The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Airway Science Technology, Flight Emphasis program is designed to prepare students to apply technical knowledge and skills to the flying of commercial, corporate, or private aircraft. Program content includes private, instrument, commercial single-engine, commercial multi-engine, and flight instructor certifications. The program develops students' willingness to learn, critical thinking, organizational skills, initiative, reliability, accountability, communication, and resource management skills. During the program, students will be provided the resources and training required for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) written and practical examinations.
Flight Policies: Flight and simulator training costs are the responsibility of the student. These include hourly costs for aircraft and flight instruction, tuition, fees, and other expenses. Once students have been accepted into the CGCC Airway Science, Flight Emphasis program, they will not receive college credit for flight instruction received at flight schools other than the school or schools with which Maricopa County Community College District has currently contracted for such instruction.
Flight labs must be taken concurrently with the appropriate ground courses. Attendance is mandatory in the aviation ground school courses in accordance with Federal Aviation Regulation Part 141, Appendices A and D. Failure to meet these attendance requirements will disqualify the student for FAA pilot certification.
Transfer of pilot ratings: Students with a private pilot certificate obtained without college credit must complete the private pilot ground school and flight lessons contained in the private pilot test course before enrolling in any 200-level ground or flight courses.
Students holding commercial pilot, single-engine land certification must obtain division approval prior to enrollment in flight instructor certification.
Aviation and related courses from other colleges and universities will not automatically transfer to CGCC. All aviation transfer courses, flight or non-flight, are reviewed by the Aviation Division Chair for transferability.
In all cases, it is the responsibility of the student to initiate the process.
Medical Certificates: A current medical certificate is required for all students planning to begin flight training. The physical examination must be performed by a medical doctor who is a designated Aviation Medical Examiner. Students are advised to obtain their medical certificates well in advance of beginning the flight program. This will ensure that medical problems or physical limitations that may alter career plans can be addressed before entering flight courses.
There are three types of medical certificates - Class III, Class II, and Class I. Students are advised to obtain a Class I certificate if they are planning a career in professional flight. Veteran students must have at least a Class II medical before beginning 200-level flight courses.
Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.
This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:
- Explain the operation of basic and advanced aircraft systems and instrumentation.
- Analyze and utilize navigational charts.
- Assess factors impacting aircraft performance during flight operations.
- Plan and execute cross-country flights using visual and instrument flight rules.
- Operate an aircraft in visual and simulated instrument conditions.
- Demonstrate proper operation of a multi-engine airplane.
- Develop and teach ground and flight lesson plans.
- Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills to diverse audiences.
- Practice industry accepted professionalism and ethical behavior.
- Practice industry safety standards.
Successful completion of this degree may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.
Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers
Students must apply for acceptance into the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Airway Science Technology, Flight Emphasis program before enrolling in any 100-level courses by completing an application.
The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:
- Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
- The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
- Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
- Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
- Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor to determine educational requirements, including possible university transfer options, for your chosen career field.
Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.
|AET107||Private Pilot Ground School||Corequisites: AET110.||Critical course Gateway course Not eligible for GI bill||5|
|AET110 or |
|Private Pilot Flight or Private Pilot Flight-Test Course||Corequisites: AET107. or Prerequisites: FAA Private Pilot Airplane Single-Engine Land or advanced certification. Corequisites: AET107.||Critical course Not eligible for GI bill||1–2|
|MAT12+||Intermediate Algebra||For transfer to UND or ASU, please see your advisor for math transfer options||3–6|
|AAA/CPD115 or |
|Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development||0–3|
|AET207||Attitude Instruments and Navigation||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in AET110 or permission of Instructor. Corequisites: AET210 and AET217.||3|
|AET208||Aviation Safety||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in AET107, or permission of Instructor.||3|
|AET210||Instrument Commercial Flight I||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in AET110 or permission of Instructor. Corequisites: AET207 and AET217.||2|
|AET217||Instrument Procedures||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in AET110 or permission of Instructor. Corequisites: AET210 and AET207.||3|
|ENG101 or |
|First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL||Prerequisites: Appropriate writing placement test score, or a grade of C or better in ENG091 or ESL097 or WAC101, or a grade of B or better in ALT100, or (a grade of C in ALT100 AND Corequisites: ENG101LL or ENG107LL OR WAC101 OR ENG100A+). or Prerequisites: Appropriate writing placement test score, or a grade of C or better in ENG091 or ESL097 or WAC101, or a grade of B or better in ALT100, or (a grade of C in ALT100 AND Corequisites: ENG101LL or ENG107LL OR WAC101 OR ENG100A+).||FYC||3|
|AET203||Basic Airplane Systems||Prerequisites: (A grade of C or better in AET207, AET217, and AET210) or permission of Instructor. Corequisites: AET220 and AET213.||3|
|AET213||Aerodynamics and Performance||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in AET207, AET217, and AET210. Corequisites: AET220 and AET203.||3|
|AET220||Instrument Commercial Flight II||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in AET210, AET207 and AET217. Corequisites: AET203 and AET213.||2|
|ENG102 or |
|First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL||Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in ENG101. or Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in ENG107.||FYC||3|
|CRE101||College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in (ENG101 or ENG107) and (RDG095 or RDG100 or RDG111 or RDG112 or RDG113 or an appropriate district placement or permission of Instructor).||OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment||L||0–3|
|COM100 or |
|Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication||No requisites or No requisites or Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in ENG101, or ENG107, or equivalent. or No requisites||SB or L||3|
|AET229||Crew Resource Management||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in AET217, or permission of instructor.||3|
|AET237||Multiengine Airplane Pilot Ground School||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in AET220 or FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate with instrument rating Corequisites: AET240.||2|
|AET240||Multiengine Airplane Pilot Flight||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in AET220 or FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate with instrument rating. Corequisites: AET237.||0.5|
|PHY101||Introduction to Physics||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in MAT090, or higher level mathematics course, or eligibility for MAT120 or higher as indicated by appropriate placement.||SQ||4|
|HU||Humanities, Fine Arts & Design||HU||3|
|UAS107||Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operator Certification||3|
|AET225||Advanced Aircraft Systems||Prerequisites: Private Pilot Certificate or permission of Instructor.||4|
|AET227||Certified Flight Instructor: Airplane, Single Engine Land Ground School||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in AET240 or FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate with instrument rating. Corequisites: AET230.||5|
|AET230||Certified Flight Instructor: Airplane, Single Engine Land||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in AET240 or FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate with instrument rating Corequisites: AET227.||1|
|SB||Social & Behavioral Sciences||SB||3|
Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.
Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.
Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.
Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.
View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Associate in Applied Science in Airway Science Technology, Flight Emphasis (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=149395).
At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.