The Aviation Management and Professional Pilot Technology curriculum can prepare you for a variety of aviation and aviation-related careers including the commercial airlines, general aviation, the aerospace industry, the military, and the state and federal aviation organizations.

Course work includes fundamentals of flight, aerodynamics, aircraft performance, meteorology, navigation, federal regulations, aviation management, and instrument and commercial ground training, flight and simulator training, and entrepreneurship or business management training.

Associate in Applied Science in Aviation Management
Associate in Applied Science in Professional Pilot Technology

Graduates may earn a commercial pilot certificate with an instrument rating, specialize in aviation management and may find employment as commercial, corporate, and military pilots, fixed base operators and airport managers, or as flight instructors, and flight dispatchers.

Students in the Aviation Management and Career Pilot Technology program will be required to fly simulator hours during the Air Navigation course and within the Flight-Private Pilot, -Instrument Pilot, -Commercial Pilot and -Certified Flight Instructor courses toward their FAA certification which are required to receive credit for flight courses. There will be a per hour fee for simulator use that will be set by the department.

Nondegree seeking pilots who want to prepare for the FAA written exams may apply to SCC as a special student and attend our FAA Part 141 ground schools for Private Pilot, Instrument Pilot, Commercial Pilot or Certified Flight Instructor licenses and certifications.  These courses are generally offered spring and fall semesters, according to student demand.

Sandhills Community College allows entry points into the program based on prior certifications earned as a hobbyist or through military training.


Estimated Program Expenses

Tuition* $5,168.00-5,396.00 $18,224.00-19,028.00
Student Activity Fee $175.00 $175.00
Technology Fee $240.00 $240.00
General Education Course fees $0-100.00 $0-100.00
Additional Program Fees^ $1,550.00 $1,550.00
Textbooks $400.00 $400.00

*Program credit hours: 68-71 – $76.00 per credit hour in-state tuition, $268.00 per credit hour out-of-state tuition. Tuition is determined based on concentration selected.
^Flight training cost for the Professional Pilot program will be paid directly to the flight school attended and is not included in tuition costs.


Keith Davies, Aviation Program Coordinator
(Email phone number for a return call.)