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This program is eligible for coverage by veterans educational benefits, including the private license.

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 Aero Academy, an accredited and FAA-approved 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 eligible for coverage by veterans educational benefits.

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 Aero Academy, 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.

Explore now

AVS-127, Introduction to Aviation, is a great place to start. This class is open to the public, and offered at both Rock Creek and Southeast campuses. You will have the chance to explore aviation, learn about aviation careers, and see if this is a good fit for you. Whether you know that you want to join the program and are waiting to be admitted or not sure yet and want more information, this class is for you! This class can be used as an elective towards the Associate of General Studies degree. Check with your advisor to see if it can count towards other degrees.

Degrees and Certificates

In this program you can earn the following:

  • Associate of Applied Science Degree
    • Aviation Science Airplane (with flight instructor)
    • Aviation Science Airplane (without flight instructor)
    • Aviation Science Helicopter (includes flight instructor)

See the Catalog for information regarding program requirements.

What's Next?

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  1. View the online Aviation Science Orientation
  2. Attend an Information Session
  3. Complete the steps for new students
    • The admissions form will ask you what you plan to study. Since this is a restricted entry program, you should choose Associate of General Studies for now. Your major will be changed once you've applied and been accepted into the program.
  4. Plan how you'll pay for college
  5. Complete the Aviation Science application