Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Getting Started

Applications for summer term admission are no longer being accepted. The next term you may apply for admission is fall 2016, and the application will open in late June.

Enrollment Steps

Step 1: View Aviation Science orientation and read Aviation Science student handbook
The pilot career is a unique one and becoming a pilot is challenging. You are required to view the Aviation Science Online Orientation and read the Aviation Science Student Handbook prior to being admitted into the program. These items have information about pilot careers, PCC's program and policies, earning an Associate of Applied Science degree, and other vital information that you need before you commit your time and resources. There is information in the orientation and the handbook that will be essential in your effort to compete the rest of the steps. If you have not yet viewed the orientation, please select an option for viewing it online or attending in-person.
Step 2: PCC Admissions

Your first step is to go through PCC's admissions process online or in person at any of our campuses. This is a free process, and is necessary in order to receive your student ID number (commonly referred to as your "G-number"). If you do not receive a G-number within two business days of completing your online application, please contact 971-722-8888 for assistance. If you apply in person, you will usually be given your G-number right away.

When the system asks you for a major, Aviation Science/Aviation Science Helicopter will not be available because your application needs to be accepted first. Please fill this in as UND (undeclared). We will change your major to AVS (Aviation Science airplane) or AVSH (Aviation Science helicopter) when your application has been submitted and you have been accepted into the program.

Once you are admitted into PCC you will be given a "MyPCC" account. You can log in by going to my.pcc.edu and following the instructions for first-time users. This will be your email account while at PCC (user.name@pcc.edu).

Important note: All email communications must be conducted to and from your PCC email address once you are admitted. We may not be able to reply to non-PCC accounts due to privacy laws.

Step 3: Transcript Evaluation

The Aviation Science program has math and writing prerequisites of Math 60 and Writing 115. That means that you must have taken these courses and earned a grade of C or better, or tested into higher course in your placement test (see below). If you have taken these courses or their equivalent at another college, or have taken other general education courses that you would like to use towards your Aviation Science degree, you must submit your transcripts for official evaluation.

This process may take some time, so once you have submitted your official transcripts you can contact one of our learning skills specialists (contact us) with your unofficial transcripts to determine whether you meet our prerequisites and which class to take next.

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 (step 7). Someone from the department will help you complete the Request for Non-Traditional Credit form once you are in the program.

Step 4: Placement Testing

If you do not have recent prior college experience, the placement tests (COMPASS Test) determine which math and writing courses that you should start with. This will insure that you don't sign-up for a math or writing course that you cannot pass or one that you don't need. They are offered very often and you may take them at any of our campuses. You should prepare for these so that you don't score low and need to take more courses than you need. You may re-take the test one time at no charge. (View complete information including schedules and study material.)

Step 5: Funding
You must have funding for at least your first term of tuition and flight training fees secured in order to register for a flight class. You can find a flight training fees schedule in this application packet. If you plan on using Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA) for any part of your education, please note that you should apply six months in advance in order to receive the maximum aid. Additional loans are available through Wells Fargo. Please see the Aviation Science Application for a list of documents that you need to gather for your particular circumstances.
Step 6: 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.

Be sure to tell your AME that you are planning on becoming a commercial pilot and want the Class II certificate.

Step 7: Student pilot certificate

You will need to get a student pilot certificate in order to solo. For the purposes of the PCC aviation science application, you must either have a student pilot certificate already, OR provide proof that you've filled out the application for one.

Prior to April 1, 2016, student pilot certificates were issued at the same time as the medical certificate. If you got a combination medical and student pilot certificate recently, it may still be good -- check with the department for clarification. If you have never held a student pilot certificate before, or it's been more than five years since you've had one, you'll need to go through a new process to get one. See detailed instructions.

When you fill out the aviation science application, it will ask you for your student pilot certificate. If you have one, you'll need to attach a scanned copy. If you don't have one yet, you'll need to submit proof that you filled out the IACRA application for one (see instructions for more detail). This can be a screenshot of the first page in IACRA, noting your FTN and the application ID, or a scanned copy of FAA form 8710-1.

Step 8: Aviation Science Application

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 summer term 2016.

Applications for summer term admission are no longer being accepted. The next term you may apply for admission is fall 2016, and the application will open in late June.

You can expect to hear back from us approximately 4 weeks before the start of your first term, or one week after submission, whichever is later. Admission into the Aviation Science program is not guaranteed, and will be dependent on application submission date, program capacity limits, student preparedness/eligibility among other considerations. The deadline for submission of the Aviation Science Application is 8 weeks prior to the first day of the term that you are applying for.

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