Hear what our students, graduates and employers have to say about the Aeronautics-Pilot Training program.
David Hoffmann, Alumnus
Steins Aircraft Services
Elizabeth Amweg, Alumnus
Amanda White, Alumnus
Phoenix Air Pilot
"The knowledge, skills and real world experience that I acquired at FVTC, both as a student and a flight instructor, have really helped me succeed as I've pursued my career goals. The hands-on experience-whether in the classroom, maintenance hangar, simulators or in the airplane, enhanced my training and allowed me to excel.
I am currently a First Officer at Phoenix Air, based in Cartersville, Georgia, where I fly air ambulance missions in the Lear 35/36. It's been a fun journey so far. I'm so grateful that I had the opportunity to go through the program at FVTC. It was the first step toward making my aviation dreams come true!"
Charlie Mader, Alumnus
Air Wisconsin Airlines Pilot
"One of the greatest attributes of the pilot-training program at Fox Valley Technical College is the extremely high quality of training that they provide. The standards that they uphold ensure that every graduate is not just a mediocre pilot, but a highly-trained and knowledgeable pilot who will succeed in their career. This become clear to me when I was hired at Air Wisconsin Airlines and I saw how well-prepared I was for the rigors of initial airline training. Having been in the airline industry now for over a year I can see why FVTC has such a good reputation among the regional airlines."
Ryan Ellenson, Alumnus
Air Wisconsin Airlines Pilot
"FVTC gave me the tools and experience I needed to earn my private pilot’s license and flight instructor ratings. I learned leadership and decision-making skills."
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“Air Wisconsin has hired quite a few graduates from FVTC’s Aeronautics Pilot Training program over the years and we’ve always been impressed. The knowledge, skill and mindset in these graduates has led to their success with our company. Several of them have also taken up leadership roles with AWAC as safety and quality analysts, as well as training instructors and line captains.”
Training Manager, Air Wisconsin Airlines Corporation
"I can't say enough about the job you do at Fox Valley Technical College.
It's very eye-opening to see the real FBO environment and it makes me very
thankful to have attended the program at Fox Valley. The tools and
teaching methods I got are the biggest reasons I got this job.
I also got into Marquette University and plan on going there in the fall to get a four-year degree.
Keep up the amazing work!"
Zach Schabla, Alumnus
West Bend Air
"Fox Valley Technical College offers a truly unique experience in
aviation flight training. From small class sizes, experienced
instructors, and the latest in technology, FVTC is a proven path to a
professional aviation career."
Aaron Wisneski, Alumnus
Pilot, Express Jet
My experience in the FVTC aviation program gave me a wonderful
education and the knowledge necessary to become a pilot and Certified
Flight Instructor. That experience then allowed me to pursue my career
goal of becoming an airline pilot.
The two year technical program
was perfectly suited to my needs, allowing me to flight instruct while I
finished a four year degree. When I graduated from the four year
school I had the flight experience necessary to be hired by an airline
and earned a four year degree at the same time.
The small size of
FVTC allows for much more personalized instruction and a lot of one on
one instruction that allowed me to learn much quicker than a larger
school. The cost of the FVTC aviation program was about half of what it
would have been at other four year aviation schools and I obtained more
FAA ratings at FVTC than I would have at the four year school. I
thought the focus of the education was geared to what the industry was
looking for, geared at getting me hired into the profession I wanted.
would rate my overall experience with FVTC as a very positive one, and I
would highly recommend this program to other people interested in
becoming a pilot."
Michael Ford, Alumnus
"I had a great experience with my education at FVTC. They take
great care and pride in maintaining the aircraft fleet so that each
student has great and safe equipment to work with. All of the
instructors are well trained and take great care and pride in making
sure their students are succeeding in their goals. I was a part of small
classes that allowed for one on one instruction if needed and was able
to get better acquainted with my class mates. The program is NOT
designed to simply rush you through with just the basic information
needed to receive your certificates; it is designed to provide you with
all the knowledge and skills needed to have a successful career in
aviation. The internship program allows you to get a feel for your new
career while being mentored along the way allowing you to further fine
tune your skills and abilities. The short two year program and the
experience I gained through the internship program allowed me to begin
the successful career that I now have in aviation."
Pilot, Aerial Photography and Research
"The Flight Training program at Fox Valley Technical College
offers not only the highest quality flight training, but also gives
students the chance to gain industry experience more quickly than the
standard four year degree program. The faculty that provide both the
flight and ground training bring a wealth of real world aviation
experience that benefit their students. As a “visiting” instructor that
provides spin training to CFI FVTC flight students, I can attest to the
level of skill and knowledge they possess compared to other programs.
The students all have a strong understanding of procedures, cockpit
resource management and proper communication technique. FVTC offers an
exceptional program that will let students get into the industry more
quickly and with the skills they need to succeed."
Aerobatic Airshow Pilot
"As a FAA Designated Pilot Examiner and retired military aviator I
can honestly state that the structured, standardized training that the
students receive is at the same level as used in airline and military
training programs. I have the opportunity to evaluate the students at
several levels during the program and due to the focus on quality
instruction throughout the entire program, the students are always well
prepared and motivated to successfully complete their required
The other outstanding attribute to the flight training
program is the emphasis on safety. While I conduct checkrides, I examine
the entire flight process, from the flight planning before the flight,
to the decision whether the flight can be made safely, to the
pre-flight, the actual flight and then the post-flight. I am monitoring
the students’ actions to determine not only if they can fly the
aircraft, but that the entire process is accomplished in a safe,
professional manner. I can state that the training the students receive
is at the highest level of quality, with extra emphasis on aviation
I can comfortably state, I can recommend graduates of the
FVTC flight program for employment in the aviation community anywhere."
FAA Designated Pilot Examiner
Retired FAA Flight Standards Inspector