Description

When you complete the Associate of Applied Science in Aviation, you will have all the credentials required to pursue a career as a professional pilot. The program offers in-depth training in all stages of pilot certification: Private Pilot, Instrument Rating, and Commercial Pilot. The program also offers classroom training in Aircraft Systems, Advanced Navigation Systems, Aviation Safety, Flight Instructor/ Aircraft Theory, and Aviation Regulations and Professional Conduct.

Graduates are Prepared to:

Apply knowledge in aviation to adapt to emerging aviation trends.

Describe meteorology as it relates to aviation.

Conduct themselves professionally and ethically.

Independently fly and safely operate airplanes for which they are rated.

Demonstrate proficiency in math computation for aviation and modern society.

Communicate effectively using both written and verbal skills.

Demonstrate effective skills in the use of computers and aviation related technology.

Understand and analyze the role of aviation safety and human factors to the aviation industry.

Demonstrate an understanding and the appropriate application of aeronautical principles, design characteristics, and operational limitations, for a variety of aircraft as it relates to the student's career goals.

Job Opportunities

Job opportunities range from occupations as a pilot for a national or regional carrier to less well-known, but in-demand, work as a pilot for cargo services, air taxis, media aircraft, corporate jets, and as certified flight instructors. In Montana, employment for pilots is projected to grow faster than most occupations through 2018. An AAS in Aviation with a bachelor’s degree in a related field will make you especially competitive in the entry-level job market.

FAA medical certificates

FAA medical certificates are issued by FAA designated Aviation Medical Examiners (AMEs), and are required by all pilots who operate aircraft. The names, addresses and phone numbers of AMEs in your area may be found at the FAA website (http://www.faa.gov/pilots/amelocator/) or you may contact the Gallatin College Director of Aviation for more information. A student enrolled in the Aviation Science Technology Program must obtain at least a Class II medical certificate before his or her first training flight.


Completion Requirements

Completion of the AAS in Aviation requires that students contract with a flight school recommended by the Aviation Gallatin College Advisory Council to complete the flight training leading to their Private pilot, Commercial pilot, and Instrument ratings.  Flight schools that are interested in becoming a recommended flight training provider for Gallatin College Aviation students should contact the Gallatin College Aviation Program Director at 406-994-6151 or ryan.haskins@montana.edu for information on the requirements and approval process.

Year 1 Fall Credits Spring Credits
AVFT 121 : Private Pilot - Fundamentals 5

AVFT 121 : Private Pilot - Fundamentals


Description
Introduction to basic flight principles. Course includes the principles of flight (basic aerodynamics), aircraft systems, performance, weight and balance, aviation physiology, federal air regulations, and flight publications.

AVFT 122 : Private Pilot - Flight (42 Hours***) 2

AVFT 122 : Private Pilot - Flight (42 Hours***)


Description
Students must enroll in this course while pursuing a private pilot's certificate from an approved flight school. Course credits will be awarded upon receipt of a copy of the student's private pilot certificate.

AVFT 130 : Meteorology for Aviation 3

AVFT 130 : Meteorology for Aviation


Description
COREQUISITE: Generally students will be concurrently enrolled in AST 141 and AST 143. Provides a detailed introduction to the environmental factors that are critical to safe flight operations. Includes the following: thermal patterns, horizontal and vertical motion, moisture clouds, precipitation, air masses, fronts, cyclones, thunderstorms and aviation hazards. Will also include meteorological flight planning, use of weather information systems, and reports and charts used for aviation weather reporting and forecasting.

Choose one of the following: 3

Choose one of the following:


Description

CAPP 120 : Introduction to Computers

CAPP 120 : Introduction to Computers


Description
Offered by Gallatin College. Computer hardware and software concepts as they apply to all computers. Exposure to software packages such as Windows, word processors, spreadsheets, and Internet applications. Laboratory projects reflect practical usage in resolving real world problems/situations.

ECNS 101IS : Economic Way of Thinking

ECNS 101IS : Economic Way of Thinking


Description
Offered by Gallatin College. Computer hardware and software concepts as they apply to all computers. Exposure to software packages such as Windows, word processors, spreadsheets, and Internet applications. Laboratory projects reflect practical usage in resolving real world problems/situations.

WRIT 201 : College Writing II

WRIT 201 : College Writing II


Description
PREREQUISITE: WRIT 101W. Studies writing as a practice, process, and tool of inquiry in various academic domains. Bridges general study of writing in WRIT 101 and later discipline-specific study of writing. Emphasizes how to conduct inquiry through writing, and how to learn to write in new situations.

GPHY 121D : Human Geography

GPHY 121D : Human Geography


Description
Global geographies of population and economic development; patterns of language and religion; global distributions of agriculture, industry, and urban landscapes; use of human geography to analyze selected world problems.

AVFT 141 : Advanced Navigation Systems* 3

AVFT 141 : Advanced Navigation Systems*


Description
Prerequisite: AST 143, or consent of instructor. Advanced navigation systems includes HSI, RMI, Loran, Doppler, VOR, NDB and GPS. Will include navigation theory, in-flight emergencies, electronic instrumentation, and advanced flight computing problems. Extensive use of in-class computer flight simulation will be exercised. Provides the radio navigation skills necessary for the instrument pilot.

AVFT 143 : Instrument Ground* 3

AVFT 143 : Instrument Ground*


Description
Prerequisite: AVFT 122. An introduction to flight under IFR conditions. Course includes basic instrument flying, flight instruments, IFR charts and approach plate, IFR regulations and procedures, ATC clearances and IFR flight planning. Completion of the course will prepare the student for the Instrument Knowledge Exam.

AVFT 142 : Instrument Flight (40 hours)* 2

AVFT 142 : Instrument Flight (40 hours)*


Description
Prerequisite: AST 142 Students must enroll in this course while pursuing the Instrument certificate at an approved flight school. Credits will be awarded upon receipt of a copy of the student's instrument rating.

AVFT 150 : Aviation Operations 3

AVFT 150 : Aviation Operations


Description
An overview of general aviation operations, specifically the operation and management of the Fixed Base Operation (FBO). This course also covers current events and trends affecting the general aviation industry as a whole.

AVFT 171 : Aircraft Systems for Pilots 3

AVFT 171 : Aircraft Systems for Pilots


Description
Introduction to basic aircraft systems found on modern single and multi-engine reciprocating aircraft. Topics will include piston engines, electrical systems, hydraulic and pneumatic systems, radios and instruments, propellers, pressurization, maintenance requirements and documentation, and trouble shooting from the cockpit. In this course you will be introduced to the systems commonly found in the training aircraft you are now flying.

WRIT 101W : College Writing I 3

WRIT 101W : College Writing I


Description
Studies the nature and practice of reading and writing as human interaction, with particular attention to elements of writing process and craft, to present new conceptions of writing as students enter the university writing environment.

Year Total 13 17

Year Total


Description

Year 2 Fall Credits Spring Credits
AVFT 245 : Commercial Ground* 3

AVFT 245 : Commercial Ground*


Description
Prerequisite: AVFT 143. Commercial Flight Maneuvers, Airplane Aerodynamics, Advanced Performance, Power plants (including fuel injection and turbo-charging), Environmental Control Systems and Retractable Landing Gear Systems will be taught. Also, airports (marking and lighting) will be reviewed. Advanced Weight and Balance, and Part 61, 91, 125, and 135 and NTSB 830 Commercial Pilot Regulations will build on the private pilot regulations learned earlier. High Altitude Physiology, and High Performance and Turbine-Aircraft Flight Operations will be emphasized.

AVFT 252 : Commercial Flight 1 Multi Eng (60 Hours***) 2

AVFT 252 : Commercial Flight 1 Multi Eng (60 Hours***)


Description
Students must enroll in this course while pursuing the Multi-Engine commercial certificate at an approved flight school. Credits will be awarded upon completion of 57.5 flight hours of Commercial flight training.

AVFT 260 : Aviation Safety 3

AVFT 260 : Aviation Safety


Description
This course will concentrate primarily on the organizations and processes that govern commercial and general aviation safety in the United States. This course will also provide an overview of modern techniques used in accident investigation. Also covered are descriptions of major factors and the causation of aviation accidents.

COMX 115 : Introduction to Interpersonal Communication

COMX 115 : Introduction to Interpersonal Communication


Description
Offered by Gallatin College. This course will examine the importance of both personal and small group communication. The emphasis will be on how individuals perceive information and transmit messages (communicate) based on aspects such as the context in which we interact, the perceptions we hold , and our cultural background, gender, nonverbal and verbal behavior. Students will explore the factors that affect both individual and group dynamics in our professional and personal lives.

Choose one of the following: 3

Choose one of the following:


Description

M 121Q : College Algebra**

M 121Q : College Algebra**


Description
PREREQUISITE: M 096, M 097 or Math Placement Test within the past 12 months. Further development of algebraic skills through the study of linear, quadratic, polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic functions.

M 105Q : Contemporary Mathematics (formerly M 145Q, Math for Liberal Arts)

M 105Q : Contemporary Mathematics (formerly M 145Q, Math for Liberal Arts)


Description
PREREQUISITE: M 088, M 096, M 097 or Math Placement Test within the past 12 months. Formerly M 145Q. Designed to give liberal arts students the skills required to understand and interpret quantitative information that they encounter in the news and in their studies, and to make numerically-based decision in their lives. Topics include working with large numbers and units, linear and exponential relations, financial mathematics, and essentials of probability and statistics.

(or any other Quantitative core math class)

(or any other Quantitative core math class)


Description

AVFT 253 : Commercial Flight 2 Multi Eng* 2

AVFT 253 : Commercial Flight 2 Multi Eng*


Description
Students must enroll in this course while pursuing the Multi-engine commercial certificate at an approved flight school. Credits will be awarded upon completion of the FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate.

AVFT 261 : Flight Instructor Theory* 4

AVFT 261 : Flight Instructor Theory*


Description
Students must enroll in this course while pursuing their Commercial certificate at an approved flight school. Credits will be awarded upon receipt of a copy of the student's commercial certificate.

AVFT 262 : Advanced Aircraft Theory* 3

AVFT 262 : Advanced Aircraft Theory*


Description
Prerequisite: Private Pilot Certificate and Instrument rating, or consent of instructor. Introduction to high performance, multi engine, aerobatic, and tailwheel aircraft; their systems, performance, weight and balance computations, flight procedures, characteristics, and emergencies. Unusual attitude recoveries, IFR and VFR.

AVFT 263 : Aviation Regulations and Professional Conduct* 3

AVFT 263 : Aviation Regulations and Professional Conduct*


Description
Provides a detailed study of the regulations and procedures common to the aviation industry as well as a survey of the legal environment and the standards of conduct required of professional pilots.

Natural Science or Contemporary Issues in Science with Lab 4

Natural Science or Contemporary Issues in Science with Lab


Description

Year Total: 17 16

Year Total:


Description

Total Program Credits: 60 or more

Total Program Credits:


Description

* Indicates perquisites needed. ** Placement in course(s) is determined by placement assessment. *** Flight times are program averages.

Many students need preliminary math and writing courses before enrolling in the program requirements. These courses may increase the total number of program credits. Students should review their math and English placement before planning out their full program schedules.A grade of "C-" or above is required for all courses for graduation.


Compliance and Liaison Advisory 223-15-01

According to the VA Education Service Compliance and Liaison Staff (September 1, 2015),  Institutions of Higher Learning (IHLs) "must provide the specific number of training hours required for the completion of any course involving such training, as well as the specific mandatory fees associated with any such course (to include a specific cost-per-hour rate), if the course is taken as part of a standard degree program."  Please see the Gallatin College Aviation program "Estimated Flight Training Costs" for these details.

Track 2

This track is for a student who has already completed their Private Pilot certification, which is a prerequisite for this track. When you complete the Associate of Applied Science in Aviation, you will have all the credentials required to pursue a career as a professional pilot. The program offers in-depth training in all stages of pilot certification: Instrument Rating and Commercial Pilot. The program also offers classroom training in Aircraft Systems, Advanced Navigation Systems, Aviation Safety, Flight Instructor/ Aircraft Theory, and Aviation Regulations and Professional Conduct.

Year 1 Fall Credits Spring Credits
AVFT 121 : Private Pilot - Fundamentals 5

AVFT 121 : Private Pilot - Fundamentals


Description
Introduction to basic flight principles. Course includes the principles of flight (basic aerodynamics), aircraft systems, performance, weight and balance, aviation physiology, federal air regulations, and flight publications.

AVFT 130 : Meteorology for Aviation 3

AVFT 130 : Meteorology for Aviation


Description
COREQUISITE: Generally students will be concurrently enrolled in AST 141 and AST 143. Provides a detailed introduction to the environmental factors that are critical to safe flight operations. Includes the following: thermal patterns, horizontal and vertical motion, moisture clouds, precipitation, air masses, fronts, cyclones, thunderstorms and aviation hazards. Will also include meteorological flight planning, use of weather information systems, and reports and charts used for aviation weather reporting and forecasting.

Choose one of the following: 3

Choose one of the following:


Description

CAPP 120 : Introduction to Computers

CAPP 120 : Introduction to Computers


Description
Offered by Gallatin College. Computer hardware and software concepts as they apply to all computers. Exposure to software packages such as Windows, word processors, spreadsheets, and Internet applications. Laboratory projects reflect practical usage in resolving real world problems/situations.

ECNS 101IS : Economic Way of Thinking

ECNS 101IS : Economic Way of Thinking


Description
Introduces important tools and methods of economics, including the core reasoning that underlies decision-making, analytical thinking and problem solving, demand and supply analysis, and indicators of economic performance. Emphasis is on application of the tools of economics to current issues of social and personal importance. LEVEL III MATH SUGGESTED.

WRIT 201 : College Writing II

WRIT 201 : College Writing II


Description
PREREQUISITE: WRIT 101W. Studies writing as a practice, process, and tool of inquiry in various academic domains. Bridges general study of writing in WRIT 101 and later discipline-specific study of writing. Emphasizes how to conduct inquiry through writing, and how to learn to write in new situations.

GPHY 121D : Human Geography

GPHY 121D : Human Geography


Description
Global geographies of population and economic development; patterns of language and religion; global distributions of agriculture, industry, and urban landscapes; use of human geography to analyze selected world problems.

Choose one of the following: 3

Choose one of the following:


Description

COLS 101US : First Year Seminar

COLS 101US : First Year Seminar


Description
PREREQUISITE: First year students only. This multi-disciplinary course, presented in seminar format, draws from the disciplines of psychology, sociology, history, and philosophy, and encourages students to explore issues critical to their academic goals and objectives. The course emphasizes verbal communication, critical thinking, intellectual development, and academic choices. Fulfills university seminar requirement of the core curriculum. This course may not be repeated. Offered by Gallatin College.

COMX 222 : Professional Communication

COMX 222 : Professional Communication


Description

WRIT 104 : Workplace Communications

WRIT 104 : Workplace Communications


Description
Offered by Gallatin College. This course reviews the basic elements of grammar and language arts skills in business writing. Emphasis is placed on writing business letters, memos, emails, and reports for a variety of business applications as well as giving oral presentations. Letters of application and resumes are also covered.

AVFT 141 : Advanced Navigation Systems 3

AVFT 141 : Advanced Navigation Systems


Description
Prerequisite: AST 143, or consent of instructor. Advanced navigation systems includes HSI, RMI, Loran, Doppler, VOR, NDB and GPS. Will include navigation theory, in-flight emergencies, electronic instrumentation, and advanced flight computing problems. Extensive use of in-class computer flight simulation will be exercised. Provides the radio navigation skills necessary for the instrument pilot.

AVFT 142 : Instrument Flight 2

AVFT 142 : Instrument Flight


Description
Prerequisite: AST 142 Students must enroll in this course while pursuing the Instrument certificate at an approved flight school. Credits will be awarded upon receipt of a copy of the student's instrument rating.

AVFT 143 : Instrument Ground 3

AVFT 143 : Instrument Ground


Description
Prerequisite: AVFT 122. An introduction to flight under IFR conditions. Course includes basic instrument flying, flight instruments, IFR charts and approach plate, IFR regulations and procedures, ATC clearances and IFR flight planning. Completion of the course will prepare the student for the Instrument Knowledge Exam.

AVFT 150 : Aviation Operations 3

AVFT 150 : Aviation Operations


Description
An overview of general aviation operations, specifically the operation and management of the Fixed Base Operation (FBO). This course also covers current events and trends affecting the general aviation industry as a whole.

AVFT 171 : Aircraft Systems for Pilots 3

AVFT 171 : Aircraft Systems for Pilots


Description
Introduction to basic aircraft systems found on modern single and multi-engine reciprocating aircraft. Topics will include piston engines, electrical systems, hydraulic and pneumatic systems, radios and instruments, propellers, pressurization, maintenance requirements and documentation, and trouble shooting from the cockpit. In this course you will be introduced to the systems commonly found in the training aircraft you are now flying.

WRIT 101W : College Writing I 3

WRIT 101W : College Writing I


Description
Studies the nature and practice of reading and writing as human interaction, with particular attention to elements of writing process and craft, to present new conceptions of writing as students enter the university writing environment.

Year 2 Fall Credits Spring Credits
AVFT 245 : Commercial Ground 3

AVFT 245 : Commercial Ground


Description
Prerequisite: AVFT 143. Commercial Flight Maneuvers, Airplane Aerodynamics, Advanced Performance, Power plants (including fuel injection and turbo-charging), Environmental Control Systems and Retractable Landing Gear Systems will be taught. Also, airports (marking and lighting) will be reviewed. Advanced Weight and Balance, and Part 61, 91, 125, and 135 and NTSB 830 Commercial Pilot Regulations will build on the private pilot regulations learned earlier. High Altitude Physiology, and High Performance and Turbine-Aircraft Flight Operations will be emphasized.

AVFT 252 : Commercial Flight 1 Multi Eng (60 Hours) 2

AVFT 252 : Commercial Flight 1 Multi Eng (60 Hours)


Description
Students must enroll in this course while pursuing the Multi-Engine commercial certificate at an approved flight school. Credits will be awarded upon completion of 57.5 flight hours of Commercial flight training.

AVFT 253 : Commercial Flight 2 Multi Eng 2

AVFT 253 : Commercial Flight 2 Multi Eng


Description
Students must enroll in this course while pursuing the Multi-engine commercial certificate at an approved flight school. Credits will be awarded upon completion of the FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate.

AVFT 260 : Aviation Safety 3

AVFT 260 : Aviation Safety


Description
This course will concentrate primarily on the organizations and processes that govern commercial and general aviation safety in the United States. This course will also provide an overview of modern techniques used in accident investigation. Also covered are descriptions of major factors and the causation of aviation accidents.

AVFT 261 : Flight Instructor Theory 4

AVFT 261 : Flight Instructor Theory


Description
Students must enroll in this course while pursuing their Commercial certificate at an approved flight school. Credits will be awarded upon receipt of a copy of the student's commercial certificate.

AVFT 262 : Advanced Aircraft Theory 3

AVFT 262 : Advanced Aircraft Theory


Description
Prerequisite: Private Pilot Certificate and Instrument rating, or consent of instructor. Introduction to high performance, multi engine, aerobatic, and tailwheel aircraft; their systems, performance, weight and balance computations, flight procedures, characteristics, and emergencies. Unusual attitude recoveries, IFR and VFR.

AVFT 263 : Aviation Regulations and Professional Conduct 3

AVFT 263 : Aviation Regulations and Professional Conduct


Description
Provides a detailed study of the regulations and procedures common to the aviation industry as well as a survey of the legal environment and the standards of conduct required of professional pilots.

COMX 115 : Introduction to Interpersonal Communication 3

COMX 115 : Introduction to Interpersonal Communication


Description
Offered by Gallatin College. This course will examine the importance of both personal and small group communication. The emphasis will be on how individuals perceive information and transmit messages (communicate) based on aspects such as the context in which we interact, the perceptions we hold , and our cultural background, gender, nonverbal and verbal behavior. Students will explore the factors that affect both individual and group dynamics in our professional and personal lives.

Choose one of the following:

Choose one of the following:


Description

M 121Q : College Algebra 3

M 121Q : College Algebra


Description
PREREQUISITE: M 096, M 097 or Math Placement Test within the past 12 months. Further development of algebraic skills through the study of linear, quadratic, polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic functions.

M 105Q : Contemporary Mathematics (formerly M 145Q, Math for Liberal Arts) 3

M 105Q : Contemporary Mathematics (formerly M 145Q, Math for Liberal Arts)


Description
PREREQUISITE: M 088, M 096, M 097 or Math Placement Test within the past 12 months. Formerly M 145Q. Designed to give liberal arts students the skills required to understand and interpret quantitative information that they encounter in the news and in their studies, and to make numerically-based decision in their lives. Topics include working with large numbers and units, linear and exponential relations, financial mathematics, and essentials of probability and statistics.

4 Credits in NS or CS Core with a Lab 4

4 Credits in NS or CS Core with a Lab


Description

Total Credits 55

Total Credits


Description

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