Aviation: Commercial Pilot

The BBCC Aviation Program is an FAA authorized commercial pilot training program, which started in 1965 with 23 students and 3 airplanes. Today, there are approximately 100 students, 26 aircraft, 3 simulators, and 10-14 full-time instructors. During the course of our two-year program, an average student will fly 220 hours to gain a commercial pilot certificate with an instrument rating. Aviation training at Big Bend is taken in conjunction with academic or vocational courses that the student chooses, to fulfill the requirements of the Associate in Arts and Science transfer option and/or the Associate in Applied Science-Commercial Pilot. Most students will complete both degrees simultaneously without any additional costs. All students who complete Big Bend’s aviation program will receive the Restricted-Airline Transport Pilot (R-ATP) authorization, which will lower the ATP certificate requirements by 250 hours and allow them to enter the industry more rapidly.

Follow these steps to apply to the Aviation program

1. Apply

  • Apply now here: https://apply.ctc.edu/
  • You will receive your acceptance letter to the college to the email address you provided on your application. Your student ID number and information about Viking Orientation will be included.
  • Be sure to following additional steps to apply for the Aviation Commercial Pilot Program (located in steps 3 & 4).

(509) 793-2061 | admissions@bigbend.edu | Admissions Office 1400 bldg

2. Get Funding

Financial Aid – (Optional) Highly Recommended

  • Visit Financial Aid
  • Once you have completed the FAFSA, it takes 1-2 weeks to reach our system.
  • View the Financial Aid Tile in your ctcLink account to assure all required information has been completed.
  • You may also contact them by email at faidinfo@bigbend.edu or (509) 793-2088

Scholarships – (Optional) Big Bend Community College Foundation offers approximately 100 scholarships. Fill out one application and apply for the ones in which you meet the criteria.

3. Complete Aviation Application

Complete and sign the online Aviation Program Application (also included in the Aviation packet).

4. Submit documents

Submit the below documents to:

Big Bend Community College
Aviation Training Center
7662 Chanute Street, Building 3000
Moses Lake, Washington 98837


Email copies to Debbie Simpson, debbies@bigbend.edu (Remember, you’ll need your original documents on the first day of class).

Program Outcomes
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Transfer Options
Industry Connections
Scholarships & Grants
  1. The students will be able to demonstrate the technical aspects of aircraft control and operation of related systems at the FAA commercially certificated and instrument rated pilot level.
  2. The students will be able to interpret regulatory and legal issues which impact the industry at the FAA commercially certificated pilot level.
  3. The student will be able to evaluate effective aeronautical decision making skills at the FAA commercially certificated pilot level.
  4. Students will be able to communicate clearly and effectively within a workplace context.
  5. Students will be able to reason mathematically using methods appropriate to the profession.
  6. Students will be able to demonstrate teamwork and/or workplace specific skills related to human relations.

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Degrees & Certificates

AAS-T Aviation-Commercial Pilot (transfer)

Name: Aviation-Commercial Pilot Associates of Applied Science Degree
Total Credits:
Learning Outcomes:


Year 1

Fall Quarter
Winter Quarter
Spring Quarter

Course Credits
AVF 111 1
AVF 112 5
AVF 141 4
+2 academic transfer courses  

Course Credits
AVF 113 5
AVF 142 4
AVF 117 optional (may take 5th quarter or through CWU AVP 337
+2 academic transfer courses  

Course Credits
AVF 114 5
AVF 143 (must be completed prior to fall quarter of second year) 4
+2 academic transfer courses  

Year 2

Fall Quarter
Winter Quarter
Spring Quarter

Course Credits
AVF 223 5
AVF 251 4
+2 academic transfer courses  

Course Credits
AVF 221 5
AVF 252 4
AVF 117 or
CWU AVP 337 online MUST BE completed prior to Commercial Cert.
+2 academic transfer courses  

Course Credits
AVF 261 4
AVF 253 4
AVF 225 (optional) 5
+2 academic transfer courses  

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