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Effective Term:
Fall 2017 through Winter 2019

Course Number:
AVS 145
Course Title:
Introduction to Commercial Airplane
Credit Hours:
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Course Description

Covers beginning commercial pilot training activities. Includes cross-country flight operations and a review of previous items learned during private and instrument pilot training. Explores how to plan and execute a cross-country flight as a commercial pilot. Provides ground training required to take the FAA Commercial Airplane knowledge test. Flight training fees apply and cover a specific amount of training; additional funds may be required.

Addendum to Course Description

This course covers ground stage 4 & 5, and flight stage 4, of Hillsboro Aero Academy's FAA 141-approved Instrument Commercial Training Course Outline (TCO).

The following hours of training are required to meet the outcomes for this course, and will be provided by PCC's contracted flight training provider, HAA, under PCC supervision.  Outcomes will be assessed by written, oral and practical (flight) tests. Flight training fees for this class are based on these hours. Rates, and total flight fees are located on the department web site at

Cessna 152 solo (aircraft only) 10
Cessna 172 dual (aircraft + primary CFI)   2
Cessna 172 solo (aircraft only)   30
Ground instruction  26
Pre & Post ground instruction 2.5
Cessna 172 stage check dual (C172 + adv. CFI)   3
Stage check ground & pre/post  1

Students who exceed certain weight/size limits may be required to use the Cessna 172 in place of the Cessna 152 hours, resulting in higher fees. The total hours of training are the same. Please refer to the Aviation Science Student Handbook for details on this policy.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Plan and execute cross-country flights to the standards of a commercial pilot.
  • Take responsibility as pilot-in-command to approach cross-country flights with confidence and authority.
  • Exercise sound judgment and make safe decisions while maintaining contingency plans and a high level of situational awareness during cross-country flights. 
  • Qualify to take the FAA Commercial Airplane knowledge test.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Evaluation methods will include written, oral, and practical testing. Evaluation levels will meet or exceed those required under 14 CFR 141, FAA Approved Training Course.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

This course covers the following ground training subject matter required by Part 141 Appendix D:

(1) Federal Aviation Regulations that apply to commercial pilot privileges, limitations, and flight operations;

(2) Accident reporting requirements of the National Transportation Safety Board;

(3) Basic aerodynamics and the principles of flight;

(4) Meteorology, to include recognition of critical weather situations, windshear recognition and avoidance, and the use of aeronautical weather reports and forecasts;

(5) Safe and efficient operation of aircraft;

(6) Weight and balance computations;

(7) Use of performance charts;

(8) Significance and effects of exceeding aircraft performance limitations;

(9) Use of aeronautical charts and a magnetic compass for pilotage and dead reckoning;

(10) Use of air navigation facilities;

(11) Aeronautical decision making and judgment;

(12) Principles and functions of aircraft systems;

(13) Maneuvers, procedures, and emergency operations appropriate to the aircraft;

(14) Night and high-altitude operations;

(15) Descriptions of and procedures for operating within the National Airspace System;

This course covers the following flight training subject matter required by Part 141 Appendix D : 

(i) Preflight preparation;

(ii) Preflight procedures;

(iii) Airport and seaplane base operations;

(iv) Takeoffs, landings, and go-arounds;

(v) Performance maneuvers;

(vi) Navigation;

(vii) Slow flight and stalls;

(viii) Emergency operations;

(ix) High-altitude operations; and

(x) Postflight procedures.