Hesston College Aviation advocates the joy of flight. We teach and model the skills, principles and attitudes of safe, responsible, thoughtful airmanship. We live and work within a community of faith pursuing the college’s mission.
Located 15 minutes from campus, the Newton City-County Airport (KEWK) exposes students to a wide variety of traffic and serves as a reliever for Wichita’s Mid-Continent Airport. There are 30 other airports within 30 miles ranging from 1500 foot grass strips to 10,000 foot airline-served runways. This allows many learning opportunities!
The Hesston College training facility offers private briefing rooms to meet one-on-one with your instructor. The facility houses seven single and multi-engine aircraft and an FAA-approved Advance Aviation Training Device (AATD).
CATS Testing Center
Hesston College offers FAA written exams at our in-house CATS testing center. Tests are available for all FAA pilot and mechanics tests.
Tests are given at Hesston College, Monday-Friday, by appointment. All FAA tests are $160. Contact Hesston College to schedule your CATS test at 316-283-6161.
Directions to Hesston College’s CATS Testing Center.
Visit the CATS Testing home page for specific information.
Aviation as Mission, Mountain Flying, Airline Training Orientation Program and more
Careers – What can I do with an aviation degree?
- Mike Baker, director
- Amy Birdsell, aviation professor, department chair
- Bob Harder, aviation professor
- Travis Pickerill, aviation professor, chief flight instructor
Staff flight interns and key contacts
- Fritz Lehman, staff flight instructor
- Dylan Todd, staff flight instructor
- Austin Troyer, staff flight instructor
- Suzanne Burch, academic assistant and primary contact, 316-283-6161, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Charles Hostetler, admissions contact, 620-327-8209, email@example.com
Hesston College has several endowed scholarship to assist aviation students. In addition, students may apply for assistance from a variety of other organizations that also offer scholarships.
Hesston College is an official SkyWest Airlines Partner School, offering students from Hesston’s aviation program a more streamlined and efficient pathway to transition into a flying career at SkyWest through the Pilot Pathway Program. SkyWest Airlines is a passenger airline company that operates in partnership with Delta Airlines, United Airlines, American Airlines and Alaska Airlines.
- Avia101 Introduction to Aviation 3 hours
- Avia103/104 Private Pilot I/II 3 + 1 hours
- Avia106 Airspace and Air Traffic 1 hour
- Avia121 Meteorology 3 hours
- Avia161 Aviation Regulations 2 hours
- Avia205 Aircraft Systems 3 hours
- Avia206 Aerodynamics and Aircraft Performance 2 hours
- Avia215 Air Traffic Control 3 hours
- Avia220/221 Instrument Flight I/II 1 + 2 hours
- Avia222 Instrument Rating Principles 2 hours
- Avia225 Mountain Flying 1 hour
- Avia229 Commercial Pilot Principles 2 hours
- Avia230/231 Commercial Flight I/II 3 + 2 hours
- Avia254 Human Factors 2 hours
- Avia281 Aviation Safety 3 hours
- Avia305 Advanced Aircraft Systems 3 hours
- Avia316 Advanced Aircraft Performance 3 hours
- Avia321 Aviation Weather 3 hours
- Avia325 Mountain Flying 1 hour
- Avia331 Multiengine Ground School 1 hour
- Avia332 Airplane Multiengine Land 1 hour
- Avia336 Flight Instructor Ground School 4 hours
- Avia337 Flight Instructor Refresher Course 1 hour
- Avia340 Flight Instructor Airplane 2 hours
- Avia341 Flight Instructor Airplane - Instrument 1 hour
- Avia360 Airline Training Orientation Program (ATOP) 1 hour
- Avia406 National Airspace System 3 hours
- Avia432 Multiengine Experience 1 to 3 hours
- Avia451 Crew Resource Management 3 hours
- Avia461 Aviation Law 3 hours
- Avia470 Flight Instructor - Multiengine 1 hour
- Avia481 Safety Management 3 hours
- Avia490 Flight Instructor Internship 1 to 6 hours
- Avia495 Professional Internship 1 to 6 hours
Hesston College offers you exceptional preparation to get your career in aviation off to a flying start. To schedule a tour of our facilities, including a free introductory flight, and to learn more about getting your aviation degree at Hesston, call the Aviation Department at 316-283-6161 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.