Most airlines require pilot candidates to have an Associate’s Degree. Colorado Flight Center with Colorado Mesa University and Western Colorado Community College is offering an associate degree program designed to prepare students for a career in aviation starting in the fall 2016 semester.
The Aviation Technology/ Fixed Wing program will provide technical certificate for college credit as identified in the Colorado Mesa University mission established by the Colorado Legislature. The goals of the program are to: prepare the students for FAA certification toward a commercial pilot license, offer opportunities to enhance knowledge and expertise through education, enhance technical skills for students to be more marketable, provide students the current pedagogy in Aviation Technology and prepare aviation technology technical AAS students for BS programs in Aviation Technology.
Students who successfully complete the two-year program that includes traditional classes as well as ground and flight training will graduate with about 240 flight hours and will have earned a private pilot’s certificate, a commercial pilot certificate with an instrument rating and will be certified as a flight instructor. That is all in addition to an Associate of Applied Science in Aviation Technology degree.
The flight and ground courses in the program have been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration. The program has also been approved for federal financial aid and most of the classes are eligible for funding through the GI Bill. There are additional expenses for the student beyond tuition and fees to cover the costs for in-flight instruction. Classes will be held at WCCC and at Colorado Flight Center, Inc., at the Grand Junction Regional Airport. More info.