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New Aeronautics Student Orientation
The Aeronautics Department is hosting a "New Aeronautics Student Orientation" for students and their families. For more information please click here.
Established in the 1940s, the Mt. SAC Aeronautics program is the largest two-year aviation program in California and is nationally recognized as one of the best. Whether you want to become a commercial or helicopter pilot, military aviator or remote pilot operator, air traffic controller or airport manager, our degree program helps students develop top-notch skills needed for successful careers in aeronautics.
Top 5 Reasons to Choose Mt. SAC’s Aeronautics Program
INDUSTRY-CONNECTED FACULTY: Our professors offer real-world, diverse career experience within the aviation industry and are able to connect our students to working professionals for internship and job opportunities during the program and after graduating.
IN-DEPTH LEARNING WITH HIGH QUALITY EQUIPMENT: Our classes combine lecture with hands-on training using the latest flight simulators, air traffic control towers simulator and radar system, in addition to …
MORE AIRPLANES: We have seven flyable aircraft that are housed at Brackett Field in La Verne, available for students who are interested in learning to fly. Last year, the program welcomed a new aircraft used for emergency maneuver training, and with this addition, it makes us the only Aeronautics program in California to offer tailwheel training, which allows a pilot to fly in Alaska and other countries.
MORE ROBUST PROGRAMS AND ENDORSEMENTS: In addition to a commercial flight degree, we offer one of the original 12 air traffic control (ATC) college programs in the United States, and we are one of only two schools in California with ATC. We’ve partnered with the Federal Aviation Administration since 1997 to prepare students, under the training of professional air traffic controllers, in this field.
AWARD-WINNING STUDENT CLUBS: Students continue to learn outside of the classroom by getting involved in our award-winning student organizations, including our nationally-recognized championship Flying Team, active student chapter of Women in Aviation International (19 percent of our graduating students are female, compared to the national average of 6 percent) and the Student Air Traffic Controllers Association (SATCA). Not only do these organizations offer exceptional professional experience, but they also allow our students to apply for scholarships and connect with our industry expert alumni.
Air Traffic Control
This curriculum meets the requirements of the Federal Aviation Administration Air Traffic Collegiate Training Initiative (AT-CTI). Under an educational partnership agreement with the FAA, this CTI program prepares students for broad-based aviation careers. Students completing this CTI program may be recommended by the college for hiring by the FAA as air traffic controllers. There are no prerequisites or enrollment limitations.
The Commercial Flight curriculum prepares students for careers as aircraft pilots as well as related ground occupations in aviation. Students have the opportunity for optional flight training with commensurate college credit. The pilot license is not required for graduation but it is desirable for career advancement.