Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
AVS 145
Course Title:
Introduction to Commercial Airplane
Credit Hours:
4
Lecture Hours:
0
Lecture/Lab Hours:
80
Lab Hours:
0
Special Fee:
 

Course Description

Begins commercial pilot training activities and includes cross-country flight operations and a review of previous items learned during private and instrument pilot training. Explores how to plan and execute a cross-country flight as a commercial pilot. Provides ground training required to take the FAA Commercial Airplane knowledge test. Flight training fees apply and cover a specific amount of training; additional funds may be required. Prerequisites: AVS 135. Corequisites: AVS 107.

Addendum to Course Description

This course covers stage 6 and stage 7 lessons 69-79 of the TCO. The following hours of are required to meet the outcomes for this course, and will be provided by PCC's contracted flight training provider under PCC supervision.  Outcomes will be assessed by written, oral and practical (flight) tests. Flight training fees for this class are based on these hours. If the outcomes for this course are met in fewer hours then listed here, unused flight training fees will be returned to the student or funding provider, as appropriate.

For students weighing under 207 pounds*:

Type                         Rate        Hours      Fees C152                         $105/hour   20 hours   $ 2,100 C172P                        $138/hour   20 hours   $ 2,760 C172S or SP                  $158/hour   22 hours   $ 3,476 Flight instruction           $57/hour    20 hours   $ 1,140 Advanced flight instruction  $62/hour     2 hours   $   124 Ground instruction           $57/hour    23 hours   $ 1,311 Advanced ground instruction  $62/hour     2 hours   $   124 HAA Admin Fee                                          $480 Checkride/written test estimate                     $     0 Total with checkride                                $11,515

This class does not prepare a student for a specific checkride, so no checkride/written test estimate is included.

For students weighing over 207 pounds*:

Type                         Rate        Hours      Fees C172P                        $138/hour   30 hours   $ 4,140 C172S or SP                  $158/hour   32 hours   $ 5,056 Flight instruction           $57/hour    20 hours   $ 1,140 Advanced flight instruction  $62/hour     2 hours   $   124 Ground instruction           $57/hour    23 hours   $ 1,311 Advanced ground instruction  $62/hour     2 hours   $   124 HAA Admin Fee                                          $480 Checkride/written test estimate                     $     0 Total with checkride                                $12,375

This class does not prepare a student for a specific checkride, so no checkride/written test estimate is included.

*Due to equipment limitations, students who weigh over 207 pounds will need to fly larger aircraft in some courses.

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Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion students should be able to:

  • Plan and execute cross-country flights to the standards of a commercial pilot;
  • Take responsibility as Pilot In Command to approach cross-country flights with confidence and authority;
  • Exercise sound judgment and make safe decisions while maintaining contingency plans and a high level of situational awareness during cross-country flights; and 
  • Qualify to take the FAA Commercial Airplane knowledge test.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Evaluation methods will include written, oral, and practical testing. Evaluation levels will meet or exceed those required under 14 CFR 141, FAA Approved Training Course.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

This course covers the following ground training subject matter required by Part 141 Appendix D:

(1) Federal Aviation Regulations that apply to commercial pilot privileges, limitations, and flight operations;

(2) Accident reporting requirements of the National Transportation Safety Board;

(3) Basic aerodynamics and the principles of flight;

(4) Meteorology, to include recognition of critical weather situations, windshear recognition and avoidance, and the use of aeronautical weather reports and forecasts;

(5) Safe and efficient operation of aircraft;

(6) Weight and balance computations;

(7) Use of performance charts;

(8) Significance and effects of exceeding aircraft performance limitations;

(9) Use of aeronautical charts and a magnetic compass for pilotage and dead reckoning;

(10) Use of air navigation facilities;

(11) Aeronautical decision making and judgment;

(12) Principles and functions of aircraft systems;

(13) Maneuvers, procedures, and emergency operations appropriate to the aircraft;

(14) Night and high-altitude operations;

(15) Descriptions of and procedures for operating within the National Airspace System;

This course covers the following flight training subject matter required by Part 141 Appendix D : 

(i) Preflight preparation;

(ii) Preflight procedures;

(iii) Airport and seaplane base operations;

(iv) Takeoffs, landings, and go-arounds;

(v) Performance maneuvers;

(vi) Navigation;

(vii) Slow flight and stalls;

(viii) Emergency operations;

(ix) High-altitude operations; and

(x) Postflight procedures.