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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-Collegiate Training Initiative (ATC-CTI) Program?

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.

Who is eligible to participate in the ATC-CTI program?

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.

What are the qualification requirements for the ATC-CTI program?

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

What topics will the ATC-CTI courses cover?

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.

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