Aviation Science

2017-18 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

pcc.edu/fly

Career and Program Description

The traditional entry-level position for professional airplane and helicopter pilots is a certified flight instructor (CFI) or pilot for a small air carrier. These positions offer 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 Aero Academy, 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

Admission Prerequisites

Academic Prerequisites

  • 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:

Other Prerequisites

  • Attendance at an aviation science orientation or individual advising required 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.

Program Requirements

Academic Requirements

  • None

Other Requirements

  • None

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 58/65 competency. Students should consult with program advisors for course planning.

Course of Study: Flight Instructor Option

AVS 107AFlight Preparation Lab - Private Airplane1
AVS 107BFlight Preparation Lab - Instrument Airplane1
AVS 107CFlight Preparation Lab - Airplane Intro to Commercial1
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 207AFlight Preparation Lab - Airplane Advanced Commercial1
AVS 207BFlight Preparation Lab - Airplane Multi-Engine Instructor1
AVS 207CFlight Preparation Lab - Airplane Instructor CFII/SEL1
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 255Multi-Crew Operations1
AVS 267Economics of Flight Operations4
GS 109 *Physical Science (Meteorology)4
WR 121English Composition4
Aviation Science Program Electives6
General Education12
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 58/65 competency. Students should consult with program advisors for course planning.

Course of Study: Without Flight Instructor Option

AVS 107AFlight Preparation Lab - Private Airplane1
AVS 107BFlight Preparation Lab - Instrument Airplane1
AVS 107CFlight Preparation Lab - Airplane Intro to Commercial1
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 207AFlight Preparation Lab - Airplane Advanced Commercial1
AVS 207DFlight Preparation Lab - Airplane Professional Pilot1
AVS 217Aviation Weather Services4
AVS 225Airplane: Commercial Flight4
AVS 227Aviation Careers4
AVS 237Aviation Law and Regulations4
AVS 255Multi-Crew Operations1
AVS 267Economics of Flight Operations4
AVS 275Airplane: Professional Pilot3
GS 109 *Physical Science (Meteorology)4
WR 121English Composition4
Aviation Science Program Electives10
General Education12
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 58/65 competency. Students should consult with program advisors for course planning.

Course of Study

AVS 108AFlight Preparation Lab - Private Helicopter1
AVS 108BFlight Preparation Lab - Helicopter Basic Comm Instrument1
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 208AFlight Preparation Lab - Helicopter Advanced Commercial1
AVS 208BFlight Preparation Lab - Helicopter Flight Instructor1
AVS 208CFlight Preparation Lab - Helicopter Instrument Instructor1
AVS 216Helicopter Advanced Commercial5
AVS 217Aviation Weather Services4
AVS 227Aviation Careers4
AVS 237Aviation Law and Regulations4
AVS 255Multi-Crew Operations1
AVS 266Helicopter CFII Flight1
AVS 265Helicopter: CFI Flight3
AVS 267Economics of Flight Operations4
GS 109 *Physical Science (Meteorology)4
PHY 101 *Fundamentals of Physics I4
or PHY 201 General Physics
WR 121English Composition4
Aviation Science Program Electives11
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 120 *Computer Concepts I4
CIS 121 *Computer Concepts II4
EC 200 *Introduction to Economics4
EC 201 *Principles of Economics: Microeconomics4
EC 202 *Principles of Economics: Macroeconomics4
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 111 *College Algebra5
MTH 112 *Elementary Functions5
MTH 241 *Calculus for Management, Life and Social Science4
MTH 243 *Statistics I5
PHY 101 *Fundamentals of Physics I4
PHY 201 *General Physics4
PSY 201A *Introduction to Psychology - Part 14
PSY 101 *Psychology and Human Relations4
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 Language *Any 100 or 200 level course1-5
*

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.

AVS 107A. Flight Preparation Lab - Private Airplane. 1 Credit.

Provides an opportunity for flight lesson preparation, study, and testing of knowledge that is directly related to AVS-125, Airplane Private Flight. Includes guided study and testing of Private Pilot knowledge areas in a collegial learning environment with other Aviation Science students of all levels. Explores current operational/safety issues related to flight training. Corequisite: AVS 125.

AVS 107B. Flight Preparation Lab - Instrument Airplane. 1 Credit.

Provides an opportunity for flight lesson preparation, study, and testing of knowledge that is directly related to AVS-135, Airplane Instrument Flight. Includes guided study and testing of Airplane Instrument Pilot knowledge areas in a collegial learning environment with other Aviation Science students of all levels. Explores current flight operation/safety issues. Corequisite: AVS 135.

AVS 107C. Flight Preparation Lab - Airplane Intro to Commercial. 1 Credit.

Provides opportunity for flight lesson preparation, study, and testing of knowledge that is directly related to AVS-145, Airplane Intro to Commercial Flight. Includes guided study and testing of Airplane Commercial Pilot knowledge areas in a collegial learning environment with other Aviation Science students of all levels. Explores current operational/safety issues related to flight training. Corequisite: AVS 145.

AVS 108A. Flight Preparation Lab - Private Helicopter. 1 Credit.

Provides an opportunity for flight lesson preparation, study, and testing of knowledge that is directly related to AVS-115, Helicopter Private Flight. Includes guided study and testing of Private Pilot knowledge areas in a collegial learning environment with other Aviation Science students of all levels. Explores current operational/safety issues related to flight training are also discussed. Corequisite: AVS 115.

AVS 108B. Flight Preparation Lab - Helicopter Basic Comm Instrument. 1 Credit.

Provides an opportunity for flight lesson preparation, study, and testing of knowledge that is directly related to AVS-156, Helicopter Basic Commercial w/Instrument. Includes guided study and testing of Commercial cross-country and Instrument rating knowledge areas in a collegial learning environment with other Aviation Science students of all levels. Explores current operational/safety issues related to flight training are also discussed. Corequisite: AVS 156.

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 108A. Prerequisite/concurrent: AVS 127. Prerequisites: Placement into MTH 65 and WR 121.

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. Prerequisites: Placement into MTH 65 and WR 121 or higher. Prerequisite/concurrent: AVS 127. Corequisite: AVS 107A.

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 135. Airplane: Instrument Flight. 4 Credits.

Covers training in instrument flight operations. Includes 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 107B.

AVS 137. Applied Aerodynamics. 4 Credits.

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

AVS 145. Introduction to Commercial Airplane. 4 Credits.

Covers beginning commercial pilot training activities. 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 125. Corequisite: AVS 107C.

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

Introduces some commercial pilot training activities and training for the instrument rating. Includes cross-country flight procedures, emergency procedures, and procedures for flight by reference to instruments as well as training in basic commercial maneuvers. 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. Corequisite: AVS 108B.

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 207A. Flight Preparation Lab - Airplane Advanced Commercial. 1 Credit.

Provides an opportunity for flight lesson preparation, study, and testing of knowledge that is directly related to AVS-225, Airplane Commercial Flight. Includes guided study and testing of Airplane Commercial Single- and Multi-engine Pilot knowledge areas in a collegial learning environment with other Aviation Science students of all levels. Explores current operational/safety issues related to flight training. Corequisite: AVS 225.

AVS 207B. Flight Preparation Lab - Airplane Multi-Engine Instructor. 1 Credit.

Provides an opportunity for flight lesson preparation, study, and testing of knowledge that is directly related to AVS-236, Airplane Multi-engine (MEI) Instructor. Includes guided study and testing of the initial Multi-engine Flight Instructor knowledge areas in a collegial learning environment with other Aviation Science students of all levels. Explores current operational/safety issues related to flight training. Corequisite: AVS 236.

AVS 207C. Flight Preparation Lab - Airplane Instructor CFII/SEL. 1 Credit.

Provides an opportunity for flight lesson preparation, study, and testing of knowledge that is directly related to AVS-243 Airplane Single-engine Ground/Flight and AVS-244 Airplane CFII Ground/Flight. Includes guided study and testing of the Flight Instructor SEL add-on and CFII add-on knowledge areas in a collegial learning environment with other Aviation Science students of all levels. Explores current operational/safety issues related to flight training. Prerequisite/concurrent: AVS 243 and AVS 244.

AVS 207D. Flight Preparation Lab - Airplane Professional Pilot. 1 Credit.

Provides an opportunity for flight lesson preparation, study, and testing of knowledge that is directly related to AVS-275, Airplane Professional Pilot. Includes guided study and testing of advanced commercial cross-country knowledge areas in a collegial learning environment with other Aviation Science students of all levels. Explores current operational/safety issues related to flight training. Corequisite: AVS 275.

AVS 208A. Flight Preparation Lab - Helicopter Advanced Commercial. 1 Credit.

Provides an opportunity for flight lesson preparation, study, and testing of knowledge that is directly related to AVS-216, Helicopter Advanced Commercial Flight. Includes guided study and testing of Commercial Pilot knowledge in a collegial learning environment with other Aviation Science students of all levels. Explores current operational/safety issues related to flight training. Corequisite: AVS 216.

AVS 208B. Flight Preparation Lab - Helicopter Flight Instructor. 1 Credit.

Provides an opportunity for flight lesson preparation, study, and testing of knowledge that is directly related to AVS-265, Helicopter CFI Flight. Includes guided study and testing of initial helicopter Flight Instructor knowledge areas in a collegial learning environment with other Aviation Science students of all levels. Explores current operational/safety issues related to flight training. Corequisite: AVS 265.

AVS 208C. Flight Preparation Lab - Helicopter Instrument Instructor. 1 Credit.

Provides an opportunity for flight lesson preparation, study and testing of knowledge that is directly related to AVS-266, Helicopter CFII Flight. Includes guided study and testing of Helicopter Instrument Instructor knowledge areas in a collegial learning environment with other Aviation Science students of all levels. Explores current operational/safety issues related to flight training. Corequisite: AVS 266.

AVS 216. Helicopter Advanced Commercial. 5 Credits.

Continues 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 208A.

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. Includes complex flight operations, multi-engine operations, advanced systems and performance maneuvers. Covers preparation for taking the commercial pilot multi-engine land practical test and the single-engine land additional class rating practical test. Flight training fees apply and cover a specific amount of training; please see the Course Curriculum and Outcome Guide for detailed information. Prerequisite: AVS 145. Corequisite: AVS 207A.

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 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. Corequisite: AVS 207B.

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

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

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 236. Prerequisite/concurrent: AVS 207C.

AVS 255. Multi-Crew Operations. 1 Credit.

Designed to expose students to cockpit resource management and issues related to multi-crew environments. Focuses on workload management and checklist usage. Prerequisites: AVS 145 or AVS 156.

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, 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 216. Corequisites: AVS 208B.

AVS 266. Helicopter CFII Flight. 1 Credit.

Covers subject areas required to add an Instrument Helicopter rating to 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. Prerequisite: AVS 265. Corequisite: AVS 208C.

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 pilot-in-command 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. Corequisites: AVS 207D.