 required for non-flying students

PILT 1010; may be taken concurrently w/PILT 1010

PILT 1305

Recr Trans RW Lab

1

F, SP

PILT 1155

PILT 1400

Intro to Air Traffic Cont

3

F,Sp

 

PILT 1800

Ground Touring Lab

1

A

Coreq: PILT 1100, 1250, 2100 or 2210 and instructor approval

PILT 1840

Sim Touring Lab

1

A

Coreq: PILT 1140, 1145, 1150, 1155, 1300, 1315, 2200, 2205, 2220, 2240, 2245, 2300, 2305, 2350, 2355 or instructor approval

PILT 1990

Special Studies

1-5

A

Instructor permission

PILT 2000

Aviation Co-op

1-2

A

Second year student and instructor permission

PILT 2010

PreGrad Seminar

1

F, Sp

Second year student

PILT 2305

CFI/Rotor-Wing Lab

2

A

PILT 2245. Coreq: PILT 2340

PILT 2340

CFI Ground School

3

A

PILT 2100

PILT 2355

CFI/Instrument RW Lab

1

A

PILT 2305

PILT 2405

Turbine Transtn RW Lab

1

A

PILT 1155

PILT 2445

Mount Flying RW Lab

1

A

PILT 2050 and 2245

PILT 2455

Utility Oper RW Lab

1

A

PILT 2245

PILT 2470

Corp/Bus Aviation

2

F, Sp

 

PILT 2265

Comm RW CAT Add-on Lab

2

A

PILT 2240

PILT 2260

Comm FW CAT Add-on Lab

2

A

PILT 2245

PILT 2465

Ngt Visn Gogls Ops RW Lab

2

A

PILT 2245, 2310

PILT 2475

Medium Transtn RW Lab

2

A

PILT 2405, 2455

PILT 2485

Twin Eng Transtn RW Lab

2

F, Sp

PILT 2475

AVAD 1010

Airport Sys & Fac

3

F, Sp

 

AVAD 1020

Airport Ops & Admin

3

F, Sp

 

Sample Schedule

1st Year Schedule

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

PILT 1040                      

1

PILT 1155

2

PILT 1100

4

PILT 1010

3

PILT 1145

1

PILT 2050

3

PILT 1420

3

PILT 2310

3

ENGL 1010

3

MATH 1010

4

CM Course

3

PILT Elective

3

Total

15

Total

18

2nd Year Schedule

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

PILT 1250

3

PILT 2100

3

PILT 1265

1

PILT 2200

2

PILT 1315

2

PILT 2245

2

PILT 2250

3

Distribution

HR Course

2-3

PILT Elective

6

PILT Elective

4

 

 

Total

15-16

Total

16


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 department. Official copies must be submitted for review. 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.


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
  • Students will acquire substantial knowledge of Private Pilot, Instrument, Commercial, Flight Instructor, and Fundamentals of Instructing aeronautical knowledge areas contained in FAA Part 141 curriculum.
  • 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

  • Students will demonstrate effective written communication skills

2

  • Students will demonstrate quantitative literacy skills

3

  • Students will show how to think critically

4

Department Contact Info

Aviation & Related Technologies Division

Westpointe Center
Salt Lake City, UT

General Information
801-957-4073

Program Information
801-957-2140

Professional Pilot Program

Academic Advisor
Taylorsville Redwood Campus
Construction Trades Building (CT) 282
801-957-4550

Program Faculty

Associate Professors
Fiona Silcox

Instructor
Erwin Zundel
Daniel Sutliff