The Big Bend Community College 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.
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