July 22, 2021 Today, Chancellor Zdatny shared news from the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees: The Executive Committee of the Vermont State Colleges System Board of Trustees voted this afternoon to require COVID-19 vaccination for all students enrolled in the 2021-2022 Academic Year. The safety of our students, employees, and local community members is our top priority as…
Professional Pilot Technology
If you are committed and passionate about flying airplanes, come fly with the Vermont Tech Professional Pilot Technology program. We’re the first college to offer an Aviation degree in the state of Vermont, and we hold our own on a national level too. This program will have you in the air during your first semester and offers the option to complete all 7 FAA certificates and ratings. Gain valuable experience completing internships or paid employment for an airline in the unique Vermont and New England flying terrain. You will be flying with career pilots that maintain their long-term industry connections, increasing your chances for employment opportunities.
Still up in the air? Consider that the students in the Professional Pilot program can become Certified Flight Instructors by their junior year and graduate with typically 500 or more flight hours already under their belts. That flight time makes graduates highly valued in the industry. Vermont Tech is authorized by the FAA to certify pilot graduates for the Restricted Airline Transport Pilot (RATP). The authorization is highly advantageous as certified graduates can be hired as professional airline pilots that much sooner, creating a fast track to a career doing what they love.
A student with a Bachelor of Science in Professional Pilot Technology will be able to:
- Demonstrate the knowledge and flight skills necessary to attain FAA pilot certificates and ratings
- Use critical-thinking and decision-making skills to accurately assess situations and manage risk
- Communicate and work effectively as a leader and in multidisciplinary teams
- Understand the historic aspects and current developments defining the state and evolution of modern aviation
- Engage in professional development and recognize the need for life-long learning
- Analyze and interpret data using aeronautical, mathematical, and scientific principles
Educational objectives that are demonstrated during their workforce careers include:
- Achieving success in the dynamic and growing aviation industry with proper academic and professional certification
- Demonstrating knowledge of contemporary world-wide aviation industry issues
- Utilizing specific flying skills to attain FAA certificates and ratings that allow for employment as pilots and flight crew within the international aviation industry
- Mastering critical thinking and decision-making skills necessary for safe and effective flying
- Committing to lifelong learning with focus on continuous development of professional skills
Completion of the degree entails intensive motivation and commitment. Pilot certificates or ratings must be completed in their assigned term. This may require flying 4-5 times each week. The Chief Flight Instructor and their assistants are required to follow the published milestones and stage checks for every student to ensure proper completion. The student must make up cancellations or delays on weekends and during scheduled breaks if necessary and must be available to fly seven days per week, including some night flights.
Success in the program requires understanding that consequences incur for noncompliance of scheduling requests, failure to meet milestones, and stage check failures. If continuous interventions are necessary, the student can expect grade reductions or dismissal from the program. Compliance with all schedules, FAA regulations, and course syllabi are a major part of the training for a career in aviation. Students are expected to dress professionally and in accordance with the season at all times.
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