Aviation Pilot Program

Learn the basic and advanced skills required to pursue a commercial pilot certificate in this immersive program. Gain industry knowledge with aviation and ground school classes being taught by RCTC instructors. Then, take to the skies with highly trained and FAA-certified flight instructors at Great Planes Aviation located at the downtown Rochester International Airport.

Upon completion of RCTC’s Aviation Pilot Program, students receive an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Aviation Pilot and a private pilot certificate, instrument rating, commercial pilot certificate, and multi-engine rating. A certified flight instructor certificate can also be pursued for those interested in teaching others to fly. Completion of this program is a path to becoming an airline transport pilot.

After graduating from our program, aspiring airline pilots can elect to use their flight instructor certificate to build flight experience quickly to meet airline and corporate hiring minimums. Graduates of our two-year degree program are eligible for a restricted privileges Airline Transport Pilot (R-ATP) certificate at 1,250 flight hours. Also, after graduating from our program, those interested in continuing their aviation education can choose to transfer to Minnesota State University, Mankato for the completion of a Bachelor of Science in Aviation degree.


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Samantha SchnedzielosSamantha Schendzielos, Program Advisor

SS 135 • samantha.schendzielos@rctc.edu • 507-285-7469

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