Why Choose the Professional Pilot Program?
Tremendous opportunities await those who wish to become professional pilots. Pilots have never been in more demand than they are now, and the aviation industry continues to grow. Our Professional Pilot program meets at our state-of-the-art South Hill Campus, conveniently located next door to Pierce County Airport. Students and faculty fly CPTC's college-owned aircraft on local - and occasionally - cross-country flights while having the opportunity to attain all the certifications and flight hours needed for a career as a commercial pilot. The program offers an associate degree and numerous certificate options to meet the needs of each student and their flight goals, whether simply wanting to earn private pilot certification for fun or wanting to pursue a career as a flight instructor or commercial pilot. If you dream of taking to the skies and flying to far off places, the Professional Pilot program and career path may be the perfect fit for you.
How Long It Takes:
The length for degrees and certificates in the pilot program varies, depending on how long the student needs to fulfill the requirements.
All program lengths are estimates and are not guarantees.
Median annual wage in Washington:
$81,100 per year
This is not a guarantee of employment or a certain wage. Full career data available at careerinfo.net
Professional Pilot Program Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the Professional Pilot degree, students will:
- Conduct appropriate preflight preparation that assesses current and forecast weather, predicted aircraft performance, loading and navigational requirements.
- Demonstrate the ability to plan cross-country flights in the national airspace system.
- Demonstrate knowledge of aircraft systems and instruments.
- Effectively communicate and comply with air traffic control.
- Demonstrate proficiency in normal, short, and soft field take-offs and landings.
- Perform minimum controllable airspeed and stall maneuvers.
- Demonstrate selected ground reference maneuvers.
- Demonstrate knowledge and proficiency in emergency procedures and operations.
- Control the aircraft solely by reference to aircraft flight and navigational instruments.
- Conduct instrument approaches.
- Perform and demonstrate proficiency in high-performance commercial pilot maneuvers.
- Pass appropriate FAA practical test required for pilot certification on the first attempt.