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  Printed on 8/18/2019

Aeronautics-Professional Pilot

Share 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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Contact Enrollment Services for questions about admissions, financial aid, registration, tuition and credit transfer.

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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 $52,510.01*
based on current tuition and fees.

Additional materials and supplies will cost
about $3,100.00*.

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 2019 Spring 2020 Summer 2020

* 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.

Accepting applications for this term
Accepting paper applications only
Not accepting applications for this term
Admissions Requirements

Pilot Declaration

You must complete the Aeronautics declaration on the last page of the Admissions Process Guide:; Please review the following guides for complete admissions and program information for new and transfer students: or

Pilot Intent Form

You must complete the private pilot intent form in the Admissions Process Guide:

High School Transcript

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

Aeronautics Tour

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

1st or 2nd Class Medical Cert.

Obtain a 1st or 2nd Class FAA Medical Certificate and present to a college representative at the SJ Spanbauer Center who will make a copy of your original 1st or 2nd Class Medical Certificate issued within the last 12 months by an FAA-approved Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) - A 3rd Class Certificate is NOT acceptable; Locate the nearest Aviation Medical Examiner at the following webpage: (Must be renewed every 12 months from date of exam, failure to do so invalidates completion of Phase 1)

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.

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

Present your card to a college representative at the SJ Spanbauer Aviation & Industrial Center who will make a copy of your original Student Pilot Certificate

Request NSO

After you have completed all items of phase 1 (declaration, private pilot intent form, transcripts, skills assessment, tour, applied for the student pilot certificate and provided card to FVTC staff, 1st or 2nd FAA medical certificate, and citizen documentation) send your request email to Lori Bidwell 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

FAA Enrollment Session

Attend one of the scheduled FAA Enrollment Sessions in order to be considered ready for program enrollment.

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
Purchase all items from the Required Resource List received during the Aeronautics Tour/Program Overview and bring with you to an FAA Equipment Verification.
Once the Program Readiness 1 and Program Readiness 2 courses are successfully completed and all of the items from the Required Resource List are purchased, make a request to attend an FAA Equipment Verification; Send your request to Lori Bidwell: indicating you have completed the Phase II tasks necessary to attend; IMPORTANT: to minimize delays in receiving an FAA Equipment Verification invite, (do not email a request to attend until every step prior in this Phase II is complete).

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.
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