By Holly Desrosier
Craven Community College’s (Craven CC) new Aviation Management and Career Pilot (AMCP) degree program will teach students what it takes to be a commercial pilot, help launch careers and reach new heights. The program will serve as the runway that propels students and allows educational dreams to take flight.
Beginning this fall, the AMCP program will focus on providing students with a fundamental knowledge of flight concepts, aerodynamics, meteorology, aircraft systems, airline operations, flight safety practices and human factors.
“This is an excellent opportunity for a Marine or family member to go through this program,” said Wally Calabrese, dean of the Havelock Campus. “And if the Marine is considering a career in the airlines, we will be able to help them achieve that goal.”
Additionally, the high school population can benefit from the program. It can be offered through Craven CC’s Career & College Promise (CCP), a program in which high school juniors and seniors can earn both college and high school credits. The AMCP program will enable eligible students to complete prerequisites for the AMCP degree, allowing them to enter the workforce sooner.
Program graduates will earn a commercial pilot certificate with an instrument rating, as well as multiengine rating. They will be qualified for jobs as commercial, corporate and military pilots, as well as airport managers, fixed-base operators, flight instructors, flight dispatchers and more.
The aviation industry is experiencing continued growth to satisfy the demand generated by global economic expansion. A recent market study by Boeing highlighted a need for over 630,000 pilots worldwide in the next 20 years. Boeing states, “Regional markets that have relied heavily on recruiting pilots from outside their home locations are increasingly seeking to recruit, train and develop locally sourced pilots.”
Just last week, Tradewind Aviation International (TAI), a flight school based at Coastal Carolina Regional Airport in New Bern, merged with a subsidiary of ONVOI Global Services to form Tradewind Flight Services Incorporated (TFSI). TAI recently entered into an agreement with Craven CC to provide flight-training courses for the AMCP program. Craven CC looks forward to utilizing TAI’s resources and personnel to assists students during in-air training.
Due to the partnerships with TAI and ONVOI Global Services, the AMCP program will be recognized as a Restricted Airline Transport Pilot (R-ATP) program, allowing graduates to earn an airline or cargo pilot position with less than the federal mandate of 1,500 total flight hours. Since Craven CC is a two-year institution, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reduces the total flight time program graduates must achieve.
“This lowers the amount of required flight hours to 1,250 with an associate in applied science degree or 1,000 with the BS in Aviation Management degree,” said Calabrese. “This adds up to enormous savings for the student, and having to spend less time accumulating hours means entering the job market sooner.”
Mark Marsteller will be overseeing the program and will be heavily involved in its new direction. Marsteller was an aviation systems technology instructor at the Havelock Campus from 2015-16. He then worked as the operations and facilities manager at Coastal Carolina Regional Airport.
“The first cohort of students begins in fall 2019,” said Calabrese. “We are accepting inquiries now. There are several steps that must be completed prior to registering for any aviation program, which includes a flight physical and meeting with the director of the aviation programs.”
Classes will be held on the Havelock Campus, as well as Tradewind Aviation’s flight school in James City.
Anyone who wants to help their career take off can contact Calabrese at 252-444-0739 or firstname.lastname@example.org, and Marsteller can be reached at 252-444-1377 or email@example.com.
This article also appeared in the Sun Journal.