Aviation Pilot Program

Learn the basic and advanced skills required to pursue a commercial pilot license in this immersive program. Gain industry knowledge with ground school classes taught by RCTC instructors. Then, take to the skies with Great Planes Aviation. Trained Great Planes pilots will help get you off the ground with one-on-one flight lessons at an innovative facility, located at 7300 Brataas Drive SW in Rochester.

Our next cohort to fly starts July 10–enroll now and get flying! Flying courses start in the summer semester.

Upon completion, students receive an Associate of Applied Science degree in Aviation Pilot and will have a private pilot’s license, instrument rating, and an airplane single-engine land commercial pilot’s license.

Completion of this program is the initial step in becoming a commercial airline pilot and will prepare students to transfer for the completion of a bachelor’s degree. Aspiring airline pilots can elect to use their Flight Instructor Certificate to build flight time economically.

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Aviation Pilot AAS

The Aviation Pilot program is designed to educate students who plan a career as a pilot in commercial aviation. The Associate of Applied Science in Aviation Pilot program is designed to prepare students with the technical knowledge and skills to prepare them for the required Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) written and practical examinations for Commercial Pilot Certificate with Single Engine Airplane Land Rating; Instrument Rating; and the Flight Instructor Single Engine Airplane Certificate with Single Engine Airplane Land Rating for initial employment as aircraft pilots in a variety of entry-level, flight-related occupations






Nate Smith, Aviation Pilot Program Advisor

SS 138 | nate.smith@rctc.edu | 507-280-5005

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