Airway Science Technology, Flight Emphasis

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.


Field of Interest
Applied Technology
Degree Type
Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
Academic Plan
Airway Science Technology, Flight Emphasis (DEG)
Academic Plan Code
Total credits required
Catalog Year
Effective Term
Fall 2022
Admissions criteria

All students must currently possess a Valid FAA Medical Certificate


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 commenced flight training within 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.

Students must meet FAA Aviation English Language Standards and complete Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Citizenship Verification (United States citizens) or Alien Flight School Program Application (non-United States citizens). By enrolling in this program, students agree to submit to random drug testing. Students must complete a security threat assessment for airport apron access.

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, but students are advised to obtain a Class I certificate if they are planning a career in professional flight.

Students using Veteran Affairs education benefits must have at least a Class II medical certificate, but Class I is recommended, before beginning 200-level flight courses.
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 (FAA) Part 141. Failure to meet these attendance requirements will disqualify the student for FAA pilot certification.

Aviation and related courses from other colleges and universities may transfer to CGCC. All aviation courses, flight or non-flight, are reviewed by the Aviation Program Coordinator for applicability.

Transfer of pilot ratings: Students who have pilot certificates or ratings from a college level program may apply for prior learning assessment. Students should complete this process before enrolling in any 200-level ground or flight courses.

In all cases, it is the responsibility of the student to initiate the process.

After three failed attempts in any flight or ground course, excluding withdrawals, students must seek division approval for re-enrollment.

Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.

What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Explain the operation of basic and advanced aircraft systems and instrumentation.
  2. Analyze and utilize navigational charts.
  3. Assess factors impacting aircraft performance during flight operations.
  4. Plan and execute cross-country flights using visual and instrument flight rules.
  5. Operate an aircraft in visual and simulated instrument conditions.
  6. Demonstrate proper operation of a multi-engine airplane.
  7. Develop and teach ground and flight lesson plans.
  8. Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills to diverse audiences.
  9. Practice industry accepted professionalism and ethical behavior.
  10. Practice industry safety standards.
  11. Apply relevant knowledge, skills, and habits of mind to seek career opportunities in the field.

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


* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2022.

Course Sequence by Term

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 FYE101 and FYE103. 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 Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
(AET107 and
(Private Pilot Ground School and Private Pilot Flight) or Private Pilot Flight-Test Course Critical course Gateway course Not eligible for GI bill or OR A division/program approved FAA Pilot Certificate 0–6
AET115 Aviation Meteorology 3
MAT12+ Intermediate Algebra For transfer to UND or ASU, please see your advisor for math transfer options 3–6
FYE101 or
Introduction to College, Career and Personal Success or Exploration of College, Career and Personal Success 1–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AET207 Attitude Instruments and Navigation 3
AET210 Instrument Commercial Flight I 1
AET217 Instrument Procedures 3
AET220 Instrument Commercial Flight II 1
AET208 Aviation Safety 3
ENG101 or
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC or FYC 3
AET225 Advanced Aircraft Systems 4

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AET213 Aerodynamics and Performance 3
AET221 Commercial Flight Lab II 1
ENG102 or
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC or FYC 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment L 0–3
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication SB or SB or L or SB 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AET203 Basic Airplane Systems 3
AET222 Commercial Flight Lab III 1
AET229 Crew Resource Management 3
PHY101 Introduction to Physics SQ 4
HU Humanities, Fine Arts & Design HU 3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
UAS107 Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operator Certification 3
SB Social & Behavioral Sciences SB 3
AET239 Commercial Flight Lab IV 1
AET237 Multiengine Airplane Pilot Ground School 2
AET240 Multiengine Airplane Pilot Flight Lab 1

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AET227 Certified Flight Instructor: Airplane, Single Engine Land Ground School 5
AET230 Certified Flight Instructor: Airplane, Single Engine Land Flight Lab 1

Recommended for Transfer: University of North Dakota

PSY101 Introduction to Psychology (3)
SOC101 Introduction to Sociology (3)
POS140 Comparative Government (3)
COM263 Elements of Intercultural Communication (3) 0-12

Course Area Key

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 official curriculum documentation for additional details regarding the requirements of this award (

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