Aviation Technology

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Sinclair offers one of the most comprehensive aviation technology programs in the state and in the nation.Graduates can choose to continue their education in aviation or transfer to an aerospace university.

Sinclair's associate degree pilot training clusters and technical certificate programs prepare graduates for careers as pilots, mechanics, flight attendants, aircraft dispatchers, managers and unmanned aerial systems operators.

Ask for our Flight Program price lists, and while you're at it, you may ask about our PAYGO (pay-as-you-go) payment plan for flight instruction.  Call 937-512-2570. 

The Aviation Technology department has a unique partnership with Aviation Sales, Inc. (ASI), one of the region's most respected pilot training organizations.  This partnership provides for the training of professional airline pilots, through Sinclair Community College, at the Wright Brothers Airport.

Outstanding simulation hardware is utilized in our pilot programs.  We train under part 141 and are authorized to provide flight training for those with VA Benefits.  Our new Redbird Flight Simulator incorporates state-of-the-art glass cockpit training in addition to our GAT-II Simulator used for spatial disorientation training.

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Why major in Aviation Technology?

There is a wealth of job prospects for graduates of aviation technology programs. The demand for major airline pilots is steadily increasing and the demand for general aviation positions are at an all-time high. The use of interstate commerce has increased the demand for cargo pilots. And, a shift in business travel from the major airlines to executive-size aircraft has created a new increase in the number of pilot jobs available. These changes in airline passenger and cargo traffic, along with an expected wave of retirements, will provide many job opportunities for new pilots and for flight instructors at all levels of the aviation industry.

This area of study might be for you if:
  • You would like to become a pilot or work in another aviation field.
  • You are interested in learning more about how airplanes work.
  • You are looking to gain hands-on experience in a challenging, high paying career path.
  • You desire to work in an industry that thrives in a variety of cities, states, and even countries.

What are the objectives of the Aviation Technology program?

The Aviation Technology program builds essential practical knowledge in the areas of professional pilot, aviation maintenance, airway science, flight attendant and flight dispatcher careers.

What are the prospects for those interested in aviation?

The demand for major airline pilots and general aviation careers is at an all time high.

The use of interstate commerce has increased the demand for cargo pilots for companies like UPS, Federal Express, ABX Air and the United States Postal Service.  A shift in business travel from the major airlines to executive-size aircraft has created a new increase in the number of pilot jobs available,  This change in airline passenger and cargo traffic, along with an expected wave of retirements, will provide many job opportunities for new pilots and for flight instructors at all levels of the aviation industry.

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Available Programs

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Associate of Applied Science
Aviation Airframe Maintenance Technology

This program leads to an Associate of Applied Science in Airframe Maintenance and provides the knowledge and skills successfully pass the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) written, oral, and practical examinations required by the FAA for certification as an airframe maintenance technician. The training and knowledge the student receives from the General Aviation Maintenance and the Airframe Aviation Maintenance certificate programs funnels directly into this degree program. The FAA certifications and this degree will allow the student to continue towards a Bachelor's degree in Aviation Science (or related field), or to begin a career as an aviation airframe maintenance technician.

This degree program contains one or more embedded certificates which will be automatically awarded when the certificate requirements are completed. If you do not want to receive the embedded certificate(s), please notify Registration and Student Records at studentrecords@sinclair.edu.

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Aviation Powerplant Maintenance Technology

This program leads to an Associate of Applied Science in Powerplant Maintenance and provides the knowledge and skills to successfully pass the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) written, oral, and practical examinations required by the FAA for certification as a powerplant maintenance technician. The training and knowledge the student receives from the General Aviation Maintenance and the Powerplant Aviation Maintenance certificate programs funnels directly into this degree program. The FAA certifications and this degree will allow the student to continue towards a Bachelor's degree in Aviation Science (or related field), or to begin a career as an aviation powerplant maintenance technician.

This degree program contains one or more embedded certificates which will be automatically awarded when the certificate requirements are completed. If you do not want to receive the embedded certificate(s), please notify Registration and Student Records at studentrecords@sinclair.edu.

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Aviation Technology

This program leads to an Associate of Applied Science in Aviation Technology. The student, having completed this course work, would have the background and skills to enter the aviation industry or continue towards a bachelor's degree in aviation science (or related field).

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Aviation Technology/Professional Pilot & Airway Science

This program leads to an Associate of Applied Science in Aviation Technology/Professional Pilot & Airway Science. This option in the primary Aviation Technology program is designed for students who want to pursue a career as a professional pilot. The student, having completed this course work, would have the background and skills to enter the aviation industry as a professional pilot or continue towards a bachelor's degree in aviation science (or related field). Students may choose fixed wing (airplane single engine and multi-engine) or helicopter pilot certifications. The student must obtain a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) 3rd class medical certificate prior to enrolling in any of the flight labs. This program is approved for Veteran’s Administration (VA) educational benefits.

In addition to standard tuition fees there are additional lab fees for each of the flight labs in the program. These lab fees are structured to cover the costs associated with the minimum flying hours required for each FAA certificate. Any additional flying time costs beyond the FAA minimums covered by the lab fee must be borne by the student. See the Department for the latest lab fee costs.

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Unmanned Aerial Systems

The Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) degree program prepares students for entry level positions in the UAS industry by providing foundational knowledge and skills in UAS mission planning, applications, maintenance, laws and regulations, and data management using UAS platforms. Program content includes an introduction to UAS flight, history, avionics, sensors, communications systems and selectable paths to various applications such as First Responders, Geospatial Information Systems, and Precision Agriculture. Students will prepare for and conduct unmanned flights similar to those commonly performed in the industry observing Federal Aviation Administrations (FAA) regulations that govern the UAS industry.

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One-year Technical Certificate
Airframe Aviation Maintenance

The Airframe Aviation Maintenance certificate provides the knowledge and skill required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the airframe maintenance technician student. Students will learn to apply the knowledge and skills covering the required sections of training for the Airframe certificate as required by the Federal Aviation Administration under Part 147 Appendix C. Those subjects include assembling and rigging, metallic and non-metallic structures, fuel systems, electrical power production and distribution, instruments, communication/navigation systems, cabin atmospheric control systems, landing gear, hydraulics and pneumatics, fire protection systems, aircraft finishing, ice protection systems and welding inspections.

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Unmanned Aerial Systems

The Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) One Year Technical Certificate prepares students with the foundational knowledge and skills involving Unmanned Aerial System technology, regulations and laws required by industry, necessary tools needed to work as Unmanned Aerial System (pilot/operator, observers, and ancillary ground crew member) while applying an understanding of the operational and safety regulations governing the National Airspace System. Students will choose one of the three options to specialize in one area: Precision Agriculture, First Responder Applications, or Geospatial Information Systems (GIS). Per Federal Aviation Administration these are going to be some of the first certified commercial applications and will have a critical impact on the Unmanned Aerial Systems industry. Other promising UAS applications are in construction, energy, mining, film and television.

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Short-term Technical Certificate
Aircraft Dispatcher

The Aircraft Dispatcher certificate provides students with the theory and operating knowledge necessary to understand the policies, procedures and means of compliance with the applicable Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) leading to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Aircraft Dispatcher Certification. The program develops the knowledge and skills required to enter a career in the aviation industry as an aircraft dispatcher. To that end, students explore aircraft performance, meteorology, crew resource management, air traffic control, advanced navigation, airline operations and FAA knowledge, oral, and practical exams.

The Aircraft Dispatcher Certificate will incorporate MET 1131, AVT 1105, and AVT 1141 and eliminate AVT 1246 to bring the certificate from 20.0 semester hours to 24.0 semester hours thus making the Aircraft Dispatcher Certificate Pell Grant and VA eligible.

Key learning objectives from AVT 1246, required by CFR Part 65 of the Federal Aviation Regulations, will be incorporated into AVT 2167 with no changes to AVT 2167 semester hour requirements.

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Airline Flight Attendant

The Airline Flight Attendant certificate provides students with the basic theory of airline travel with an understanding of the policies, procedures and means of compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations. Students explore the business of air commerce and develop the skills of a travel professional. Includes exploration of communications, safety and security, air travel, customer service, airline operations and crew resource management. This program develops the knowledge and skills required to serve as a flight attendant and to enter a career in the aviation industry.

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General Aviation Maintenance

The General Aviation Maintenance certificate provides the knowledge and skills required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the airframe and powerplant maintenance technician student. Students will learn to apply mathematics and physics, read and interpret aircraft drawings, conduct ground operations and servicing of aircraft, interpret maintenance publications, interpret FAA regulations, make correct and legal aircraft record entries, perform weight and balance calculations, understand basic electricity, understand makeup of materials used in aircraft manufacture, understand aircraft fasteners, inspect welds, inspect for aircraft deterioration (corrosion) and understand and perform aircraft repair methods.

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Powerplant Aviation Maintenance

The Powerplant Aviation Maintenance certificate provides the knowledge and skills required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the powerplant maintenance technician student. Students will learn to apply all the knowledge and skills in the lab portion.

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UAS First Responders

The UAS First Responders Short-Term Technical certificate prepares students for entry level positions in the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) industry by providing foundational knowledge, skills and proficiency in UAS theory, capabilities and scenario based objectives related to the first responder industry.

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UAS for Geographic Information Systems

The UAS for GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Short-Term Technical certificate prepares students for entry level positions as GIS analysts in the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) industry by providing foundational knowledge and skills involving GIS technologies and UAS technology.

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UAS Precision Agriculture

The UAS Precision Agriculture Short-Term Technical Certificate prepares students for entry level positions in the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) industry by providing foundational knowledge and skills involving Precision Agriculture and UAS Technology.

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