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2017-2018 College Catalog 
2017-2018 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Aviation Sciences Technology AAS, Professional Pilot Option

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Program Mission Statement

The Aviation Center at Tulsa Community College is dedicated to an academic environment where learning is applied through critical thinking. Our mission is to educate with a strong emphasis on safety and professionalism to elevate our students in their aviation career.

Program Description

The Aviation Center at Tulsa Community College (TCC) is a FAA approved Part 141 flight training facility with a FAA approved Restricted Airline Transport Pilot training program. The Professional Pilot option at TCC is designed to provide the required ground and flight training in order to obtain the necessary Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Certificates and Ratings for students seeking various careers as a professional pilot. At the completion of the degree option, the student will earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree from TCC and obtain the necessary FAA certificates and ratings to be certificated as a commercial pilot. Transfer of specialized course credit varies by institution. Students should consult with the Academic Counselor or college catalog at the specific college/university they plan to attend in order to confirm the transfer of collegiate credit. All enrolled Professional Pilot students must adhere to and comply with all published FAA, Transportation Security Administration, and TCC policies, procedures, and regulations.

The FAA Part 141 approval allows students to meet their Commercial Pilot minimum flight hour requirement in 190 hours instead of 250 flight hours therefore, reducing potential flight training costs. The flight training lab times are listed in the course description requirements. It is extremely important to note that national flight time averages are documented significantly above published FAA minimums. Students must commit a substantial amount of time and effort within their flight training labs in order to reduce extended cost expenditures for their flight training. Students that remain current and proficient by dedicating time for study and flight training will position themselves to meeting the published total flight times in order to complete their flight labs in a cost effective and timely manner.

Additional direct costs apply based on hourly aircraft rates and flight instruction.
Single-Engine aircraft rental rates including fuel are $189.00 per hour Dual and $164.00 per hour Solo. Multi-Engine aircraft rental rates including fuel are $320.00 per hour Dual. Additional Instruction rates are $25.00 per hour. Prices subject to change with notification of addendum.

Procedures for enrolling in Aviation Courses:

  1. All prospective flight students must meet with the TCC Aviation Academic Counselor at the Riverside Community Campus and Aviation Center located at 112 W. Beechcraft Drive in order to receive authorization for enrollment in flight and ground training courses. Contact: 918-595-3718.
  2. Tulsa Community College’s Professional Pilot Program requires that all Professional Pilot students enrolling for the first time in a flight training lab course or flight training ground school course obtain a criminal background check at their own expense. The Aviation Academic Counselor prior to enrollment will provide detailed instructions on the criminal background check testing procedures. A professional pilot will be required to clear a criminal background check and drug/alcohol testing procedures within their professional career field. The safe operation of flight is of the highest priority at the Aviation Center where TCC maintains a zero tolerance policy for drug and alcohol abuse. The FAA’s regulatory guidance on drug and alcohol reporting and usage is strictly adhered to at the Aviation Center.
  3. A current valid FAA Medical Certificate is required for all students prior to enrolling in any flight training lab course. A list of approved FAA Aviation Medical Examiners (AME) is published on the faa.gov website.
  4. Professional Pilot students must provide the following documents to the Aviation Academic Counselor prior to enrollment for Transportation Security Administration and FAA clearance. All students who are not U.S. Citizens must meet all TSA clearance requirements before being enrolled in the aviation courses.
    1. Proof of U.S. citizenship in form of:
      1. Original birth certificate with raised seal documenting birth in the United States or one of its territories,
      2. Valid, unexpired United States Passport,
      3. Original U.S. Naturalization Certificate with raised seal, Form N-550 or Form N-570,
      4. Original certification of birth abroad, Form FS-545 or Form DS-1350, or
      5. Original Certificate of U.S. Citizenship, Form N-560 or Form N-561
    2. Valid government issued photo identification
  5. Students must make a minimum grade of “C” or higher within the specialized course requirements and must comply with Tulsa Community College’s FAA approved Training Course Outline prior to advancement into the next sequential course.
  6. This degree option requires that the Instrument Rating and the Commercial Pilot Certificate be completed in residence in TCC aircraft with TCC instructors.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program students will have the knowledge, skills, and aeronautical experience necessary to meet the requirements for the following certificates and ratings:

  • FAA Private Pilot Certificate with an Airplane Category Rating and a Single-Engine Land Class Rating
  • FAA Instrument Pilot Rating
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate
  • FAA Additional Aircraft Rating Airplane Multi-Engine Land


Search career opportunities for professional pilots at TCC Career Explorer and visit TCC Career Services to learn more about our free career planning and job preparation services.

Degree Requirements

View a semester-by-semester course plan of study and information on how this degree transfers to another university on the Professional Pilot Degree Map.  

General Education Requirements Credit Hours: 37

Specialized Course Requirements Credit Hours: 25

Total Credit Hours: 62

**May be required for an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate with Reduced Aeronautical Experience authorization. See TCC Aviation Academic Counselor for more information.


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