Aeronautical Science - Professional Pilot
Bachelor of Science Degree
Farmingdale State College’s Department of Aviation offers the premier collegiate aviation program on Long Island, and in the region. The professional pilot program is currently accredited by the Aviation Accreditation Board International (www.aabi.aero) through February, 2023. The degree program provides training for entry-level pilot positions within the air transportation industry. Opportunities also exist in Federal/State Government, Corporate/ Business Aviation sectors and the United States Military.
A grade of “C” or better is required in all AVN courses (including electives) for graduation from the Professional Pilot Program. Students who are unable to obtain a minimum grade of “C” after the second attempt in any AVN class must obtain permission from the Chairperson of the department to remain in the program. This will apply for each course that needs to be retaken for the third time.
Flight training students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 and must be in Good Academic standing at the completion of each semester or they may be removed from their flight training schedule.
Please refer to the Safety and Technical Standards in the front section of the College catalog.
Program Educational Goals:
Graduates will possess the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes to competently and ethically function as professional pilots in the aviation industry.
Our goal is to:
- Be a premier collegiate aviation program providing access to a high-quality, affordable education leveraging our location in complex airspace and all-weather conditions.
- Produce graduates that possess the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes to competently and ethically function as professional pilots in all segments of aviation.
- Provide a flight training environment that develops the skills needed to build and promote a culture of safety.
- Maintain a low student-to-faculty ratio for a diverse student body.
The Pro-Pilot Program prepares the student with the following Certificates and Ratings:
- Private Pilot Certificate
- Instrument Rating
- Commercial Pilot Certificate
- Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) Certificate or Multi Engine Rating
In addition, the student will have the option to complete the following Certificates and Ratings:
- Multi Engine Instructor
- Airline Transport Pilot Certificate
- Certified Flight Instructor Instrument (CFII) Certificate
Students pursuing flight training in their program must hold a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd class FAA medical Certificate prior to starting flight training. The Department of Aviation strongly recommends students obtain a First Class Medical prior to enrolling in the Professional-Pilot Program. A listing of FAA medical examiners can be obtained by contacting the FAA’s Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) at Republic Airport (631-755-1300).
Students may elect to fly during the summer.
Flight Training Costs: Flight training fees and related equipment and publications are in addition to college tuition and fees. Flight fees must be paid each semester regardless of scheduled flight time.
Admission to Farmingdale State College - State University of New York is based on the qualifications of the applicant without regard to age, sex, marital or military status, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability or sexual orientation.
Subject to revision
|Liberal Arts and Sciences||(61 credits)|
|EGL 101 Composition I: College Writing (GE)||3|
|EGL 102 Composition II: Writing About Literature||3|
|ECO 156 Principles of Economics (Macro) (GE)||3|
|ECO 157 Principles of Economics (Micro) (GE)||3|
|Communication- Written and Oral - 200 level or higher (GE)||3|
|US History and Civic Engagement/World History and Global Awareness (GE)||3|
|MTH 129 Precalculus (GE)||4|
|MTH 130 Calculus I with Applications||4|
|World Languages (GE)||3|
|The Arts (GE)||3|
|PHY 135 College Physics I (GE)||4|
|PHY 136 College Physics II||4|
|PSY 101 Intro to Psychology||3|
|PSY 331 Industrial/Organizational Psychology||3|
|Liberal Arts & Sciences Electives||12|
|Required: Aeronautical Science - Lecture||(55-57 credits)|
|AVN 101 Aviation Industry: A History Perspective||3|
|AVN 104 Private Pilot Ground||3|
|AVN 201 Safety Ethics||3|
|AVN 202 Aviation Meteorology||3|
|AVN 208 Instrument Pilot Ground||3|
|AVN 211 Commercial Pilot Ground||3|
|AVN 300 Government in Aviation||3|
|AVN 309 Certified Flight Instructor-Ground||3|
|AVN 320 Air Carrier Flight Operations||3|
|AVN 321 Physiology of Flight||3|
|AVN 322 Advanced Aircraft Systems||3|
|AVN 325 Safety of Flight||3|
|AVN 400 Aviation Law||3|
|AVN 421 Gas Turbine Engines||3|
|AVN 422 Aerodynamics and Aircraft Performance||3|
|AVN 423 Crew Resource Management||3|
|AVN 424 Advanced Avionics and Cockpit Automation||3|
|AVN 447 Capstone Professional Pilot Seminar||3|
|AVN Aviation Electives* (RATP students see advisor for approved course listing)||1-3|
|Required: Aeronautical Science - Flight Training||(5 credits)|
|AVN 105 Private Pilot – Flight to Solo||1|
|AVN 106 Private Pilot – Flight to Certificate||1|
|AVN 209 Instrument Pilot – Flight||1|
|AVN 212 Commercial Pilot – Flight||1|
|AVN 310 Certified Flight Instructor or|
|AVN 410 Commercial Multi Engine Pilot Rating||1|
Degree Type: BS
Total Required Credits: 121-123
Please refer to the General Education, Applied Learning, and Writing Intensive requirement
sections of the College Catalog and consult with your advisor to ensure that graduation
requirements are satisfied.
As a part of the SUNY General Education Framework, all first-time full time Freshman at Farmingdale State College (FSC) beginning Fall 2023, are required to develop knowledge and skills in Diversity: Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice (DEISJ). Students will be able to fulfill this requirement at FSC by taking a specially designated DEISJ course that has been developed by faculty and approved by the DEISJ Review Board. DEISJ-approved courses will be developed in accordance with the guiding principles and criteria outlined below. DEISJ-approved courses may meet other General Education Knowledge and Skills areas and/or core competencies and thus be dually designated. DEISJ-approved courses may also earn other special designations such as those for Applied Learning or Writing Intensive.
|1. Students entering the program with a Private Pilot’s certificate must enroll in AVN 112 Private Pilot Proficiency. Students with any flight experience may also be required to enroll in AVN 112 at the discretion of the Chief Flight Instructor. Students must complete all required flight certificates and ratings above the Private Pilot Certificate at the Farmingdale State College (FSC) Flight Center in order to graduate with a FSC Professional Pilot Degree.|
|2. Flight Courses must be completed within a year from the date a student registers. Within this time frame a student must either 1) Successfully complete the course and be issued a grade, OR 2) Withdraw from the course, due to the following extenuating circumstances: Active Military Obligations, Medical conditions requiring removal from active flight status for a duration of 60 consecutive days or more. If neither of the above occurs, a failing grade will be assigned.|
|3. Students holding flight certificates and ratings above the Private Pilot Certificate are permitted to flight train but cannot graduate with a Professional Pilot degree.|
|4. All ground courses (AVN 104, 208, 211, 309) require successful completion of an FAA administered exam at the end of the course. The FAA exam can only been taken after receipt of a written endorsement from the course instructor. This instructor endorsement is given to those students who demonstrate sufficient understanding of the subject matter by achieving an average of 80 or better for all of the course exams during the semester. Students who don’t receive the endorsement to take the FAA exam or those who do not achieve a score of 70 or better on the FAA exam will be given an F for the course. Students that fail a ground course will not be permitted to continue the flight training associated with that ground course until they successfully pass the course. Students that fail a ground course twice will be removed from the Professional Pilot program and from flight training under Part 141 and cannot be endorsed by the College for reduced aeronautical experience under the FAA Letter of Authority (LOA) to Farmingdale State College.|
|5. Students seeking the RATP MUST take an elective credit course approved on our current LOA. Please see an academic advisor for the most recent approved course listing.|
AVN 101 Aviation Industry: A History Perspective
This course is a basic survey of the aviation industry viewed from a historical perspective. Topics covered will range from the early days of aviation to the present. The course will also examine the chronology of aviation laws and regulations and how they have changed from aviation beginnings in the United States to present day. At the conclusion of this course, the student will have a comprehensive knowledge of the U.S. air transportation industry and will understand its significant social/economic impact upon the nation and the world.
AVN 104 Private Pilot Ground
Private Pilot-Ground Training will enable the student to meet the prerequisite(s) specified in 14 CFR Part 61.105 as well as 14 CFR Part 141 Appendix B, as appropriate. Selected subject areas will include airplane systems, aerodynamic principles, flight environment, communication and flight information, meteorology for pilots, FAA Regulations, National Airspace System, NTSB, AC’s, interpretation of weather data, aircraft performance, radio and visual navigation, human factors, flight safety, and cross country flight planning. A grade will be issued upon taking the FAA “Knowledge Examination” necessary for the Private Pilot certificate. Prerequisite(s): FAA Student Pilot Certificate
AVN 201 Safety Ethics
This course emphasizes ethical decision making as it applies to Complex Systems, aviation and aerospace, nuclear power plant, civil and IT engineering and the medical field. These systems have an extremely narrow tolerance for error, often resulting in monumental impact on the public, the economy of the nation and human life. This course seeks to increase the awareness levels of ethical issue for industry professionals and to provide the necessary skills to effectively deal with such critical problem solving issues. Topics include complex systems ethical decision making, safety with human factors emphasis, applied ethics for members of complex systems, corporate culture and risk management theory, moral and values. Students cannot get credit for AVN 201 and 201W; AVN 201W can be used to fulfill the writing intensive requirement. Prerequisite(s): EGL 102 with a grade of C or higher
AVN 202 Aviation Meteorology
A basic course in Aviation Weather. Weather theory including differential heating, air mass development, wind frontal activity and systems, weather hazards, weather reporting and weather forecasting is covered. Charts which are studied include Surface Analysis and Weather Depiction Charts, Constant Pressure Charts, Composite Moisture Stability Charts. Prerequisite(s): AVN 104 or AVN 100 with a grade of C or higher by department's approval.
AVN 208 Instrument Pilot Ground
Instrument Pilot Ground training will enable the student to meet the prerequisite(s) specified in 14 CFR Part 61.65(b), or 14 CFR Part 141 Appendix C, as appropriate. Selected subject areas will include Federal Aviation Regulations that apply to flight operations under IFR, appropriate information that applies to flight operations under IFR in the "Aeronautical Information Manual," Air Traffic Control system and procedures for instrument flight operations, IFR navigation and approaches by use of navigation systems, use of IFR enroute and instrument approach procedure charts, procurement and use of aviation weather reports and the elements of forecasting weather trends based on that information and personal observation of weather conditions, safe and efficient operation of aircraft under instrument flight rules and conditions, recognition of critical weather situations and wind shear avoidance, aeronautical decision making and judgment, and crew resource management, including crew communication and coordination. A grade will be issued upon taking the FAA "Knowledge Examination" necessary for the Instrument Pilot Rating. Prerequisite(s): AVN 104 and AVN 105 with a grade of C or higher FAA Private Pilot Knowledge Test (with a grade of 70 or better).
AVN 211 Commercial Pilot Ground
Commercial Pilot Ground Training will enable the student to meet the prerequisite(s) specified in 14 CFR Part 61.125(b), or 14 CFR Part 141 Appendix D, as appropriate. Selected subject areas will include: accident reporting requirements of the National Transportation Safety Board, basic aerodynamics and the principles of flight, meteorology to include recognition of critical weather situations, wind shear recognition and avoidance, and the use of aeronautical weather reports and forecasts, safe and efficient operation of aircraft weight and balance computations, use of performance charts, significance and effects of exceeding aircraft performance limitations, use of aeronautical charts and a magnetic compass for pilotage and dead reckoning, use of air navigation facilities, aeronautical decision making and judgment, principles and functions of aircraft systems, maneuvers, procedures, and emergency operations appropriate to the aircraft, night high altitude operations, procedures for operating within the National Airspace System, and procedures for flight and ground training for lighter than air ratings. A grade will be issued upon taking the FAA “Knowledge Examination” necessary for the Commercial Pilot certificate. Prerequisite(s): AVN 106 and AVN 208 with a grade of C or higher; FAA Instrument Rating Knowledge Test (with a grade of 70 or better).
AVN 300 Government in Aviation
This course expands and focuses on many of the regulatory subjects in AVN 101 (Aviation History). It is a study of the constitutional, legislative, executive and judicial control of aviation from the local, state, federal and international perspective. This course forms the foundation for AVN 400 Aviation Law. Students who take AVN 300W cannot receive credit for AVN 300. AVN 300W can be used to fulfill the writing intensive requirement. Prerequisite(s): AVN 101 with a grade of C or better or CRJ 100, Junior or Senior status required.
AVN 309 Certified Flight Instructor- Ground
This course will allow students to meet the requirements as specified by 14 CFR Part 61.185 or 14 CFR Part 141 Appendix F, as appropriate, and will allow students to meet the requirements necessary to complete the Certified Flight Instructor Written Exams: Fundamentals of Instruction (FOI), Certified Flight Instructor Airplane (FIA), and the Certified Flight Instructor Instrument Written Exam (CFII). Selected subject areas will include applicable Federal Aviation Regulations of this chapter that relate to Certified Flight Instructor pilot privileges, limitations, and flight operations, the fundamentals of instructing, including: the learning process; elements of effective teaching; student evaluation and testing; course development; lesson planning; and classroom training techniques. Also included are the aeronautical knowledge areas for a recreational, private, and commercial pilot certificate applicable to the aircraft category for which flight instructor privileges are sought. A grade will be issued based on the completion of the following written exams: the student will either take the FAA “Knowledge Examinations” (Written Exams) necessary for the Certified Flight Instructor Certificate; Fundamentals of Instructing (FOI), Flight Instructor Airplane (FIA), and the Flight Instructor Instrument Written Exam (FII) or the FAA “Knowledge Examinations” (Written Exams) necessary for the Advanced Ground Instructor Certificate; Fundamentals of Instructing (FOI), Advanced Ground Instructor (AGI), and the Instrument Ground Instructor (IGI). Prerequisite(s): AVN 211 and AVN 209 with a grade of C or higher.
AVN 320 Air Carrier Flight Operations
A study of the operational considerations and procedures of air carrier flight operations. Flight Operations conducted under 14CFR121 (Part121 air carriers) are highlighted. Also included are 14CFR135 (Part135) Air Carriers, supplemental air carriers and Operators of Large Aircraft flight operations. Prerequisite(s): AVN 208 with a grade of C or higher
AVN 321 Physiology of Flight
Operational and lifestyle considerations and consequences arising from physiological factors will be introduced, with an emphasis on the atmosphere and high-altitude flight (Hyperbarism). General fundamentals of anatomy and psychology will be reviewed to impart career-prolonging health maintenance and stress reduction techniques. Subtle yet critical aviation issues such as situational awareness and crew resource management will be explored. Prerequisite (s): AVN 202 with a grade of C or higher
AVN 322 Advanced Aircraft Systems
This course exposes the student to the advanced aircraft systems commonly found in air carrier aircraft. Included are Electrical Systems, Hydraulics, Pneumatics, Flight Controls, Landing Gear Systems, Auto-Pilots and Cockpit Automation, Master Warning and Caution Annunciation Systems. At the conclusion of this course, the student should have a good level of operational understanding of these systems. Prerequisite(s): AVN 211
AVN 325 Safety of Flight
Safety of Flight is an essential course for students to understand the principles and regulatory practices of commercial aviation safety in the United States and worldwide community in the 21st century. It includes an examination of aircraft accidents, the respective roles of the FAA and NTSB, human factors in aviation safety, air traffic safety systems, and introduction to Safety Management Systems (SMS). The student will obtain the necessary safety of fight knowledge to be able to effectively work in the aviation industry. At the completion of the course, students will be able to assess contemporary issues in safety of fight and demonstrate understanding of aviation safety and human factors. Prerequisite(s): AVN 104 and AVN 202 with grade of a C or higher.
AVN 400 Aviation Law
Aviation Law develops the student's knowledge to the application level of learning by emphasis on real cases to demonstrate the legal, regulatory and government theory previously discussed in AVN 101and AVN 300. Emphasis will be on the FAA's roles in regulating aviation including the rule making process, certification of airmen, medical certification and enforcement. Prerequisite(s): AVN 300 or AVN 300W with a grade of C or higher.
AVN 421 Gas Turbine Engines
An in-depth study of gas turbine engines as found in air carrier and high performance aircraft. Topics include the history of turbine development, jet propulsion, theory engine design and construction and control systems. FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate with Instrument Rating required. Prerequisite(s): AVN 321
AVN 422 Aerodynamics and Aircraft Performance
Advanced aerodynamic principles will be introduced following extensive review of fundamentals. Emphasis will be on practical design and performance considerations including mission, cost, and feasibility. This course will familiarize the student with the application of aeronautical principles and design practices. The course will focus steps in preliminary design of general aviation aircraft with emphasis on the iterative aspects of design. Prerequisite(s): AVN 211 with a grade of C or higher and PHY 136
AVN 423 Crew Resource Management
This course deals with flight-crew decision making. It includes, but is not limited to: optimum decision-making techniques; personality profiling; crew communication; high risk areas of a flight; maintaining situational and spatial awareness; crew discipline; and airline-level standard operating procedures. Prerequisite(s): Junior Level Standing and Completion of AVN 300W.
AVN 424 Advanced Avionics and Cockpit Automation
Introduction to modern cockpit avionics suites as found in corporate Jets and Transport Category aircrafts. Principles, operations and limitations of advanced avionics suites typically found in this category aircraft. Automation topics covered include automatic flight control and flight director systems, stability augmentation systems, power management systems, flight management systems and autoland/go around systems. Latest technology navigation systems topics including inertial navigation systems (INS), inertial reference systems (IRS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS) including Local Area Augmentation Systems (LAAS) and Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS). Prerequisite (s): AVN-209 with C or higher and AVN-211 with a grade of C or higher.
AVN 447 Capstone Professional Pilot Seminar
The Capstone Pro Pilot Seminar will be the culminating Upper Division experience in flight education for the Professional Pilot program. The seminar will require students to examine key aviation concepts presented in the Pro Pilot track and connect key learning objectives associated with these concepts to the skills necessary for success in the aviation industry as a pilot. Selected subject areas will include but not be limited to aviation safety, aviation law, crew resource management, safety ethics, physiology of flight, and aviation meteorology and how these relate to the requirements to be a certificated instrument-rated commercial pilot and fly as a certified flight instructor or a multiengine airplane pilot. Students will be required to complete comprehensive case studies of aviation accidents, present results to the seminar participants and lead the case discussion. A Capstone mentorship flight or simulator event summarizing the key course concepts will be included as part of the course (flight fees as applicable). Prerequisite(s): AVN 209 with C or higher.
AVN 105 Private Pilot Flight To Solo
Private Pilot Flight to Solo will enable the student to meet some of the prerequisite(s) specified in 14 CFR Part 61.109 or 14 CFR Part 141 Appendix B, as appropriate. During this course, the student obtains the foundations for all future aviation training. The student becomes familiar with the training airplane and learns how the airplane controls are used to establish and maintain specific flight attitudes and ground tracks. At the conclusion of the course, the student demonstrates proficiency in basic flight maneuvers and the student pilot will have successfully completed no less than three (3) takeoffs and full stop landings in the traffic pattern as Pilot-in-Command. Students must have a FAA Student Pilot Certificate/FAA 3rd Class or higher Medical Certificate. Aero fees will be charged. Note: FAA minimum hours approved are 35 total hours for AVN 105 & 106. Prerequisite(s): FAA Student Pilot Certificate and AVN 104
AVN 106 Private Pilot Flight To Certificate
Private Pilot Flight training will the enable student to meet the prerequisite(s) specified in 14 CFR Part 61.109 or 14 CFR Part 141 Appendix B, as appropriate. Private Pilot Flight to Certificate will enable the student to meet the requirements necessary to obtain a Private Pilot certificate. An enrolled student must demonstrate through oral examinations, practical tests, and appropriate records that the student meets the knowledge, skill and experience requirements necessary to obtain a Private Pilot certificate with an airplane single-engine land rating. Selected subject areas will include engine starting, normal and crosswind taxiing, radio communications, normal takeoffs, power on and power off stalls, maneuvering during slow flight, traffic patterns, go around from a rejected landing, crosswind and normal landings, cross country flying, radio navigation, cockpit management, low level wind shear precautions, airport and runway marking and lighting, constant airspeed climbs and descents, stall spin awareness, and steep turns. Students must have a FAA Student Pilot Certificate/FAA 3rd Class or higher Medical Certificate. A grade will be issued upon taking the FAA Private Pilot practical exam. Aero fees will be charged. Note: FAA minimum hours approved are 35 total hours for AVN 105 & 106. Prerequisite(s): AVN 104 and AVN 105 with a grade of C or higher; FAA Student Pilot Certificate
AVN 209 Instrument Pilot Flight
Instrument Pilot Flight training will enable the student to meet the prerequisite(s) specified in 14 CFR Part 61.65, or 14 CFR Part 141 Appendix C, as appropriate. Instrument Pilot Flight will enable the student to meet the requirements necessary to obtain an Instrument Rating. Selected subject areas will include airplane attitude control by reference to instruments, use of full and partial panel reference, accurate use of navigation systems by maintaining positional awareness, holding patterns, instrument approaches, and IFR cross country procedures. A grade will be issued upon taking the FAA Instrument Rating practical exam. Students must possess an FAA Private Pilot Certificate/FAA 3rd Class or higher Medical Certificate. Aero fees will be charged. Note: FAA minimum hours approved are 35 total hours for AVN 209. Prerequisite(s): AVN 106 with a grade of C or higher Corequisite(s): AVN 208
AVN 212 Commercial Pilot Flight
Commercial Pilot Flight training will enable the student to meet the prerequisite(s) specified in 14 CFR Part 61.129 or 14 CFR Part 141 Appendix D, as appropriate. Commercial Pilot Flight will enable the student to meet the requirements necessary to obtain a Commercial Pilot Certificate. Selected subject areas include accurate planning of VFR cross country flights, pilotage, dead reckoning, navigation systems, and commercial maneuvers as well as provide the skill necessary to safely fly a complex airplane. A grade will be issued upon taking the FAA Commercial Pilot practical exam. Students must possess a FAA 3rd Class or higher Medical Certificate. Aero Fees will be charged. Note: FAA minimum hours approved are 65 total hours for AVN 212. Prerequisite(s): AVN 209 with a grade of C or higher Corequisite(s): AVN 211
AVN 310 Certified Flight Instructor-Flight
This course will allow students to meet the requirements as specified by 14 CFR Part 61.187 or 14 CFR Part 141 Appendix F, as appropriate, and will allow students to meet the requirements necessary to complete the Certified Flight Instructor Airplane Practical Exam. Selected subject areas will include applicable Federal Aviation Regulations of this chapter that relate to Certified Flight Instructor pilot privileges, limitations, and flight operations, the fundamentals of instructing, including: The learning process; elements of effective teaching; student evaluation and testing; course development; lesson planning; and classroom training techniques. Also included are practical flight training modules necessary to gain the required aeronautical experience and proficiency applicable to recreational, private, and commercial pilot certificates appropriate to the aircraft category/class for which flight instructor privileges are sought. A grade will be issued upon taking the FAA Certified Flight Instructor Certificate. Students must possess an FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate with Instrument Privileges/FAA 3rd Class or higher Medical Certificate. Aero Fees will be charged. Prerequisite(s): AVN 212 with a grade of C or higher Corequisite(s): AVN 309
AVN 410 Commercial Multi-Engine Pilot Rating
This course prepares the Commercial Pilot with single-engine and instrument ratings to add multi-engine airplane privileges to their certificate. Commercial Pilot Flight training will enable the student to meet the prerequisite(s) specified in 14 CFR Part 61.63 or 14 CFR Part 141.57, as appropriate. Additionally, the student will gain practical experience applying the concepts of Crew Resource Management in the cockpit by utilizing a series of Flight Training Device sessions and defined flight training sessions. The student will be introduced to multi crew operations by applying newly acquired skills applicable to the multi crew environment such as Pilot Flying, Pilot Monitoring, advanced aircraft briefings, emergency and abnormal situations in various phases of flight, cockpit automation, Crew Resource Management to include crew communication and coordination, and Aeronautical decision making and judgment. Students must possess an FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate/FAA 3rd Class or higher Medical Certificate. Aero Fees will be charged. A grade will be issued upon taking the FAA Commercial Multi-Engine Practical Exam. Prerequisite(s): AVN 209 and AVN 212 with a grade of C or higher.