Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Aviation Science application

  • The Aviation Science program has math and writing prerequisites of Math 60 and Writing 115. You must have completed these classes or placed into higher classes.
  • If you have any FAA pilot certificates, non-traditional credit will be granted by the Aviation Science Dept. Chair. Please make sure to note them on the Aviation Science application.
  • Confirmed proof of funding for your first flight class is required for admission. Flight classes are eligible for coverage by veterans benefits and financial aid. Additional loans for the Aviation Science program are available through Wells Fargo.
  • An FAA Class II medical certificate issued within 12 months preceding the term of admission, is required for admission.
  • You should also include a cover letter stating your previous aviation-related experience, career goals, and campus preference (if any).

FAA Medical Certificate

You will need to procure your FAA Class II Medical Certificate prior to being accepted into the program. This requires a brief, routine medical examination. It must be done with an FAA designated doctor, known as an Aviation Medical Examiner (AME). They are the only doctors who can issue these certificates. The price should be in the neighborhood of $100 (you should shop around). You can find a AME in your area. Please note: The helicopter program has a weight limit of 220 lbs. that is based on manufacturer limitations and industry input. This must be the weight reflected on your medical certificate, or you must have some other official proof, prior to admission

If you have, or have a history of, a condition that you think might be of concern you should research ahead of time whether you will need to bring certain documentation with you to the exam. A good source of information is the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. They have free a six-month trial membership, which will allow you to access their Medical Certification section.

Please note: If you have a history of drug- or alcohol-related convictions, including for driving offenses, the FAA may require additional information in order for you to qualify for your medical certificate. If this is the case you can expect a delay of at least several months in procuring your certificate. If you withhold information or in any way falsify the application with regards to your driving, criminal or health history and the FAA discovers it (they usually do), they will revoke the medical certificate and it may be difficult or even impossible to qualify for a new one.

In order to be admitted to the program, you must have procured a Second Class (or First Class) medical certificate within the 12 months preceding the beginning of the term of admission. These requirements help ensure that you will meet the medical requirements for employability when you complete the program.

Campus choice and capacity

PCC and HAA offer the full degree program at two locations in the Portland metro area. Driving time is the same (20 minutes) from PCC to the airport on each side of town.

  • East side: PCC Southeast campus and HAA Troutdale airport
  • West side: PCC Rock Creek campus and HAA Hillsboro airport

When you submit your application, you should indicate if you have a preference for a specific campus, and the reason for your preference, in your cover letter. If you would be willing to be placed at either campus, please also indicate that in your cover letter. If you have applied for a specific campus and that campus reaches capacity, you may be denied admission if you have not indicated a willingness to attend another campus.

If applicants exceed capacity, students will be ranked according to a set of factors detailed in the aviation orientation.

Apply

All prospective students must submit an Aviation Science Application and be accepted in order to be eligible for registration into any Aviation Science course (except AVS-127, Intro to Aviation).

This program is approved for the Post-9/11 GI Bill, including funding for the private license. The private license is covered by veterans benefits during fall term 2016 and beyond.

Applications for spring 2017 admission are now available. The application deadline is Friday, February 17, 2017. Applicants will be notified of their admission status no later than Friday, February 24.

"Both the Southeast and Rock Creek campuses are currently evaluating capacity. Please ensure you specify in your application materials if you have a campus preference, and if you would be willing to accept placement at either campus. In the event demand exceeds capacity, qualified applicants will be ranked according to factors listed in the orientation document."

If you have any questions about the application process please contact an Aviation Science Department Chair.