Vaughn Aviation Graduates Succeed in the Air and on the Ground.

Seeking a career as a pilot? Want to add an associate or bachelor degree to your Airframe and Powerplant certificate? Or would you like to pursue your passion for planes on the ground as an instructor, aviation researcher or accident investigator? Vaughn College's certificate, associate and bachelor degree programs in aviation could be just what you're looking for.

Our aircraft operations (flight) degree programs include the academic liberal arts and sciences, as well as specific "ground school" courses. Students in the associate degree program may complete flight training by attending any FAA-approved aviation flight school. Students in the bachelor degree program must fly with Heritage Flight Academy on Long Island, NY.

So if you'd like to work in—or around—aircraft, apply now.

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Vaughn's new million-dollar flight simulator lab features the Redbirds, the most technologically advanced motion simulators available; the FRASCA 241, for training in both single and twin engine aircraft; a CRJ-200, which simulates the Canadair two-engine fan jet and is a great transition from the stationery FRASCA; and full-motion Redbird reciprocating engines to jet engines.
In the second semester, flight training will begin with the College's approved contractors. They will provide FAA Part 141 certified aircraft and flight instruction for the FAA Private Pilot Certificate, Instrument Rating and Commercial Pilot Certificate. Students who are required to take developmental courses in English and/or Math will not be able to start flight training until those courses are completed.
  • Private Pilot Certificate: Minimum of 40, average of 70 flight hours.
  • Instrument Rating: Minimum of 125, average of 150 flight hours.
  • Commercial Single Engine Certificate: Minimum of 190, average of 250 flight hours.
  • Commercial Multi-Engine Certificate: 260-270 flight hours.
  • Certified Flight Instructor: approximately 300 flight hours.
    A full-time student can complete the AAS degree program in four semesters or two years and the BS degree program in eight semesters or four years.
    The Air Traffic Control - Collegiate Training Initiative program is a partnership between the Federal Aviation Administration and Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology to provide the academic preparation necessary for students interested in air traffic control careers.
    Most Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology students are eligible to participate in the Air Traffic Control - Collegiate Training Initiative. Students studying General Management, Aeronautical Engineering Technology, Animation and Digital Technologies, and General Electronics concentrations of the Electronic Engineering Technology program are not eligible for the Collegiate Training Initiative. Graduates of other colleges or universities may also be eligible for the Air Traffic Control - Collegiate Training Initiative. They would need to enroll for a second associate or bachelor degree program and complete a minimum of 30 credits at Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology.
    To qualify for employment with the FAA, CTI program graduates must meet all legal, regulatory and academic requirements, including but not limited to the following:
    • Achieve a qualifying score on the current FAA testing procedures
    • Meet entry-level air traffic control specialist (ATCS) medical standards
    • Pass pre-employment drug test
    • Pass the background investigation for security and suitability
    • Have U.S. citizenship
    • May not have reached their 31st birthday prior to initial appointment
    • Complete course work including all ATC-CTI-specific courses
    • Be able to read, write, and understand the English language and speak it rapidly without accent or impediment of speech
    • Successfully complete the FAA interview process
    • Receive Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology's recommendation based on grades and attendance
    The ATC-CTI courses will cover a range of topics on airport communications, with particular emphasis on air traffic control systems. Topics include an introduction to the air traffic control system, publications, regulations, separation, aircraft types, navigation, aerodynamics, emergencies, wake turbulence, weather and communications.