Aviation Flight Technology
Aviation Flight Technology
Associate in Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)
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Business, Technology, and
Professional Studies Division


The Aviation Flight Technology program is accredited by the Aviation Accreditation Board International and provides flight instruction for the Private and Commercial certificates and Instrument rating. MCCC operates flight instruction in accordance with Air Agency Certification issued to the college by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

In order to complete the program, every student must successfully pass the FAA Private, Commercial, and Instrument computer examinations and be certified as a commercial pilot with instrument rating. Ninety-seven percent of Mercer’s students have passed the examinations on the first attempt.

MCCC has approved examining authority for FAA computer tests which can be conducted at the college. Additionally, the college has examining authority to conduct flight tests for the issuance of private and commercial pilots’ licenses as well as the instrument and multiengine ratings.

  • Obtain the appropriate ground and flight certificates;
  • Fill related aviation positions requiring specific aviation knowledge with airport service operators located at numerous airports in the United States and possessions.

Most aviation courses are offered during the day, and certain ones may be available during the evening as well as online. The program maintains a number of articulation agreements with four-year colleges and universities for students who wish to transfer their credits.

Students in the Aviation Flight Technology program receive classroom and laboratory instruction on the West Windsor Campus. Actual flight training takes place with our flight training partner at Trenton-Mercer County Regional Airport, where the college has access to a fleet of aircraft and supervises the flight instructors.

An active advisory commission consisting of experts from the government and civilian areas of aviation recommends changes necessary to maintain a quality program.

Admission to the program requires a high school diploma with one year of algebra. High school courses in trigonometry and physics are an advantage. Proof of citizenship or Transportation Security Administration approval is required for enrollment in the Flight program. Before flight training begins, a minimum of a second-class aviation medical will be required. Contact the Aviation program coordinator for details. Flight fees required.

Graduates of the program often return to take a flight training course toward the certified flight instructor rating.

Aviation Flight Technology: Rotorcraft Transition Program (RTP) degree program

2023-2024 Academic Year
 earlier / Archive
CIP 490102

The course sequence below represents a recommended example of how this degree program can be completed in two years, presuming a Fall Term start and satisfaction of all Developmental Studies (foundation courses) requirements and prerequisites. Actual approaches toward completion depend on each student's anticipated transfer institution, career objectives, or other individual circumstances. Students will begin each Flight course within seven days of the registered term.

Students are encouraged to meet regularly with an academic advisor or Success Coach to consider options, establish plans, and monitor progress.

Code Course (lecture / field study hours) Credits
To Do This Semester
AVI 112 Primary Flight (1/60) 2

✔ Meet with your faculty advisor to complete an academic plan. Make sure you are aware of any course prerequisites you may need to take, and how long it will take to complete your degree.

✔ Use your online tools: Check your MercerMail daily, utilize features of Office 365, and get to know Student Planning.

✔ Take advantage of Learning Centers or Online Tutoring to support your studies and assignments.

AVI 131 Commercial Pilot I (3/0) 3
CSW 100 College Success and Personal Wellness (2/0)
  • Some exemptions apply. Consult academic advisor for details.
ENG 101 English Composition I (3/0) 3
MAT 115 Algebra and Trigonometry I (3/0) 3
AVI 105 Aviation Weather (3/0) 3

✔ Transitioning to college can be challenging. Meet with your Success Coach for guidance and support.

✔ Apply for financial aid by May 1.

✔ Contact professors with questions and use their office hours to develop a connection. Talk with them to get the inside scoop on how your profession works.

✔ Be sure to visit the Career Services office to explore jobs, internships, and career information and get help with your resume and other career tools.

✔ Apply for Continuing Student scholarships at www.mccc.edu/m-scholarships.

AVI 113 Flight I (1/60)
  • Special fee required; hours to be arranged.
  • Consult academic advisor for appropriate course selection.
AVI 111 Flight Concepts (2/0)  
AVI 132 Commercial Pilot II (3/0) 3
CMN 112 Public Speaking (3/0) 3
MAT 116 Algebra and Trigonometry II (3/0)

AVI 101 Aerospace Development (3/0) 3

✔ Keep in contact with each professor and your faculty advisor. Make sure you are on track to graduate on time.

✔ Work with Career Services to formulate plans for after you've earned this degree.

✔ Develop team and leadership skills by getting involved in activities and clubs.

✔ Apply for Continuing Student scholarships at www.mccc.edu/m-scholarships.

✔ Manage your stress! Take advantage of the MCCC pool, Fitness Center, free yoga and Zumba. Reach out for counseling or other support if you need it. Your Success Coach can connect you with resources.

AVI 114 Flight II (1/75)
  • Special fee required; hours to be arranged.
PHY 101 College Physics I (3/3) 4
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (3/0)
  • PSY 101 is an acceptable substitute.

AVI 203 Aircraft Components (3/0) 3  
AVI 208 Aviation Seminar (1/0) 1
AVI 231 Commercial Pilot III (3/0) 3
AVI 240 Flight III (1/75)
  • Special fee required; hours to be arranged.
  —    — General Education elective
  • Select course from the following general education categories: Social Science, Humanities, Historical Perspective, Diversity and Global Perspective.
AVI 102 Aviation Transportation (3/0) 3

✔ Get ready to start your career! Begin the job application process.

✔ Discuss your career plans with your faculty advisor. S/he can help you transition successfully.

AVI 215 Aerodynamics (2/2) 3
AVI 217 Flight VI (1/45)
  • Completion of AVI 241 flight training required before starting AVI 217 training.
  • Special fee required; hours to be arranged.
AVI 241 Flight IV (1/75)
  • Special fee required; hours to be arranged.

NOTE: Students must earn a minimum grade of C in AVI 113, 114, 131, 132, 213, 214, 215, 231, and MAT 115 to graduate.