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2022-2023 College Catalog 
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Aviation Sciences Technology AAS, Professional Pilot Option

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Program Description

At the TCC Aviation Center Campus, the Aviation Sciences Technology AAS, Professional Pilot Option degree program combines flight training with academic study to provide a firm foundation in commercial aviation for a career as an Airline Transport Pilot. The curriculum includes preparation for certification as a single-engine commercial pilot with multi-engine additional rating and flight instructor certification. Our fleet includes Cessna 172 and Piper Seminole PA44-180 G1000 avionics equipped aircraft.

The curriculum encompasses mathematics, physics, communications, aeronautics, preparation for pilot and instructor certifications, and topics related to Aeronautical Engineering. Critical-thinking and problem-solving skills are developed via Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD) simulations, navigation, and aircraft systems operation. Effective resource management, human factors, teamwork, and safety awareness are constantly emphasized throughout the curriculum. The TCC flight program is a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 141 approved pilot flight school.

Degree Requirements

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Aviation Science may be attained in five semesters. However, applicants are encouraged to work through their Flight Labs over the entire summer to lessen the semester time-line duration for completion.  To earn the degree, successful completion of a minimum of 60 credit hours is required. The purpose of the Professional Pilot option degree program is to prepare the graduate for a productive career as a professional airline pilot. Students must earn the Private Pilot, Instrument Rating, Commercial Pilot, and Flight Instructor certificates and ratings in addition to completing all other academic requirements.

FAA Exemption for the Restricted Airline Transport Pilot Certificate

Upon completion or all degree requirements, the TCC Professional Pilot option degree can qualify a graduate for the Restricted Airline Transport Pilot (R-ATP) certificate under FAR 61.160. Note that satisfying the A.A.S. degree requirements alone may not qualify the graduate for the R-ATP. This is a FAA exemption to the regulations and subject to change. For detailed information, please contact the TCC Aviation Chief Flight Instructor.

Professional Flight Training at Tulsa Community College

Flight training is a continuous process that normally begins sometime during the student’s first year of attendance and will progress until culminating with meeting requirements to obtain a flight instructor certificate. The curriculum is designed to allow students to meet core objectives in a reasonable amount of time.

Various factors influence students’ progress. These factors include student academic preparation, student availability, student determination and dedication, the availability of aircraft and instructor pilots, and the cooperation of the weather. Consequently, some students will finish before others. After completing the core curriculum, students may take an additional semester or more to acquire additional advanced certificates and ratings.

Refer to the Chief Flight Instructor and Aviation Advisors for academic credit for flight training at other institutions. After matriculation to TCC, all flight training must be completed at the TCC Aviation Center to earn the Aviation Science - Professional Pilot option degree.

Program Flight Training Fees

Aircraft Rental Rates                                                      

Solo Cessna 172S                $169.00/Hour  
Dual Cessna 172S                $214.00/Hour   
Solo Cessna 172RG             $169.00/Hour 
Dual Cessna 172RG             $214.00/Hour 
​Solo Piper PA-44-180           $305.00/Hour          
Dual Piper PA-44-180           $350.00/Hour     

Training Devices

RedBird FMX AATD           $95.00/Hour                                    
RedBird XWIND                 $45.00/Hour      

Additional pre/post flight and Oral Briefings rates apply  $45.00/Hour


Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, you will be able to:

  • Integrate aeronautical decision-making principles within professional flying.
  • Use crew resource management principles within a crew environment.
  • Communicate as required by the FAA Airman Certification Standards.


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Degree Requirements

View a semester-by-semester course plan of study and information on how this degree transfers to another university on the Aviation Sciences Technology AAS Professional Pilot Option, Program Map     

General Education Requirements Credit Hours: 18

Specialized Course Requirements Credit Hours: 42

Total Credit Hours: 60

**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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