Aviation

(A.A.A.S. degree)

The Aviation program offers tracks in Air Traffic Control and Professional Pilot-Flight.

Air Traffic Control

The Air Traffic Control degree track prepares students to apply for an FAA Air Traffic Control position. This degree prepares students for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Air Traffic Selection and Training evaluations. Hesston College is a member of the FAA’s Collegiate Training Initiative schools.

Participation in the Air Traffic Control program requires a minimum ACT Composite score of 19 or a minimum SAT combined Critical Reading and Mathematical score of 910 (or a minimum ASSET reading/writing combined scaled score of 88 if neither the ACT or SAT was taken).

Students meeting these requirements usually complete the program in two years (four semesters). Students not meeting the above academic acceptance requirements may enroll in the Introduction to Aviation course. If they successfully complete the class and accomplish their Academic Contractual Acceptance (ACA) agreement, they may enroll in flight courses and the Air Traffic Control course in the following semesters. These students usually complete the program in two and a half to three years (five to six semesters). Any student beginning a term on an ACA agreement and/or academic probation will not be permitted to enroll in any air traffic control or flight courses during that term, possibly prolonging completion dates.

Air Traffic Control Track Required Program Courses: 22 hours (grade of C or better required)
Introduction to Aviation, Private Pilot Principles, Private Pilot I and II, Meteorology, Aviation Regulations, Air Traffic Control, Human Factors, Aviation Safety.

First Year Fall Program courses
Intro to Aviation
Private Pilot Principles
Private Pilot I
Meteorology
Recommended courses
College Writing I
First-Year Seminar

Spring Program courses
Private Pilot II
Aviation Regulations
Air Traffic Control
Spring Program courses
Biblical Literature
Interpersonal Communication or Speech Communication
Lifetime Fitness and Wellness

Second Year Fall Recommended courses
natural science course
mathematics course
electives

Spring Program courses
Aviation Safety
Human Factors
Recommended courses
social science course
humanities course
responsibility course

 

Professional Pilot-Flight

The Professional Pilot degree track prepares students to enter the aviation industry as a professional pilot. A few career paths include airlines, corporate aviation, air ambulance, mission/humanitarian aid and instructing. Students may also pursue aviation for personal enrichment. The Private Pilot, Commercial Pilot and Instrument Rating courses are approved under FAA Part 141. All other flight courses are conducted under FAA Part 61.

The Professional Pilot degree includes all flight training through the Commercial Certificate. Additional training is available, including Flight Instructor Certificate & Ratings, Multiengine Rating, Mountain Flying and other opportunities for advanced training. These opportunities usually require five or six semesters of training.

Participation in the flight program requires a minimum ACT Composite score of 19 or a minimum SAT combined Critical Reading and Mathematics score of 910 (or a minimum ASSET reading/writing combined scaled score of 88 if neither the ACT nor SAT was taken). Students meeting these requirements usually complete the program in four semesters. A student may also opt to take the program over two and a half or three years, allowing one or two semesters for elective courses and time for extracurricular activities, employment or other responsibilities.

Students not meeting the above academic acceptance requirements may enroll in the Introduction to Aviation course. If they successfully complete the course, pass the FAA test on the first attempt, and accomplish their Academic Contract Acceptance (ACA) agreement, they may enroll in the flight program the following semester. These students usually complete the program in three years (six semesters). Any student beginning a term on an ACA agreement and/or academic probation will not be permitted to enroll in any flight courses during that term, possibly prolonging completion dates.

For international students, a minimum total score of 80 on the Internet-based TOEFL (iBT), including a Speaking score of 20 is required.

Professional Pilot-Flight Track Required Program Courses: 39 hours (grade of C or better required)
Introduction to Aviation, Private Pilot Principles, Private Pilot I/II, Meteorology, Aviation Regulations, Instrument Rating Principles, Instrument Flight I/II, Commercial Pilot Principles, Commercial Flight I/II, Aircraft Systems, Human Factors, Aviation Safety, Principles of Physical Science.

First Year Fall Program courses
Intro to Aviation
Private Pilot Principles
Private Pilot I
Meteorology
Recommended courses
College Writing I
First-Year Seminar

Spring Program courses
Private Pilot II
Instrument Rating Principles
Instrument Flight I and II
Aviation Regulations
Recommended courses
Biblical Literature
Interpersonal Communication or Speech Communication
Lifetime Fitness and Wellness

Second Year Fall Program courses
Commercial Pilot Principles
Commercial Flight I
Principles of Physical Science
Aircraft Systems
Recommended courses
mathematics course

Spring Program courses
Commercial Flight II
Aviation Safety
Human Factors
Recommended courses
social science course
humanities course
responsibility course

Optional Third Year Fall Program courses
Mountain Flying
Flight Instructor Ground School
Multiengine
Flight Instructor Airplane
Airline Training Orientation Program
Flight Instructor – Instrument
Flight Instructor – Multiengine

Catalog 2016-17