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Professional Pilot

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Curriculum Total Credits: 63 (2016-2017 Academic Year)


This program is designed to offer aviation subjects related to professional piloting. Each student who successfully completes the program will have obtained a minimum of a commercial pilot certificate with a multi-engine land and instrument rating. The student will obtain flight instruction from the one of the College’s approved fixed-based operators, who is also FAA and VA approved providers. Airplane fees and flight fees for pilot courses are in addition to tuition costs.

Prerequisites to entering the program include a second- class medical certificate and no speech impediments (a first class medical certificate is encouraged). A person with a waiver for a medical certificate is required to consult with the Aviation Department.

Program Requirements

Professional Pilot students completing the associate degree at CCBC are required to have the following FAA flight certifications:

  • Private Pilot Certificate
  • Commercial Pilot Certificate
  • Instrument Rating
  • Multi-Engine Rating

The average student will earn these flight certifications in approximately 250 hours of flight time


Additional Ratings

Students can earn additional ratings through successful completion of optional courses.

  • Fundamentals of Instructing
  • Basic Ground Instructor
  • Advanced Ground Instructor
  • Instrument Ground Instructor
  • CFIA
  • CFII
  • CFIA-M


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Program Outcomes: image

Graduates will be able to

  1. Pass the FAA required competency evaluation.
  2. Pass the FAA 14 CFR Part 61 and 141 requirements.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to gain employment as a pilot.



First Semester - 16 Credits

AVIP 106
Private Pilot
This course includes actual flying experience with an FAA approved fixed base operator. Students will receive a minimum of 60 hours in flight instruction including dual, solo and briefing. Successful completion will result in receipt of the Private Pilot/Airplane certificate (no limitations). Persons wishing to receive credit for previous flight time must make arrangements with the coordinator of the program. Students are required to have a valid second class medical certificate to enroll in this course. 0-6-3
AVIP 110
Flight Theory
The principles of flight, basics of air traffic control, weather facts, navigational procedures and airplane operations as pertinent to the Private/Recreational Pilot Certificate are studied. Upon successful completion of this course,(as defined by a grade of 80% or better) the student will receive an endorsement to take the FAA knowledge exam in the department for an additional fee. 4-0-4 Corequisite: AVIP123
AVIP 123
Aeronautical Knowledge
This course is designed to provide the basis for Air Traffic Control Training. The student will learn the language of air traffic controllers, and will become familiar with the operating principles of navigational equipment pertinent to pilots and controllers. 3-0-3 Corequisite: AVIP110
MATH 130
College Algebra (or higher)
The functional approach to algebra is stressed with attention to the properties of the real number system; linear functions and equations; exponents; radicals; functions; systems of equations; complex numbers; and quadratic equations. Additional topics may be added at the discretion of the instructor. Prerequisite: "C" or better in PREP021, appropriate placement score or appropriate high school records. 3-0-3
WRIT 101
English Composition
Students will practice expository writing and learn the academic form of the essay and research paper. Students will focus on the development of an academically sound and challenging thesis and resulting essay. The mechanics of writing will be reviewed as needed. Pre-requisite: Placement testing; successful completion of DEVS012 Reading and DEVS015 Introduction to College Writing if required, permission of the Division Director. Honors Option Available English Composition Honor students will practice expository and persuasive discourse in writing and learning the academic form of the essay and research paper. Students will focus on the development of a sound thesis for projects concerning topics of global or international significance. 3-0-3

Second Semester - 15 Credits

AVIP 121
Aviation Meteorology
This course places special emphasis on interpretation of meteorology phenomena affecting aircraft; basic concepts of aviation meteorology; temperature, pressure, moisture, stability, clouds, air masses, fronts, thunderstorms, icing and fog. The course covers analysis and use of weather data for flight planning and safe flying; interpretation of weather maps, reports and forecasts. 3-0-3 Prerequisite: AVIP110/123 Corequisite: AVIP136
AVIP 136
Theory of Instrument Flight
This course includes basic radio fundamentals as used by instrument pilot and the air traffic controller. A description and practical use of various radio aids to safe aerial navigation, including VOR, ILS, ADF, GPS and others are taught. Instrument charts and instrument approach charts are adapted to radio navigation and the application of the Aeronautical Information Manual is studied. Upon successful completion of this course (as defined by a grade of 80% or better), the student will receive an endorsement to take the FAA knowledge exam in the department for an additional fee. 4-0-4 Pre-Requisite: Successful completion of AVIP110/AVIP123
AVIP 232
Instrument Flight
The necessary actual flight instruction from an FAA approved fixed based operator to qualify for the FAA Instrument Pilot Rating is performed and includes 40 hours of instrument flight and 10 hours of oral instruction and briefing. Successful completion will be passage of the FAA required flight test for an instrument pilot rating. Prerequisite: AVIP106. Co-Requisites: AVIP121 and AVIP136. 0-4-2
CIST 100
Introduction to Information Tech
A computer course designed to introduce students to personal computers. Topics include basic concepts of computer operations, storage media, software categories, Windows operating system, computer communication devices, and Internet. The course also includes introduction to Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. Honors Option Available Introduction to Information Technology honors introduces concepts related to global computing concepts together with MicroSoft Office to develop documents, spreadsheets, databases and presentations. Through a series of projects students will learn how to develop integrated applications correlated other honors courses. 3-0-3
LITR 210
Concepts of Literature
This course introduces students to the three major forms of literary expression: fiction, poetry, and drama. Significant works from each form will be analyzed to reveal creative techniques, how they represent an author’s time, and how they reflect today’s human condition. Honors Option Available Concepts of Literature Honors explores literary art forms, both traditional, fiction, poetry and drama and non-traditional, film, virtual reality and gaming as well as the international cultures and philosophical approaches that create and interpret such works. Significant contributions to each literary form will be analyzed, resulting in student produced compositions, multi-media presentations and student lead discussions. Prerequisite: WRIT101 or permission of the department. 3-0-3
WRIT 103
Writing For Business/Tech
Designed to train the student in effective writing, this course aims to increase the student’s ability to write with unity, coherence, and logic. It provides additional study and practice in writing letters, proposals, manuals, and reports of a business or technical nature as well as in professional and contemporary research methods. Prerequisite: WRIT101 3-0-3



Third Semester - 19 Credits

AVIP 125
Advanced Aeronautical Knowledge (fall only)
This course covers FAA regulations on safe flight, weight and balance problems, and use of the Aeronautical Information Manual. Medical facts and accident reports are studied. Fundamentals essential to safe flight will be studied, including instruments used for aviation safety and the evaluation and interpretation of their indications. This course is offered in the Fall semester only. 3-0-3 Prerequisite: AVIP110/123 or equivalent, 50 % of instrument rating completed, or by approval of the CCBC Director of Aviation or Pilot Coordinator. Corequisite: AVIP140
AVIP 139
Aircraft Engines Structures Theory (fall only)
This course is designed to place emphasis on the fundamental principles of aircraft engines, including engine theory; materials and methods of construction; lubricants; and lubrication systems; and superchargers. General engine operation procedures and performance diagnosis are also studied. This includes the principles of aircraft structures, including stresses operating on airframe structures, purpose, types and construction of airframes 3-0-3
AVIP 140
Commercial Pilot Theory (fall only)
This training course provides the student with the necessary aeronautical knowledge and prerequisites as specified in the Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR's) for the commercial pilot. Topics of discussion are FAR's; airplane performance; aerodynamics; airplane engines and systems; and physiology. Upon successful completion of this course (as defined by a grade of 80% or better) the student will receive an endorsement to take the FAA knowledge exam in the department for an additional fee. Prerequisite: AVIP110/123 or equivalent Corequisite: AVIP125 (3-0-3)
AVIP 230
Commercial Flight I
This is the first half of two phases of actual flight training from an FAA approved fixed base operator in preparation for the FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate. A minimum of 60 hours of flight instruction and briefing. Prerequisite: AVIP106 and AVIP232 or valid FAA Private Pilot Certificate and Instrument Certificate.. 0-6-3
AVIP 238
Aircraft Systems (fall only)
This is a detailed study of the theory of the operation of aircraft hydraulic, electrical, fuel, oil, pressurization, anti/icing, and instrument systems. It also covers the various sources of basic power for the operation of aircraft systems as well as the functional application of mechanisms operated by these systems. A few specific aircraft systems will be studied in detail. This course is offered in the Fall semester only. 3-0-3
PHYS 101
College Physics I
This is an applied physics course for technical students and students needing an algebra-and trigonometry-based physics course for transfer to a four-year college. Included are topics from statics, the strength of materials, kinematics, and dynamics. Emphasis is on application, the theory and practice of the relevant measurement, and on the analysis of mechanical systems. Prerequisite: MATH130 3-2-4

Fourth Semester - 13 Credits

AVIP 101
History of Aviation
The Introduction to Aviation course is designed to give the student a solid foundation in understanding where aviation came from starting from the earliest myths and legends through actual developments in flight systems and ultimately to a vision to where aviation may lead us. The course will begin with a history of flight followed by a study of the atmospheric medium in which aircraft of all types operate. The students will next learn about the infrastructure supporting aviation, i.e. airports, aviation organizations and types of aircraft. The students will be expected to recognize the differences between aircraft and identify them by sight. This will be followed by more specific issues such as aviation weather and the challenges weather pose to flight activities as well as a technological look at just what makes them fly and how they are propelled and controlled and how they get from point A to point B. The course will end with a broad review of the different career fields available withing the aerospace industrial sector and their future prospects, i.e. professional pilot, air traffic control, aerospace management and unmanned aerial vehicles. 3-0-3
AVIP 138
Aerodynamics (spring only)
This course is an analysis of the physics of flight, including the application of basic aerodynamics to the wing and airfoil; the analysis of lift and drag components relative to the wing platform and airplane performance; application of aerodynamic effect of turbo jet engines; and the principles of propulsion. 3-0-3
AVIP 150
Human Factors in Aviation (spring only)
This course provides the student with a detailed introduction to aspects of aviation safety and the associated components of pilot psychology, human factors, aircraft technology and aero-medical physiology. Emphasis will be on resource management in single pilot and multi-crew member operations. Human Factors in Aviation is designed for the advanced pilot, air traffic control, and aerospace management student to recognize the degree of importance human factors play in the aviation industry. In order to obtain this focus, a detailed study, through a series of lectures, will map out the error chains that result in most accidents/incidents. Special emphasis will be placed upon psychology. Prerequisite:AVIP139 and AVIP238. 3-0-3
AVIP 231
Commercial Flight II
A continuation of AVIP230. It is the second half of two phases of actual flight training from an FAA approved fixed base operator leading to the successful completion of the FAA Commercial Pilot-Airplane Certificate. A total of 60 hours of flight instruction is provided, including dual, solo flight and oral instruction and briefing. Successful completion will be passage of FAA required flight test for Commercial Pilot-Airplane certificate. Prerequisite: AVIP 230 Corequisite: AVIP125 and AVIP140 0-6-3
AVIP 233
Multi-Engine Flight
Actual flight training from a FAA approved fixed base operator that is required to pass the FAA Multi-Engine Pilot – Airplane rating (no limitations) is performed. All flight time is given in modern twin engine aircraft and is designed to give the advanced pilots greater depth of aircraft experience. Prerequisites: AVIP126, AVIP232, and AVIP231. 0-2-1

Note about course offerings

Fall Semester Only Courses: AVIP125, AVIP139, AVIP238, & AVIP140


Spring Semester Only Courses: AVIP138, AVIP150