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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.


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Field of Interest
Applied Technology
Associate Degree
Academic Plan
Airway Science Technology, Flight Emphasis (DEG)
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Total Credits Required
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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.

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.
Career Opportunities

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 2019.
Admission Criteria

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.

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 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 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 Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AET107 Private Pilot Ground School Critical course Gateway course Not eligible for GI bill 5
AET110 or
Private Pilot Flight or Private Pilot Flight-Test Course Critical course Not eligible for GI bill 1–2
AET115 Aviation Meteorology 3
MAT12+ Intermediate Algebra For transfer to UND or ASU, please see your advisor for math transfer options 3–6
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development 0–3

Term 2

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

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AET203 Basic Airplane Systems 3
AET213 Aerodynamics and Performance 3
AET220 Instrument Commercial Flight II 2
ENG102 or
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL 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 L 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AET229 Crew Resource Management 3
AET237 Multiengine Airplane Pilot Ground School 2
AET240 Multiengine Airplane Pilot Flight 0.5
PHY101 Introduction to Physics SQ 4
HU Humanities, Fine Arts & Design HU 3
UAS107 Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operator Certification 3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AET225 Advanced Aircraft Systems 4
AET227 Certified Flight Instructor: Airplane, Single Engine Land Ground School 5
AET230 Certified Flight Instructor: Airplane, Single Engine Land 1
SB Social & Behavioral Sciences SB 3
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 curriculum website for the Associate in Applied Science in Airway Science Technology, Flight Emphasis (

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.