The Professional Pilot degree option is FAA approved for the Restricted Airline Transport Pilot Certificate (R-ATP). Schedule a meeting with the Chief Flight Instructor for additional information and guidance on the R-ATP as soon as possible after admittance into the degree program.
All incoming students intending to major in Professional Pilot will be classified as pre- aviation students for their first semester and are required to take AVIA 1020 - Aeronautics (2) and AVIA 1310 - FAA Private Requirements (4) . These courses must be completed with a final grade of “B” or higher, and all other academic coursework must be completed with no Failing grades or any academic-related issues. Students are required to maintain a minimum overall GPA of 2.25 to maintain flight status for FLYA courses
After successfully completing the pre-aviation first semester, students will be allowed to declare their major in Professional Pilot. Students then must pass the FAA Private Pilot Knowledge Test before they are allowed to enroll in FLYA 1320 - Private Flight A (1) (flight training).
Flight training scheduling (flight time) is competitive and is based on academic performance and other metrics.
Incoming aviation program students with an FAA Private Pilot Certificate will have a mandatory skills evaluation with the Chief Flight Instructor, consisting of both ground and flight components. Costs associated with the flight portion of this evaluation are the responsibility of the student.
The student’s performance during the requisite evaluation will determine placement in ground and flight courses; additional coursework or remedial flight training may be required.
Students entering the aviation program with their Private Pilot Certificate can receive 6 credit hours (equivalency for AVIA 1310 /FLYA 1320 /FLYA 1321 after completing the Instrument Rating End of Course Examination (EOC). Although students are expected to complete the pre-aviation requirements before being placed on the flight schedule, UCM Aviation may grant provisional flight status to students who are making exemplary academic progress during the pre-aviation semester. The number of students who may be granted this special status is based on the number of flight slots available for primary flight training and other factors. Any student granted provisional flight status will be required to pass the FAA Private Pilot Knowledge Test in order to continue flying in the following semester.