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Sinclair College

Professional Pilot AVT.S.STC

Short-term Technical Certificate - 20 - 21 Credit Hours

Division: Science, Mathematics and Engineering
Department: Aviation Technology
Effective as of Fall 2018

What is the program about?

This program is designed to allow the student to earn FAA certificates and ratings to become a professional pilot. The student, having completed this course work, will 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 a related field). Students may choose fixed-wing (airplane single engine and multi-engine) or helicopter certifications. The student must obtain a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Third (3rd) Class medical certificate prior to enrolling in ANY flight lab. In addition to standard tuition fees, there are additional lab fees for each flight lab 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 as a professional pilot in airline, corporate, or helicopter operations.
  • Exemplify a high standard of ethical and professional behavior.
  • Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of aviation standards and their application as a professional pilot in aviation operations.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities are available in airline, corporate, and general aviation. The current U.S. Bureau of Labor Occupational Outlook for Airline and Commercial Pilots projects five percent growth through 2024, and the expectation is there will be massive demand beyond that point due to a large wave of pilot retirements and the need to backfill the supply of pilots for commercial pilot roles of all sorts. This involves not only airline positions, but general aviation careers such as flight instruction, corporate flying, and business air services. Employment of pilots is projected to grow 10 percent through 2024, faster than the average for all occupations.


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


Students earn specific FAA certifications to prepare them with the skills necessary to become a professional pilot in fixed wing aircraft and/or helicopters. Fixed-wing and helicopter students will earn the Private, Instrument, and Commercial ratings, with the Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) and Certified Flight Instructor-Instrument (CFII) ratings optional. The Commercial Multi-engine rating is exclusive to the fixed-wing training program only and is optional.


Course Title Credits
AVT 1110 Private Pilot Ground School 3
AVT 1170 Instrument Pilot Ground School 3
AVT 2250 Commercial Pilot Ground 2
AVT 1124 (Private Pilot Flight Lab - Airplane Single Engine) AND AVT 1224 (Instrument Pilot Flight Lab - Airplane Single Engine) AND AVT 2263 (Commercial Pilot Flight Lab - Airplane Single Engine) OR AVT 1126 (Private Pilot Flight Lab - Rotorcraft Helicopter) AND AVT 1226 (Instrument Pilot Flight Lab - Rotorcraft Helicopter) AND AVT 2265 (Commercial Pilot Flight Lab - Rotorcraft Helicopter) 5
AVT 2258 Flight Instructor Ground 4
AVT 2275 Instrument Flight Instructor Ground 1
AVT 2266 (Multi Engine Flight Lab) AND AVT 2269 (Flight Instructor Flight Lab - Airplane Single Engine) AND AVT 2277 (Instrument Flight Instructor Flight Lab - Airplane Single Engine) OR AVT 2271 (Flight Instructor Flight Lab - Rotorcraft Helicopter) AND AVT 2278 (Instrument Flight Instructor Flight Lab - Rotorcraft Helicopter) 2 - 3
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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.