AVIATION:
AIRCRAFT OPERATIONS (AAS)

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The aircraft operations associate in applied science degree program combines the theory and the practical application that are needed to begin a career as a commercial pilot. The primary objective of this two-year program is to prepare the graduate for an entry-level flight operations position in the aviation industry and aviation-related government agencies. This program is intended for students with minimal or no flight time.

Graduates will have the foundation necessary to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in aircraft operations or aeronautical sciences. In addition, they will acquire the skills to obtain entry-level positions in the aeronautical sciences or aircraft operations fields.

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The technical content of this program is based on standards required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Fully FAA-qualified faculty will carry out flight simulator training and pilot ground school as part of the courses for which college credit is granted.

Anyone who wants to become an FAA-certified pilot must meet Transportation Security Administration requirements. It is required that students wishing to complete any flight certificates obtain, at a minimum, a Class III medical certificate from a FAA examiner prior to undertaking this program and taking practical flight training. Flight training is not required to complete this program. Students may choose to transfer into the bachelor of science degree, where flight training is a requirement after one year with a grade point average of 3.0.

See our Online Catalog for the full curriculum.

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  • A Sampling of Classes:
  • General Aeronautics and Simulator Lab
  • Intermediate Aeronautics and Simulator Lab
  • Aviation Weather
  • Advanced Aircraft Systems for Pilots
  • Aviation Safety
  • Advanced Aeronautics

Career possibilities for graduates of this program include airport operations, fueling/servicing, air taxi service, small aircraft operations for hire, and air tour operator.

Potential internships and employers for graduates include The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, LaGuardia Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport, Newark Airport, Marsh Aviation.

70% of Vaughn students get paid internships*More than 164 companies and organizations have recruited on campus

Vaughn College’s career services department employs a variety of tools to assist students and alumni in their development as professionals. The department meets and communicates with individuals through appointments, e-mail and phone conversations, providing information, editing and reviewing resumes and helping with the job and internship search process. It implements weekly workshops on resume writing, interviewing skills and job fair etiquette. It organizes job fairs in the fall and spring, each with 40-plus companies, and a graduate school fair in the winter.

The department also networks with companies on behalf of Vaughn students for job and internship opportunities. It manages a private job board website, Vaughn Career Connect, where students and alumni can post resumes and apply for positions. Employers registered on the site can post jobs as well as search and review student and alumni resumes for potential candidates for open positions. For more information on career opportunities, visit Vaughn Career Connect here.

  • A Sample of Vaughn Internships:
  • American Dynamics
  • Atlas Air
  • Disney College Program
  • EgyptAir
  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
  • FAA (Enterprise Data and Messaging Engineering Team)
  • FAA (Tech Center)
  • Federal Express
  • FlightSafety International
  • General Electric
  • International Business Machines (IBM)
  • Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum
  • NASA
  • NASA (Marshall Space Flight Center)
  • NAVAIR (Naval Air Systems Command)
  • NBC
  • NYU Engineering Summer Research
  • Rashid Petroleum Company
  • Sikorsky Helicopters
  • Textron Aviation
  • United Airlines
  • Venture Aerobearings
  • Watertown Airport
JUST A FEW OF THE COMPANIES THAT EMPLOY VAUGHN GRADUATES:
  • Aircraft Service International Group
  • Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air
  • American Airlines
  • AFCO/AvPorts
  • B.F. Goodrich
  • The Boeing Company
  • Bombardier Transportation
  • Cessna Citation
  • Chautauqua Airlines
  • CitationShares
  • Consolidated Edison
  • Continental Airlines
  • Copa Airlines
  • Covenant Security
  • Cummins
  • Delta Air Lines
  • EMBRAER
  • Emirates
  • Empire Aero
  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
  • General Dynamics
  • General Electric
  • Gulfstream
  • International Business Machines (IBM)
  • Jetblue Airways
  • JFK International Arrivals Terminal
  • KeySpan
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Mesaba Airlines
  • Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)
  • Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • Orion Power
  • Panasonic Avionics
  • Panorama Flight Service
  • Pinnacle Airlines
  • The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
  • Rockwell Collins
  • Southern Air
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Sikorsky Airlines
  • United Technologies
  • US Airways

Vaughn is in the borough of Queens—one of the five boroughs in New York City—and the most diverse county in the country. Minutes from campus are “Little India” in Jackson Heights, the great Greek and Italian restaurants of Astoria, and the bustling Chinese markets of Flushing. Want more? The excellent museums, nightlife and cultural events of Manhattan are just a short commute away.

Outside the classroom, Vaughn students get together, work together and have fun together in student clubs, professional societies, honor societies, and in intercollegiate athletics. Whether you live in the residence hall at Vaughn College or commute, there’s always something to do on campus. Grab a bite to eat with friends in the cafe. Work out at the fitness center. Watch the College’s many sports teams play. The Vaughn Warriors compete in men’s and women’s basketball, tennis, and cross country; and men’s soccer and baseball as a part of the Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

You can also join one of the College’s many student clubs or professional societies. From the Hispanic Society of Aeronautical Engineering, Veterans Organization, and Society for Women Engineers, to the Robotics, Drone and Gaming clubs, this campus has a way for you to find a new interest or pursue a passion.

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