Commercial Aviation

Program Status: The college is in process of closing the AVIT Program effective Spring Semester 2016. There will be no new intake for AVIT. Current students will be held to prior catalog year program requirements. Please see academic counselors for more details.

Program Mission

The Commercial Aviation Program's mission is to serve Hawai?i and the Pacific Region as the primary technical training center in aviation by off ering a rigorous pilot flight training curriculum, meeting basic Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements to train and earn FAA certifications leading to careers as professional commercial pilots within the aviation industry.

Program Description

The Commercial Aviation program is a four-semester program of study that prepares students for careers as a professional pilot, including charter and tour services, cargo and transport services, and flight instruction. This flight training program enables students to earn private, commercial, instrument, multi-engine, flight instructor, and instrument flight instructor ratings.

Students may log up to 250 hours of flight time. The Associate in Science degree credits from Commercial Aviation are transferable to 4-year colleges off ering aviation degrees or toward a University of Hawai?i degree in other disciplines.

Program Prerequisites
  • Placement in ENG 22/60 or ESL 23
  • Placement in MATH 103
  • Note: Flight Medical Clearance Also Required
Degrees That Can Be Earned
  • Associate in Science
Cost of Flight Hours, Textbooks and Supplies

The estimated cost of equipment, textbooks, maps and charts, o online curriculum fees, flight fees for the completed degree, FAA commercial pilot license, and certified flight instructor Certificate is $50,000-$55,000 over four semesters of flight training. Flight hour cost is exclusive of tuition payments. AVIT students may log between 200-250 hours of flight time.

Flight instruction will be provided by Galvin Flight Services Hawaii. All flight fees and tuition are paid to Honolulu CC. Flight fees must be paid in advance of scheduled flight training. For additional information, contact Admissions at 845-9177 or Peter Forman, Commercial Aviation Program Coordinator at pforman@hawaii.edu or 561-1439.

Upon successful completion of the AVIT program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills needed to safety exercise the privileges and responsibilities of a commercial/instrument pilot acting as pilot-in-command of a multi-engine airplane
  • Satisfactorily pass the FAA Commercial Pilot - Airplane knowledge test
  • Obtain the Commercial Pilot Certificate, Multi-engine land rating as outlined in the appropriate FAA Practical Test Standards and Federal Aviation Regulations
  • Identify aircraft design, engine design, airports, aviation support facilities and the practical economics of airline operations as they support the air transportation industry
  • Demonstrate knowledge of air traffic control (ATC) technology and terminology, career requirements, components and function of the National Airspace System and Terminal and en route ATC facilities as they support the ATC system
  • Identify aviation ground operations, technical operations, flight operations and system operations as they support airline operations and management
  • Provide highlights in the history of aviation from its very beginnings to current endeavors
  • Explain pilot psychology, physiology, human factors, aircraft technology, crew resource management and accident review and investigation as they relate to the aspects of aviation safety
  • (Optional) Demonstrate the knowledge and skills needed to safety exercise the privileges and responsibilities of a certified flight instructor
 

Our program technical standards have been developed to help students understand the minimum essential mental, physical, and behavioral skills necessary for participation in and completion of all core aspects of our curriculum.

Thinking Skills

General

Apply aviation concepts and technology to safely pilot an airplane.

Specific

  • Read, understand, and follow State and Federal Aviation Regulations.
  • Identify the components and functions of the National Airspace System.
  • Recognize the design and operation of aircraft components, instruments, and systems.
  • Evaluate information and conditions to do flight planning, maneuvering, and safety risk management.
  • Apply principles of flight, weather, aerodynamics, and navigation to complete flight lessons.
  • Evaluate flight situations and make decisions quickly with sound judgement.
  • Process multi-sensory input and multi-task simultaneously to maintain positive aircraft control.
  • Keep up with sequence and pace of instructions.
Sensory/Observation Skills

General

Make independent observations and assessments to maintain positive control and safely pilot an airplane.

Specific

  • Do pre-flight inspection of the engine, propeller, and electrical, environmental, hydraulic, pneumatic, fuel, ignition, lubrication, and flight control systems.
  • Process visual, auditory, and tactile input simultaneously.
  • Monitor for other air traffic through continuous visual scanning.
  • Monitor instrument panel.
  • Detect and respond to auditory warning devices.
  • View and assess weather conditions.
  • Follow visual and auditory signals from air traffic control.
  • Chart flight plan with maps.
  • Possess quick sensory response time.
Motor Skills

General

Possess sufficient physical strength, flexibility, and dexterity to operate an airplane.

Specific

  • Independently execute all required flight maneuvers including climbs, descents, stalls, turns, take offs and landings.
  • Perform manual inspections of the airframe, engine, fuel tanks and oil reservoir.
  • Respond to engine indications and instruments by making manual adjustments.
  • Sit for prolonged periods.
  • Possess quick physical response time.
  • Activate brake levers for aircraft steering and braking.
  • Maintain balance and stability.
Communication Skills

General

Read, write, speak, and understand English as required by FAA standards.

Specific

  • Use English to obtain necessary information from aural and written sources.
  • Express information clearly in English both verbally and in writing.
  • Understand and correctly respond to radio and air traffic communication.
  • Communicate clearly by radio with air traffic control.
  • Communicate clearly by radio with other pilots in the air.
Behavioral Skills

General

Behave appropriately and safely in a high-risk learning environment.

Specific

  • Work independently with minimal or no supervision.
  • Follow through with individual responsibilities.
  • Exercise good judgement.
  • Follow safety procedures.
  • Comply with drug-free requirements and testing.
  • Stay calm in stressful situations.
Environmental Tolerance

General

Work in a flight training environment.

Specific

  • Work for prolonged periods amidst: Changes in altitude, Changes in temperature, Changes in air pressure, Extreme noise, Electrical equipment, Gas and fumes, Moving objects and vehicles, Slippery or uneven surfaces, Variations in lighting