If you are committed and passionate about flying airplanes, come fly with Vermont State University’s Professional Pilot Technology program. This program will have you in the air during the first semester and offers the option to complete all 7 FAA certificates and ratings. Gain valuable experience completing internships or paid employment for an airline or industry partner. Enjoy flying over the unique Vermont and New England terrain. You will be learning from career pilots that maintain their long-term industry connections, increasing your chances for employment opportunities.
Completion of the degree entails intensive motivation and commitment. Pilot certificates or ratings must be completed in their assigned term. This may require flying 4-5 times each week. The Chief Flight Instructor and their assistants are required to follow the published milestones and stage checks for every student to ensure proper completion. The student must make up cancellations or delays on weekends and during scheduled breaks if necessary and must be available to fly seven days per week, including some night flights.
Success in the program requires understanding that consequences incur for noncompliance of scheduling requests, failure to meet milestones, and stage check failures. If continuous interventions are necessary, the student can expect grade reductions or dismissal from the program. Compliance with all schedules, FAA regulations, and course syllabi are a major part of the training for a career in aviation. Students are expected to dress professionally and in accordance with the season at all times.
Demonstrate the knowledge and flight skills necessary to attain FAA pilot certificates and ratings.
Use critical-thinking and decision-making skills to accurately assess situations and manage risk.
Communicate and work effectively as a leader and in multidisciplinary teams.
Understand the historic aspects and current developments defining the state and evolution of modern aviation
Engage in professional development and recognize the need for life-long learning.
Analyze and interpret data using aeronautical, mathematical, and scientific principles.