Aviation Management and Career Pilot Technology AAS

Program Description

The Aviation Management and Career Pilot Technology curriculum prepares individuals for a variety of aviation and aviation-related careers including commercial airlines, general aviation, the aerospace industry, the military, and state and federal aviation organizations.

Course work includes fundamentals of flight, aerodynamics, aircraft performance, meteorology, navigation, federal regulations, aviation management, and instrument and commercial ground training. Course options include flight and simulator training and management training.

Graduates will hold a Commercial Pilot certificate with an Instrument Rating, Multiengine Rating, Certified Flight Instructor Rating and specialize in aviation management. Graduates may find employment as commercial, corporate, and military pilots, fixed-base operators, airport managers, flight instructors, and flight dispatchers.

Pre-Admissions Requirement for A60180B: AER 151 (Personal Private Pilot License)

Students seeking the Career Pilot option must complete their private Pilot flight training, and possess a current and valid FAA Private Pilot certificate prior to being admitted into this pathway. Students aspiring to enter the Career Pilot pathway can still enter the Aviation program as Aviation Management or General Educational Study students initially. Once the Private Pilot certificate (license) is obtained, the student may switch into the Career Pilot pathway. Students in this scenario can, and should, still perform regular flight lessons to progress through flight training for the Private Pilot certificate.

Students passing their Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) practical exam(s) will be awarded credit for all flight courses (AER 151, AER 161, AER 171, 281, and 285).  Students will present their temporary or permanent flight certificate and/or rating to the Director of Aviation Programs.

Admission Criteria

Admission to this program requires that students be high school graduates or have a recognized equivalency.

Students will be required to purchase and wear uniforms while attending class for both day and evening courses. Students will wear blue shirts (captain shirt) and navy blue or black pants. Career Pilot uniforms also include a black leather belt and black leather shoes. Students must purchase at least one (1) complete uniform. Students are encouraged to purchase more than one uniform. Uniforms vary in price approximately $225 (Career Pilot uniform). Additional uniforms may be purchased at a discounted cost.

Career Pilot students must obtain a Student Pilot Certificate/Medical Certificate. A list of local aviation medical examiners (AMEs) can be found at on the FAA website. The Student Pilot Certificate/Medical Certificate is not required prior to starting academic courses, but is required prior to starting flight training. The cost is approximately $100. Veterans utilizing their benefits for flight/academic training must obtain a 2nd Class Medical Certificate prior to starting flight lessons.

The fees associated with flight training is estimated to be $3,722 for the Air Navigation in the first semester, $13,100 for the Instrument Rating, $14,580 for the Commercial Pilot license, $12,875 for multiengine, and $6,501 for CFI. These fees are in addition to the college’s tuition. Payment for flight training is billed by the college and paid as part of the tuition and fees. Please note, if the student is currently working on their PPL (during their first semester) the contracted costs is $7,050. These costs are directly paid to the vendor. Please contact the Director of Aviation Programs for more information. 

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Career Pilot Option, the graduate should be able to:

  • Pilot an aircraft (for some positions, certain specific certifications are required e.g., C.F.I, M.E.I, and C.F.I.I.).
  • Employ electronic resources to research and analyze data.
  • Operate within the ethical, legal, and regulatory standards of the industry.
  • Use critical thinking skills to solve aviation problems.

Career Opportunities

Upon graduation, students may enter the workforce as pilots with:

  • air carriers
  • aircraft manufacturers
  • repair stations
  • fixed base operators
  • flight schools 
  • government aviation operations

Transfer Opportunities

While the AAS is a degree leading to possible job placement upon graduation, Craven Community College has a special relationship for transfer to a BS Degree in Aviation Management with Southern Illinois University.

Contact Information

Director of Aviation Programs 
252-444-1377

Admissions Office
252-638-7430 – New Bern
252-444-6012 – Havelock

Degree Requirements

The following suggested schedule is based on full-time enrollment. For information about prerequisites and corequisites, please refer to the catalog. All students must have a Personal Private Pilot License or "PPL" prior to enrolling in the Aviation Management and Career Pilot Technology Program (AMCP). However, prospective students may enroll under General Education Study during the first fall semester until a PPL is obtained and credit for AER 151 is awarded.

Courses in this program

First Semester

Semester Credit Hours: 17; 2 hours per week flight time. Take MAT-152 or MAT-171

Course Course Code Credit Hours Link to course details

This course covers the basic elements of air navigation, fundamentals of pilotage and dead, reckoning, and the use of a plotter, computer, and aerial charts. Topics include pilotage, dead, reckoning, radio navigation, LORAN, Global, Positioning Systems, and the use of FAA publications. Upon completion, students should be able to interpret aeronautical charts and apply navigational principles.

Lecture Hours: 2  Lab Hours: 2  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course introduces the college's physical, academic, and social environment and promotes the personal development essential for success. Topics include campus facilities and resources; policies, procedures, and programs; study skills; and life management issues such as health, self-esteem, motivation, goal-setting, diversity, and communication. Upon completion, students should be able to function effectively within the college environment to meet their educational objectives.

Lecture Hours: 1  Lab Hours: 0  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 1 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course covers the basic procedures and practices of aircraft accident prevention, accident investigation, and reporting. Topics include a comprehensive review of federal regulations pertinent to aviation safety and analyses of actual aviation accident cases and their causes. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding and respect for specific personal factors such as attitude, motivation, and skill related to flight safety.

Lecture Hours: 3  Lab Hours: 0  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course is designed to develop topics which are fundamental to the study of Calculus. Emphasis is placed on solving equations and inequalities, solving systems of equations and inequalities, and analysis of functions (absolute value, radical, polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic) in multiple representations. Upon completion, students should be able to select and use appropriate models and techniques for finding solutions to algebra-related problems with and without technology.

Lecture Hours: 3  Lab Hours: 3  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 4 
  • Prerequisites:
    Take One Set:,Set 1: DMA-010, DMA-020, DMA-030, DMA-040, DMA-050,Set 2: DMA-010, DMA-020, DMA-030, DMA-045,Set 3: DMA-025, DMA-045,Set 4: DMA-025, DMA-040, DMA-050,Set 5: MAT 121,Set 6: MAT-003 ,Set 7: BSP-4003
  • Corequisites:
    Take MAT-071

This course covers the aeronautical knowledge required to meet the Federal Aviation Administration regulations for private pilot certification. Topics include the principles of flight, the flight environment, basic aircraft systems and performance, basic meteorology and weather data interpretation, and FAA regulations. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate the competencies required for the FAA written examination for a private pilot certificate.

Lecture Hours: 2  Lab Hours: 2  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course provides a project-based approach to introductory statistics with an emphasis on using real-world data and statistical literacy. Topics include descriptive statistics, correlation and regression, basic probability, discrete and continuous probability distributions, confidence intervals and hypothesis testing. Upon completion, students should be able to use appropriate technology to describe important characteristics of a data set, draw inferences about a population from sample data, and interpret and communicate results.

Lecture Hours: 3  Lab Hours: 3  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 4 
  • Prerequisites:
    Take One Set:,Set 1: DMA-010, DMA-020, DMA-030, and DRE-098,Set 2: DMA-010, DMA-020, DMA-030, and ENG-002,Set 3: DMA-010, DMA-020, DMA-030, and BSP-4002,Set 4: DMA-025, and DRE-098,Set 5: DMA-025, and ENG-002,Set 6: DMA-025, and BSP-4002,Set 7: MAT-003 and DRE-098,Set 8: MAT-003 and ENG-002,Set 9: MAT-003 and BSP-4002,Set 10: BSP-4003 and DRE-098 ,Set 11: BSP-4003 and ENG-002,Set 12: BSP-4003 and BSP-4002
  • Corequisites:
    Take MAT-052

This course is designed to develop the ability to produce clear writing in a variety of genres and formats using a recursive process. Emphasis includes inquiry, analysis, effective use of rhetorical strategies, thesis development, audience awareness, and revision. Upon completion, students should be able to produce unified, coherent, well-developed essays using standard written English.

Lecture Hours: 3  Lab Hours: 0  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    Take One Set:,Set 1: DRE-097,Set 2: ENG-002,Set 3: BSP-4002
  • Corequisites:
    Take ENG-011

Second Semester

Semester Credit Hours: 18; 6 hours per week flight time. Take ENG-112 or ENG-114. Take PHY-110 AND PHY-110A or PHY-151

Course Course Code Credit Hours Link to course details

This course covers the atmosphere, interpretation, and measurement of meteorological elements, and the effects of such on aircraft operations and performance. Topics include heat exchanges in the atmosphere; temperature, pressure, stability, clouds, air masses, fronts, and thunderstorms; and the use and interpretation of weather data. Upon completion, students should be able to analyze weather data for flight planning and safe flying.

Lecture Hours: 3  Lab Hours: 0  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course covers the required aeronautical knowledge of the Federal Aviation Administration Regulation Instrument Ground School. Topics include a study of instruments, systems, instrument flight charts, instrument flight planning, approach procedures, and the IFR regulations. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate the competencies required to complete the FAA written examination for an instrument rating.

Lecture Hours: 2  Lab Hours: 2  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course covers instruction and training in instrument flight planning including IFR, navigation, VOR, ILS, ADF, and compliance with ATC procedures. Emphasis is placed on approach and navigation procedures, including holding and missed approaches, and development of skill in executing en route and approach procedures. Upon completion, students should be able to plan and execute an IFR flight and demonstrate competencies required for the FAA instrument pilot flight exam.

Lecture Hours: 0  Lab Hours: 6  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 2 
  • Prerequisites:
    Take AER-151
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course provides a historical survey of the efforts of manned-flight. Topics include the development of aircraft, milestones in aviation, noted pioneers, and the socioeconomic impact of flight upon modern civilization. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the advancements that aviation has accrued for society and contemporary changes in aviation.

Lecture Hours: 2  Lab Hours: 0  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 2 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course, the second in a series of two, introduces research techniques, documentation, styles, and writing strategies. Emphasis is placed on analyzing information and ideas and incorporating research findings into documented writing and research projects. Upon completion, students should be able to evaluate and synthesize information from primary and secondary sources using documentation appropriate to various disciplines.

Lecture Hours: 3  Lab Hours: 0  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    Take ENG-111
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course, the second in a series of two, is designed to teach professional communication skills. Emphasis is placed on research, listening, critical reading and thinking, analysis, interpretation, and design used in oral and written presentations. Upon completion, students should be able to work individually and collaboratively to produce well-designed business and professional written and oral presentations.

Lecture Hours: 3  Lab Hours: 0  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    Take ENG-111
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course provides a conceptually-based exposure to the fundamental principles and processes of the physical world. Topics include basic concepts of motion, forces, energy, heat, electricity, magnetism, and the structure of matter and the universe. Upon completion, students should be able to describe examples and applications of the principles studied.

Lecture Hours: 3  Lab Hours: 0  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    Take One:, DRE-097, ENG-002, BSP-4002, ENG-111, Complete MAT-003 with P2 grade level
  • Corequisites:
    Take PHY-110A

This course is a laboratory for PHY 110. Emphasis is placed on laboratory experiences that enhance materials presented in PHY 110. Upon completion, students should be able to apply the laboratory experiences to the concepts presented in PHY 110.

Lecture Hours: 0  Lab Hours: 2  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 1 
  • Prerequisites:
    Take PHY-110, Take One:, DRE-097, ENG-002, BSP-4002, ENG-111, Complete MAT-003 with P2 grade level
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course uses algebra- and trigonometry-based mathematical models to introduce the fundamental concepts that describe the physical world. Topics include units and measurement, vectors, linear, kinematics and dynamics, energy, power, momentum, fluid mechanics, and heat. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the principles involved and display analytical problem-solving ability for the topics covered.

Lecture Hours: 3  Lab Hours: 3  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 4 
  • Prerequisites:
    Take One: MAT-171 or MAT-271
  • Corequisites:
    None

Third Semester

Semester Credit Hours: 11; 12 hours per week flight time

Course Course Code Credit Hours Link to course details

This course covers operation of a flight department on a cost-effective basis and analysis of profit and loss statements. Topics include flight operations costs, aircraft acquisition, analysis and cost comparisons, costs versus revenue, and break-even points. Upon completion, students should be able to calculate cost of flight operations and apply monthly and annual budget analysis.

Lecture Hours: 3  Lab Hours: 0  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course covers advanced aircraft control, cross-country operations, and other topics required for the FAA commercial pilot written exam. Emphasis is placed on the principles of aircraft performance and operation, take-off, performance, cruise performance, descent and landing performance, and weight and balance computations. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate commercial pilot skills and competence in the materials required for the FAA written commercial pilot examination.

Lecture Hours: 3  Lab Hours: 0  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course provides the hands-on training needed to qualify for a Federal Aviation Administration commercial pilot certificate. Topics include flight instruction in advanced precision, maneuvers, maximum performance take-off and landings, emergency procedures, operation of complex aircraft, aircraft performance and range, and fuel planning. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in the areas of the flight test practical exam for the commercial pilot certificate.

Lecture Hours: 0  Lab Hours: 6  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    Take AER-151
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course analyzes interpersonal relationships in the cockpit and related psychological factors that affect pilot performance and efficiency during flight operations. Topics include cockpit management, judgment, aircraft and flight crew, coordination and control, physiological factors, responsibility, and decision-making capabilities. Upon completion, students should be able to apply work-proven routines to stress management, crew responsibility, and the team concept in the cockpit.

Lecture Hours: 2  Lab Hours: 0  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 2 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

Fourth Semester

Semester Credit Hours: 12; 3 hours per week flight time

Course Course Code Credit Hours Link to course details

This course provides an in-depth study of the state, federal, and international regulations forming the structure of aviation law. Emphasis is placed on Federal Aviation Regulations Parts 61, 91, and 135 with additional emphasis on legal issues in aviation law. Upon completion, students should be able to apply legal principles and interpret federal air regulations.

Lecture Hours: 2  Lab Hours: 0  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 2 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course introduces piston and turbine aircraft engines and associated systems. Topics include aircraft hydraulic, pneumatic, electrical, air conditioning, and pressurization systems along with the theory of engine operations, including power and thrust computations. Upon completion, students should be able to apply principles of engine and systems operation.

Lecture Hours: 2  Lab Hours: 2  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course provides the flight training required to obtain a multi-engine rating. Topics include multi-engine safety procedures, single-engine operations and performance, Vmc instrument, approaches (single- and multi-engine), and emergency procedures. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate the competencies required for the flight test practical examination for a multi-engine rating.

Lecture Hours: 0  Lab Hours: 3  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 1 
  • Prerequisites:
    Take AER-171
  • Corequisites:
    None

ELE-001 is a category of electives and not a specific course. Students must select from the approved Humanities/Fine Arts Electives for General Education courses for AAS Programs listed below as indicated under degree requirements. Lecture, Lab, Clinical, and Credit Hours are determined by the course selected. ART-111, ART-114, ART-115, ENG-231, ENG-232, ENG-241, ENG-242, HUM-110, HUM-115, HUM-211, HUM-212, MUS-110, MUS-112, MUS-113, PHI-215, PHI-240, REL-110

Lecture Hours: –  Lab Hours: –  Clinical Hours: –  Credit Hours: – 
  • Prerequisites:
    View specific course for prerequisite information
  • Corequisites:
    View specific course for corequisite information

ELE-002 is a category of electives and not a specific course. Students must select from the approved Social/Behavioral Electives for General Education courses for AAS Programs listed below as indicated under degree requirements. Lecture, Lab, Clinical, and Credit Hours are determined by the course selected.

Lecture Hours: –  Lab Hours: –  Clinical Hours: –  Credit Hours: – 
  • Prerequisites:
    View specific course for prerequisite information
  • Corequisites:
    View specific course for corequisite information

Fifth Semester

Semester Credit Hours: 12; 3 hours per week flight time

Course Course Code Credit Hours Link to course details

This course covers basic and advanced principles of aerodynamic phenomena and fluid flow. Topics include airflow phenomena; lift/weight/thrust/drag; aircraft configuration, characteristics, stability, and control; subsonic, transonic, and supersonic flight; critical Mach numbers; and the V-g Diagram. Upon completion, students should be able to explain the elements of applied aerodynamics and aeronautical engineering which relate directly to the problems of flight operations.

Lecture Hours: 3  Lab Hours: 0  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course provides a detailed analysis of all aspects of air traffic control. Emphasis is placed on an in-depth analysis of air traffic control, including utilization of the air traffic environment based on the pilot's and controller's perspective. Upon completion, students should be able to operate an aircraft within the national airspace system under FAA air traffic control.

Lecture Hours: 2  Lab Hours: 0  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 2 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course covers the development and present status of the air transportation system. Topics include federal legislation characteristics and classification of air carriers, development of the air traffic control system, and the organization and function of the FAA. Upon completion, students should be able to relate the knowledge acquired to career development.

Lecture Hours: 3  Lab Hours: 0  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course covers flight instruction and the skills and knowledge necessary to work effectively as a flight instructor. Topics include fundamentals of instruction, lesson planning, instructor regulations and endorsements, and related aeronautical knowledge. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence necessary for the Federal Aviation Administration Fundamentals of Instructing Test and the appropriate instructor written examination.

Lecture Hours: 3  Lab Hours: 0  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    Take AER-170
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course provides experience in preparation for the flight instructor practical test. Emphasis is placed on the ability to transition to right seat flight while teaching performance maneuvers, including operation of a complex aircraft. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in right seat operation and CFI maneuvers as specified in the FAA Practical Test Standards.

Lecture Hours: 0  Lab Hours: 3  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 1 
  • Prerequisites:
    Take AER-171
  • Corequisites:
    None