Aviation Science - Program Overview

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The Associate of Applied Science degree in Aviation Science offers an opportunity to earn a degree while earning the FAA certificates needed to qualify for an entry-level position as either a professional airplane or helicopter pilot. You must apply for and be accepted into the Aviation Science program before registering for any classes except AVS-127: Intro to Aviation. In addition to the general education required for the associate degree, the program consists of two distinct types of courses: flight courses and aviation academic courses.

Costs

Review the tuition webpage, Helicopter and Airplane flight fees for (207lbs. or less) and (more than 207lbs.). In addition, there will be expenses for books and materials. The textbooks for the aviation academic courses are very reasonable: Around $50 per class or less. The flight classes and some ground-school classes sometimes have more expensive books and materials: between $100 and $300 per course. These include FAA required materials that you will use for much of your flying including the first part of your career.

All costs are eligible to be covered by the Post-911 GI Bill for qualifying Veterans.

Flight Courses

As part of the Aviation Science degree program, our flight courses help you earn the FAA certificates required to begin a career as a pilot. These courses provide individual instruction in aircraft appropriate to the certificates being sought. Instruction is provided by our industry partner, Hillsboro Aviation, Inc., at the Hillsboro Airport and Troutdale Airport locations. Please see the Catalog for details.

Additional flight training fees apply for these classes. The student will register for the flight classes at PCC, and PCC will charge flight training fees (see appropriate fees above) for that course according to normal PCC billing procedures. A flight instructor will be assigned and lessons scheduled based on the availability of the student. Students who have not completed a flight course by the end of the term in which they register will be issued a Course in Progress grade (CIP), and have up to one year to complete the course. The flight training fees, however, must be paid during the term in which you register. Be sure to look closely as you register for these, and sign-up at the airport where you intend to do most of your flying. However, you will be allowed to fly at both Hillsboro and Troutdale airports.

Ground training, which provide you with the knowledge associated with each FAA certificate, is now done directly through Hillsboro Aviation. Each flight course includes funding for an appropriate amount of one-on-one ground training. Some versions of the Catalog reflect a requirement for separate PCC ground school courses (ending in zero, e.g. AVS-120). These PCC courses are no longer required for the degree, as all ground school content is now done in conjunction with the flight training.

Aviation Academic Courses

The aviation academic courses are those courses that are directly related to aviation that are above and beyond the FAA certification requirements. They are all required for the Aviation Science AAS degree, and are identified with course numbers ending in "7" (e.g. AVS-127).

Our academic courses provide in-depth study in areas identified as especially important for the professional pilot by our industry advisors. 100-level courses are held at PCC’s Rock Creek Campus and Southeast Center, while the 200-level aviation academic courses are held online. This knowledge will give you a competitive edge when seeking employment as a professional pilot.

Our two-year associate degree at PCC may be transferred to a bachelor’s degree in aviation. Whereas our two-year degree may help you find work as a pilot in a regional airline and most helicopter companies, some companies may require a bachelor’s.

Transferring to a 4-year College or University

Many pilot positions require applicants to hold a 4-year degree. With an Associate of Applied Science degree in Aviation Science, you will be allowed to transfer credit to some four-year schools to help you towards a Bachelor degree. The college that you wish to transfer to has discretion as to which courses and how much credit will be allowed to transfer. The colleges listed below have articulation agreements with PCC, and allow students to remain in the Portland area to continue their education.

Students enrolled in PCC's Aviation Science program may choose PCC general education and approved elective courses that fulfill the requirements for both PCC's two-year degree and a bachelor's degree at a four-year college. These courses, in addition to receiving credit for FAA pilot certificates earned while attending PCC, provide most students with a significant head start on a bachelor's degree for students who wish to continue their education. Students are encouraged to contact a specific institution below for more details on transferring.