Aviation Science: Pilot

This program offers a state-of-the-art curriculum for those students who intend to enter the field of aviation as pilots. Designed primarily for students who anticipate transferring to a four-year institution to pursue a baccalaureate degree, the program contains a balance of liberal arts and sciences courses, technical courses, and flight labs.

The program specifically prepares matriculated students to meet the stringent requirements outlined by the FAA in order to acquire a Private Pilot Certificate and Commercial Pilot Certificate, both with an Airplane Category Rating and a Single Engine Class Rating. In this process, students will gain the knowledge and proficiency necessary to acquire an Instrument Rating. Students are provided with coordinated flight training in single engine airplanes and a ground trainer. Although primarily a transfer program, Aviation Science also can lead to a rewarding entry-level career in aviation support positions concerned with other multifaceted aspects of the aviation industry.

The Associate in Science (A.S.) degree is awarded upon completion of requirements for this program.

Upon completion of the AVI program, students will have:
• Successfully completed all required flight practical exams for private, instrument and commercial ratings.

• Sucessfully completed the required FAA written exams for each of the following ratings: private, instrument and commerical.

• Demonstrated the knowledge and skills needed to safely exercise the privileges and responsibilities of a commercial/instrument pilot acting as pilot-in-command of a single-engine aircraft.

• Completed requirements of a 4-year accredited aviation program after two years of full-time study in such a program after graduating with the DCC AVI A.S. degree.

Courses must be selected in consultation with the Program Coordinator.

NOTE: An important requirement for enrollment into the Aviation Science program is the successful completion of an FAA physical, leading to a 1ST or 2ND class Medical Certificate. The Medical Certificate is required by the Federal Aviation Administration in order for enrollees to act as a Pilot in Command in a commercial environment. A list of local FAA approved doctors will be provided by the Program Coordinator.

FEES: Aviation Science flight labs require additional and substantial lab fees (subject to change): Private $8,891 per semester; Instrument $8,800; Commercial Special $6,559 and $7,181. Prospective students are strongly encouraged to contact the Aviation Science Program Chair for more information.

First Semester

Course No. Descriptive Title Credit Hours
AVI 100 Aviation Introductory Seminar 1
AVI 101 Introduction to Flight 4
AVI 111 Introduction to Flight Lab (a) 1
AVI 102 Aviation History 3
ENG 101 Composition I 3
CIS 111 (or higher) Computer System and Applications 3
  TOTAL 15

Second Semester

Course No. Descriptive Title Credit Hours
AVI 104 Instrument Flight 4
AVI 114 Instrument Flight Lab (a) 1
MAT 185 Pre-Calculus 4
PHS 111 Weather and Climate 4
ENG 102 Composition II 3
  TOTAL 16

Third Semester

Course No. Descriptive Title Credit Hours
AVI 208 Commercial Flight 4
AVI 218 Commercial Flight Lab (a) 1
AVI 110 Aviation Law 3
MAT 221 Calculus I 4
PHY 121 General Physics I 4
  TOTAL 16

Fourth Semester

Course No. Descriptive Title Credit Hours
AVI 116 Flight Safety 3
AVI 209 Commercial Flight Lab II (a) 1
American History (Appendix D) 3
PHY 122 General Physics II 4
BHS 103 Social Problems in Today's World 3
Free Elective (b)   3
  TOTAL 17

a. Students are strongly encouraged to contact the Aviation Science Program Chair for the current negotiated fee for flight training and
for course/program information. Fees are contractually set each year with the Flight School and depend heavily on current fuel charges. Students are required to pass the FAA written exam, which will be administered at the end of each specified flight class. Flight labs will require the successful completion of stage exams, flight stage checks and, at course completion, final stage check or practical test. Advancement through the program requires that each of these requirements be met. Students are given an incomplete for flight lab until the appropriate Final Stage Check has successfully been completed. Students cannot progress without completing the prerequisite courses.

b. Students must choose a course from SUNY General Education Appendix E, F, H, or I. Click here for a full discussion of the free elective requirement.