Do you want to soar? The aircraft operations professional pilot bachelor of science degree program has been developed to provide students proficiency in all areas of pilot skills to achieve the certified flight instructor level. Our location, directly adjacent to world-class LaGuardia Airport and close by Kennedy International and Newark airports, provides a learning environment unsurpassed in terms of activities, resources and faculty.

The mission of the Bachelor of Science degree in aircraft operations program is to provide students the academic curriculum and flight proficiency in all areas of pilot’s skills to the Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI).

Students will be able to investigate first-hand the areas of aeronautical technology, air traffic control, human factors, accident investigation, airline procedures, aviation safety and crew resource management. Students will also have the opportunity to receive education and training while beginning to function as professional pilots. This educational background provides students with a real-world understanding of the professional possibilities available to today’s pilots.

With the growing demand for pilots in this country and aboard and with the aviation community preference to hire pilots with Aviation Bachelor Degrees, Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology and Heritage Flight Academy partnered in 2013 to provide excellence in the field of flight training and aeronautical knowledge. The Aircraft Operations Bachelor of Science Degree combines actual flight with aeronautical classroom studies. This degree has been developed to provide students proficiency in all areas of pilot skills from private pilot through multi engine and Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI).

As partners in flight, Vaughn College, Aviation Department and Heritage Flight Academy meet annually to review and update flight training and academic curriculum. This insures the latest technology and equipment changes are being taught in both the aircraft and classroom. This is accomplished by a committee consisting of the Vaughn Aviation Department Chairperson, HFA’s Director of Operations, Chief Pilot and at least two flight instructors and two aviation professors. The Aviation Chair will also seek opinions on this training integration from members of the Aviation Industry Advisory Board, and from the AABI accreditation criteria and the AABI joint industry-educator forum meetings.

The means of scheduling flight training is accomplished by Vaughn advisers and students when developing their semester schedule. The adviser will assist in developing a schedule to allow time to be spent on flight training weekly. Heritage Flight Academy along with RCM Technologies has developed software to allow students to schedule their flights. Students will normally get one flight per day. This allows students to review their flight and prepare for their next flight.

Selection of flight instructor is usually accomplished by student request and instructor’s availability. Aviation Department Chair along with advisers and professor’s input will be part of the selection process. The student will always have the ability to express concerns about his/her instruction by contacting the Director of Operations or Aviation Department Chair.

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Anyone who wants to become an Federal Aviation Administration-certified pilot must meet Transportation Safety 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 before undertaking this program. A Class II is required for commercial pilots (Advanced Aeronautics Flight Elective and above).

Student performance in flight training and academics will be reviewed by their adviser. The means that can be used will be students log book, FAA 141 record folder, request from HFA instructors and Student Flight Progress Spreadsheet.

The FAA recognizes that Vaughn College flight courses are being conducted in accordance with 14 CFR Part 141 and therefore are certified by the FAA as a Pilot Ground School. When taken in conjunction with our partner Part 141 flight school, Heritage Flight Academy, the coursework provided under the BS in Aircraft Operations constitute complete Part 141 training. The FAA has also granted the authority to Vaughn College to certify graduates who have successfully completed specific aviation courses for a Restricted Airline Transport Pilot (RATP) Certificate.

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Flight Training Pathway and Specific Fees

  • A Sampling of Classes:
  • Advanced Aircraft Systems
  • Aeronautics and Simulator Lab
  • Aeronautics Flight Review
  • Aviation Safety
  • Aviation Weather/ATC Weather
  • Multi-Engine Operations

Graduates will have completed the necessary coursework to pursue graduate studies in aeronautical studies. In addition, they will acquire the skills needed to obtain entry- to mid-level positions in the aircraft operations and professional pilot fields.

Career possibilities afforded to students in the program include airline pilot, military pilot, commercial pilot, and flight instructor.

Potential internships and employers for graduates of this program include: ATP Flight school, Federal Aviation Administration, Heritage Flight Academy and Worldwide Flight Services.

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
  • 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
  • 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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