The Associate of Applied Science - Professional Pilot degree provides the flight training and academic education to prepare students for a career as a professional pilot. Authorized by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as a Part 141 institution, students will complete Private, Commercial, Certified Flight Instructor-Airplane (CFI-A) and Certified Flight Instructor-Instrument (CFI-I) along with the instrument and multi-engine ratings. Upon degree completion graduates are eligible to pursue employment as a certified flight instructor, aerial photography pilot, pipeline patrol pilot, corporate pilot and more. The academic requirements of this program, which have been closely mapped to the needs and demands of the aviation industry, provide the foundation for students to continue their education to a bachelor's degree.
Lone Star College's priority is to provide each student with a quality education. Students pursuing the program can expect to gain the tools and knowledge to become a successful member of the workforce while enjoying a rewarding career. The Professional Pilot Program at Lone Star College at LSC-Conroe Center is on track to be one of the most efficient and cost-effective collegiate flight programs in the country. Students can expect to see all the benefits that Lone Star College has to provide while pursuing a career as a Professional Pilot through LSC-Conroe Center. The program is continually developing and more information about these advancements will be updated soon.
Find our program using the "Apply Now - Texas" link. 2 Year College > Lone Star College System > First Choice School/Program > Energy, Manufacturing, & Construction > Associate of Applied Science in Professional Pilot.
This program is a selective admission program.
Entering the Professional Pilot Program requires that all documents & signed material is on file by the following timelines to be enrolled for the correlating semester.
*Instrument, Commercial and CFI only
**Private Pilot only starts in Spring & Fall
Fees and Costs
Fees for flight courses are exempt from the Hazelwood Act. (Texas Administrative Code, Title 40, Part 15, Chapter 461, Subchapter A, Rule 461.30) Visit LSC Tuition & Fees for more information.
Financial aid is available to qualifying applicants. For more information: LSC Financial Aid.
Lone Star Professional Pilot Program Information Sessions
The Pro Pilot information sessions 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. Prospective students are required to attend an information session as a part of the enrollment approval process. Choose your date and RSVP to save your seat. After your reservation has been accepted, please check your email for the session or Webex link for your session.
Professional Pilot Advising Sessions
Prior to scheduling an advising appointment, applicants to the Professional Pilot program are asked to download and take action on the steps outlined in the Applicant Checklist. Documents from the checklist can be sent to LSC-ProPilot@LoneStar.edu.
After required documents from the checklist are received, you will be sent an invitation to an advising appointment. Together we will check your application materials and eligibility in preparation of the selection committee review.
Flight School Partner Selection
US Aviation Academy - Lone Star College is located at 10078 Airport Rd, Conroe, TX 77303
Lone Star College 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 with extensive experience providing collegiate flight training programs. Ground and Simulator classes are scheduled at LSC-Conroe Center and are taught by LSC faculty. Flight classes are scheduled at the Conroe-North Houston Regional Airport and are taught by U.S. Aviation Group certified flight instructors.
The Flying Mavericks Student Organization
The Flying Mavericks organization provides students with valuable insight into the aviation industry. Students learn the basics of aviation through short-seminars and mini-ground classes. Not only will student members learn about aviation, but the Redbird Flight simulators will provide real-time flight training. Occasional guest speakers will provide an inside look into the various career paths for professional pilots. The Flying Mavericks are excited to take off on this new journey to build an appreciation and awareness about aviation and professional pilot careers. The Flying Mavericks organization is located at the LSC - Conroe Center. Donít miss out on important information and dates. Send an email with your contact information to LSC-ProPilot@lonestar.edu.
John Blum comes to Lone Star College with a valuable array of professional experience 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 more than 34,000 hours of flight experience flying general aviation as well as large transport aircraft and retired from United Airlines as a Boeing 777 captain. He has also served for many years as an executive in county government dealing with administrative and budgetary issues.Mr. Blum is responsible for program development and operation, ensuring all academic and flight training standards are met from the admissions process to graduation. Mr. Blum also serves as an Assistant Professor within the Professional Pilot Program.
The Professional Pilot Associate of Applied Science degree and Certificate Level II program are approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Lone Star College received approval from the North Texas Flight Standards District Office of the Federal Aviation Administration.
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