The Aviation Management and Career Pilot Technology curriculum prepares individuals for a variety of aviation and aviation-related careers including the 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. Optional course work includes flight and simulator training or business management training.
Graduates will hold a commercial pilot certificate with an instrument rating or specialize in aviation management. Graduates may find employment as commercial, corporate, and military pilots, fixed-base operators, airport managers, flight instructors, and flight dispatchers.
The Aviation Management & Career Pilot Technology program is approved by:
Federal Aviation Administration
800 Independence Avenue
Washington, DC 20591
Phone: (703) 230-1664 www.faa.gov
Federal Aviation Administration
Charlotte Flight Standards District Office (FSDO)
3800 Arco Corporate Drive, Suite 233
Charlotte, NC 28273
Phone: (704) 319-7020
Specific Program Requirements:
- Students will be required to purchase and wear uniforms while attending class for both day and evening courses. First year students will wear blue shirts (captain shirt for Career Pilot students and polo or button down shirt for management students) and navy blue pants. Second year students will wear white shirts (captain shirt for Career Pilot students and polo or button down shirt for management students) and navy blue pants. Both management and Career Pilot uniforms also include a black leather belt and black leather shoes. Uniforms with the A-B Tech Aviation logo must be purchased at Read’s Uniforms in Asheville, NC. Students must purchase at least one (1) complete uniform appropriate to their year and pathway. Students are encouraged to purchase more than one uniform. Uniforms vary in price from approximately $150 (management uniform) to $225 (Career Pilot uniform). Additional uniforms can be purchased at a discounted cost.
- For Career Pilot students, the cost of flight training is a separate cost paid to WNC Aviation. The cost of flight training is estimated to be $9,000 for the private Pilot license, $9,000 for the instrument rating, and $22,000 for the commercial Pilot license. Payment for flight training is billed by and paid directly to the flight school, not A-B Tech. The College is only responsible for collecting tuition and fees for academic courses. Note that Aviation Management students do not incur the added expense of flight training. Payment arrangements for flight lessons must be made prior to the start of any flight lessons.
- Career Pilot students must obtain a student Pilot certificate/medical certificate. A list of local aviation medical examiners (AMEs) can be found at http://www.faa.gov/Pilots/amelocator/. 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 courses must obtain a 2nd class medical prior to starting flight lessons.
- 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 students initially. Once the private Pilot certificate 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.
Courses requiring a grade of "C" or better: ACA, AER
Students aspiring to enter the Career Pilot pathway can still enter the Aviation program as Aviation Management students initially. Once the private pilot certificate is obtained, the student may switch into the Career Pilot pathway.
Students passing their Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) practical exam(s) will be awarded a letter grade of "A" for all flight courses (AER 151, AER 161, AER 171). Students will present their temporary or permanent flight certificate and/or rating to the chief ground instructor.