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  • Type of Degree: Bachelor of Science (BS)
  • Location: Williston Campus
  • Credit Requirements: 121

Our Professional Pilot Technology program is the first collegiate program:

  • To offer a bachelor’s Aviation degree program in the state of Vermont, starting in 2012
  • To incorporate pre-solo spin training for all students
  • To include seaplane training and ratings in the BS degree
  • To incorporate conventional landing gear (tail draggers) in the Commercial pilot training syllabus
  • To include aerobatic instructional options during Commercial pilot training syllabus as an option
  • To have a multi-engine amphibian for Multi-Engine Land and Sea training & ratings
  • To offer all 9 available FAA certificates & ratings, including 3 flight instructor ratings
  • To offer VA benefits for aviation training in the state of Vermont

The Professional Pilot Technology program provides flight training courses in cooperation with Vermont Flight Academy at Burlington International Airport. Offered FAA certificates and ratings include: Private, Instrument, Commercial (Single-Engine Land & Sea),  Multi-Engine (Land & Sea), and Certified Flight Instructor (Airplane, Instrument, & Multi-Engine). The coursework combines basic and advanced airmanship skills to provide safe operations for all types of flying. In partnership with Vermont Flight Academy, students can expect to complete approximately 250-275 hours of flight time and will become certified flight instructors during their junior year.

Graduates of this program are prepared for a variety of career opportunities in aviation. Students attain necessary flight credentials for numerous cockpit positions including flight education, corporate flying, charter operations, commuter airlines, and, ultimately, positions with domestic and international air carriers. In addition, students may also qualify for employment in many other aviation industry positions such as managers, dispatchers, simulator trainers, and marketers for aviation or related companies.

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The educational objectives for graduates of the  Bachelor of Science in Professional Pilot Technology program include:

  • Providing the academic and professional certification needed to achieve success in the dynamic and growing aviation industry
  • Providing knowledge of contemporary world-wide aviation industry issues
  • Providing specific flying skills to attain FAA certificates and ratings that allow for employment as pilots and flight crew within the international aviation industry
  • Enhancing critical thinking and decision-making skills necessary for safe and effective flying
  • Providing professional preparation to building a commitment to lifelong learning with a focus on the continuous development of professional skills

A student with a Bachelor of Science in Professional Pilot Technology will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the theoretical knowledge and flight skills necessary to attain FAA certificates and ratings in Private, Instrument, Commercial, Flight Instructor, and Multi-Engine as well as training or endorsements in taildragger (conventional gear), aerobatic, high performance, complex, and seaplane aircraft
  • Understand and interpret meteorological data to ensure safe and efficient flight operations
  • Operate as a crew member
  • Function and communicate effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Understand leadership roles and step into those roles as a confident leader
  • Understand the technological,  political, and historical developments constituting the evolution of modern aviation
  • Accurately analyze and interpret data from aerodynamic, mathematical, and scientific principles

Completion of the aviation degree entails intensive motivation and commitment. Most pilot certificates or ratings are completed in a 14-week semester. This may require flying 4-5 times each week to complete the courses. As an FAA-approved 141 flight school, the FAA requires stage checks and short written exams for each stage in every course. The Chief Flight Instructor and their assistants are required to follow the published milestones and stage checks for every student to ensure proper completion. The student must make up cancellations or delays on weekends and during scheduled breaks if necessary and must be available to fly seven days per week, including some flights at night.

It is vital to success in the program that the student understands that consequences will incur for noncompliance of all scheduling requests, failure to meet milestones, and stage check failures. If continuous interventions are necessary, the student can expect grade reductions or dismissal from the program. Compliance with all schedules, FAA regulations, and course syllabi is a major part of the training for a career in the field of aviation.

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Projected Employment Growth for Airline & Commercial Pilots, 2014-2024 (source: BLS)

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2016 Median Pay (Airline & Commercial Pilots) vs. National Median for All occupations (2016), Source: BLS

Vermont Tech data: 6 Month Outcome Survey, Class of '12-'16
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