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Professional Pilot Program - Associate of Applied Science and Certificate

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Professional Pilot Program - Associate of Applied Science and Certificate

Program Approval Status

Program Details

The Professional Pilot Associate of Applied Science degree is designed to prepare the individual for a career as a professional pilot by earning Private, Commercial, and Flight Instructor (CFI and CFII) Certificates along with 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’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 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.

Lone Star College received final approval from the North Texas Flight Standards District Office of the Federal Aviation Administration, and the inaugural class of Professional Pilot students commenced Spring 2020, LSC- Conroe Center. LSC has also partnered with U.S. Aviation Academy, a Part 141 Certificate operator in the Fort Worth area. Additionally, LSC's  U.S. Aviation Academy will be housed in the Conroe Training Center with satellite facilities at Conroe-North Houston Regional Airport.

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 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.

Associate of Applied Science Professional Pilot

View AAS Professional Pilot Degree Requirements

Professional Pilot Level I Certificate

For information about the certification program: Professional Pilot Level I Certificate

Accreditations Approvals

The Professional Pilot Associate of Applied Science degree and Certificate Level 1  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.

Fees/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.

View Estimated Cost of AAS Professional Pilot Degree

Flight School Partner Selection 

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.

Interested Applicants

The Professional Pilot Department is actively accepting application for the Summer and Fall 2020 semesters. All prospective students must complete the following steps to be eligible to enter the Professional Pilot Program:

Lone Star Professional Pilot Program Information Sessions

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. 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 this website for any updates or changes.

Professional Pilot Program Information Sessions

Professional Pilot Advising Sessions

During the Professional Pilot advising session, steps will be taken to determine that the student is college and financially eligible. You must have been recorded as attending an information session to be allowed to book for an advising session. The student will be required to arrive one hour before the scheduled appointment time to complete a written aviation aptitude 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.
  • For more information email: LSC-ProPilot@lonestar.edu

When all required details from the enrollment advising sessions are received and the student file is complete, the student will receive a notification of approval. Upon registration, the student should be prepared to fund their aviation account with an initial $3000 flight deposit. The deposit is a separate fee from academic fees such as tuition 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 additional classes in the summer terms. This program will have daytime course offerings with no 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.

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. Don’t miss out on important information and dates. Send an email with your contact information toLSC-ProPilot@lonestar.edu.

Program Director

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.

Take the First Step

Lone Star College is an open-enrollment institution and applying is always free.
Are you a new student? Take the first step and complete the online application through Apply Texas and choose Lone Star College.

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Contact Information

LSC-ProPilot@lonestar.edu 
936-521-4571
Lone Star College – Conroe Center
777 Conroe Park North Drive
Conroe, TX 77303

Prospective Students

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For the most updated regarding LSC and COVID-19 information please go to http://www.lonestar.edu/coronavirus.

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