Air Traffic Control

The Air Traffic Control program at Hesston is offered as a two year associate degree program through the Aviation Department. We bring to the Air Traffic Control training environment a new, refreshed and refined program and curriculum. Hesston College is the only two-year Part 141 (Private Pilot, Instrument Rating, Commercial Pilot airplane single-engine land) flight training school in the state of Kansas to offer flight and Air Traffic Controller training. Students who go through Hesston’s ATC training gain the advantage of being trained by Air Traffic Controller experienced faculty. Students in the program will obtain a private pilot’s license and an associate of applied arts and sciences degree, which will give them a distinct advantage in passing the initial qualification training at the Oklahoma City FAA training facility. Note - the Air Traffic Control program is only available to U.S. citizens.

Why choose Hesston College for your Air Traffic Controller Training?

  • Professional longevity of our staff - Our flight and ground instructors have over 30 years of experience.
  • We have Air Traffic Controller experienced faculty on staff. Our training is structured and intentional and we are required to maintain at least an 80 percent pass-fail ratio.
  • The FAA has approved the curriculum for our Private Pilot, Instrument Rating, Commercial Pilot airplane single engine land courses (through FAA regulation Part 141).
  • Our geographical location is key. Located in south central Kansas, 35 miles north of Wichita, we are within driving distance of the KC Center, the Wichita Tower and local radar facilities.

What other benefits will you receive?

The value of a Hesston College education, along with your Aviation career training will serve you individually and professionally for a life time. Your investments will offer you the full benefit of academic achievement, and life long friendships.

Our faculty and staff are very accessible and take personal ownership in each student’s success.

Our faculty believes in and uses positive affirmation in their training structure. You will not feel demeaned or inadequate.

You will experience community at Hesston College Aviation. We consider everyone in the aviation program part of our flight team. Our faculty and staff make getting to know you personally their priority.

Prerequisites for Air Traffic Control

Participation in the ATC requires a minimum ACT Composite score of 20 or a minimum SAT combined Verbal and Mathematical score of 950 (or a minimum ASSET Reading Skills score of 22 if neither the ACT nor SAT was taken). Students not meeting the minimum program entrance requirements may enroll in the Introduction to Aviation - Private Pilot ground school, and the Air Traffic Basic I courses their first semester. Under the direct supervision from the Student Success Team and a personal tutor their successful completion of the Introduction to Aviation ground school plus passing the FAA knowledge test along with the initial Air Traffic Controller basic course completion, they may enroll in the flight program the following semester. Any student beginning a term on academic probation will not be permitted to enroll in any flight courses during that term.

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