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Aviation Technology/Professional Pilot APPAO.S.AAS

Associate of Applied Science - 66 - 68 Credit Hours

Division: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Department: Aviation Technology
Effective as of Fall 2024

What is the program about?

This program leads to an Associate of Applied Science in Aviation Technology/Professional Pilot and is designed for students who want to pursue a career as a professional pilot. The student, having completed this course work, will have the background, skills and pilot credentials to enter the aviation industry as a professional pilot or continue towards obtaining an aviation bachelor's degree. Students may choose either FAA fixed wing or helicopter pilot certifications. The program has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authorization to certify graduates of the fixed wing track to apply for a restricted privileges airline transport pilot (RATP) certificate with reduced hours. Enrollment in this program is limited and students must complete a competitive application process and obtain an FAA 2nd class medical certificate prior to being admitted. The curriculum in the Professional Pilot program is rigorous and students must maintain full time status and take the required courses in the degree template each semester. Part time students will be admitted on a space available basis. Students must meet with an academic advisor prior to each semester to verify their course selection. Students must maintain a minimum of a 2.5 GPA. In addition to standard tuition fees there are additional course and lab fees for each of the flight labs in the program. The flight lab fees are structured to cover the costs associated with the minimum flying hours required for each FAA certificate. Any additional flying time costs beyond the FAA minimums covered by the flight lab fee must be borne by the student. See the Department for the latest course and flight lab fee costs.

Program Outcomes

  • Comprehend and apply aviation theory, business and leadership principles to serve in the capacity of a professional pilot in airline and corporate operations.
  • Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of aviation standards and their application acting as a professional pilot in aviation business operations.
  • Exemplify a high standard of ethical and professional behavior.

Career Opportunities

Excellent career opportunities are available in airline, corporate and business aviation. The 2018 Boeing Pilot & Technician Outlook, a respected industry forecast of personnel demand, projects that 790,000 new civil aviation pilots will be needed to fly and maintain the world fleet over the next 20 years. The forecast is inclusive of the commercial aviation, business aviation, and civil helicopter industries. The demand will stem from a mix of fleet growth, retirements, and attrition. PSA Airlines, a local regional airline, has a continuous need for new pilots and had excellent hiring incentive programs.


Formal articulation agreements with other colleges and universities indicate how Sinclair programs and courses will transfer to other institutions.


  • DEV 0035 and MAT 0300
  • Approval of Department


Students earn specific Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certifications to prepare them with the skills necessary to become a professional pilot in fixed wing aircraft and/or helicopters.


Course Title Credits
AVT 1105 Orientation to Aviation 2
AVT 1119 Aviation Meteorology 2
AVT 1140 Introduction to Business Aviation 2
AVT 1141 Principles of Aviation Leadership 2
AVT 1245 Aviation Law 2
AVT 2146 Introduction to Airline Operations 3
AVT 2167 Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) Navigation & Planning 2
AVT 2240 Human Factors in Aviation 3
AVT 2242 Aircraft Accident Investigation I 3
AVT 2247 Aerodynamics & Flight Mechanics I 3
AVT 2700 Aviation Internship 1 - 2
AVT 1110 (Private Pilot Ground School) AND AVT 1124 (Private Pilot Flight Lab - Airplane Single Engine) AND AVT 1170 (Instrument Pilot Ground School) AND AVT 1224 (Instrument Pilot Flight Lab - Airplane Single Engine) AND AVT 1254 (Flight Simulator Instruction) AND AVT 2250 (Commercial Pilot Ground) AND AVT 2263 (Commercial Pilot Flight Lab - Airplane Single Engine) AND AVT 2258 (Flight Instructor Ground) AND AVT 2269 (Flight Instructor Flight Lab - Airplane Single Engine) OR AVT 1111 (Helicopter Private Pilot Ground) AND AVT 1126 (Private Pilot Flight Lab - Rotorcraft Helicopter) AND AVT 1171 (Helicopter Instrument Pilot Ground) AND AVT 1226 (Instrument Pilot Flight Lab - Rotorcraft Helicopter) AND AVT 1255 (Helicopter Flight Simulator Instruction) AND AVT 2251 (Helicopter Commercial Pilot Ground) AND AVT 2265 (Commercial Pilot Flight Lab - Rotorcraft Helicopter) AND AVT 2259 (Helicopter Flight Instructor Ground) AND AVT 2271 (Flight Instructor Flight Lab - Rotorcraft Helicopter) 22
COM 2211 Effective Public Speaking 3
ENG 1101 English Composition I 3
MAT 1470 (College Algebra) AND MAT 1570 (Analytic Geometry & Trigonometry) OR MAT 1580 (Precalculus) 5 - 6
MET 1131 Personal Computer Applications for Engineering Technology 1
Ohio Transfer 36: Arts & Humanities Elective 3
PHY 1141 College Physics I 4
- View the Master Syllabus - View the Course Schedule
This information is for planning purposes only. Sinclair College will make every effort to offer curriculum listed above but reserves the right to change, add and cancel curriculum offerings for unforeseen circumstances.