Commercial Pilot Certificate Level I and Associate of Applied Science in Professional Pilot
Lone Star Professional Pilot Program
Sessions will feature an overview of the Professional Pilot AAS degree and Commercial Pilot certificate programs. Students have the opportunity to ask about the next steps to enrollment.
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Professional Pilot AAS degree and Commercial Pilot Certificate Programs
Progress Toward Program Launch
Following participation in an information session, prospective students may schedule an advising session with a member of the program leadership team. Last, students who are enrollment-ready will attend a program orientation during which they will be registered for courses. Part of the registration will include placing students into cohort groups which will start the program in the fall, spring and summer terms. Each cohort group will include 20-25 full-time students who will progress through a block of 4-5 classes in the fall and spring terms; 2 classes in the summer terms. Classes will be offered in the day. There will not be a night or part time cohort at the program initiation.
Awarding credit for prior learning assessment (PLA):
Several prospective students have asked about receiving credit for previously-earned FAA certifications. A proposal is being presented to the college system academic leadership requesting to award college credit for FAA certification held by pilots who are actively flying under the certificates. Following approval of the proposal, updates will be posted to the Aviation web site and the PLA website for Lone Star College.
Pre-enrollment to do list:
A thorough investigation of a flying career is a necessary step prior to enrollment. Additionally, there are some steps to complete prior to starting pilot training. Please use the following checklist to prepare for enrollment in pilot training classes.
- Attend an LSC Professional Pilot information session.
- Apply for admission to Lone Star College.
- Apply for a Student Pilot Certificate (retain FTN Number & login credentials)
- Show college-level readiness in Reading, Writing and Mathematics.
- Get a class II medical certificate from an FAA medical examiner.
- Show proof of U.S. citizenship. (Students who are not US citizens must qualify for the FAA alien flight student program.)
- Arrange your finances so you have ready access to pay flight class fees. • Complete a FAFSA application. • Review scholarship opportunities. Start by looking at AOPA.org and UAA.org.• Research Sallie Mae, Plus, and Discover loans.
The Associate of Applied Science degree in Professional Pilot is designed to prepare the individual for a career as a commercial pilot with FAA certifications of Private Pilot, Instrument, Commercial, and Certified Flight Instructor. The degree is awarded to students upon successful completion of a common core of general education courses and a preset selection of aviation classes closely mapped to the needs and demands of the aviation industry. The curriculum is sequenced with FAA ground and flight classes scheduled in the first semesters of program so a student is prepared for employment as a Certified Flight Instructor while completing the general education requirements for the degree and prepare for further FAA certifications necessary to fly commercial flight operations. The general education requirements provide the foundation for students who want to continue their education to a Bachelor degree.
The Commercial Pilot certificate is designed for degreed students who want to take the first step toward a career in Aviation. Only students who have already earned either an Associate degree or a Bachelor degree may enter the certificate program. However, certificate students may choose to apply credits earned in the Commercial Pilot Certificate to the Professional Pilot Associate of Applied Science degree. The level 1 certificate includes the course work and flight training needed to prepare for FAA check rides in pursuit of Private Pilot, Instrument, and Commercial certifications.
Students enrolled in the Commercial Pilot or Professional Pilot AAS degree must pay liability insurance during all their semesters of study. Fees for flight courses are exempt from the Hazelwood Act. All flight courses are subject to FAA rules and regulations (CFR Title 14). Possession of current FAA medical certification is required for all flight courses. Students must meet the requirements of Texas Success Initiative (TSI) (Compliant) to enroll in program. Student must attend mandatory, scheduled information and orientations session prior to enrollment and must be approved by department representatives to register in any AIRP course.
Interested in enrolling?
The following are recommended next steps for prospective students:
- Learn more about becoming a member of the next generation of airline pilots at the ALPA website, Cleared to Dream.
- Review FAA guidelines for student pilots;
- Demonstrate college-level readiness in reading, writing, and mathematics;
- Learn about financing options;
- Review the Lone Star College admissions checklist or International F1 student checklist.
- Get on the program contact list by completing the form below.
Prospective students: to keep updated on program development, please bookmark this web page or submit this interest form.