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Aeronautics-Pilot Training
Program Code: 10-402-1

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Associate Degree: 70 Credits
S. J. Spanbauer Center, Oshkosh
Financial Aid Eligible

Career Opportunities

The Aeronautics-Pilot Training program prepares individuals for entry level employment in the air transportation industry. The most common entry level position is as a flight instructor, where a graduate will work and accrue flight hours toward later jobs as charter, regional, or major airline pilots for the transportation of passengers, freight and mail, and other purposes. As a pilot, you must maintain Federal Aviation Administration certificates and ratings consistent with regulations governing the type of aircraft being piloted.

Upon graduation, you will possess the knowledge, skills and documented in-flight experience sufficient to qualify for and will have successfully completed FAA written and practical tests for the Commercial Pilot certificate with single and multi-engine land, and instrument ratings, as well as the Flight Instructor certificate with the same ratings. These ratings allow you to begin on a career path as a professional pilot.

Program Description

The Aeronautics-Pilot Training program is an associate degree program consisting of one summer semester and six full semesters. The primary goal of the Aeronautics-Pilot Training program is to prepare you to compete successfully for an entry level position as a pilot or flight instructor within the general occupational category of Aircraft/Air Transportation.

It is important to emphasize the concept of entry level in this occupational area; as a general rule, graduates of programs of this type cannot expect to qualify immediately for employment in Airline Pilot positions. The industry, as a whole, has developed a set of specific levels based on flight hours of experience.

Note: Core coursework in the Aeronautics-Pilot Training Program begins in June of each year where Private Pilot Certificate training is conducted.*

*For those who already hold a private pilot license, a mandatory credit transfer assessment is required to be completed by April 1 of entry year. Please note that we encourage you to take this training here, rather than completing it outside of FVTC. Student success and ease of transition into the program is much higher when doing Private Pilot training with us.

Program/Plan Admission Requirements

  • Skills assessment
  • High school graduation or equivalent
  • Official high school transcript or equivalent

See our webpage for additional information on Aeronautics-Pilot Training program admission requirements at

Aeronautics-Pilot Training Ready Group Requirements
  • ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score 46 or greater, Program Prep Math is required if less than 46
    • Please Note: ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 65 or greater or successful completion of Program Prep Math is required for College Technical Math 1A
  • ACCUPLACER Reading score 54 or greater, Program Prep Reading is required if less than 54
  • ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score 83 or greater, Program Prep Writing is required if less than 83
  • 1st or 2nd Class Medical Certificate
  • Citizenship Paperwork (Passport or An Official Birth Certificate and Valid Driver’s License or Certificate of Naturalization and Driver’s License)

Aeronautics Pilot Training Occupational Specific Course Requirements
  • Official Final High School Transcript
  • Complete FVTC Private Pilot Certificate course in the summer prior to intended fall entry or complete a Private Pilot Transfer Assessment with FVTC instructors

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the program meet the requirements of an entry-level pilot in the following areas:

  • Obtain Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification as a Commercial Pilot for single and multi-engine land airplanes with an instrument rating.
  • Obtain FAA certification as a Flight Instructor for single and multi-engine airplanes with an instrument instructor rating.
  • Build an ever present awareness of safety and develop aeronautical decision making skills for facing numerous operational considerations in a variety of situations.
  • Develop a thorough working knowledge of the Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR's) and appropriate operating practices as contained in the Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM).
  • Maintain a constant compliance with procedures and practices contained in the FAR's and AIM.
  • Demonstrate an ability to think logically and analyze complex situations during stressful and potentially threatening in-flight situations.
  • Utilize communication skills which allow for seamless coordination between members of a cockpit crew.

Program Offered at This Location

  • Oshkosh S. J. Spanbauer Center—3601 Oregon Street

Helpful High School Courses

A strong background in mathematics, physical science and communications skills will be invaluable to you. In addition, good reading and writing skills, and strong independent study skills will help insure success.

FVTC/University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Partnership

Graduates of the Aeronautics-Pilot Training program have a unique credit transfer opportunity with the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Credits from this associate degree transfer into the Bachelor of Applied Studies in Leadership and Organizational Studies degree program offered through UW Oshkosh’s Center for New Learning.

Contact Us

For more information regarding the Aeronautics-Pilot Training program, visit our department website at

For additional program/admission information, View Program Plan.

Will my credits transfer to a 4-year college?

Students must follow the program curriculum in place at the time of enrollment into the program.
If you have questions, contact your advisor.

2014-15 Educational Program