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2013-2014 General Catalog (Spring 2014) 
2013-2014 General Catalog (Spring 2014) [ARCHIVED CATALOG Please see current catalog]

Aviation Technology - Professional Pilot - BS

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College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences

School of Applies Sciences, Technology and Education

The Aviation Technology – Professional Pilot major prepares students to become professional pilots in the fixed wing and rotorcraft industries. Students must choose one of the emphasis options offered: fixed wing or rotorcraft. Upon graduation from this program, student will have acquired approximately 200-250 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. Students also choose from a specific list of required upper-division directed elective courses. These courses can be used to broaden educational backgrounds and enhance career opportunities. Aviation Technology – Professional Pilot graduates are trained to be commercial pilots. The degree requirements include completion of the following FAA licenses: private, instrument, commercial, CFI, CFII, and Multi-Engine.

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.  

Admission Requirements For This Major

1. New freshmen admitted to USU in good standing qualify for admission to this major.

2. Transfer students from other institutions need a 2.5 total GPA for admission to this major in good standing.

3. Students transferring from other USU majors need a total GPA of 2.4 in major courses for admission to this major in good standing. A cumulative GPA of 2.5 must be maintained.

Transfer Credit

Transfer credit from accredited U.S. institutions is automatically posted. Posting of credit from U.S. institutions does not imply acceptance as credits toward a degree.

A transfer student and a college academic advisor initiate a petition for acceptance of transfer credits to meet degree requirements (department head and dean must approve). If transfer credit is not from a Utah school, it is the student's responsibility to provide a catalog or copies of catalog materials (usually available online) to show the content of courses taken.

D grades are not accepted as transfer credit, except from Utah schools where USU is required to do so for general education coursework. 

Transfer credit from foreign and non-accredited institutions may be used for meeting degree requirements only if posted on the USU record of the student. Courses from accredited institutions having similar content can be transferred and substituted for USU courses shown in the curriculum. Upper-division coursework cannot be transferred from a two-year institution. Flight courses taken in a program other than for college credit cannot automatically be transferred for university credit. If students feel that they already have an understanding of the material taught in the flight classes, they may challenge the courses. See advisor for details.

U.S. FAR 141.77 Limitations C1 and C2 govern the transfer of previous pilot experience to the USU flight program. This regulation applies when a student wishes to transfer flight training to USU during training for the same certificate or rating received elsewhere. A student participating in a part 141-approved training course may be given 50 percent of the minimum flight hours required in the current USU syllabus for the same certificate or rating. A student who is enrolled in a part 61-approved training course may only be given credit up to 25 percent of the minimum flight hours required in the current USU syllabus for the same certificate or rating. The actual amount of training experience transferred is based upon an evaluation exam and flight check with the Chief Flight Instructor at USU.


In addition to regular tuition and fees, a special fee will be assessed all flight certification classes listed below. 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. For current fee structure, see website at: Flight Certification Fee Outline

Fixed Wing Flight Fees  
AV 2350 - Private Pilot Certification  9,705
AV 2510 - Intermediate Flight  9,612.50
AV 2540 - Instrument Pilot Certification I  6,000
AV 2550 - Instrument Pilot Certification II  6,470
AV 2660 - Commercial Pilot Certification  11,690
AV 2740 - CFI Certification  7,275
AV 2860 - CFII Certification  2,140
AV 2880 - Multi-Engine Certification  4,203
Total $57,095.50
 Elective Certification  
AV 3860 - Multiple Engine Instructor Certification  4485.00
Rotorcraft Flight Fees  
AV 2355 - Private Pilot Helicopter Certification  24,935
AV 2515 - Intermediate Flight Helicopter  29,500
AV 2545 - Instrument Pilot Helicopter Certification I  3,200
AV 2555 - Instrument Pilot Helicopter Certification II  14,482
AV 2665 - Commercial Pilot Helicopter Certification  8,485
AV 2745 - Certified Flight Instructor Certification Helicopter  9,285
AV 2865 - Certified Flight Instructor Instrument Certification Helicopter  2,140
AV 2880 - Multi-Engine Certification  6,572
 Total $98,599


Medical Certificates

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 him or her 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.

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.  For further information, contact Flight Operations at (435) 753-4287.

Graduation Requirements for Aviation Technology (Professional Pilot)

For all aviation technology majors, the following academic regulations apply in addition to University regulations:

1. A minimum GPA of 2.4 must be maintained in technology/math/ science/business courses required for, or used as technical electives in, the chosen major. 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 technology/math/science/business classes.

3. The P-D-F grading option may not be used in required or elective 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.

  1. 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
  2.       ii. have a GPA of less than 2.4 (see item 1 above)
  3. 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 2.4. Students must meet with their advisor to have the hold removed.


Students must complete the General Education Requirements  and the University Studies Depth Requirements .

The student must meet with a college academic advisor at least once each semester to work out a schedule having the primary goal of correcting the existing academic problems.

Although transfer credit accepted by the department and the college may be applied toward graduation requirements, the grade received will not be used in the USU GPA calculation.



Juniors and seniors in the major have the opportunity to complete an internship for credit. Internships must be approved by the appropriate faculty member.

Career Opportunities

Depending upon the national economy, the airline industry experiences surges and lulls in the demand for properly trained personnel. Job opportunities are presently limited with major airlines; however, regional airlines have been hiring on a regular basis. This is an excellent time to begin aviation training in anticipation of the increased demand for pilots as the economy improves.

Departmental Honors in Aviation Technology—Professional Pilot (15 credits required)

To receive departmental honors in Aviation Technology—Professional Pilot, students must complete 3 credits of AV 4660 . Also, students must select 12 credits of AV Honors coursework, numbered 3000 or above. A cumulative GPA of 3.30, as well as a GPA of 3.50 in upper-division major requirements and Honors coursework, are required for departmental honors. Students must also complete and present in a public forum an Honors thesis/project (e.g., a senior project presentation or student showcase). For more information about departmental honors, contact the Honors Program, (435) 797-2715.

Required Courses


Students should meet with their academic advisor to establish a plan of study.

Students must complete a total of 40 credits of stipulated upper-division coursework.

Students must take 6 credits of an upper-division directed electives and must be chosen from the following list: AV 4250 , AV 4280 , AV 4300 ; FIN 3400 MGT 3250 , MGT 3500 , MGT 3510 , MGT 3520 , MGT 3700 ; MGT 3710 , MGT 3820 ; MIS 4350 , MIS 4550 ; PHIL 3520 ; PSY 4240 ; SOC 3320 , SOC 3500 . For information about ROTC classes which may apply, students should contact their advisor.

1 Depending on weather and other factors, flying courses may be taken during semesters other than those indicated. It is imperative that students work with their advisors and flight instructor to determine the best arrangement for these courses.



Requirement Changes

Graduation requirements shown on this sheet are subject to change. Students should check with their assigned advisor concerning possible changes. 

For information contact

School of Applied Sciences, Technology and Education; Industrial Science 112; Utah State University; 6000 Old Main Hill; Logan UT 84322-6000; tel. (435) 797-1795;;

Fixed-Wing Emphasis (120 credits)

Freshman Year (29 credits)

Sophomore Year (31 credits)

Junior Year (29 credits)

Senior Year (31 credits)

Spring Semester

Rotorcraft Emphasis (120 credits)

Freshman Year (30 credits)

Sophomore Year (31 credits)

Junior Year (29 credits)

Senior Year (30 credits)

Minimum University Requirements

Total Credits


Grade Point Average (most majors require higher GPA)

2.00 GPA

Credits of C- or better


Credits of upper-division courses (#3000 or above)


USU Credits (30 USU credits, 20 of which must be upper-division courses, 10 of which must be courses required for student's major)

30 USU credits

Completion of approved major program of study

See college advisor

Credits in minor (if required)


Credits in American Institutions (ECN 1500 ;HIST 1700 , HIST 2700  or HIST 2710 ; HONR 1300 POLS 1100 ; or USU 1300 )


General Education Requirements  and University Studies Depth Requirements 




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