College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences
Department of Aviation Technology
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- For more information about Aviation Technology Professional Pilot, see website.
- Following is a sample four-year plan. Please note that student-specific plans may differ.
- Admitted students must meet with an advisor. Current students should also meet with an advisor and log on to Degree Works to check student-specific program progress.
Minimum University Requirements
Grade Point Average (most majors require higher GPA)
|Credits of C- or better
||Credits of upper-division courses (#3000 or above)
|Total USU Credits
||Upper-division USU Credits
|USU Credits within the Major
||Credits in Minor (if required)
|Credits in Major
||Credits in American Institutions
|General Education Requirements
||University Studies Depth Requirements
|NOTES: The highest math requirement for this degree is MATH 1060: Trigonometry .
Admissions Requirements for this Program
||Admitted to USU in Good Standing, 2.75+ Minimum High School GPA
|Transfer students from other institutions or other programs at USU
The Aviation Technology – Professional Pilot major prepares students to become professional pilots in the fixed wing industries. Upon graduation from this program, students will have acquired approximately 250-300 hours of flight time. During the freshman and sophomore years, students will complete courses that provide general technological background and skills. The junior and senior years are reserved for concentrated study in flight technology. Aviation Technology – Professional Pilot graduates are trained to be commercial pilots. The degree requirements include completion of the following FAA licenses: private, instrument, commercial single-engine with multi-engine add-on, and CFI.
Students should work closely with their advisor when choosing electives and filling out the necessary matriculation forms. The advisor can be a useful source of information and assistance, but it is the student’s responsibility to seek an advisor’s aid and meet the necessary graduation requirements. Find advisor contact here.
Once students commence flight training at USU, all flight training must be completed in USU approved aircraft. Exceptions include courses not offered by USU such as glider ratings, seaplanes, etc. Students who hold a FAA commercial license are not admissible to this degree and should seek an alternate degree. Students should adhere to expected standards of flight training and complete each flight course in the semester. Students should work closely with their assigned flight instructor and the chief flight instructor to ensure standards are met. Failure to progress because of noncompliance with the expectations could result in a flight hold. Failing three FAA check exams can result in dismissal from the program. Further details and expectations can be found in the program handbook.
In accordance with the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 14, Part 61.3, all professional pilot students are required to obtain an FAA Medical Certificate. There are three classes of medical certificates which students may obtain: First Class, Second Class, and Third Class. Although only a Third Class Medical Certificate is required for student pilot operations at Utah State University, it is highly recommended that students obtain a First Class Certificate, in order to ensure that no medical conditions exist which would disqualify them from obtaining one at a later date. Many pilot jobs require a First Class Medical Certificate. Students using VA education benefits must maintain at least a Second Class Medical Certificate.
A medical certificate may be obtained from a certified Aviation Medical Examiner (AME). Although the cost varies according to the examiner and the type of physical sought (First, Second, or Third), the cost is approximately $70 to $100. Detailed requirements for each medical class and durations are explained in CFR Title 14, part 67, and part 61.23.
In addition to regular tuition and fees, a special class fee will be assessed to all flight certification classes. When a student enrolls in each flight certification, the fee is due with tuition payment. Course costs are based on average costs of ratings, and include stage check and FAA check ride fees. All fees are subject to change. Please visit the program website for a list of current flight fees.
All students are required to have their own iPad, uniform, and headset.
Graduation Requirements for Aviation Technology
For all aviation technology majors, the following academic regulations apply in addition to University regulations:
1. A minimum GPA of 2.75 must be maintained in major required classes. University Studies courses are not included in this GPA calculation.
2. No more than 6 credits of D or D+ credit may be applied toward meeting graduation requirements in major required classes.
3. The P-D-F grading option may not be used in required courses. (The P-D-F grading option is approved for University Studies courses.)
4. The academic regulations listed above (1-3) apply to required coursework and any technology/math/science/business course which could be used to satisfy graduation requirements for the chosen degree. That is, once a student completes a particular technical elective, it becomes a required course for that student.
5. Students in violation of departmental or college academic regulations, no longer eligible for graduation, or not making satisfactory progress toward a degree will have a registration hold placed on their record.
a. Students will be placed on probation (registration hold) if they
i. have more than 6 credits of D credit (see item 2 above), or
ii. have a major GPA of less than 2.75 (see item 1 above)
b. The hold remains until they improve their standing by repeating classes to reduce the number of D credits to 6 or less, and/or by raising their GPA above 2.75. Students must meet with their advisor to have the hold removed.