Pulaski Tech will offer an Associate of Science in Aviation beginning in fall 2007 to prepare students for careers as private pilots, certified flight instructors, and managers and supervisors in the aviation industry.
The Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board approved the new degree plan at its quarterly meeting on April 27 in Bentonville.
Students who pursue the Associate of Science in Aviation have two options: a Professional Pilot option and a Management option.
The Professional Pilot option will provide students with academic and practical instruction as they pursue the FAA-certified private pilot and commercial pilot ratings, and instrument and certified flight instructor ratings. This program is designed to lay the foundation for a student pursuing advanced training in multi-engine aircraft.
The Management option will help students develop the skills and knowledge needed for careers in airport management, aircraft maintenance and flight management.
"The aviation industry in central Arkansas is growing, and this new degree is a direct response to the need for more highly skilled workers," said Dr. Dan F. Bakke, college president. "As the aviation industry in central Arkansas continues to grow, we expect the need for pilots, flight engineers, and managers and supervisors of aviation facilities to increase accordingly."
The AS in Aviation consists of 67 credit hours, including 44 credit hours of general education and 23 credit hours of aviation coursework. Students will complete courses offered at Pulaski Tech or contracted through Central Flying Service in Little Rock.
Aviation-related coursework includes Fundamentals of Aeronautics, Aviation Weather, Aviation Safety, Instrument Prep and Procedures and Instrument Certification.
Coursework that will be contracted to Central Flying Service includes Introduction to Aeronautics Lab, Private Pilot Lab, Commercial Pilot and Instrument Pilot Lab. New courses will be developed using FAA-approved curriculum from Central Flying Service.
Pulaski Tech's Associate of Science in Aviation will provide students with the first two years of coursework toward a Bachelor of Science in Aviation at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia.