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 track follows guidelines and curriculum provided by the Federal Aviation Administration’s Air Traffic-Collegiate Training Initiative (AT-CTI) program and prepares students for the FAA’s Air Traffic Selection and Training evaluations (ATSAT). Students who pass the ATSAT are eligible for admission to the FAA Academy in Oklahoma City for further training. Hesston College Aviation is one of 36 colleges and universities in the FAA’s AT-CTI program. Hesston College has been approved by the FAA as an AAAS-Professional Pilot or Air Traffic Control degree program.

Participation in the AT-CTI 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 class (private pilot ground school). If they successfully complete the class, pass the FAA knowledge exam on the first attempt and accomplish their academic contract agreement, they may enroll in the flight course and AT-CTI Basic courses 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 academic contract agreement and/or academic probation will not be permitted to enroll in any air traffic control courses during that term possibly prolonging completion dates by one semester.

Air Traffic Control Track Required Program Courses: 22 hours (grade of C or better and minimum scores of 80 percent in air traffic basic knowledge evaluations)
Air Traffic Basics I, II, III, IV, Private Ground School, Private Pilot, Instrument Ground School.

First Year Fall Program courses
Air Traffic Basics I
Air Traffic Basics II
Recommended courses
First-Year Seminar
College Writing I
College Algebra or higher
Lifetime Fitness and Wellness

Spring Recommended courses
Biblical Literature
Interpersonal Communication or Speech Communication
natural science course
responsibility course
electives

Second Year Fall Program courses
Introduction to Aviation
Private Pilot
Recommended courses
humanities course
social science course
electives

Spring Program courses
Air Traffic Basics III
Air Traffic Basics IV
Private Pilot II
Instrument Ground School
Recommended courses
integration course
electives
social science course

Professional Pilot-Flight

The flight curriculum prepares students for flight instructing and, with experience, business and airline flying. Flight training at Hesston College coupled with training in airplane maintenance at a maintenance training facility may provide background for Christian mission flying. Students may also pursue aviation for personal enrichment. The Private Pilot, Commercial Pilot and Instrument Rating flight courses are approved under Federal Aviation Administration Part 141. All Aviation ground schools and all other flight courses are conducted under Federal Aviation Administration Part 61. The length of the flight program may vary from two years (if entering with a private pilot certificate) to three years.

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 five semesters (or four semesters plus summer enrollment). Students not meeting the above academic acceptance requirements may enroll in the Introduction to Aviation class (private pilot ground school). If they successfully complete the class, pass the FAA test on the first attempt and accomplish their academic contract 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 academic contract agreement and/or academic probation will not be permitted to enroll in any flight courses during that term, possibly prolonging completion dates by one semester. 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.

If an international student, 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: 27 to 28 hours (grade of C or better required)
Introduction to Aviation, Private Pilot, Commercial Ground School, Instrument Ground School, Instrument Flight I/II, Mountain Flying, Commercial Flight I/II, Flight Instructor Ground School and Multiengine or Flight Instructor Airplane.

First Year Fall Program courses
Introduction to Aviation
Private Pilot I
Recommended courses
First-Year Seminar
College Writing I
College Algebra or higher
Lifetime Fitness and Wellness

Spring Program courses
Private Pilot II
Instrument Ground School
Instrument Flight I
Airline Training Orientation Program (ATOP)
Recommended courses
Biblical Literature
Interpersonal Communication or Speech Communication
humanities course

Summer Program course
Instrument Flight II

Second Year Fall Program courses
Commercial Ground School
Commercial Flight I
Mountain Flying
Recommended courses
natural science course
social science course
responsibility course

Spring Program courses
Commercial Flight II
Flight Instructor Ground School
Multiengine or Flight Instructor Airplane
Flight Instructor Airplane – Instrument
Recommended courses
integration course

Summer Program course
Multiengine Instructor – Advanced

Professional Pilot-Flight Three-Year Plan of Study

First Year Fall Recommended courses
First-Year Seminar
College Writing I
College Algebra or higher
Lifetime Fitness and Wellness
social science course
electives

Spring Program courses
Introduction to Aviation
Private Pilot I
Recommended courses
Biblical Literature
Interpersonal Communication or Speech Communication

Summer Program course
Private Pilot II

Second Year Fall Program courses
Commercial Ground School
Commercial Flight I
Recommended courses
natural science course
responsibility course

Spring Program courses
Instrument Ground School
Instrument Flight I
Instrument Flight II
Recommended courses
humanities course
electives

Third Year Fall Program courses
Commercial Flight II
Mountain Flying

Spring Program courses
Flight Instructor Ground School
Multiengine or Flight Instructor Airplane
Flight Instructor Airplane-Instrument
Airline Training Orientation Program (ATOP)

Catalog 2014-15