The Aviation Science program trains students to work in the air transportation industry. The program emphases are airplane and helicopter.  The program is designed to produce high-quality graduates who are prepared to enter the field as aviation pilots. This field offers high-wage careers that are global in scope. The AAS Aviation Science degree provides students with the mandatory flight hours along with industry-specified instruction. Instruction takes place primarily in a one-to-one student-to-instructor learning environment to ensure that students acquire the academic knowledge necessary to be a safe pilot and to pass the FAA knowledge exams.

Regional Employment Forecast

Annual Salary Range (Klamath Area):
$43,173 - $86,820
Area Employment Projections: The projected growth in the state of Oregon from 2014-2024 is 19.6%.
Statewide Employment Analysis: The total number of job openings is projected to be at about the statewide average number of job openings for all occupations through 2024. Educational Requirements: The typical entry level education for this occupation is an Associate's degree. Those with a Bachelor's degree have a competitive advantage in the labor market.

All data was gathered from the State of Oregon Employment Department
Data provided for a commercial pilot position. For a different employment forecast please visit the State of Oregon's Employment Department.
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James Scott
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scottj@klamathcc.edu
541-880-2263
7390 South 6th Street
Klamath Falls, OR 97603

Q & A 

What is the difference between a commercial and a private pilot?

Commercial pilots are pilots that get paid for the flying they do. This could be with an airline or as a charter pilot. Private pilots are fly more as a hobby. There are far more restrictions on where and when a private pilot can fly, but commercial pilots have far more regulations to follow.

What kind of pilot certificates are there?

The FAA lists several types of pilot certificates:
  • Recreational pilot: Recreational pilots can only fly less than 50 nautical miles from their departure airport, during the day, and must stay clear of controlled airports.
  • Private pilot: Private pilots can fly any aircraft in their allowed category. They are allowed to fly at night and at controlled airports.
  • Student pilot: Student pilots must be at least 16 years old. They are allowed to fly solo.
  • Sport pilot: Sport pilots can only fly light aircraft at low altitudes in their local area.
  • Commercial pilot: Commercial pilots are allowed to be paid for flying services. There are additional regulations for commercial pilots.
  • Flight instructor: Flight instructors learn more in depth information about aviation. They are allowed to teach others.
  • Airline transport pilot: This certification allows pilots to fly commercial airliners. It is the most advanced pilot certification that one can earn.

What are some facts about aviation?

According to the Federal Aviation Administration there are:
  • 7,000 aircraft in the sky at any given time.
  • 23,911 commercial flights every day.
  • 2,246,224 passengers flying every day.
  • 19,299 airports.