Prospective students are required to attend an information session as a part of the enrollment approval process. Courses, schedules, costs and funding sources, career information and other topics will be addressed in the information session.
Professional Pilot AAS degree and Commercial Pilot Certificate Programs
Lone Star College – Conroe Center
Program Launch Status
Accreditations approvals: The Professional Pilot program certificate level 1 and Associate of Applied Science have now been approved by both the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
Flight School Partner selection: Lone Star College has entered a partnership with U.S. Aviation Group to provide flight training for the Professional Pilot Program. U.S. Aviation Group is an FAA-approved Part 141 flight school. They have extensive experience providing collegiate flight training programs. Ground and Simulator Classes will be scheduled at LSC-Conroe Center and will be taught by LSC faculty. Flight classes will be scheduled at the Conroe North Houston Regional Airport and will be taught by U.S. Aviation Group certified flight instructors. U.S. Aviation Group is in the approval process with the Federal Aviation Administration for Conroe flight operations.
The Associate of Applied Science degree in Professional Pilot is designed to prepare the individual for a career as a professonal pilot by earning the Private, Commercial, and Flight Instructor (CFI and CFII) Certificates along with the Instrument and Multi-Engine ratings. 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 so a student is prepared for employment as a Certified Flight Instructor while completing the general education requirements for the degree. 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. Certificate Program 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 Private and Commercial Certificates along with the Instrument and Multi-Engine ratings.
Fees for flight courses are exempt from the Hazelwood Act. (Texas Administrative Code, Title 40, Part 15, Chapter 461, Subchapter A, Rule 461.30) All flight courses are subject to FAA rules and regulations (CFR Title 14). Possession of current FAA Class II Medical Certificate is required for all flight courses. Students must meet the requirements of the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) 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 and AVIM courses.
Interested in Enrolling?
The following are recommended next steps for prospective students:
Review FAA guidelines for student pilots; (FAA.gov)
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.
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.
Following participation in an information session, prospective students will be asked to schedule a Professional Pilot advising session with the Program Director.
During the Professional Pilot advising session, steps will be taken to determine that the student is college and financially eligible. The student will be asked to take an aviation-oriented written exam to help evaluate general knowledge and interest. The student will be asked to bring the following to the scheduled review session:
Provide either a color copy of a valid U.S. passport, or a government issued birth certificate along with a government issued I.D. (ref FAR 1552).
An unofficial copy of any applicable high school/college transcripts
A copy of any college-readiness placement scores (TSI, ACT, SAT)
A copy of a filed FAFSA form (if seeking financial aid)
A copy of the control number from the MedXpress website indicating an application has been made for a Class II or better FAA medical exam
A copy of the FTN number from the IACRA website indicating an application has been made for an FAA Student Pilot License
Provide a copy of any FAA Certificates along with the last (3) pages of the pilot’s logbook from any previous training.
The student should be prepared to sign a Student Enrollment Intent Card; an Informed Consent Liability form; a Statement of Student Responsibility; and a Statement of Student Financial Responsibility form. When all required details from the enrollment advising session are taken care of and the student file is complete, the student will attend a program orientation during which they will be approved to register for courses. Upon registration the student will need to fund their aviation account with an initial $3000 deposit. This is a separate account from the regular academic account that funds tuition, fees, and books. Part of the registration will include placing students into cohort groups which will start with the program in the fall, spring and summer terms. Each cohort group will include 25-32 full-time students who will progress through a block of 4-5 classes in the fall and spring terms with an additional 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. However, a portion of flight training will be conducted at night to meet FAA experience requirements.
Professional Pilot Advising Sessions
Professional Pilot Advising Sessions are now open for reservations. These are 1-hour sessions and are currently scheduled as follows:
July 25, 2019 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
July 30, 2019 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
August 1, 2019 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
August 6, 2019 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
August 8, 2019 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
August 13, 2019 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
August 15, 2019 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
To make your reservation call the Lone Star College – Conroe Center front desk at 936-521-4571. You must have been recorded as attending an information session to be allowed to book for an advising session. You will need to arrive at the Conroe Center at least an hour before your scheduled advising in order to take the aviation aptitude written assessment.
If you are a no-show for the advising session you will be removed from the active student list.
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.
The Program Director is John Blum. Mr. Blum will also serve as an Asst. Professor within the program. He is responsible for program development and operation. He will also be responsible for ensuring all academic and flight training standards are met from the admissions process to graduation. Program Director Blum brings a valuable array of professional experiences to the college including Chief Flight Instructor in FAA Part 141 programs, FAA Designated Pilot Examiner in FAA Part 135 programs, and Line Check Airman experience in FAA Part 121 programs. He has just completed a career with United Airlines retiring as a Boeing 777 captain. He has more than 34,000 hours of flight experience flying general aviation as well as large transport aircraft. He has also served for many years as an executive in county government dealing with administrative and budgetary issues.
An additional Aviation Professor will be added to the program staff this Summer. An aviation-specific Advisor will be added to the staff along with a Program Coordinator who will ensure all flight time is properly scheduled and flown, act as a liaison between academic and flight operations, help to ensure all FAA Part 141 requirements are met for each student, ensure financial resources are maintained, and perform other administrative duties in support of the program.