Aviation Science

2014-15 Edition

Rock Creek Campus
Building 2, Room 230
971-722-7256 or 971-722-7457

Southeast Campus
Student Commons (SCOM), Room 214
971-722-6176

www.pcc.edu/fly

Career and Program Description

The traditional entry-level position for professional airplane and helicopter pilots is as a certified flight instructor (CFI). This position offers the opportunity to gain experience sought by companies that employ pilots in a variety of interesting and challenging positions. Career opportunities for airplane pilots include work in flight instruction, charter, corporate, cargo, and airline industries. Career opportunities for helicopter pilots include flight instruction, charter, corporate, air-ambulance and external load operations. Flight classes are conducted at Hillsboro Aviation, an accredited FAA Part 141 certified flight school, located at the Hillsboro and Troutdale Airports. Additional fees apply for these classes. Visit the department website for a list of fees.

Degrees and Certificates Offered

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Aviation Science Airplane without Flight Instructor
Aviation Science Airplane with Flight Instructor
Aviation Science Helicopter (also includes Flight Instructor)

Prerequisites and Requirements

The Aviation Science program is a restricted entry program with limited enrollment. Applicants must take the placement test administered through the campus assessment centers. Minimum test scores:

Attendance at an aviation science orientation or individual advising recommended prior to beginning the program. Please see www.pcc.edu/fly for dates or contact the Aviation Science Department for dates or appointments.

Additionally, the FAA requires a Class II Medical Certificate prior to beginning flight training. See www.pcc.edu/fly and click “Getting Started” for details.

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Aviation Science Airplane - Flight Instructor
Aviation Science Airplane - Without Flight Instructor
Aviation Science Helicopter

Aviation Science - Airplane with Flight Instructor AAS Degree

Minimum 90 credits. Students must also meet Associate Degree Comprehensive Requirements and Associate of Applied Science Requirements. Students must complete a total of sixteen credits of General Education. Some courses specified within the program may be used as General Education. In addition to required courses in the program of study, students must satisfy MTH 65 competency. Students should consult with program advisors for course planning.

Aviation Science - Airplane Degree Credit Summary

AVS68
GS *4
WR4
Aviation Science Program Electives2
Remaining General Education12
Total Credits90

Course of Study: Flight Instructor Option

AVS 107Flight Preparation Lab Level 1 (3 sections)3
AVS 125Airplane: Private Pilot Flight5
AVS 127Introduction to Aviation4
AVS 135Airplane: Instrument Flight4
AVS 137Applied Aerodynamics4
AVS 145Introduction to Commercial Airplane4
AVS 157Aircraft Systems & Structures I: Airframe3
AVS 167Aircraft Systems: Powerplant3
AVS 177Pilot Human Factors and Safety Management4
AVS 207Flight Preparation Lab Level 2 (3 sections)3
AVS 217Aviation Weather Services4
AVS 225Airplane: Commercial Flight4
AVS 227Aviation Careers4
AVS 236Airplane MEI Flight3
AVS 237Aviation Law and Regulations4
AVS 243Airplane Single-Engine CFI Ground/Flight1
AVS 244Airplane CFII Ground/Flight2
AVS 255Airplane: Pilot Performance1
AVS 267Economics of Flight Operations4
GS 109Physical Science (Meteorology) *4
WR 121English Composition4
General Education12
Aviation Science Program Electives6
Total Credits90
*

Could be used as General Education

Aviation Science - Airplane without Flight Instructor AAS Degree

Minimum 90 credits. Students must also meet Associate Degree Comprehensive Requirements and Associate of Applied Science Requirements. Students must complete a total of sixteen credits of General Education. Some courses specified within the program may be used as General Education. In addition to required courses in the program of study, students must satisfy MTH 65 competency. Students should consult with program advisors for course planning.

Aviation Science - Airplane Degree Credit Summary

AVS62
GS *4
WR4
Aviation Science Program Electives8
Remaining General Education12
Total Credits90

Course of Study: Without Flight Instructor Option

AVS 107Flight Preparation Lab Level 1 (3 sections)3
AVS 125Airplane: Private Pilot Flight5
AVS 127Introduction to Aviation4
AVS 135Airplane: Instrument Flight4
AVS 137Applied Aerodynamics4
AVS 145Introduction to Commercial Airplane4
AVS 157Aircraft Systems & Structures I: Airframe3
AVS 167Aircraft Systems: Powerplant3
AVS 177Pilot Human Factors and Safety Management4
AVS 207Flight Preparation Lab Level 2 (3 sections)3
AVS 217Aviation Weather Services4
AVS 225Airplane: Commercial Flight4
AVS 227Aviation Careers4
AVS 237Aviation Law and Regulations4
AVS 255Airplane: Pilot Performance1
AVS 267Economics of Flight Operations4
AVS 275Airplane: Professional Pilot3
GS 109Physical Science (Meteorology) *4
WR 121English Composition4
General Education12
Aviation Science Program Electives9
Total Credits90
*

Could be used as General Education

Aviation Science - Helicopter AAS Degree

Minimum 90 credits. Students must also meet Associate Degree Comprehensive Requirements and Associate of Applied Science Requirements. Students must complete a total of sixteen credits of General Education.  In addition to required courses in the program of study, students must satisfy MTH 65 competency. Students should consult with program advisors for course planning.

Aviation Science - Helicopter Degree Credit Summary

AVS62
GS *4
PHY *4
Aviation Science Program Electives12
Remaining General Education8
Total Credits90

Course of Study

AVS 107Flight Preparation Lab Level 1 (Two sections)2
AVS 115Helicopter Private Pilot Flight5
AVS 127Introduction to Aviation4
AVS 137Applied Aerodynamics4
AVS 156Helicopter Basic Commercial w/Instrument5
AVS 157Aircraft Systems & Structures I: Airframe3
AVS 167Aircraft Systems: Powerplant3
AVS 177Pilot Human Factors and Safety Management4
AVS 207Flight Preparation Lab Level 2 (Two sections)2
AVS 216Helicopter Advanced Commercial5
AVS 217Aviation Weather Services4
AVS 227Aviation Careers4
AVS 237Aviation Law and Regulations4
AVS 265Helicopter: CFI Flight3
AVS 267Economics of Flight Operations4
GS 109Physical Science (Meteorology) *4
PHY 101Fundamentals of Physics I *4
or PHY 201 General Physics
WR 121English Composition4
Aviation Science Program Electives14
General Education8
Total Credits90
*

Could be used as General Education

Aviation Science Program Electives1

BA 101Introduction to Business4
BA 206Management Fundamentals3
BA 211Principles of Accounting I3
CAS 111DBeginning Website Creation: Dreamweaver3
CAS 133Basic Computer Skills/Microsoft Office4
CAS 170Beginning Excel3
CAS 171Intermediate Excel3
CAS 216Beginning Word3
CAS 217Intermediate Word3
CG 100College Survival and Success3
CG 105Scholarships: $$ for College2
CG 111AStudy Skills for College Learning3
CG 111BStudy Skills for College Learning2
CG 111CStudy Skills for College Learning1
CG 114Financial Survival for College Students1
CG 145Stress Management1
CIS 120Computer Concepts I *4
CIS 121Computer Concepts II *4
EC 200Introduction to Economics *4
EC 201Principles of Economics: Microeconomics *4
EC 202Principles of Economics: Macroeconomics *4
EMS 100Introduction to Emergency Medical Services3
EMS 105EMT Part I5
EMS 106EMT Part II5
FN 110Personal Nutrition3
G 207Geology of the Pacific Northwest3
HE 295
  & PE 295
Health and Fitness for Life
   and Health and Fitness for Life Lab
2
MSD 101Principles of Management and Supervision3
MSD 105Workplace Communication Skills3
MSD 110Gender Conflict Resolution1
MSD 115Improving Work Relations3
MSD 117Customer Relations3
MTH 111College Algebra *5
MTH 112Elementary Functions *5
MTH 241Calculus for Management, Life and Social Science *4
MTH 243Statistics I *5
PHY 101Fundamentals of Physics I *4
PHY 201General Physics *4
PSY 201AIntroduction to Psychology - Part 1 *4
PSY 101Psychology and Human Relations *4
WR 117Introduction to Technical Writing3
WR 121English Composition4
WR 122English Composition4
WR 122HEnglish Composition: Honors4
WR 227Technical and Professional Writing 14
PEAny 100 or 200 level course (up to 3 credits)1
Foreign LanguageAny 100 or 200 level course *1-5
*

Could be used as General Education.

1

Note: Other electives applicable to an aviation career may be approved on a case by case basis.  in order to meet the credit minimum for the degree requirements, some courses may count toward Electives or General Education, but not both.

Courses

AVS 107. Flight Preparation Lab Level 1. 1 Credit.

Provides an opportunity for practice and preparation in knowledge and skills that are directly related to Aviation Science 100-level airplane or helicopter flight courses. Areas covered include weather, flight planning, maneuvers, weight and balance, aircraft performance and lesson preparation techniques. Students must be enrolled in this class if they are working towards completion of a flight course.

AVS 110. Helicopter Private Pilot Ground School. 4 Credits.

Covers fundamentals of flight, helicopter systems, aeronautical publications, Federal Aviation Regulations, navigation, flight planning, radio procedures and weather. Presents sufficient knowledge to prepare for the FAA Private Pilot Rotocraft knowledge test. Audit available.

AVS 115. Helicopter Private Pilot Flight. 5 Credits.

Covers the operation of helicopters. Explores fundamentals of flight, emergency procedures, air traffic control and operational procedures. Provides the flight and ground instruction required to qualify to take the FAA Private Pilot Rotorcraft Helicopter knowledge and practical tests. Flight training fees apply and cover a specific amount of training; Additional funds may be required. Corequisite: AVS 107. Prerequisite/concurrent: AVS 127. Prerequisites: Placement into MTH 65 and WR 121.

AVS 120. Airplane: Private Pilot Ground School. 4 Credits.

Covers fundamentals of flight, aeronautical publications, Federal Aviation Regulations, navigation, flight planning, radio procedures and weather. Presents sufficient knowledge to prepare for the FAA Private Pilot knowledge test. Open to the general public. Audit available.

AVS 125. Airplane: Private Pilot Flight. 5 Credits.

Covers operation of single-engine airplanes as it applies to FAA certified Private Pilot operations. Explores fundamentals of flight, air traffic control, operational procedures and aeronautical decision making. Provides the required ground and flight instruction and experience in preparation for FAA knowledge and practical tests. Flight training fees cover a specific amount of training; additional fees may be required. Corequisite: AVS-107. Prerequisite/concurrent: AVS-127. Prerequisites: Placement into MTH 65 and WR 121 or higher.

AVS 127. Introduction to Aviation. 4 Credits.

Examines the aviation industry from early flight to future potentials. Introduces the career opportunities in a variety of fields of aviation, with focus on professional airplane or helicopter pilot careers. Provides a general overview of pilot flight training including certificates, ratings and training aircraft used. Open to the general public. Audit available.

AVS 130. Instrument Ground School. 4 Credits.

Covers fundamentals of instrument flight planning, use of flight and navigation instrumentation, air traffic control procedures, radio navigation systems including the concepts of instrument flight. Presents sufficient knowledge to prepare for the FAA Instrument Rating knowledge test. NOTE: Course not recommended without prior flight experience. Prerequisite: AVS 120. Audit available.

AVS 135. Airplane: Instrument Flight. 4 Credits.

Receive training in instrument flight operations including basic attitude instrument skills, radio navigation, departure and approach procedures and instrument cross-country planning and flying. Provides required flight and ground instruction in preparation for the FAA Instrument Rating – Airplane knowledge and practical tests. Flight training fees apply and cover a specific amount of training; additional fees may be required. Prerequisite: AVS 125. Corequisite: AVS 107.

AVS 137. Applied Aerodynamics. 4 Credits.

Introduces aerodynamics. Explores various concepts and theories relevant to modern aviation. Audit available.

AVS 140. Airplane: Commercial Pilot Ground. 4 Credits.

Covers advanced concepts of flight maneuvers, Federal Aviation Regulations, weight and balance, and other aeronautical skill topics. Presents sufficient knowledge to prepare for the FAA Commercial pilot knowledge test. Prerequisite: AVS 130. Audit available.

AVS 145. Introduction to Commercial Airplane. 4 Credits.

Begins commercial pilot training activities and includes cross-country flight operations and a review of previous items learned during private and instrument pilot training. Explores how to plan and execute a cross-country flight as a commercial pilot. Provides ground training required to take the FAA Commercial Airplane knowledge test. Flight training fees apply and cover a specific amount of training; additional funds may be required. Prerequisite: AVS 135. Corequisite: AVS 107.

AVS 150. Helicopter: Commercial Ground. 3 Credits.

In depth study of aerodynamics systems, performance, aeronautical charts, regulations, and flight maneuvers all relating specifically to helicopters. Presents sufficient knowledge to prepare for the FAA Commercial Pilot Rotocraft helicopter written test. Audit available.

AVS 156. Helicopter Basic Commercial w/Instrument. 5 Credits.

Introduces commercial pilot training activities and training for the Instrument rating. Includes crosscountry flight procedures, emergency procedures and procedures for flight by reference to instruments as well as training in basic commercial maneuvers. Students must hold a private pilot certificate prior to enrollment. Flight training fees apply and cover a specific amount of training; please see the Course Curriculum and Outcome Guide for detailed information. Prerequisite: AVS 115. Coreq: AVS 107 and AVS 130.

AVS 157. Aircraft Systems & Structures I: Airframe. 3 Credits.

Designed to give students the background in aircraft systems and structures, with an emphasis on airframe components, that will enable them to progress into more advanced aircraft. Provides understanding of the safe and efficient operation of aircraft systems. Prior flight experience recommended. Audit available.

AVS 167. Aircraft Systems: Powerplant. 3 Credits.

Designed to give students the background in aircraft systems and structures, with an emphasis on powerplant components, that will enable them to progress into more advanced aircraft. Provides understanding of the safe and efficient operation of aircraft systems. Prior flight experience recommended. Audit available.

AVS 177. Pilot Human Factors and Safety Management. 4 Credits.

Focuses on the impacts of human psychological and physiological factors on pilot performance and decision making quality, and effective Crew- and Single-pilot Resource Management (CRM and SRM) techniques. Covers effective participation in Safety Management Systems (SMS) as they apply to flight operations. Prerequisite: AVS 127. Audit available.

AVS 207. Flight Preparation Lab Level 2. 1 Credit.

Provides an opportunity for practice and preparation in knowledge and skills that are directly related to Aviation Science 200-level airplane or helicopter flight courses. Areas covered include weather, flight planning, maneuvers, weight and balance, aircraft performance and lesson preparation techniques. Students must be enrolled in this class if they are working towards completion of a flight course.

AVS 215. Helicopter: Commercial Flight B. 4 Credits.

Continues the Commercial Pilot Rotorcraft Helicopter training activities and includes cross-country flight operations and a review of previous items learned during the introduction to Commercial Pilot training. Increases knowledge about efficiently planning and executing cross-country flights as well as off airport operations required for commercial pilots. Includes training for the instrument rating. The AVS211, AVS212, AVS213, AVS214 sequence is an equivalent alternative to this course. Flight training fees apply and cover a specific amount of training; please see the course Curriculum and Outcome Guide for detailed information. Prerequisite: AVS153 or AVS155. Coreq: AVS 207.

AVS 216. Helicopter Advanced Commercial. 5 Credits.

Continues the Commercial Pilot Rotorcraft Helicopter training activities. Includes review of previous items learned as well as advanced commercial maneuvers. Includes training focused on specialty commercial operations appropriate to the desired career. Provides flight and ground training to qualify to take the FAA knowledge and practical Helicopter Commercial Pilot tests. Flight training fees apply and cover a specific amount of training; Additional funding may be required. Prerequisite: AVS 156. Corequisite: AVS 207.

AVS 217. Aviation Weather Services. 4 Credits.

Provides detailed exposure to, and practice with, aviation weather products that are used to make pre-flight and in-flight decisions, including forecasts, observations, maps and charts. Prerequisite: AVS 127 and GS 109. Audit available.

AVS 225. Airplane: Commercial Flight. 4 Credits.

Concludes commercial pilot training activities and includes complex flight operations, multi-engine operations, advanced systems and performance maneuvers. Students will be prepared to take the Commercial Pilot single-engine land practical test and the multi-engine land additional class rating practical test upon successful completion of the course. The AVS221, AVS222, AVS223, AVS224 sequence is an equivalent alternative to this course. Flight training fees apply and cover a specific amount of training; please see the Course Curriculum and Outcome Guide for detailed information. Prerequisites: AVS143 or AVS 145. Co-requisite: AVS 207.

AVS 227. Aviation Careers. 4 Credits.

Designed to prepare students for a career in aviation. Explores aviation employment opportunities. Includes interview and resume preparation. Intended for second year AVS students. Audit available.

AVS 230. Airplane: Flight Instructor Ground. 4 Credits.

Includes flight instruction fundamentals, evaluation techniques, and related skills necessary for a Flight Instructor certificate. Emphasizes instruction techniques and presents sufficient knowledge to prepare for the FAA Fundamentals of Instructing and CFI knowledge tests. Prerequisite: AVS 140. Audit available.

AVS 235. Airplane: Flight Instructor Flight. 2 Credits.

Provides a structured environment to learn to fly the aircraft from the instructor's seat. Learn to explain, demonstrate and to assess flight performance. Prepares students for the FAA Flight Instructor practical test. Flight training fees apply and cover a specific amount of training; please see the Course Curriculum and Outcome Guide for detailed information. The AVS231, AVS232 sequence is an equivalent alternative to this course. Prerequisites: AVS224 or AVS 225. Corequisite: AVS 207 and AVS 230.

AVS 236. Airplane MEI Flight. 3 Credits.

Explores how to present, explain, demonstrate and assess flight-related skills and knowledge related to all levels of airplane multi-engine training, while flying from the Instructor’s seat. Provides training required to prepare for the initial FAA Certified Flight Instructor knowledge and practical tests, and the FAA Fundamentals of Instructing knowledge test. Flight training fees apply and cover a specific amount of training; additional funding may be required. Prerequisite: AVS 225. Corequisites: AVS 207.

AVS 237. Aviation Law and Regulations. 4 Credits.

Explores the applicable Federal Aviation Regulations through case law and current events. The FAA's role in the development and regulation of the industry is examined. Covers how to reference, interpret and explain aviation law and regulations. Audit available.

AVS 242. Airplane: MEI Ground/Flight. 1 Credit.

Includes subject areas for Multi-Engine Airplane rating on a Flight Instructor certificate. Prepares student to obtain the aeronautical skill and knowledge necessary to apply for the FAA Flight Instructor - Multi-Engine practical test. Flight training fees apply and cover a specific amount of training; please see the Course Curriculum and Outcome Guide for detailed information. Prerequisites: AVS 230, AVS 235, and FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate with Instrument, CFI ratings. Co-requisite: AVS 207.

AVS 243. Airplane Single-Engine CFI Ground/Flight. 1 Credit.

Includes subject areas for a single-engine land (SEL) Airplane rating on a Flight Instructor certificate. Covers the aeronautical skill and knowledge necessary to apply for the FAA Flight Instructor – SEL practical test. Flight training fees apply and cover a specific amount of training; Additional funds may be required. Prerequisites: AVS 236. Corequisite: AVS 207.

AVS 244. Airplane CFII Ground/Flight. 2 Credits.

Covers subject areas for an Instrument Airplane rating on a Flight Instructor certificate. Presents sufficient information to prepare for the Certified Flight Instructor - Instrument knowledge test. Includes preparation to obtain the aeronautical skill and knowledge necessary to apply for the FAA Flight Instructor - Instrument practical test. Flight training fees apply and cover a specific amount of training; please see the Course Curriculum and Outcome Guide for detailed information. Prerequisites: AVS 243. Co-requisite: AVS 207.

AVS 255. Airplane: Pilot Performance. 1 Credit.

Designed to expose students to Cockpit Resource Management. Focuses on workload management and check list usage. Flight training fees apply and cover a specific amount of training; please see the Course Curriculum and Outcome Guide for detailed information. Prerequisites: AVS 225 and FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate with Multi-engine Land and Instrument rating. Co-requisite: AVS 207.

AVS 260. Helicopter: CFI Ground. 4 Credits.

Includes flight instruction fundamentals, evaluation techniques, and related skills necessary for a Flight Instructor certificate. Emphasizes instruction techniques and presents sufficient knowledge to prepare for the FAA Fundamentals of Instructing and CFI knowledge tests. Prerequisite: AVS 150. Audit available.

AVS 265. Helicopter: CFI Flight. 3 Credits.

Provides the opportunity to present, explain, demonstrate and assess flight-related skills and knowledge related to all levels of helicopter training, including Instrument, while flying from the Instructor’s seat. Provides training required to prepare for the initial FAA Certified Flight Instructor and Instrument Instructor knowledge and practical tests, and the FAA Fundamentals of Instructing knowledge test. Flight training fees apply and cover a specific amount of training; Additional funding may be required. Prerequisite: AVS 216. Corequisites: AVS 207.

AVS 267. Economics of Flight Operations. 4 Credits.

Examines management philosophies and accounting procedures as they apply to general aviation. Includes business aspects of maintaining and flying aircraft, operating airport facilities, and managing passenger/cargo activities. Guest speakers from the industry may be featured. Audit available.

AVS 275. Airplane: Professional Pilot. 3 Credits.

Provides further post-commercial instruction and PIC flight time in single and multi-engine aircraft for those not selecting the flight instructor option. Flight training fees apply and cover a specific amount of training; please see the Course Curriculum and Outcome Guide for detailed information. Prerequisite: AVS 225 and FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate with Instrument rating. Co-requisites: AVS 207.