Career Pilot Technology Pathway A.A.S.

Career Pilot
Program Code: A60180CP

Career Pilot Technology Pathway A.A.S.

Career Pilot Technology curriculum prepares individuals for a variety of aviation and aviation-related careers including the commercial airlines, general aviation, the aerospace industry, the military, and state and federal aviation organizations. 

Course work includes fundamentals of flight, aerodynamics, aircraft performance, meteorology, navigation, federal regulations, aviation management, and instrument and commercial ground and flight training.  

Graduates will hold a commercial pilot certificate (license) with an instrument rating. Graduates may find employment as commercial, corporate, and military pilots, and flight instructors. 

The Aviation Management & Career Pilot Technology program is approved by:

Federal Aviation Administration
800 Independence Avenue
Washington, DC 20591

Phone: (703) 230-1664
Federal Aviation Administration website

Federal Aviation Administration
Charlotte Flight Standards District Office (FSDO)
3800 Arco Corporate Drive, Suite 233
Charlotte, NC 28273

Phone: (704) 319-7020
Federal Aviation Administration Charlotte Office website

 

Specific Program Requirements:

1. Students will be required to purchase and wear uniforms while attending class. First year students will wear blue captain shirts and navy blue pants. Second year students will wear white captain shirts and navy blue pants. The Career Pilot uniform also includes a black leather belt and black leather shoes. Uniforms include the A-B Tech Aviation logo and must be purchased at Read’s Uniforms in Asheville, NC. Students must purchase at least one (1) complete uniform appropriate to their year. Students are encouraged to purchase more than one uniform. Career Pilot uniforms cost approximately $225 each. Additional uniforms can be purchased at a discounted cost. 


2. For Career Pilot students, the cost of flight training is a separate cost. The cost is estimated to be $9,481 for the instrument rating (AER-161), and $25,200 for the commercial pilot certificate (AER-171). The FAA private pilot certificate (license) is a pre-admission requirement to for enrollment into the Career Pilot Technology degree pathway. The cost of flight training for the private pilot certificate is estimated to be $8,607. These cost estimates reflect the FAA’s minimum required flight hours. Many flight students will require training beyond the minimum flight hours and will incur greater costs. 


3. Career Pilot students must obtain an FAA 2nd class airman medical certificate via passing a flight physical conducted by an aviation medical examiner (AME). A listing of local AMEs can be found at https://www.faa.gov/pilots/amelocator/.  The flight physical cost is approximately $100.  


4. The FAA private pilot certificate is a pre-admission requirement for enrollment into the Career Pilot degree pathway. Students seeking the Career Pilot option must complete their private pilot flight training and possess a valid FAA private pilot certificate prior to being enrolled into this pathway. Students aspiring to enter the Career Pilot pathway can still enter the aviation program as Aviation Management students initially.  Students in this scenario can, and should, still perform regular flight lessons to progress through flight training for the private pilot certificate. Once the private pilot certificate is obtained, the student should present the FAA certificate to A-B Tech. The student will then receive credit via licensure for the course, AER-151 Flight – Private Pilot and will qualify to enroll in the Career Pilot degree pathway.


5. Flight students in the Career Pilot degree pathway taking the flight training courses (AER-161 Flight - Instrument Pilot and AER-171 Flight - Commercial Pilot) should plan to complete three flight lessons each week when possible in order to complete the courses within the prescribed time frame (one semesterr for AER-161 and two semesters for AER-171). AER-161 requires a minimum of 35 flight hours and AER 171 requires a minimum of 120 flight hours. Many students require training beyond these minimums. As such, it is important to flight as often as possible each week and throughout the semester. Students enrolled in AER-161 and/or AER-171 at A-B Tech will complete all required flight training at WNC Aviation.


6. Students who enroll in the Career Pilot degree pathway who already have some or all of FAA pilot credentials (e.g., the private pilot certificate, instrument rating, commercial pilot certificate) included in the program may receive credit via licensure for the appropriate flight courses (AER-151 Flight – Private Pilot, AER-161 Flight – Instrument Pilot, or AER-171 Flight – Commercial Pilot). 


7. Students passing their Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) practical exam(s) will be awarded a letter grade of “A” for their instrument and commercial flight courses (AER-161, AER-171). 

Specific Requirements

Courses requiring a grade of "C" or better:  ACA, AER

 

Courses in this program

Note, A-B Tech does not offer AER-151 Flight- Private Pilot as part of the Career Pilot pathway. To earn your private pilot certificate (license), you can complete your training at our flight school provider, WNC Aviation, at any other FAA-certified flight school, or with any FAA-certified flight instructor. Once you obtain your private pilot certificate, you will receive credit via licensure for the AER-151 course.

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This course provides the hands-on training needed to qualify for a Federal Aviation Administration private pilot certificate. Topics include flight maneuvers (ground procedures, take-offs, climbs, level flight, turns, glides, stalls, slow flight, descents, slips, landings, emergency procedures) and cross-country planning and navigation. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate the competencies required for the flight test practical exam for the private pilot certificate.

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This course provides an orientation to the campus resources and academic skills necessary to achieve educational objectives. Emphasis is placed on an exploration of facilities and services, study skills, library skills, self-assessment, wellness, goal-setting, and critical thinking. Upon completion, students should be able to manage their learning experiences to successfully meet educational goals.

This course covers the basic elements of air navigation, fundamentals of pilotage and dead reckoning, and the use of a plotter, computer, and aerial charts. Topics include pilotage, dead reckoning, radio navigation, LORAN, Global Positioning Systems, and the use of FAA publications. Upon completion, students should be able to interpret aeronautical charts and apply navigational principles.

This course covers the basic elements of air navigation, fundamentals of pilotage and dead reckoning, and the use of a plotter, computer, and aerial charts. Topics include pilotage, dead reckoning, radio navigation, LORAN, Global Positioning Systems, and the use of FAA publications. Upon completion, students should be able to interpret aeronautical charts and apply navigational principles.

This course covers the aeronautical knowledge required to meet the Federal Aviation Administration regulations for private pilot certification. Topics include the principles of flight, the flight environment, basic aircraft systems and performance, basic meteorology and weather data interpretation, and FAA regulations. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate the competencies required for the FAA written examination for a private pilot certificate.

This course is designed to develop the ability to produce clear writing in a variety of genres and formats using a recursive process. Emphasis includes inquiry, analysis, effective use of rhetorical strategies, thesis development, audience awareness, and revision. Upon completion, students should be able to produce unified, coherent, well-developed essays using standard written English. This is a Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC) course that satisfies English Composition.

This course provides an integrated approach to technology and the skills required to manipulate, display, and interpret mathematical functions and formulas used in problem-solving. Topics include basic geometric and proportion applications; simplification, evaluation, and solving of algebraic and radical functions; complex numbers; right triangle trigonometry; and systems of equations. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate the ability to use mathematics and technology for problem-solving, analyzing and communicating results.

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This course covers the atmosphere, interpretation and measurement of meteorological elements, and the effects of such on aircraft operations and performance. Topics include heat exchanges in the atmosphere; temperature, pressure, stability, clouds, air masses, fronts, and thunderstorms; and the use and interpretation of weather data. Upon completion, students should be able to analyze weather data for flight planning and safe flying.

This course covers the required aeronautical knowledge of the Federal Aviation Administration Regulation Instrument Ground School. Topics include a study of instruments, systems, instrument flight charts, instrument flight planning, approach procedures, and IFR regulations. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate the competencies required to complete the FAA written examination for an instrument rating.

This course covers instruction and training in instrument flight planning including IFR navigation, VOR, ILS, ADF, and compliance with ATC procedures. Emphasis is placed on approach and navigation procedures, including holding and missed approaches, and development of skill in executing en route and approach procedures. Upon completion, students should be able to plan and execute an IFR flight and demonstrate competencies required for the FAA instrument pilot flight exam.

This course provides instruction and experience in preparation and delivery of speeches within a public setting and group discussion. Emphasis is placed on research, preparation, delivery, and evaluation of informative, persuasive, and special occasion public speaking. Upon completion, students should be able to prepare and deliver well-organized speeches and participate in a group discussion with appropriate audiovisual support. This is a Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC) course that satisfies Communication.

This course provides a conceptually-based exposure to the fundamental principles and processes of the physical world. Topics include basic concepts of motion, forces, energy, heat, electricity, magnetism, and the structure of matter and the universe. Upon completion, students should be able to describe examples and applications of the principles studied. Nonmathematical discussions of concepts and practical applications will be stressed. This is a Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC) course that satisfies Natural Sciences.

This course is a laboratory for PHY 110. Emphasis is placed on laboratory experiences that enhance materials presented in PHY 110. Upon completion, students should be able to apply the laboratory experiences to the concepts presented in PHY 110. This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement general education core requirement in natural science/mathematics. This is a Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC) course that satisfies Natural Sciences.
 

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This course covers the operation of a flight department on a cost-effective basis and analysis of profit and loss statements. Topics include flight operations costs, aircraft acquisition analysis and cost comparisons, costs versus revenue, and break-even points. Upon completion, students should be able to calculate the cost of flight operations and apply monthly and annual budget analysis.

This course covers the basic procedures and practices of aircraft accident prevention, accident investigation, and reporting. Topics include a comprehensive review of federal regulations pertinent to aviation safety and analyses of actual aviation accident cases and their causes. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding and respect for specific personal factors such as attitude, motivation, and skill related to flight safety.

This course analyzes interpersonal relationships in the cockpit and related psychological factors that affect pilot performance and efficiency during flight operations. Topics include cockpit management, judgment, aircraft and flight crew coordination and control, physiological factors, responsibility, and decision-making capabilities. Upon completion, students should be able to apply work-proven routines to stress management, crew responsibility, and the team concept in the cockpit.

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This course provides an in-depth study of the state, federal, and international regulations forming the structure of aviation law. Emphasis is placed on Federal Aviation Regulations Parts 61, 91, and 135 with additional emphasis on legal issues in aviation law. Upon completion, students should be able to apply legal principles and interpret federal air regulations.

This course covers advanced aircraft control, cross-country operations, and other topics required for the FAA commercial pilot written exam. Emphasis is placed on the principles of aircraft performance and operation, take-off performance, cruise performance, descent and landing performance, and weight and balance computations. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate commercial pilot skills and competence in the materials required for the FAA written commercial pilot examination.

This course introduces piston and turbine aircraft engines and associated systems. Topics include aircraft hydraulic, pneumatic, electrical, air conditioning, and pressurization systems along with the theory of engine operations, including power and thrust computations. Upon completion, students should be able to apply principles of engine and systems operation.

This course introduces computer concepts, including fundamental functions and operations of the computer. Topics include the identification of hardware components, basic computer operations, security issues, and use of software applications. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the role and function of computers and use the computer to solve problems. Microsoft Office will be used in this course; this includes Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint.

This course provides an overview of the scientific study of human behavior. Topics include history, methodology, biopsychology, sensation, perception, learning, motivation, cognition, abnormal behavior, personality theory, social psychology, and other relevant topics. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a basic knowledge of the science of psychology. This is a Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC) course that satisfies Social/Behavioral Sciences.

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This course covers basic and advanced principles of aerodynamic phenomena and fluid flow. Topics include airflow phenomena; lift/weight/thrust/drag; aircraft configuration characteristics, stability, and control; subsonic, transonic, and supersonic flight; critical Mach numbers; and the V-g Diagram. Upon completion, students should be able to explain the elements of applied aerodynamics and aeronautical engineering which relate directly to the problems of flight operations.

This course provides a detailed analysis of all aspects of air traffic control. Emphasis is placed on an in-depth analysis of air traffic control, including the utilization of the air traffic environment based on the pilot's and controller's perspective. Upon completion, students should be able to operate an aircraft within the national airspace system under FAA air traffic control.

This course covers the development and present status of the air transportation system. Topics include federal legislation, characteristics and classification of air carriers, development of the air traffic control system, and the organization and function of the FAA. Upon completion, students should be able to relate the knowledge acquired to career development.

This course introduces the use of critical thinking skills in the context of human conflict. Emphasis is placed on evaluating information, problem-solving, approaching cross-cultural perspectives, and resolving controversies and dilemmas. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate orally and in writing the use of critical thinking skills in the analysis of appropriate texts. This course has been approved for transfer under the CAA as a general education course in Humanities/Fine Arts.

This course provides the hands-on training needed to qualify for a Federal Aviation Administration commercial pilot certificate. Topics include flight instruction in advanced precision maneuvers, maximum performance take-off and landings, emergency procedures, operation of complex aircraft, aircraft performance, and range and fuel planning. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in the areas of the flight test practical exam for the commercial pilot certificate.

Total Credit Hours Required:
67

See advisor for General Education substitutes. 

Curriculum is based on the 2020-21 catalog.

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