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Commercial Flight Degree

Explore Mt. San Antonio College's Commercial Flight Degree!

    • About this Degree

      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.

      This program prepares students for military and civilian aviation careers through transfer programs to bachelor’s degree aviation curricula throughout the nation. With concurrent flight training, students may achieve the commercial pilot certificate and instrument rating simultaneously with the A.S. degree.

    • Sample Job Titles
      Titles based on SOC Code: 29-2012
      • Captain
      • Charter Pilot
      • Check Airman
      • Chief Pilot
      • Commercial Pilot
      • EMS Helicopter Pilot (Emergency Medical Service Helicopter Pilot)
      • First Officer
      • Helicopter Pilot
      • Line Pilot
      • Pilot
    • Salaries
      Wages & Employment Trends based on SOC Code: 53-2012
      Median wages (2018) $82,240 annual
      State wages Local Salary Info
      Employment (2016) 41,000 employees
      Projected growth (2016-2026) Slower than average (2% to 4%) Slower than average (2% to 4%)
      Projected job openings (2016-2026) 4,000
      State trends Employment Trends
      Top industries (2016)
    • Required Courses
      AERO 100 Primary Pilot Ground School

      Aerodynamics, aircraft performance, Federal Aviation Regulations, aviation weather factors, and cross-country navigation procedures; provides introductory material on radio navigation, aeromedical factors, and radio communications procedures. Meets the preparation requirements for the FAA Private Pilot knowledge examination and FAA Air Traffic Control Basics.

      AERO 102 Aviation Weather

      Weather elements, atmosphere, weather mechanics, weather disturbances, weather analysis and forecasts. Evaluation of aviation weather reports and forecasts.

      AERO 104 Federal Aviation Regulations

      Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR), pertaining to pilot certification, aircraft maintenance, and general operating rules. Air traffic control practices and procedures and reporting of aircraft accidents.

      AERO 150 Commercial Pilot Ground School

      Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Commercial Pilot certification requirements, including aerodynamics, commercial pilot maneuvers, complex aircraft operations, multi-engine aircraft operations, aircraft weight and balance, aircraft performance charts, and radio navigation using advanced instrumentation. Prepares students for completion of the FAA Commercial Pilot Computerized Knowledge Examination.

      AERO 152 Air Transportation

      Survey course of the air transportation industry. Topics include an introduction to air transportation, structure and economics of the airlines, general aviation operations, and aviation career planning.

      AERO 200 Aviation Safety & Human Factors

      Evaluation and analysis of factors leading to aircraft accidents as it relates to the environment of the pilot and air traffic controller.

      AERO 202 Aircraft & Engines

      Formerly AERO 28. Aircraft design, subsystems, repair and maintenance. Principles of internal combustion engines, fuel system, engine construction and design, lubrication and cooling methods, ignition system, basic troubleshooting. Turbine engine basic design and operational characteristics.

      AERO 250 Navigation

      Formerly AERO 24. Dead reckoning navigation procedures. Aeronautical computers and their application in cross-country flying. Use of radio navigation aids, flight planning, flight directors, global positioning system, and electronic flight instrumentation systems.

      AERO 252 Instrument Ground School

      Instrument Flight Rules (IFR), Air Traffic Control communications and procedures, air navigation radio aids, instrument landing systems, flight instruments, aircraft performance, aeronautical publications, instrument approach procedures, IFR cross-country navigation, and instrument weather. Meets the preparation requirements for the FAA Instrument Pilot computerized knowledge exam.

      Recommended Electives
      AIRT 151 Aircraft Recognition & Performance

      Formerly AIRT 41. Designed for students who want to become air traffic controllers for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Students will learn to recognize the distinctive features of aircraft, identify types of aircraft, classify aircraft as to FAA category and class, and analyze aircraft for performance characteristics required for air traffic control separation. Commercial Pilot majors are encouraged to take the class as an elective course.

    • How Long Will it Take to Earn the Degree?

      The Degree can be achieved in 2 years!

    • Learn More

      To learn more about our certificate, contact Robert Rogus at

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