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Flight Training in Aviation College

Flight Training in Aviation CollegeFew of the major airlines require a college degree for employment, but in the past several years, more than 95 percent of the pilots hired have at least a four-year college degree. If you want an airline job, you stand a better chance if you are among the 95 percent with a degree than the 5 percent without one.

Aviation is an exciting career field, and because you can earn an above-average income, competition for jobs is keen. Traditionally, military pilots often place first in the employment contest. Civilian pilots consider this unfair, but look at it from the airlines’ pragmatic point of view. Military pilots are college educated, which means they’ve proven themselves in an academic environment. Employers know they will do well in the challenging training environment that is an ongoing part of any professional’s career.

Employers also know that military pilots have been trained to an exacting, accepted proficiency-based standard. And because of the military’s structure, and the fact that many military aircraft have more than one crewmember, employers know that military pilots are “team players,” that they understand and use cockpit resource management, which is essential in all phases of aviation.

How to Select a College

In many ways, selecting a college to attend is like buying a car — especially if you’re making either choice for the first time. The number of choices is overwhelming. In the United States more than 230 two- and four-year colleges offer non-engineering aviation degrees. Many of them offer the same degrees, but no two are alike. Each of them offers a number of similar but variable options to their degree programs, and not all of them offer the same degrees, which makes the selection of the school that’s “just right for you” all the more difficult.

Because your education plays such an important part in determining your future, the process of selecting a college or university should be meticulous, thorough, and pragmatic. Before you can find what you want, you must know exactly what you need. In other words, why, exactly, do you want to attend college, and what do you want to learn?

Why College?

Checklists and methodical planning are a staple of aviation safety. These procedures work equally well for other tasks, such as selecting a college. So start by making a list of your top five reasons for going to college. “Because it’s expected of me,” isn’t a good reason. “Because I’m enthralled with (pick a subject), and a I want to learn all I can about it,” is a good reason.
Once you’ve listed your top five reasons, discuss them with your parents, friends, high school counselors (if you’re still in school), and others. These discussions will help you focus your goals and likely provide a lot of other useful information.

What to Study?

Once you’ve outlined reasons for attending college that make sense to you, the next step is to get an idea of what you want to learn — and you have to be more specific than “aviation.”
There’s more to this industry called “aviation” than just flying airplanes. It’s a synergistic aggregation of many disciplines: aeronautical engineering, aerospace medicine, air traffic control, airway design, aviation educators, aviation law, aviation safety, avionics, computer science, flight dispatch, human factors, maintenance, management, meteorology, sales, and many more, including flight — flying an airplane.

Aviation is a mercurial industry. Its periods of boom and bust are, in large part, determined by the U.S. and world economy, as are many other industries. Because you might not immediately achieve your aviation career goal, or because you may have to make a “detour” during your career, as many aviators must, you should have alternatives. You can increase your chances for this “alternative career” by selecting as your minor area of study.
Realistically, your minor can be in any field you choose. But it should be one that interests you because students do best when studying something that interests them. For that matter, there’s no law stating that you must have an aviation degree to have an aviation career. If there’s a particular field that really excites you, such as medicine, business, the law, or electrical engineering, major in it and minor in aviation.

The ultimate purpose of defining your major and minor areas of study is so you can find the schools that offer the programs you need. Some schools may be “perfect” for your major, and others may be “perfect” for your minor; they won’t do you any good if they aren’t located on the same campus, so look for the schools that will meet your “major” and “minor” educational needs.

What College Teaches

Professional pilots today are “flight managers” who must intimately understand the workings of their computerized and fly-by-wire stick and rudder, and who must work with and depend on a crew of professionals that goes far beyond those in the cockpit.

These are the essential skills students learn and practice in today’s collegiate aviation programs, but the value of a college education goes beyond these aviation-specific skills. Typically, your first two years of college will be devoted to “general education” classes. While they seemingly have no direct correlation with aviation, they do, and additionally, they’ll make you a well-rounded individual.

Math, physics, and computer-science classes help you understand your career’s technical aspects. English makes you a better oral and written communicator. Sociology and psychology give you a better understanding of human nature. History and the humanities give you insight and appreciation for man’s development, achievements, and blunders. Economics makes clear the forces that will act upon your career.

When people think of aviation, they naturally think of pilots. But pilots are just one cog in the vast human machine that makes aviation work. If it were not for aeronautical and electrical engineers, airframe and powerplant (A&P) and avionics technicians, meteorologists, air traffic controllers, aviation managers at all levels, and a host of others, we wouldn’t need pilots (and the others wouldn’t be needed if there were no pilots). These are all viable, rewarding aviation careers, careers for which you can become educated at many colleges and universities.

Those aiming for the cockpit should never forget that a failed medical (or a failed airline) can terminate a flying career without notice. This is another reason pilots should know more than just how to fly. If you don’t have a degree, your career options are limited. But if you’ve been educated as a manager, engineer, or technician, you have career alternatives that will enable you to survive professionally and, perhaps, maintain your aviation “connection.”

College Connections

College is one of the best places to make your aviation connection because it provides the education and contacts you’ll need to succeed. Guidance counselors will help tailor your educational program to meet your career goals. They will explain what’s needed when, and why, and they’ll even help you refine your objectives and offer alternatives if, for some reason, you cannot attain the original goal.

This guidance continues throughout your educational career. As you near graduation, the school’s job placement service will work with you to help you find that first aviation position (and many schools offer placement assistance to graduates throughout their professional careers).

Many schools also have cooperative agreements with different companies in which you go to school for a semester (usually 16 weeks) and work in your chosen career field for the next semester. Other schools have internship programs, where you work for a company, such as United Airlines, which has an internship program with more than 15 colleges.

Aviation College Degree Programs

The Aeronautical Science Program prepares the graduate for a career in the aviation industry by providing a strong foundation in mathematics, physics, aeronautical sciences, aeronautical technology, and the aviation industry. The graduate will receive an Associate of Science Degree, ratings through Flight Instructor Multi-Engine, including the ratings necessary to obtain intermediate level employment. The flight training sequence for this program consists of of four flight-training modules plus additional flight training as specified in each option.
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A.S. Degree from Aviator College 565 Flight Hours

Aviator College of Aeronautical Science & Technology provides the most cost effective flight training programs and a two year Aviation degree in Aeronautical Science. The College has a state of the art 37,000 square foot facility, featuring a CRJ Level 5 Flight Training Device (Simulator). College student’s receive a minimum of 565 flight training hours in the aviation degree program. Graduates will have the opportunity to stay on as a flight training instructor.

Distributed by Viestly

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