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DCC Takes You to the Skies!

Map your flightpath for a rewarding career in professional flight operations. With training that includes hands-on flight experiences, DCC's pilot program can help take you to the skies.


Credits in core courses and electives you choose.


Years of full-time study for most students (earning college credits in high school can save time)


Get Ready for the appropriate FAA certificate proficiency exams

What You'll Study in Our Aviation Science Program

DCC's aviation science pilot program offers a practical, supportive environment to start your professional pilot career. Combining classroom instruction and flight training in both aircraft and an FAA-approved ground simulator - the Redbird Full Motion Three Axis Simulator.

The program gets you ready for take-off in many exciting pilot career opportunities. You'll study aviation and law and history, while also learning about flight safety and weather mapping—with plenty of hands-on experience.


Sample Courses

AVI 102: Aviation History
A general description of the field of aviation from the early achievements of flight to now.

AVI 104: Instrument Flight
Study the instruments of flight and prepare for the FAA Instrument Rating Knowledge Exam.

AVI 218: Commercial Flight Lab
Practical flight experience in a single-engine aircraft toward the FAA cross-country requirement.


Alumni Ryan Finn


“My years at DCC were instrumental in giving me the tools, knowledge and guidance I needed to chase my dreams. DCC put me in a position to seamlessly transfer to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida, where I continued my flight training and attained a bachelor's degree. Since my journey began, I've had opportunities to work as a flight instructor, a charter pilot and an airline pilot. I'm proudly a pilot for JetBlue Airways now and I would not be where I am today without DCC's pilot program."

Ryan Finn
Pilot, JetBlue Airways
DCC Aviation Science: Pilot Alumni

Where Do Aviation Grads Go?

Our Partnership with the US Flight Academy 

Our flight training partner, US Aviation Academy, is one of the largest flight schools in the country. The academy provides flight training for private, instrument, commercial single engine, and multi-engine commercial. It also offers training for the Certified Flight Instructor - FAA CFI(A) License and Certified Flight Instrument Instructor - FAA CFII(A) License. US Aviation Academy is a Part 141 Flight School with examination authority for each rating listed.

What You'll Learn

  • Get ready for the appropriate FAA certificate pilot proficiency exams
  • Make safe and competent flight decisions.
  • Apply aerodynamics to flight scenarios.
  • Recognize atmospheric and weather conditions.
  • Use and apply aircraft systems and software knowledge.

The Aviation Education Center

DCC @ HVR Airport is home to DCC's pilot, aviation maintenance and aviation management programs. Located on the grounds of Hudson Valley Regional Airport (KPOU), our new aviation education center features cutting-edge classrooms, labs and hangar space designed for immersive, hands-on learning. 



Contact Us

Office of Admissions

101 Orcutt Student Services Center
Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Phone: (845) 431-8010

53 Pendell Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601