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Aviation Technology/Professional Pilot APPAO.S.AAS

Associate of Applied Science - 63 - 64 Credit Hours

Division: Science, Mathematics and Engineering
Department: Aviation Technology
Effective as of Fall 2019

What is the program about?

This program leads to an Associate of Applied Science in Aviation Technology/Professional Pilot and is designed for students who want to pursue a career as a professional pilot. The student, having completed this course work, will have the background, skills and FAA credentials to enter the aviation industry as a professional pilot or continue towards obtaining an aviation bachelor's degree. Students may choose fixed wing or helicopter pilot pathways. The student must obtain a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) 3rd class medical certificate prior to enrolling in any of the flight labs. In addition to the standard tuition and 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.

Program Outcomes

  • Comprehend and apply aviation theory, business and leadership principles to serve in the capacity of a professional pilot in airline and corporate operations.
  • Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of aviation standards and their application acting as a professional pilot in aviation business operations.
  • Exemplify a high standard of ethical and professional behavior.

Career Opportunities

Excellent career opportunities are available in airline, corporate and business aviation. The 2018 Boeing Pilot & Technician Outlook, a respected industry forecast of personnel demand, projects that 790,000 new civil aviation pilots will be needed to fly and maintain the world fleet over the next 20 years. The forecast is inclusive of the commercial aviation, business aviation, and civil helicopter industries. The demand will stem from a mix of fleet growth, retirements, and attrition. PSA Airlines, a local regional airline, has a continuous need for new pilots and had excellent hiring incentive programs.


Formal articulation agreements with other colleges and universities indicate how Sinclair programs and courses will transfer to other institutions.


Students earn specific Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certifications to prepare them with the skills necessary to become a professional pilot in fixed wing aircraft and/or helicopters.


Course Title Credits
Ohio Transfer Module: Arts & Humanities Elective 3
AVT 1105 Orientation to Aviation 2
AVT 1119 Aviation Meteorology 2
AVT 1140 Introduction to Business Aviation 2
AVT 1141 Principles of Aviation Leadership 2
AVT 1241 Blind Flying Hazards 1
AVT 1245 Aviation Law 2
AVT 1254 Flight Simulator Instruction 1
AVT 2146 Introduction to Airline Operations 3
AVT 2240 Human Factors in Aviation 3
AVT 2242 Aircraft Accident Investigation I 3
AVT 2247 Aerodynamics & Flight Mechanics I 3
AVT 2258 Flight Instructor Ground 3
AVT 2700 Aviation Internship 1 - 2
(AVT 1110 AND AVT 1124 AND AVT 1170 AND AVT 1224 AND AVT 2250 AND AVT 2263 AND AVT 2269 OR AVT 1111 AND AVT 1126 AND AVT 1171 AND AVT 1226 AND AVT 2251 AND AVT 2265 AND AVT 2271) 15
COM 2211 Effective Public Speaking 3
ENG 1101 English Composition I 3
MAT 1470 College Algebra 3
MAT 1570 Analytic Geometry & Trigonometry 3
MET 1131 Personal Computer Applications for Engineering Technology 1
PHY 1141 College Physics I 4
- View the Master Syllabus - View the Course Schedule
This information is for planning purposes only. Sinclair College will make every effort to offer curriculum listed above but reserves the right to change, add and cancel curriculum offerings for unforeseen circumstances.