Aircraft Pilot Training Associate Degree
The Federal Aviation Administration reports commercial aviation remains on track to carry one billion passengers by 2021 and continues to forecast long-term aviation growth.
Today, a majority of new pilots hired are civilian-trained, with opportunities in jobs such as air-taxi/charter pilot, flight instructor, cargo transporter, corporate or commercial pilot, agriculture pilot, traffic or law-enforcement pilot and more. This includes an abundance of opportunities in Texas, as the state has the largest airport network in the nation, according to the Texas Department of Transportation.
Students who attend Texas State Technical College benefit in a variety of ways. TSTC is the single largest provider of aerospace programs in Texas, and our experienced FAA-certified flight professionals in the Aircraft Pilot Training (APT) Technology can offer the critical foundation needed to succeed in the field of aviation.
Students get first-class, hands-on training and flying time on a variety of aircraft, including Cessna 172s, Diamond DA-20s and a Piper Seminole and a Piper Arrow, as well as training on two Redbird single- and multi-engine capable simulators, worldwide weather terminals and much more.
The college’s unique features — top-notch equipment, a dual runway and operational control tower, combined with the fact that TSTC has the nation’s largest airport owned and operated by a two-year public educational institution — puts students on a fast-track to a career in the sky as an aircraft pilot.
In approximately five semesters, students quickly rack up more airtime flight hours by obtaining an associate degree through TSTC’s FAA-approved program, becoming certified as flight instructors.
Expect total immersion in flight in APT’s program, from classroom studies to assignments in the sky. The Waco area offers open skies and favorable weather, conducive to a great flying experience. Students can also look forward to TSTC’s new Texas Aerospace Center, complete with terminal facility, air traffic control tower and expanded programs (to open fall 2011).
For those who want to continue their education, TSTC offers an Aviation Science program with Baylor University and with Tarleton State University, where you can earn a bachelor’s degree