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Safely transporting passengers and cargo requires more than flight time. Private and Commercial Pilots need to develop good judgment and decision-making skills, and have a thorough understanding of the principles of safe flight, instrumentation, FAA rules, and navigation. Private Pilots fly for pleasure, while Commercial Pilots may do crop dusting, charter flights, aerial photography, or other activities.

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  • Is Baker accredited?

    Yes. Baker College is regionally accredited—the highest level of accreditation awarded in the U.S.—by The Higher Learning Commission, A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois  60602-2504; (800) 621-7440; Web address: www.ncahlc.org. Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in: 

    • Business Administration
    • Early Childhood Learning
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • School of Nursing

    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages. 

  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?


    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:

    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips

     

  • Is Baker College Online accredited?

    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, regionally accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan.

    As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education.

    All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by the following regional institutional accreditor: The Higher Learning Commission, A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois 60602-2504; (800) 621-7440; Web address: http://www.hlcommission.org. Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:

  • How do online classes work?


    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.

  • How do I apply for a student loan?

    Once you have applied for financial aid, you will receive a Financial Aid Notification package from the Financial Aid office. Your FAFSA serves as the application for the Student Loan. If it is determined that you qualify for student loan funds, the eligibility amounts will be listed on your award notification, and a student Loan Request Form will be included with the award package. The Loan Request Form must be completed and returned to the Financial Aid Office before the loan process can begin.

    If you are a new student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:

    • Complete the paper loan request form indicating the amount you would like to borrow.
    • Sign and date the form.
    • Return the form to the Financial Aid office.

    If you are a returning student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:

    • Log into the SOLAR system.
    • Select STAR System.
    • Select Financial Aid office.
    • Select Loan Request.
    • Select the appropriate financial aid year and click Continue.
    • Select the type of loan you would like to request and click Continue.
    • Read the Stafford Loan Request Authorization information and click I Agree.
    • Type in the requested dollar amount and click Submit Request.
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A general education core is required for all Associate and Bachelor degrees. All graduates must meet the general education requirements established by each academic program.

College Success Strategies (COL111A) or College Success Online (COL112) is required for all first-time freshmen and all online students enrolled in a certificate or degree program. This course will inform students of campus services, policies and procedures, and address learning styles and study strategies.

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Professional Pilot / Aviation Technology Associate Degree from Baker College

Professional Pilot/Aviation TechnologyAssociate of Applied Science

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Learn to fly.

Safely transporting passengers and cargo requires more than flight time. Private and Commercial Pilots need to develop good judgment and decision-making skills, and have a thorough understanding of the principles of safe flight, instrumentation, FAA rules, and navigation. Private Pilots fly for pleasure, while Commercial Pilots may do crop dusting, charter flights, aerial photography, or other activities.

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Career Facts

$73,280

Median salary for Commercial Pilots

11%

Estimated employment increase by 2022

$114,200

Median salary for Airline Pilots

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Overview

In Baker’s Pilot/Aviation Technology program, you begin flight training in your very first term. You learn from FAA-licensed instructors and build your skills, starting with your private pilot rating, working your way up to commercial pilot with multi-engine rating. You also develop an understanding of aviation meteorology, aircraft operations and performance, and other specialized knowledge. When you graduate, you are fully prepared to start your career in aviation, and improve your opportunities for promotion. 

Once you are enrolled, flight instruction from a non-Baker College carrier will not be considered as fulfillment of course requirements in the Aviation program.

Aviation students are required to sign the Baker College Flight Training Agreement. Some Aviation Technology courses may require additional hours depending on a student’s progress.

This program is part of the Baker College Smart Degree Option.

Course Information
Professional Pilot/Aviation Technology Major65 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
AVT 111
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4 Quarter Hours

Prepares students for the FAA written test. Covers all test areas including aerodynamics, engines, weight and balance, performance charts, weather, weather reports, FAR's, E6-B computer, radio navigation, sectional charts, medical factors, and cross country flying.

Private Pilot Ground School4
AVT 112
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4 Quarter Hours

Covers all school topics to pass the FAA written test for instrument pilots.

Instrument Ground School4
AVT 113
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2 Quarter Hours

Provides training in ground school to become a competent commercial pilot. All areas will be covered.

Prerequisite(s):
AVT 112 or passing score on instrument test.
Commercial Ground School2
AVT 131A
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5 Quarter Hours

Provides students with all the flight time, and tasks as set forth in FAA FAR Part 141 Appendix B to include beginning flight training through solo, cross country, night flying, etc. Required tasks must be consistently and repeatedly performed in accordance with the Practical Test Standards as set forth in FAA-S-8081-14A. Flight fees and the Baker College Flight Training Policy apply.

Corequisite(s):
AVT 111.
Private Pilot Flight5
AVT 132A
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5 Quarter Hours

Provides students with the flight time, PCATD time and tasks required by the FAA as set forth in FAR Part 141 Appendix C to include attitude instrument flight, instrument failures, holding procedures, instrument approaches, etc. Required tasks must be consistently and repeatedly completed in accordance with the Practical Test Standards for the instrument rating as set forth in FAA-S-8081-4E. Flight fees and the Baker College Flight Training Policy apply.

Prerequisite(s):
AVT 131A. AVT 112.
Instrument Flight5
AVT 201A
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides students with the flight time and tasks as set forth in FAA FAR Part 141 Appendix D to include chandelles, lazy and pylon 8's, complex aircraft flight, etc. Required tasks must be consistently and repeatedly performed in accordance with the Practical Test Standards for the commercial rating as set forth in FAA-S-8081-12b. Flight fees and the Baker College Flight Training Policy apply.

Beginning Commercial Flight4
AVT 203A
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4 Quarter Hours

Continues from AVT201A with flight time and tasks as set forth in FAA FAR Part 141 Appendix D to include chandelles, lazy and pylon 8's, complex aircraft flight, etc. Required tasks must be consistently and repeatedly performed in accordance with the Practical Test Standards for the commercial rating as set forth in FAA-S-8081-12b. Flight fees and the Baker College Flight Training Policy apply.

Prerequisite(s):
AVT 201A.
Commercial Flight Completion4
AVT 216
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2 Quarter Hours

Explores concepts of man-machine interface, human error in accidents, aviation physiology, aeronautical decision making, and safety management systems.

Aviation Safety and Human Factors2
AVT 221A
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2 Quarter Hours

Covers the methods of making optimum use of the capability of the individuals and the systems in an aircraft to achieve the safest and most efficient completion of a flight. The pilot in command will be taught how to involve crew members in the decisions made during in-flight emergencies or hazardous situations.

Prerequisite(s):
AVT 112. AVT 113.
Crew Resource Management2
AVT 241
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4 Quarter Hours

Covers aspects of meteorology that apply to flying, including obtaining weather briefings, thunderstorm development, wind shears, jet streams, world weather patterns, climate, and much more.

Prerequisite(s):
AVT 111, GEO 101B.
Aviation Meteorology4
AVT 251A
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4 Quarter Hours

Covers three aspects of aircraft mechanics: what the pilot is legally allowed to do him/herself; a thorough understanding of what the AirFrame and Powerplant mechanic must do, including the paperwork and recordkeeping needed to keep a plane legal under the various sections of the FAR's. Includes hands-on experience on aircraft components as well as classroom training and field trips.

Prerequisite(s):
AVT 111.
Aircraft Systems4
AVT 281
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2 Quarter Hours

Examines the laws that govern aviation, U.S. interaction with international regulatory agencies, accidents, insurance and liability, and labor law. Focuses on the process by which the Code of Federal Regulations is developed.

Aviation Law2
AVT 381
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2 Quarter Hours

Provides the training in multi-engine aircraft needed for the multi-engine add-on to the student's commercial license.

Prerequisite(s):
AVT 203A.
Multi-Engine Flight2
GEO 101B
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4 Quarter Hours

Examines world regional geography, with special attention given to Europe, Russia, and the Americas. The concepts of regionalism, culture, and national environment are studied, along with historical, political, and economic forces that shape people's lives.

World Geography I4
GEO 102B
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4 Quarter Hours

Examines world regional geography, with special attention given to Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. The concepts of regionalism, culture, and natural environment are studied, along with the historical, political, and economic forces that shape people's lives.

World Geography II4
HUM 401A
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4 Quarter Hours

Examines the philosophical foundations for personal and professional ethics. Students identify and analyze ethical situations in modern society.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102.
Philosophy of Ethics4
LAW 211
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides students with an introduction to the legal issues inherent in dynamic business environments. Topics covered include the legal system, including an examination of constitutional law; business torts; contracts; intellectual property; criminal law; and the ethical considerations for business decision making.

Business Law4
MGT 211
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4 Quarter Hours

Investigates the developmental role of the modern manager. Areas covered in the course are planning, decision making, forecasting, goal-setting, motivation, communication, staffing, and utilizing problem-solving concepts through group simulation and case studies.

Management and Supervision4
WRK 291B
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1 Quarter Hours

Covers all phases of securing employment in a required seminar. Major topics include resume preparation, interview strategy, job application, job search action planning, personal appearance, and coordination of the graduate's employment search activity with the College Career Services Office. Students in degree programs may complete the seminar requirement any time during their final two quarters. Certificate students should attend in their last quarter.

Prerequisite(s):
Sophomore status.
Professional Career Strategies1
General Education Requirements32 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
ELECT 161A
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2 Quarter Hours

See General Information Elective List - Computer Literacy Electives.

Computer Literacy Elective2
ENG 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes academic writing by reading and thinking critically to strengthen essential communication skills through the use of the writing process. Various assignments focus on summary and response, analysis, and informative writing. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 091 or satisfies developmental writing or placement exam, ENG 098B or satisfies developmental reading or placement exam.
Composition I4
ENG 102
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4 Quarter Hours

Continues developing students' critical thinking and writing skills through reading and argumentative writing. Emphasizes academic writing to articulate the relationships among language, knowledge, and power. Various assignments focus on position, argument analysis, and argumentative proposal. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in ENG 101 or placement exam and approved writing sample.
Composition II4
INF 113
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2 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to beginning electronic spreadsheet terminology, concepts, and applications. Students will gain the ability to enter/edit, save/retrieve files, format, and print spreadsheets and reports. Students are also introduced to basic formula development.

Prerequisite(s):
WPG 098 or high school typing/proficiency.
Electronic Spreadsheets2
INF 114A
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2 Quarter Hours

Introduces beginning database terminology, concepts, and applications using a file management software program. Students will demonstrate an understanding of data hierarchy; the ability to design simple files, edit file content, print file content, and simple reports; and the ability to search and sort files and use pre-existing formulas.

Prerequisite(s):
WPG 098 or high school typing/proficiency.
Introduction to Database Applications2
INF 161
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2 Quarter Hours

Explores timely social, legal, philosophical, ethical, political, constitutional, and economic implications of computing and technology. Coverage of the issues related to a technological society including social networking, privacy topics such as cameras in cell phones, access to our search queries and all sorts of data we put on the Web, social networking, location tracking, high-tech surveillance systems, intellectual property, professional ethics and responsibilities, and crime.

Technology and Society2
MTH 108
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4 Quarter Hours

Solves contemporary, real-world problems by mathematical reasoning utilizing concepts from algebra, finance, and statistics. Key topics include personal finance, mathematical models, functions and relations, dimensional analysis, statistical reasoning, and Euclidean geometry. This class focuses on quantitative literacy and the application of the above concepts in a variety of professional disciplines.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 099E or satisfies developmental pre-algebra or placement exam.
College Mathematics I: Reasoning and Application4
PSY 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation for understanding human relations with applications to both personal and professional growth. Focus is on examining the basic dynamics of human relations, how social influences shape thought and behavior, effective ways to develop skills of human relations, and the importance of multicultural competency within human relations.

Human Relations4
SPK 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Develops confidence and skill in many facets of oral communication. Students explore diverse topics and formats, using both organization and research to support themselves during oral presentations.

Oral Communication4
WRI 115
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4 Quarter Hours

Addresses professional standards of communication with a focus on 21st century technology. Continues  developing students' critical thinking and writing skills to prepare them to be effective communicators in the workplace. Students evaluate the audience before choosing and applying the appropriate communication medium and style. Required elements include an employment portfolio, a group project/presentation, and an exploration of communication in the student's individual career field.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102.
Workplace Communication4

Quarter Hours Required for Graduation: 97

Program Description

This program will progress an incoming student through flight training from Private Pilot to Commercial Pilot's License with Multi-Engine rating. Graduates from this program will be prepared for aviation jobs such as pipeline/powerline patrol pilot, banner towing pilot, sightseeing tour pilot, charter co-pilot, and other entry level flying jobs. Wage increases result from gaining experience in more complicated aircraft. Flight training costs are in addition to tuition.

Accreditation

Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

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  • Is Baker accredited?

    Yes. Baker College is regionally accredited—the highest level of accreditation awarded in the U.S.—by The Higher Learning Commission, A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois  60602-2504; (800) 621-7440; Web address: www.ncahlc.org. Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in: 

    • Business Administration
    • Early Childhood Learning
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • School of Nursing

    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages. 

  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?


    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:

    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips

     

  • Is Baker College Online accredited?

    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, regionally accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan.

    As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education.

    All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by the following regional institutional accreditor: The Higher Learning Commission, A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois 60602-2504; (800) 621-7440; Web address: http://www.hlcommission.org. Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:

  • How do online classes work?


    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.

  • How do I apply for a student loan?

    Once you have applied for financial aid, you will receive a Financial Aid Notification package from the Financial Aid office. Your FAFSA serves as the application for the Student Loan. If it is determined that you qualify for student loan funds, the eligibility amounts will be listed on your award notification, and a student Loan Request Form will be included with the award package. The Loan Request Form must be completed and returned to the Financial Aid Office before the loan process can begin.

    If you are a new student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:

    • Complete the paper loan request form indicating the amount you would like to borrow.
    • Sign and date the form.
    • Return the form to the Financial Aid office.

    If you are a returning student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:

    • Log into the SOLAR system.
    • Select STAR System.
    • Select Financial Aid office.
    • Select Loan Request.
    • Select the appropriate financial aid year and click Continue.
    • Select the type of loan you would like to request and click Continue.
    • Read the Stafford Loan Request Authorization information and click I Agree.
    • Type in the requested dollar amount and click Submit Request.
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