The degree combines the theory and the practical application needed to begin a career as a commercial pilot.
Learn skills applicable to a flight operations position in the aviation industry and other aviation-related government agencies.
Vaughn’s aircraft operations associate degree program combines the theory and practical application needed to begin a career as a commercial pilot. Our strong focus on career preparation exposes students to a wide variety of hands-on training and skill-building to become successful in their careers. Whether you are flying for the first time or continuing your flight operations experience, you are applicable to pursue the aircraft operations degree.
This program's primary objective is to prepare graduates for entry-level flight operation positions in the aviation industry and aviation-related government agencies. Graduates build the necessary foundation to pursue other aviation programs at Vaughn, including the aircraft operations and aeronautical sciences bachelor’s degrees.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) guides the technical contents of the aircraft operations associate degree curriculum. Vaughn’s FAA-qualified faculty carry out flight simulator training and pilot ground school as part of the program.
Students who are on the path to becoming FAA-certified pilots must meet the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Students wishing to complete any flight certificates must obtain, at a minimum, a Class III medical certificate from an FAA-examiner before undertaking this program in addition to taking practical flight training. Flight training, however, is not required to complete this program. Students often choose to continue what they’ve learned here by moving on to the bachelor’s program, where flight training is required after one year, with a grade point average of 3.0.
Graduates of the aircraft operations (flight) associate degree program can move on to have successful careers in airport operations, fueling/servicing, air taxi service, small aircraft operations, and air tour operations.
Vaughn College’s extensive network of alumni in various fields, along with its positive reputation with nearby airports and airlines, has allowed students to pursue both internships during their degree work and full-time jobs after graduation. Our career services department employs various tools to assist students and alumni in their development as professionals.