Commercial Flight, AS

Technology and Health Division
Degree S0912

The Commercial Flight curriculum prepares students for careers as aircraft pilots as well as related ground occupations in aviation. Students have the opportunity for optional flight training with commensurate college credit. The pilot license is not required for graduation but it is desirable for career advancement.

This program prepares students for military and civilian aviation careers through transfer programs to bachelor’s degree aviation curricula throughout the nation. With concurrent flight training, students may achieve the commercial pilot certificate and instrument rating simultaneously with the A.S. degree.

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This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

Required Courses

Core Courses
AERO 100Primary Pilot Ground School4
AERO 102Aviation Weather3
AERO 104Federal Aviation Regulations2
AERO 150Commercial Pilot Ground School3
AERO 152Air Transportation3
AERO 200Aviation Safety and Human Factors3
AERO 202Aircraft and Engines3
AERO 250Navigation3
AERO 252Instrument Ground School3
Total Units27

Recommended Electives

AIRT 151Aircraft Recognition and Performance3

Note: The Commercial Flight faculty recommend that students complement their studies with selected elective courses chosen from the list above. Students should meet with a professor of commercial flight to help them determine which electives would best suit their career plans.

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Guided Pathway of Study

Explore Your Future in Commercial Flight

The Guided Pathway of Study grid below offers a semester by semester plan for achieving the AS Degree in Commercial Flight as recommended by content Faculty Members and Counselors. This Guided Pathway of Study assumes the student is able to take 12-15 units per semester.

If the number of units you are able to take are fewer than 12-15 per semester, or you are eligible for English other than English 1A,  and Math other than Math 71, please make an appointment with a counselor who will assist you with developing your personal Guided Pathway of Study for this degree. 

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Semester 1Units
AERO 100 Primary Pilot Ground School 4
AERO 102 Aviation Weather 3
AERO 104 Federal Aviation Regulations 2
METO 3 Weather and the Atmospheric Environment 3
Intersession 1
ENGL 1A Freshman Composition 4
Semester 2
AERO 150 Commercial Pilot Ground School 3
AERO 152 Air Transportation 3
COUN 5 Career and Life Planning (or any AREA E course) 3
Recommended to take AREA D History or Political Science General Education course here 1 3
Recommended to take AREA E Lifelong Learning General Education course here. 1 3
Intersession 2
SPCH 1A Public Speaking 4
Second Year
Semester 1
AERO 200 Aviation Safety and Human Factors 3
AERO 202 Aircraft and Engines 3
MATH 71 Intermediate Algebra 5
Recommended to take KIN (Activity) course here 2 1
Intersession 1
Recommended to take AREA C Arts & Humanities course here 1 3
Semester 2
AERO 250 Navigation 3
AERO 252 Instrument Ground School 3
Recommended to take AREA C Arts & Humanities General Education course here 1 3
Recommended to take AREA D Elective General Education course here 1 3
 Total Units62

This degree requires the completion of sixty (60) degree appropriate units. At least 24 units are required from General Education Areas A through E with a grade of "C" or better. See GE Area course requirements.  


 Physical Well-Being Requirement: Complete at least one of the physical education activity courses with the following prefixes: DNCE, KINA, KINF, KINI, KINL, KINS, KINX with a grade of “C” or better or “CR”. 

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, a student will be able to:

  • Recognize and comprehend terms and vocabulary associated with piloting and air traffic control; early federal legislation that was influential in shaping the aviation industry; the function of government in regulating the aviation industry; airline economics and demand; and career planning skills and resources.
  • Recognize and comprehend physiology limitations humans experience in flight; comprehend the skills, techniques, and procedures of advanced crew resource management (ACRM), and applying ACRM principles in problem-solving scenarios; analyze aircraft accident case-studies and identify key factors leading to aircraft accidents.
  • Identify and determine the characteristics of North American continental and worldwide weather systems; encode and decode hourly surface weather observations and pilot reports; encode and decode aviation weather forecasts and meteorological advisories; and summarize aviation weather conditions and forecasts using a variety of charts, observations, and forecasts with the goal of demonstrating good decision-making and problem-solving skills.
  • Comprehend the skills, techniques, and procedures for safely operating aircraft in primary, instrument, and commercial flight operations. Students will be able to explain the principles of flight and aerodynamics as they relate to airplanes, helicopters, and other high-performance aircraft; analyze aircraft performance data necessary for takeoff and landing and evaluate problem-solving scenarios for “go” and “no-go” decisions; analyze and apply weight and balance principles in problem-solving scenarios.

    Review Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for this program.
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