Printed on 9/27/2021

Aeronautics-Professional Pilot

31-402-1 Technical Diploma (TD)
Part Time and Full Time
32 Credits
Financial Aid Eligible
Time of Day: Day
Location*: Oshkosh

*If general education courses are required, they may be available at multiple locations.

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Phone: 920-735-4740
Text: 920-294-1738

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If you’d like to build your flight experience for employment in the aviation industry, this diploma program can give you the training and experience you need to get started. Your training includes FAA approved 141 flight training for Private Pilot, Instrument Rating and Commercial Pilot Multi-Engine and Single-Engine, so you’ll have flight experience and certifications for your first professional pilot job. You’ll be well prepared for a variety of interesting career options. If your goal is to become an airline pilot, this program can offer an alternative pathway to our Aeronautics-Pilot Training associate degree to acquire the necessary flight hours you’ll need to be eligible for those positions.

Career Opportunities

  • Aerial Photography Pilot
  • Wildland Fire Pilot
  • Air Tour Pilot
  • Law Enforcement Pilot
  • Skydiver Pilot
  • Crop Duster
  • DNR Pilot


Estimated Program Cost

Aeronautics-Professional Pilot

This program will cost about $58,065.13*
based on current tuition and fees.

Additional materials and supplies will cost
about $3,200.00*.

Textbooks will cost about $42.00*.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.
  Costs may not include all books or all materials and supplies.
  Some textbook costs may be included in the estimated program cost.


Check Program Availability *

Aeronautics-Professional Pilot

Term Fall 2021 Spring 2022 Summer 2022

* Programs may be available at locations that are not listed here.

* Depending on program enrollment and prerequisite requirements, there may be a wait for some program courses. Please see the additional information section for details.

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  • Admissions Requirements

    Aeronautics Tour

    Prior to program admission, you must complete a tour and a program overview session, and should review the program guides at and schedule your tour and program overview, contact Catelyn Frost at (920) 236-6112 or

    Pilot Declaration and Intent

    You must complete the Declaration & Aeronautics Pilot Intent form in the Admissions Process Guide; For students starting their flight training at FVTC, please follow the full program guide:; For students transferring in a flight rating/certificate, use the transfer guide:

    High School Transcript

    Submit a final, official high school transcript or an official copy of GED/HSED certification scores.

    Verification of Citizenship

    Present Citizenship Documents to a College representative at the SJ Spanbauer Center who will make a copy of your original documents - Accepted documents include: United States Passport, OR An Official Birth Certificate and Driver’s License, OR Certificate of Naturalization and Driver’s License

    Student Pilot Certificate App

    Submit an application for the Student Pilot Certificate in IACRA and complete it by visiting a Flight Instructor, Designated Pilot Examiner, or FAA office.

    Student Pilot Certificate

    After receiving your Student Pilot Certificate applied for in Phase 1, present your signed card to a college representative at the S.J.

    Request NSO

    After you have completed all items of phase 1 (declaration and aeronautics pilot intent form, transcripts, skills assessment, tour/overview, completed student pilot certificate application 1st or 2nd FAA medical certificate, and citizen documentation) send your request email to Catey Frost indicating you have completed all tasks necessary to attend an Orientation session; IMPORTANT to minimize delays in receiving an Orientation invite, (do not email a request to attend until every step prior this in Phase 1 is complete).

    Pilot Orientation

    Attend a required orientation session: You must bring the following ORIGINAL documents: medical certificate, citizenship documents, and student pilot certificate; You may not register for the Student Success Workshop or the Training Course Outline without these documents.

    Program Readiness 1

    Register for Student Success Workshop (Online Blackboard course); Failure to complete the Student Success Workshop on time and successfully as prescribed in Student Success Workshop Student Supplement results in ineligibility for Pilot Program acceptance

    Program Readiness 2

    Register for the Training Course Outline (TCO) Overview; Failure to complete the Training Course Outline (TCO) Overview on time and successfully as prescribed in Training Course Outline (TCO) Overview Student Supplement results in ineligibility for Pilot Program acceptance

  • Credit Transfer Options

    They're your credits. Take them with you!

    Whether you’re an incoming student, transferring to another two-year college or pursuing your bachelor’s degree, we make it easy for you to seamlessly transfer your credits. With full accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission, we offer credit transfer agreements with more than 65 two-and four-year colleges.

    Transfer In

    Many students come to Fox Valley Tech with credits they’ve already earned, either while in high school or at other colleges and universities. It’s also possible to be granted credit for career-related knowledge and skills you’ve already mastered.

    Transfer Out

    Is a four-year degree in your future? Save time and money by starting here. You can earn your associate degree at Fox Valley Tech, then apply your credits toward a bachelor’s degree. Or easily transfer your credits to other two-year colleges.

  • Program Outcomes
    • Maintain compliance with procedures and practices contained in the Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR's), Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM) and other applicable FAA publications. Criteria – You must pass the practical tests for instrument rating airplane, commercial pilot airplane multi-engine land and commercial pilot single-engine land.
    • Obtain the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification as a Commercial Pilot for single- and multi-engine land planes with an instrument rating. Criteria – You must comply with as well as explain the purpose and value of instrument rating airplane and commercial pilot airplane procedures and practices.
    • Demonstrate Single-pilot Resource Management (SRM). Criteria – You must demonstrate task management, risk management, situational awareness, aeronautical decision-making, controlled flight into terrain awareness and automation management.
    • Act as a professional member of the aviation community. Criteria – You must act professional at all times, be sincere, present a professional appearance and personal habits, maintain a calm demeanor, practice safety and accident prevention at all times, use appropriate language, continue professional development, admit errors and be punctual.
  • Additional Information
    If you need to complete the Private Pilot Certificate, we recommend taking the private pilot training from FVTC for the easiest transition. If you already hold a private pilot license, a credit transfer assessment is required.

    Please review the following guides for complete admissions and program information for new and transfer students: or

  • Undecided?

    Still undecided about your major or exploring your career options? Check out these resources to identify your personality traits, values, abilities and interests – important considerations when choosing a career. You’ll also find details about scheduling a college visit and contact information for our career counselors if you’d like more personal assistance. We’re here to help you explore your options.

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Start anywhere. Many credits can apply toward future programs, so you can get the right training at the right time in your career.

Start anywhere. Many credits can apply toward future programs.