Aviation

Aviation Degree


The Aviation Technology major is for students seeking the flight training and on-the-ground skills needed to prepare for a career as a professional pilot for passenger and business aircraft. Besides piloting for the major and commuter airlines, our graduates serve aircraft cargo operators, corporate flight departments, charter service providers, and the military. Some pilots participate in firefighting, emergency services and law enforcement, while others become aviation educators.

Being a pilot requires strict attention to safety, management of crew resources, knowledge of weather and navigation, and intimate knowledge of the aircraft and the mechanics of flight. Our Aviation Technology program insures you learn these skills along with your flight training and FAA certifications.

Watch our Aviation Technology video to learn more about careers and training in aviation.

You can look forward to employment as a pilot in many specialized areas. Opportunities include the following:

•     airline pilot
•     corporate pilot
•     charter pilot
•     military
•     law enforcement
•     aviation management
•     flight instructor
•     airport manager
•     airline dispatcher

Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.

The Aviation Technology program is proud to partner with leading aviation organizations, including airlines and corporate flight departments. These industry alliances provide important guidance toward the career preparedness of graduates.

Partnerships and affiliations offer unique learning experiences for UC aviators and valuable opportunities for future professional aviation employment in the form of internships, co-ops and training.

Current partners include:

•     ABX Air
•     Ameriflight
•     CommutAir
•     Executive Jet Management
•     Kroger
•     PSA Airlines
•     Procter & Gamble

Upon completion of the two-year, associate degree program, aviation students have a unique opportunity to continue their academic studies in one of several baccalaureate tracks while continuing to build aviation experience as flight instructors.  Areas of study include business administration, applied administration and aeronautical science.  Qualified individuals have the opportunity to gain nearly 800 hours of total flying experience upon completion of their bachelor’s degree. This experience and diverse skill set allows UC Clermont Aviation Technology graduates to excel in a variety of aviation fields including professional pilot.

The quality of training provided by the program also offers students the new R-ATP qualification administered by the FAA, allowing graduates to be employed as airline pilots at a reduced experience level.

Pilot training in the UC Clermont College Aviation Technology Program is provided by Sporty’s Academy, Inc.  Sporty’s Academy is the educational division of the highly acclaimed Sporty’s Pilot Shop – the world’s largest provider of aviation educational resources and pilot supplies.  Sporty’s Academy is a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved pilot school, holder of FAA Air Agency Certificate #XSTS103K, headquartered at the Clermont County Airport in Batavia, Ohio – less than a mile from the Clermont College campus.

Contact Us!

Eric Radtke,
Program Director
Aviation Technology
513.735.9100 ext. 352
Eric.Radtke@uc.edu

Program Details

Aviation Technology

What is Aviation Technology?

Aviation technology combines flight training with associated on-the-ground skills to prepare you for a career as a commercial pilot. While most of us think of pilots flying passenger airliners, in reality they fly many types of aircraft for a variety of businesses. Besides piloting for the major and commuter airlines, there are cargo jet pilots, corporate jet pilots, and charter services pilots as well as those who fly pipeline and power line aerial inspection, do aerial photography, and conduct sight-seeing flights. Some pilots participate in firefighting, rescue searches and law enforcement. Some pilots become flight instructors. Being a pilot requires strict attention to safety, management of crew resources, knowledge of weather and navigation, and intimate knowledge of the aircraft and the mechanics of flight. Aviation technology insures you learn these skills along with your flight training.

Success Factors

You must be able to make quick decisions and accurate judgments under pressure. You must be able to maintain a high level of alertness while working irregular work schedules and spending time away from home. You must be physically fit, have excellent eyesight and be able to pass the required FAA physicals. You must also be organized and detail oriented.

Career Possibilities

Watch the YouTube video to learn more about careers and training in aviation!

You can look forward to employment as a pilot in many specialized areas. Opportunities include the following:

  • airline pilot
  • corporate pilot
  • charter pilot
  • military
  • law enforcement
  • aviation management
  • flight instructor
  • airport manager
  • airline dispatcher

Curriculum Guides

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

The Clermont College campus is on 92 wooded acres located in Batavia, Ohio, in the heart of Clermont County. We are relatively small and our faculty-to-student ratio is low. You will find small size and personal interaction with your instructors create the ideal learning environment. Parking is convenient and at no additional charge. Plus, our tuition is the lowest of the UC colleges.

As an aviation student, you will be part of a group of dedicated students who receive individualized attention on the ground and in the air. You will receive specialized flight instruction using an advanced simulator with visual display and learn from the highly rated aviation staff at Sporty’s Academy, the acclaimed education affiliate of Sporty’s Pilot Shop, the world’s largest provider of aviation educational material.

Your actual flight time will be logged in a fleet of modern, well-maintained aircraft including the Cessna 172 Skyhawk, Cessna 182 Skylane, multi-engine Piper Aztec, and several advanced flight simulation devices. (Additional flight fees apply.)

Additional benefits include the opportunity to participate in one of several professional internship programs with locally based airlines. In fact, selected graduates can work as flight instructors at Sporty’s Academy, logging flight time while continuing their education.

For more information on pilot licensing, regulations and medical examinations go to www.faa.gov/pilots/.

For information regarding tuition and fees associated with this program, please see Aviation Financial Considerations.

Special Programs

Partnering with Industry

The aviation technology program is proud to partner with leading aviation organizations including airlines and corporate flight departments. These industry alliances provide important guidance towards the career preparedness of graduates.

Partnerships and affiliations offer unique learning experiences for UC aviators and valuable opportunities for future professional aviation employment in the form of internships, co-ops and training.

Current partners include:

  • ABX Air
  • CommutAir
  • PSA Airlines
  • Procter & Gamble

Freshman Admission Requirements

This program is open to all students with a high school diploma or GED and the desire to succeed in college. Although admission is open, students accepted into the program must meet the academic standards of the program to advance to upper levels of study.

As a first year student, you will need to take the placement test. This test does not affect your admission; however, the results are essential for your proper placement in es. You must complete the placement test before you may register for English or mathematics courses. All placement tests are given free of charge.

To be accepted into the aviation program, you must pass an FAA medical examination.

Transferring to UC Requirements

You must be in good academic standing at the college or university you last attended. We accept transfer applications all year long and you may start any semester, provided your transcripts arrive in time to be evaluated before the start of the semester you wish to attend.

If you have not taken college-level mathematics or English, you will need to take the placement test.

To be accepted into the aviation program, you must pass an FAA medical examination. 

Changing Majors within UC Requirements

Other UC students may transfer into Clermont College by completing the application for change in college and program form available from most UC admissions offices (including ours, 513-732-5319). You are urged to see your advisor before transferring into a different major to minimize any impact on your degree progress.

To be accepted into the aviation program, you must pass an FAA medical examination.

International Student Requirements

You must demonstrate English proficiency. You must also meet admissions deadlines and visa requirements, and provide documentation of sufficient funds before we can complete your admission. Please call the International Admissions Office (513-556-2069) for details, or email international.admissions@uc.edu with questions.

Learn more about becoming an international student at UC Clermont.

To be accepted into the aviation program, you must pass an FAA medical examination. 

Graduation Requirements

You must complete an application for degree and receive a pre-certification from your academic advisor the semester before you expect to graduate. You should see your advisor or Student Success and Retention Services (513-732-5319) for specific information well in advance of your final semester.

Application Deadlines

UC Clermont College is an open admission campus. Students may begin es in any semester. Each semester has an application deadline of approximately four weeks before es begin to allow for timely paperwork and financial aid processing. Students who apply after the deadline will be admitted to the next semester. For specific deadline information, call 513-732-5319 or visit www.ucclermont.edu/admissions/apply.

You should plan to start aviation technology in the fall semester, because the basic series of foundation courses required for this program starts in the fall and continues sequentially through the spring.

Be sure to allow enough time to complete your FAA medical examination.

Accreditation

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Quick Facts

Associate of Applied Science Degree in Aviation Technology

Full-Time Program Duration

2 Years

Location

UC Clermont & UC East

Admission Criteria

Open

Contact

Clermont College
4200 Clermont College Drive
Batavia, OH 45103
Phone: 513-732-5319
Enrollment Services
clermont.admissions@uc.edu