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Application updates

The fall term Aviation Science application is open. The deadline to apply for fall term is August 11, 2020.

While we are accepting applications to start the Aviation Science program fall term, the social distancing requirements may delay the actual start of flying. We encourage you to apply, and will keep you posted.

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.

Aviation Science VA Funding Changes

PCC has decided to restructure the Aviation Science program to return to a student-centered approach to flight training that will also allow the program to accommodate a broader range of students, as our mission dictates. By focusing on the individual’s needs we will bring students to the proficiency required to achieve their goals, preparing them for an outstanding career in this high-growth industry.

However, this decision means that PCC’s program will soon be out of compliance with VA regulations and not eligible for Veterans Administration (VA) funding. As such, PCC will be unable to admit new, VA-funded students to the Aviation Science program.

PCC is in the process of determining best possible completion options for VA-funded students currently enrolled in the program. We will be in regular communication with those affected by this decision as additional details are finalized. Learn more about this change.

Your Flight Pattern

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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.

Our instructors possess years of in-flight experience and a wealth of common sense about becoming a professional airplane or helicopter pilot.

Explore now

AVS-127, Introduction to Aviation, is a great place to start. This class is open to the public, and offered at Rock Creek campus. 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.

What's Next?

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  1. 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.
  2. Attend an information session
  3. Apply to the Aviation Science program