Aviation Operations

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  • This course is certified by
    New York State

    This course will prepare students to take the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Private Pilot Written Exam while also providing aircraft flight training that can be credited toward a Private Pilot License. Some students choose to supplement their flight training with private lessons enabling them to complete their first solo flight and possibly earn their Private Pilot License while still in high school.

    This course is also ideal for those students considering the pursuit of non-flying aviation careers as well. The classroom is actually a teacher-directed computer lab with each student having his or her own classroom computer with internet access and advanced aviation training software. In addition to the individual computer stations, the classroom is also equipped with a full motion flight simulator with a moving computer-generated panoramic visual display. The simulator is approved by the Federal Aviation Administration. During student flight training, environmentally friendly aviation industry practices will be rein-forced such as following published noise abatement procedures during all phases of flight when possible. Additional environmentally safe practices include the use of high tech fuel strainers during the aircraft preflight inspection. The fuel strainers enable fuel samples to be recycled to prevent harm to Long Island’s environment.

    Aircraft flight training will be conducted at the Farmingdale State College Flight Training Facility at Republic Airport. The college training environment prepares our students for the rigors and expectations of post-secondary education and also readies them for their future career in Aviation.

  • Career Opportunities

    The airline industry is currently facing one of the biggest hiring surges in history. According to a recent Boeing Company forecast, the airline industry will need to hire 558,000 new pilots worldwide throughout the next two decades. Boeing is also forecasting that they will sell $5.6 trillion dollars worth of new aircraft to meet the ever increasing demand for air travel. The demand for pilots will equate to approximately 28,000 new aviators entering the global industry per year.

    As the demand for pilots increases, the demand for airline support personnel dramatically surges. Many Aviation Operations students are pursuing careers outside of the cockpit. Such non-flying careers fields include, but are not limited to, Aircraft Manufacturing, Aircraft Engineering, Aviation Management, Flight Dispatch, Maintenance Technician and Customer Service.

    It is important to note that the aviation career field is not just about piloting aircraft. Quite a number of our students pursue career fields in aviation other than piloting. Many Aviation Operations students continue their aviation industry training in college and pursue degrees in such concentrations as Airport Management or Air Traffic Control. Currently our nation is facing a dramatic, ever increasing shortage of Air Traffic Controllers which is resulting in a significant demand for controllers. The Bureau of Labor Statistic reported in 2014 that the median income for Air Traffic Controllers was $122,340 per year.

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    Numerous former Aviation Operations students are currently employed as pilots or support personnel with airlines such as JetBlue, Delta, American, United and Cathay Pacific. A number of graduates are working for the Federal Aviation Administration as Air Traffic Controllers while others are currently employed in military or corporate aviation as pilots and in various other capacities. Some former students even work at the airport for the Department of Homeland Security.

    College Agreements
    Upon completion of this course, students may receive college credits subject to the entrance requirements of each institution;and any additional criteria that may have been established. Current college agreements include:

    • Embry-Riddle University, FL

    Work Experience Opportunities

    Students who meet all eligibility requirements may participate in supervised, real-world, work-based learning offerings that include clinics, shadow days and internships.

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  • Course available: Grades 11–12
    Course length: 2 years
    Placement: Regular
    Credits: Up to 4 CTE credits a year
    Admissions criteria: Average reading and math abilities required. 

    Earning high school credits: Students completing this 2-year course may receive up to 8 CTE credits OR distributed credits using any or all of the following:

    1.0 credit   Career and Financial Management
    1.0 credit   Math
    1.0 credit   English
    1.0 credit   Science

    Note: All students who qualify academically are welcome to attend the program. However, some students in the program may not qualify for aircraft pilot training due to certain medical diagnosis and/or medical doctor prescribed medications that are not approved by the Federal Aviation Administration. Such students will be able to fly the flight simulator and take part in all internship activities and are permitted to fly in the aircraft in the rear seat as an observer. All aircraft occupants are equipped with a headset and intercom thus enabling observers to be a part of the flight training experience.
     
    This course is certified by
    New York State


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