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ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE DEGREE

Students completing the AAS in Aviation will have all credentials required to pursue a career as a professional pilot. The program offers in-depth training in all stages of pilot certification: Private Pilot, Instrument Rating, and Commercial Pilot. The program also offers classroom training in Aircraft Systems, Advanced Navigation Systems, Aviation Safety, Flight Instructor/ Aircraft Theory, and Aviation Regulations and Professional Conduct.

OUTCOMES: GRADUATES ARE PREPARED TO:
  • Apply knowledge in aviation to adapt to emerging aviation trends.
  • Conduct themselves professionally and ethically.
  • Understand and analyze the role of aviation safety and human factors to
    the aviation industry.
  • Describe meteorology as it relates to aviation.
  • Independently fly and safely operate airplanes for which they are rated.
  • Demonstrate an understanding and the appropriate application of aero-
    nautical principles, design characteristics, and operational limitations, for
    a variety of aircraft as it relates to the student's career goals
  • Communicate effectively using both written and verbal skills.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in math computation for aviation and modern
    society.
  • Demonstrate effective skills in the use of computers and aviation related technology

Job opportunities range from high-profile occupations as pilots for national carriers to less well-known, but in-demand work as pilots for cargo services, air taxis, media aircraft, corporate jets, or spacecraft. Students who combine the AAS with a Bachelor's degree will be especially competitive in the entry level job market.

Completion of the AAS in Aviation requires that students contract with a flight school recommended by the Aviation GCP Advisory Council to complete the flight training leading to their Private pilot, Commercial pilot, and Instrument licenses. Upon submission of these certificates the student will receive credit for the following courses:

AST 142-Private Pilot Flight (50 flight hours)..............2 credits
AST 242-Instrument Flight (75 flight hours).................2 credits
AST 252-Commercial Flight (125 flight hours)............2 credits

Multi-Engine Commercial Flight Program Estimated Cost

Instructor

 Instructor

Flt Hours

 Flt Cost*

Hours

 Cost

 Total 

Semester 1

Private Pilot

50

 $119.00

30

 $  50.00

 $     7,450.00

DA20 Eclipse

Ground Instruction

10

 $  50.00

 $        500.00

Stage Checks

5

 $  70.00

 $        350.00

Dues

 $        400.00

Pvt Flight Exam

 

 

 

 

 $        350.00

Total Cost Private

 $     9,050.00

             

Diamond DA40

Instrument Training

40

 $169.00

35

 $  50.00

 $     8,510.00

Stage Checks

5

 $  70.00

 $        350.00

Ground Instruction

10

 $  50.00

 $        500.00

Instrument Flight Exam

 $        400.00

Total Cost Instrument

 $     9,760.00

 

Semester 3/4

Commercial Training

90

 $119.00

52

 $  50.00

 $    13,310.00

DA20 Eclipse

Multi Engine

25

 $390.00

25

 $  70.00

 $    11,500.00

DA42 Twinstar

Stage Checks

3

 $  70.00

 $        210.00

Ground Instruction

15

 $  50.00

 $        750.00

Dues

 $        400.00

Commercial Flight Exam

 

 

 

 $        400.00

Total Cost Commercial

 $    26,570.00

       

Total Hrs

205

 Total Estimated Cost

 $    45,380.00

*Estimated cost subject to change

Single-Engine Commercial Flight Program Estimated Cost

Instructor

 Instructor

Flt Hours

 Flt Cost*

Hours

 Cost

 Total 

Semester 1

Private Pilot

50

 $119.00

30

 $  50.00

 $     7,450.00

DA20 Eclipse

Ground Instruction

10

 $  50.00

 $        500.00

Stage Checks

5

 $  70.00

 $        350.00

Dues

 $        400.00

Pvt Flight Exam

 

 

 

 

 $        350.00

Total Cost Private

 $     9,050.00

             

Diamond DA40

Instrument Training

40

 $169.00

35

 $  50.00

 $     8,510.00

Stage Checks

5

 $  70.00

 $        350.00

Ground Instruction

10

 $  50.00

 $        500.00

Instrument Flight Exam

 $        400.00

Total Cost Instrument

 $     9,760.00

 

Semester 3/4

Commercial Training

103

 $119.00

50

 $  50.00

 $    14,757.00

DA20 Eclipse

Complex Aircraft

12

 $175.00

12

 $  50.00

 $     2,700.00

C182

Stage Checks

5

 $  70.00

 $        350.00

Ground Instruction

15

 $  50.00

 $        750.00

Dues

 $        400.00

Commercial Flight Exam

 

 

 

 $        400.00

Total Cost Commercial

 $    19,357.00

       

Total Hrs

205

 Total Estimated Cost

 $    38,167.00

*Estimated cost subject to change

FAA medical certificates are issued by FAA designated Aviation Medical Examiners (AMEs), and are required by all pilots who operate aircraft. The names, addresses and phone numbers of AMEs in your area may be found at the FAA web site (www.faa.gov/pilots/amelocator/) or you may contact the MSU–GF Director of Aviation for more information. Fees for FAA medical exams can range from $90-$120 depending on your location.

A student enrolled in the Aviation Science Technology Program must obtain at least a Class II medical certificate before his or her first training flight.

 

Fall Semester Credits
AST 141--Aviation Fundamentals 3+
AST 142--Private Pilot Flight (50 flight hours) 2+
AST 143--Basic Air Navigation 3+
CAPP 120--Intro to Computers 3+
M 145**--Math for Liberal Arts or 3+
any math course in the MUS General Ed Core

Subtotal 14
Spring Semester Credits
AST 171--Aircraft Systems 3+
AST 241*--Private Pilot Flight (50 flight hours) 2+
AST 242--Instrument Flight (75 hours) 2+
AST 243*--Instrument/Commercial Theory I 3+
AST 250--Aviation Operations 3+
Subtotal 14
Fall Semester Credits
AST 245*--Instrument/Commercial Theory 3+
AST 252*--Commercial Flight (125 flight hours) 4+
AST 261--Aviation Safety 3+
COMM 135--Interpersonal Communication 3+
PHYS 130???--Fundamentals of Physical Science w/lab 4+
Subtotal 14
Spring Semester Credits
AST 260*--Flight Instructor Theory 3+
AST 262*--Advanced Aircraft Theory 3+
AST 263*--Aviation Regulations/Professional Conduct 3+
AST 281*--Certified Flight Instructor flight (Optional) 1
???? 110--Survey of Natural Science 3+
WRIT 110--College Writing I 3+
Subtotal 15-16

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS - 60 or 61

Many students need preliminary math, writing, and biology courses before enrolling in the program requirements. These courses may increase the total number of program credits. Students should review their math and English placement before planning out their full program schedules.


+ A grade of "C-" or above is required for graduation * Indicates prerequisites needed **Placement in course(s) is determined by placement assessment

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