Printed on 10/1/2023

Program Availability *

Aeronautics-Professional Pilot

Locations Fall 2023 Spring 2024 Summer 2024 Fall 2024
Some courses may be available at multiple locations.

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Estimated Cost

Costs may not include all books or all materials and supplies. Some textbook costs may be included in the estimated program cost.

Cost based on current tuition and fees
Additional materials and supplies

* Tuition and fees are subject to change. For more details, see Cost of Attendance (PDF).


High School Transcript

Submit a final, official high school transcript or an official copy of GED/HSED certification scores; Current high school students must submit an official in-progress transcript and a final official transcript after graduation.


Prior to program admission, you must complete a tour and a program overview session, and should review the program guides at and schedule your tour and program overview, contact Ben Castner at (920) 560-4232

Verification of Citizenship

Submit official Citizenship Documents to a College representative at the SJ Spanbauer Center.; Accepted documents include: United States Passport, OR An Official Birth Certificate and Driver’s License, OR Certificate of Naturalization and Driver’s License; Please review Aeronautics Programs Admissions Process Guide for specific submission directions.

Student Pilot Certificate App

Submit an application to complete your Student Pilot Certificate Application in IACRA; Follow the steps as outlined with the Aeronautics Programs Admissions Process Guide to successfully complete; If you currently hold a Pilot Certificate, please see next step for submission of Pilot Certificate.

Student Pilot Certificate

Once you receive your official Student Pilot/Current Pilot Certificate, present your signed card to a college representative at the SJ Spanbauer Center; Please refer to the Aeronautics Programs Admissions Process Guide for submission directions.

Request NSO

After you have successfully completed all of the items in Phase I (aeronautics tour & program overview, declaration & aeronautics pilot intent form, transcripts, skills assessment, citizenship documentation & student pilot certificate application), send your request to Ben at indicating you have completed all of the necessary tasks; IMPORTANT: to minimize delays in receiving an invite to the New Student Orientation, do not email a request until every step is complete)

Pilot Orientation

Attend a required pilot new student orientation session; You must have all of your admissions items up to this point submitted to a SJ Spanbauer Representative; You may not register for the Pilot Student Success Workshop without these documents.

Student Success Workshop

Online Blackboard course: please note all students will be enrolled into this course after attending the New Student Orientation.

Pilot Declaration and Intent

You must complete the Declaration & Aeronautics Pilot Intent form in the Admissions Process Guide; ( and submit to a representative at the SJ Spanbauer Center

Additional Information

Please review the following guides for complete admissions and program information for all students:

For official Part-141 FAA Enrollment, students will be required to successfully complete the steps outlined within Phase II of the Aeronautics Program Admissions Process Guide. Students who do not meet these requirements successfully will be considered ineligible to move forward.

1st or 2nd Class FAA Medical Certificate: Obtain a 1st or 2nd Class FAA Medical Certificate and present it to a college representative at the S.J. Spanbauer Center. Students are required to have a 1st or 2nd Class FAA Medical Certificate that has been issued within the last 12 calendar months that has been approved by an Aviation Medical Examiner (AME). A 3rd Class FAA Medical Certificate is NOT acceptable. Please review the Aeronautics Program Admissions Process Guide for more details, how to schedule a medical and how to properly submit your 1st or 2nd Class FAA Medical Certificate to the college. 
FAA Equipment Verification: Purchase all of the items from the Required Resource List (this will be emailed to you after you have successfully completed Phase I and have earned a seat on the Flight Ready List). Once you have all of your items, make a request to complete an FAA Equipment Verification. To schedule, contact Ben Castner (920-560-4232 or 
For additional information on course offerings, program flight hours and cost, see the [Aeronautics Academic Program Plan]( 

Transfer Flight Students Only: If you will be transferring a flight certificate or rating into FVTC, you will be required to successfully complete a Credit for Prior Learning Assessment (Transfer Check Ride) once an FVTC Representative contacts you from the Flight Ready List. Once contacted, please contact Ben Castner (920-560-4232 or to schedule. Pilot proficiency may lead to additional flight training costs.

Want to get started with flight training sooner? Contact Ben Castner (920-560-4232 or to discuss alternative pathways.

Program Outcomes

  • Act as a professional member of the aviation community.
  • Demonstrate Single-pilot Resource Management (SRM).
  • Maintain compliance with procedures and practices contained in the Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR's), Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM), and other applicable FAA publications.
  • Obtain the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification as a Commercial Pilot for single and multi-engine land planes with an instrument rating.

Beyond The Classroom

Student Clubs

There are over 45 different clubs and organizations available for students. Many clubs are directly related to programs offered at FVTC, so you can develop professional connections while meeting other students.

Student Resources

We’re here to help you succeed. You’ll find a broad network of support at Fox Valley Tech. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you need help.

Employment Services

Employment Connections is here to help you with your employment needs. Our services begin when you enroll as an FVTC student and continue throughout your employment career.

One-on-One Help

Let us guide you through the admissions process from beginning to end.

Phone: 920-735-4740
Text: 920-294-1738