Why study Aviation?

Train with a team of dedicated pilot instructors, learn from an extensive fleet of aircraft, and experience flight in a superb flying environment. All these factors combine to make the COCC Aviation program a top choice in the flight school field. With consistently clear weather and flight visibility, plus the added dynamic of high-elevation flying, Central Oregon is an ideal learning setting. 

"We get students into the industry quicker, at about one-third the cost of most aeronautical universities," says Karl Baldessari, COCC Aviation program director. Get paid to fly while accruing hours — qualified students who complete the Aviation program may become COCC flight instructors upon graduation.

COCC's four unique Aviation degree options — airplane, helicopter, unmanned aerial systems (commonly referred to as "UAS" or "drones") and aviation technology and management — offer diverse educational opportunities, each one built around FAA and industry standards and stellar national reputations. Flight simulators and a full range of aircraft at the Bend Airport help students progress quickly, while industry partnerships connect certified pilots with well-paying careers.

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PBS NewsHour video featuring the COCC Aviation program.



The Professional Pilot programs and Transfer program provide students with the knowledge and skills required to enter the exciting world of professional aviation. The College provides instruction in airplane, helicopter, unmanned aerial systems, and aviation technology and management in a small-class setting with close support from experienced instructors.

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