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Aviation Science

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Steps to apply

Applying to this program involves many detailed steps. Refer to this page often - following these steps closely will give you a competitive edge!

Complete steps for new students

On the admissions form, choose Associate of General Studies for your program. Once you've been accepted into the program, your major will be updated.

Attend an information session

Get questions answered and an overview of the application process.

Read the welcome and overview

Learn more about the program, what classes you'll be taking, and funding your flight training.

Complete prerequisites

Before applying, you must demonstrate that you've completed Math 60, Writing 115, and Reading 115. Follow the steps under Plan your first term to either submit transcripts, get placement scores, or submit high school grades.

Obtain a FAA Medical Certificate

Join Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association (optional) to do turbo medical questionnaire. Make an appointment with AME for an FAA class II medical certificate: find an AME in your area by doing an internet search for "Aviation Medical Examiner near me" and ignore any answers with faa.gov in their address. The FAA website search engine is currently not working. Once completed, scan your FAA Class II Medical (you'll upload it to the application later).

Secure funding

Proof of funding is required for your first term of flight training. You can use one or more of the following to fund your training:

  • Apply for Financial Aid: Federal Financial Aid can be used toward the cost of flight training, but it often amounts to a fraction of the total program cost. Plan to fill out your FAFSA and apply for financial aid at least six months in advance in order to receive the maximum aid. Note: You can accept grants and still decline loans if you want.
  • Private loans – talk to the program advisor if you need a flight training plan.

For Proof of Funding, you will just be required to answer whether you have secured funding for the flight fees, and if so, how much. No further documentation will be required, no attachments on funding.

Choose helicopter or airplane

If you're undecided, consider coming to an Information Session first, and talking to Annette about setting up a demo flight at HAA in Fixed Wing (Airplane). If you want to do a demo flight in Rotor Wing (Helicopter), you can contact HAA directly.

Complete consent to release forms

We use an online consent to release form to allow us to communicate with HAA and FAA regarding your training. Without these consent forms, you will not be accepted into the program. Log in to MyPCC and fill this form out twice (once for HAA and once for FAA).

Flight training locations

While all Aviation Science academic classes take place at Rock Creek, flight training locations are as follows:

East side

Helicopter flight training: HAA Troutdale airport

West side

Airplane flight training: HAA Hillsboro airport

Write your cover letter

In 350 words or less, discuss your career goals and experience in aviation. Feel free to include volunteer experience or membership with aviation organizations, also if you applied the previous term and were not accepted.

Complete the application

The fall term application is now closed.