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Aeronautics-Professional Pilot
Program Code: 31-402-1

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Technical Diploma: 35 Credits
S. J. Spanbauer Center, Oshkosh
Financial Aid Eligible

Career Opportunities

This embedded technical diploma creates viable options for students not seeking the traditional path of flight instruction as a way to build the flight experience needed for employment in the aviation industry.

Positions in which the graduate might gain employment include aerial photography, skydiver pilot, wildland fire pilot, crop duster, air tour pilot, banner tow pilot, DNR pilot, and law enforcement pilot.

Program Description

The primary goal of the Aeronautics-Professional Pilot program is to prepare you to compete successfully for an entry-level position as a commercial pilot within the general aviation category of Aircraft/Air Transportation. Note that entry level positions typically will not include positions as airline pilots, as additional flight hours must be gained before being eligible for such positions. The multitude of options (e.g., skydiver pilot, banner towing pilot, aerial photography pilot, etc.) is what will allow you to gain this needed experience.

Program/Plan Admission Requirements

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

See our webpage for additional information on program admission requirements at

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.
  • 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

Physics, math, and any Intro to Aviation type course.

Contact Us

For more information regarding the Aeronautics-Professional Pilot program, call or e-mail Jared Huss at (920) 232-6001 or Enrollment Services at (920) 236-6119 or visit our department website at

For additional program/admission information, View Program Plan.

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