FAQS

How many degrees does GTCC offer in the Career Pilot and Aviation Management programs?
GTCC offers an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Aviation in either of the following two options:

  1. Pilot Option – For those desiring a flying career, whether it be in general aviation, with a commercial air carrier, as a corporate pilot, or even possibly in the military. Students desiring this degree must complete all flight requirements and earn their commercial pilot certificate and their instrument rating before graduation.
  2. Management Option – For those students who are interested in working in such areas as aviation office management, sales, service, air taxi service operations, as an aircraft dispatcher, or in charter flight sales. Additionally, students in the pilot option who have not yet met their flying time requirements for the commercial certificate with an instrument rating may still earn their degree with this option.

Is GTCC an FAA Part 141 approved flight school?
GTCC has agreements with area Flight Training schools and Fixed Base Operators (FBO’s) in which students may enroll to earn flight training hours/ratings under either Part 141 or FAA Part 61 rules.  The Private Pilot, Instrument, and Commercial Pilot ground-school classes operate under Part 141 rules.

GTCC has flight-simulators located at Aviation Center III and academic degrees. These Associate’s Degrees provides the academic training necessary to pass the FAA written exams for Private, Commercial, Instrument, and Certified Flight Instructor ratings. FAA written exams are given at the end of each ground-school course.

When can I begin these programs?
New students may enter these programs at the beginning of any semester, and the only limitation on the number of students is classroom size (approximately 25 per class). In the event that a class is overbooked, it will usually be broken into two smaller classes.

What does it cost to attend GTCC?
*Tuition and fees are established by state legislative action/and or Board approval and are subject to change. Click the link “Calculate Program Cost” to determine current tuition and fees.

Flight training costs vary from FBO to FBO and are available by calling each operator individually – be sure to ask to total cost per hour, including aircraft rental, fuel, instructor fees, etc. Below are a few FBO’s in the area and you may search the Internet for more.

Burlington Aviation (336) 227-1278
Elon Aviation (336) 221-9393
Penguin Aviation Ltd. (336) 882-1831
Piedmont Flight Training (336) 776-6070
Triad Air (336) 744-4000
Triad Aviation Academy, LLC (336) 369-2804
In general, what is the cost of the flight lessons?
As mentioned, rates vary from operator to operator. You can expect to pay fees for both aircraft rental and flight instruction. In the least expensive planes, this could range from $85 – $100/hour or more. A conservative estimate of the cost of approximately 250 hours – the average time required to get private, commercial, and instrument certificates – is about $25,000. Students may reduce this cost somewhat by using FAA-certified flight-simulators, which are available at GTCC.

Flight-simulators range from $60-$80 per hour. Though students may log unlimited hours in a flight-simulator, only 50 hours may apply toward the 250 hours required to complete the Commercial Pilot rating (FAA Part 61).

Is financial aid available for flight lessons?
The Aviation Management and Career Pilot Technology programs qualify for financial assistance. Financial aid is awarded based on a student’s needs and students should contact the Financial Aid Office – (336) 334-4822 (ext. 31186) for more information.

Veterans may use the GI Bill for tuition and for a portion of their flight training.
To learn more, contact the Veterans Representative – (336) 334-4822 (ext. 50521).

Will I take all of my courses one of the Aviation Centers (I, II, or III)?
All of the courses required to earn an Associate’s Degree in Career Pilot or Aviation Management are available at the Aviation Centers except Physics and the Physics LAB (PHY 110 and PHY 110A) which require lab facilities that are not available at the Aviation Centers and must be taken at one of the other campuses. Consult the current GTCC Course Catalog for details.

Can I complete the program through evening courses?
Career Pilot or Aviation Management courses are daytime class only, however some are offered online. Consult the current GTCC Course Catalog for details.

Do students enrolled in the program have to fly?
No, students taking the Management Option are not required to fly.

Do I need any type of medical-physical prior to entering the program?
Students entering the Pilot Option should be able to pass the FAA CLASS I flight-physical. We encourage students to take the CLASS I physical early to determine if there are any problems that might prevent them from meeting hiring requirements for prospective employers after completing the program.

What are the requirements to become an airline pilot?
The requirements vary, depending on the level of the position you are seeking. An entry level position with a commuter airline or a corporate flight department will typically call for (as a minimum): 1000-1200 hours of flight time, a two-year degree, a commercial instrument rating with some multi-engine time, and a CLASS I physical.

Most major airlines hire entry-level pilots with 2500-3500 hours, a college degree, an Airline Transport Pilot rating (in addition to the others), and the CLASS I physical. Most airline pilots achieve those hours flying as instructors, and the commuter or corporate flight departments.

**It is important to note that as the pool of available pilot changes – up or down – so do the minimum requirements. This is important, because all projections point to a continually shrinking pool of available pilots.

What is the job market/salary for graduates from the Pilot Option?
This is a tough one to pin down, since salaries vary based on what kind of flying the graduate is doing, and our graduates hold such a wide variety of jobs. Our students fly in such varied areas as fish spotters, traffic watch, pipeline patrol, photography, rescue work, charter operations, cargo operations, flight instructing, and commuter airlines. Initially their primary concern is to build flight time rapidly, since progression to better jobs usually hinges on experience. Search the Internet to determine current pilot salaries.

What is the job market for graduates of the Management Option?
Jobs and careers exist in such varied areas as aircraft sales, airport management, aviation insurance and claims, ticket sales and ramp agents with airlines, travel agents, and aviation company representatives, public relations, weather agencies, FBO management, and the FAA, just to name a few. Search the Internet to determine the current job market.

Are credits for either of these programs transferable to four-year colleges?
Yes, a number of our students go on to attend four-year colleges to complete a bachelor’s degree in either flight or management curriculum. Depending on the college and their entrance requirements, most, if not all credits are accepted.

For students going on to complete a bachelor’s degree program in the pilot option, we strongly recommend completing all flight ratings through instructor (CFI) before transferring. This enables the student to instruct while attending school – earning income and building flight time, while completing degree requirements.

GTCC and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) have collaborated on a 2+2 agreement, which makes it possible for students to remain in Greensboro after completing their Associate Degree, and continue right into the junior year of the Embry-Riddle bachelor’s program in Professional Aeronautics. The ERAU Bachelor of Science degree offered at GTCC is fully accredited and identical to the degree offered at their Daytona, FL and Prescott, AZ campuses. There is a significant savings available on tuition through their extended campus program, which is administered through ERAU with classes held at GTCC. The tuition saved through this program is sufficient to cover the cost of all flying required to complete Private, Instrument, Commercial Instructor, and Instrument Instructor ratings for the average student.

Whom should I talk to at GTCC if I need more information?
Try the Aviation Center first (336) 334-4822 and ask for Audrey Floyd Ext. 59010. Because of class schedules, etc., you must make an appointment. If you are unable to contact her, call Jesse Cross, the GTCC Recruiter (336) 334-4822 (ext. 50125). Jesse is familiar with all the requirements for entering these programs.

Where is the T. H. Davis/GTCC Aviation Center located?
Please see http://aviation.gtcc.edu/aviation-campuses/ for our campus locations.

Are flight-simulators (FTDs) available for logging hours toward flight training requirements?
Yes, GTCC has FAA approved flight-simulators (FTD). Individuals may sign up for FTD time with one of our instructors who will give the training and enter the time in the student’s log‑book.

Flight-simulators cost range from $60-$80 per hour, and can be used for a maximum of 50 hours (FAA Part 61) toward the total of 250 hours required to complete the Commercial Pilot rating.

Are on-line aviation courses available for the non-traditional student?
Yes, many of the courses required to complete the Aviation Management and Career Pilot degree are available online, though not all as some are required to meet in a classroom or lab. The availability of online offerings is continuously increasing and current offerings are in the GTCC Academic Catalog, http://catalog.gtcc.edu/.