helicopter pilot

*Note: Due to class size limitations, Rock Creek will only be accepting applications from current Washington and Columbia county residents for Summer term 2014. All other applicants should apply to the SE Campus program. Information regarding the number of available seats for Rock Creek fall term will be available in early summer. Please keep in mind that the program is identical at either location.

Ready for take-off into an exciting career? Our Aviation Science program provides hands-on pilot training to ensure you’re up and flying right away with the right stuff. Serving the greater Portland area, our program focuses on providing you with practical learning to get you started in an aviation career. You’ll have the opportunity to earn a commercial airplane pilot certificate or a commercial helicopter pilot certificate while also earning an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Aviation Science.

Our program offers in-flight training, knowledgeable instructors, and the opportunity to achieve in-depth specialization. In addition, our program’s unique affiliation with Hillsboro Aviation, an accredited FAA certified flight school, offers world-class training at a reasonable price—at a pace that fits your life.

The Aviation Science AAS degree program, including the flight training fees, is covered under the Post-911 GI Bill for qualified Veterans.

Degrees and Certificates

In this program you can earn the following:

  • Associate of Applied Science Degree
    • Aviation Science Airplane
    • Aviation Science Helicopter

See the Catalog for information regarding program requirements.

Your Flight Pattern

PCC’s Aviation Science program, in contrast to similar programs, provides quick entry into an often daunting field. Our hands-on training allows you to become a professional helicopter or airplane pilot, enabling you to begin a career as soon as you complete the degree. After building your initial experience as a flight instructor and as a graduate, you may find excellent employment with regional airlines, cargo transport, scenic tours, or in small-scale operations.

Our Aviation Science program allows you to fly within weeks of enrollment. When you’re ready to begin, you’ll be assigned a flight instructor with whom you can develop a flight training schedule. Through our program’s unique partnership with Hillsboro Aviation, you’ll have access to an FAA certified flight school at two Portland Metro locations at Hillsboro Airport and Troutdale Airport. Our unique partnership allows you to integrate your training into your schedule.

Our instructors possess years of in-flight experience and a wealth of common sense about becoming a professional airplane or helicopter pilot. We provide a comprehensive orientation for all incoming and interested students. This includes a detailed explanation of what students can expect from the program and the career.

What's Next?

  1. Attend an Aviation Science Orientation.
  2. Complete the steps on the Aviation Science - Getting Started web page.

Course of Study

Employment Prospects


What graduates are saying...

"I tell everyone how I did it. I was working and going to school at the same time to fuel my addiction to flying. I had a great time with it. I definitely would tell (new students) to get a hold of Larry Altree and talk to him. Flying is never the same. There is always something new and it's very challenging."

Mike Lane (2002) Aviation Science, airline pilot