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 andbachelor 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.



As a flight student, what types of simulators are available?
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.
When will I start actual flight training?
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.
How many flying hours does it take to obtain the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Private Pilot Certificate, Instrument Rating and Commercial Pilot Certificate?
  • 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.
How long does it take to complete the aircraft operations program?
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.

What is the Air Traffic Control Program?
The Air Traffic Control (ATC) 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.
Who is eligible to participate in the ATC program?
Most Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology students are eligible to participate in the Air Traffic Control program. See below for a full list of eligible degree programs. Graduates of other colleges or universities may also be eligible for the Air Traffic Control program. 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.

Bachelor’s Degrees:
Airport Management
Airline Management
Aircraft Operations
Electronic Engineering Technology – Avionics
Aviation Maintenance
Aviation Maintenance Management

Associate Degrees:
Airport Management
Aircraft Operations
Electronic Engineering Technology – Avionics
Aviation Maintenance

What are the qualification requirements for the ATC program?
To qualify for employment with the FAA, ATC program graduates must meet all FAA requirements, available here.

What topics will the ATC courses cover?
The ATC 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.