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Dear Prospective Student:

Welcome to the COCC Aviation - Professional Pilot Program.

The COCC Aviation - Professional Pilot program provides students with the knowledge and skills required to enter the exciting world of professional aviation.

While you earn the Associate of Science or the Associate of Applied Science degree, you will also earn the FAA ratings required to become a professional pilot. Specifically, the private pilot certificate, instrument rating, commercial pilot certificate, multi-engine rating (airplane track), and the Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) certificate. Certified Flight Instructor Instrument (CFII) certificate and Multiengine Instructor (MEI) ratings are optional. Helicopter students will earn the private pilot certificate, instrument rating, commercial pilot certificate, and the Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) certificate. The Unmanned Aerial Systems Program is designed to provide the graduate an Associates of Applied Science Degree, and the level of training currently being used by the unmanned aerial systems industry. Program requirements will reflect FAA, and industry standards to the greatest extent possible.

Individual courses may also be taken by anyone wanting to complete a ground school or take a refresher course, and courses may be taken for credit or non-credit. Contact us whether your goal is to get your private pilot certificate, add an instrument rating, or to become a commercial pilot. We can help with the finest ground instruction, taught by highly experienced and qualified instructors.

Before you enroll in this program, first contact us so we can answer your questions about our program and about aviation as a career. Our class schedule will normally provide two aviation classes that you should take each term, and you would want to take AV 110 Private Pilot (Airplane) or AV 115 Private Pilot (Helicopter) the first term it is available. These are the foundational courses upon which all other aviation classes are based and will get you in the air at the earliest opportunity.

Our small class sizes, allow for great student/teacher ratios and you have easy access to the instructors throughout the program.

What are you waiting for? Let's go FLY.

Karl Baldessari
Aviation Program Coordinator
Helicopter Instructor
Central Oregon Community College
Bend OR 97703

Lisa Shipman
Fixed Wing Instructor
Central Oregon Community College
Bend OR 97703

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P.S. We have formed a partnership with Oregon Institute of Technology and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for aviation students to continue for a bachelors degree. (See Aviation News and Transfer Programs link for more information).

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