An Introduction to Aims Aviation



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welcome to the Ames aviation department introduction video we are excited you are considering Ames aviation for your future please watch this introduction in its entirety as it will help answer some of your basic questions this presentation has authorization code scattered throughout so it is important that you pay attention having these authorization codes is the only way we can verify you participated in the entire introduction please write them down when instructed to do so if you plan on applying to the program once you complete this online introduction video you will be asked to enter your name your Ames student ID number authorization codes and the date you watch this presentation into a certificate of completion please print the certificate and bring it with you to your first advising appointment you will also submit it with your ABA ssin programs checklist having the certificate with the authorization codes is mandatory and is required documentation for the aviation programs checklist packet as it is the only way we can confirm you completed this online introduction it is the responsibility of the student to view understand and retain proof of viewing the following introductory video in its entirety this introduction is designed to give the inquiring student basic information about the aviation programs the student is responsible for all information provided in the video and will be asked to provide signed documentation acknowledging such at a later time more detailed information will be available in the FAQ section of the department's website the topics covered in this basic introduction include general information about the aviation department general information about each of the four degree programs offered some information regarding program costs and finally information on the process for getting started in the programs and becoming an Ames aviator Ames Aviation has a rich 46 year history in 1967 Ames community colleges founded a year later in 1968 the college approves the nation of the Aviation Department and a commercial flight degree and in the spring of 1969 Ames offers its first flight course in 1987 Ames aviation begins its journey to become a leader in professional pilot education when it enters into a formal agreement with Eastern Airlines to train commercial airline quality pilots five years later in 1992 Ames aviation acquires its current flight training center at the Greeley Weld County Airport and the Federal Aviation Administration Awards Ames Aviation its air agency certificate allowing aims to train students under part 141 of the Federal Aviation Regulations after just two years as a part 141 school Ames aviation becomes one of the first two-year collegiate aviation programs in the nation to be awarded the prestigious airway science program designation by the Federal Aviation Administration and the university aviation Association in 1997 Ames Aviation is awarded the program of excellence grant by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education in the amount of six hundred and fifty thousand dollars some of the money from this grant went to purchase the multi-engine Piper Seminole airplane we still use today in 2001 Ames Community College takes delivery of its Beechcraft 1900 D full-motion flight simulator in 2007 Ames aviation offers a helicopter pilot degree option a program that is rare at the collegiate level in 2008 Ames aviation expands again adding an air traffic controller degree in keeping with its history of excellence this degree is approved as part of the Federal Aviation Administration's air traffic control collegiate training initiative program and is one of only 35 programs in the nation in 2013 Ames is the recipient of the FAA s letter of authorization to certify Ames aviation graduates for an Airline Transport Pilot certificate with reduced experience this means our successful graduates may be authorized to get their restricted ATP at twelve hundred and fifty total hours rather than the normal fifteen hundred hours as of 2015 we offer for associate of Applied Science degree programs in aviation general aviation pilot professional pilot helicopter pilot and air traffic control Ames aviation offers for associate of Applied Science degree programs an AAS is a terminal degree and typically not designed to transfer to a four-year university we are working on establishing one or two articulation agreements in the next few months whereby students could transfer it to complete a four-year degree however if your goal is to earn a four-year degree please check with the accepting institution first to make sure they will accept our specific aviation courses each degree program offered is unique but all have a set of common requirements when you apply to Ames no matter what Aviation degree you decide to pursue you need to declare a GS pre aviation as your initial intended major a GS stands for associates of general studies as you would wait admission to the program the a GS gives you options of courses to take both aviation and non aviation many of which are common degree requirements all programs require entering students to be college ready all programs require that students hold a minimum of an FAA class to medical certificate a class 1 medical is suggested for those entering the professional pilot program students majoring in one of the pilot degrees will begin their flight courses within the very first week of starting the program and will need to present proof of a valid class to medical at that time additionally all programs have some varying age and other requirements of which students need to be aware and will be discussed in this presentation we do not offer any aviation courses online at this all ground classroom and air traffic control courses are taken at the Ames Greeley campus fixed-wing flight courses are taken at the Ames flight training center located at the Greeley Weld County Airport and helicopter flight courses are taken with our contractor rent range helicopters located at the Fort Collins Loveland Airport only a few evening classroom courses are offered in any given term and these are generally the lower 100 level courses common to all four degree programs so can you be part-time the answer is yes and no yes you can pursue any degree on an academic part-time basis meaning taking fewer than 12 credit hours of semester however you cannot be part-time in flight and only fly a day or so a week flight courses are a part of the academic curriculum and as such you will be required to scheduled to fly four to five times per week this is your class attendance and is in addition to any other courses you will be taking in general our degree programs are designed to take approximately four to six semesters to complete this equates to two to three years the air traffic control program is a four semester program if students follow the designated curriculum path ATC students also only attend fall and spring semesters flight students on the other hand will need to plan on taking flight courses year-round including summer terms in order to complete their degree program in fewer than three years all programs require entering students to be college ready to be considered college ready a student must be able to enter into college algebra and English Composition one college readiness is determined by an assessment process using valid a CT SAT test scores transfer credit from other schools or the Accuplacer exam student services advisor Polycom will determine a perspective aviation student's college readiness status the first authorization code is autorotation please write this word down as you will need to enter it into the certificate of completion at the end of this introduction aims Aviation's air traffic control degree is one of 35 programs in the nation certified by the FAA as part of their collegiate training initiative program otherwise known as ATC CTI the air traffic controller degree is designed for those students seeking a career as an air traffic controller this is an intense degree requiring 64 total credit hours and taking 4 semesters to complete no ATC courses are offered over the summer term there are FAA hiring practices that students need to take into consideration when deciding to embark on a career in air traffic control before submitting your aviation checklist please speak with the aviation director dusty browse board or our ATC professor Larry Stephen appointments can be made by emailing the department at aviation at Ames edu or calling 973-1000 72 to get hired on by the FAA as an air traffic controller you must be a US citizen be fluent in English and pass a class to medical exam air traffic controllers hold a secret level security clearance so you must also be able to pass a full background check for students pursuing the air traffic control degree the clock is ticking students should be younger than 27 when they begin the program assuming the curriculum is followed it will take two years to complete the degree and potential air traffic controllers must be hired by the FAA before their 31st birthday Ames aviation is one of the few colleges in the nation that offers a hell copter pilot degree option the helicopter flight courses are taught by our contractor Front Range helicopters located at the Fort Collins Loveland Airport helicopter students begin flying within their very first week of starting the program the helicopter pilot degree is designed for those students seeking a career as a helicopter pilot the degree is 61 total credit hours in approximately four to five semesters in length these are consecutive semesters which includes at least one summer term upon graduation from the program students will hold an FAA commercial pilot license for rotorcraft with an instrument rating as well as a certified flight instructor rating those who choose may take a certified flight instructor course that also incorporates a Robinson helicopter endorsement the approximate cost for the entire program varies with flight time needed to be proficient as well as residency status due to the multitude of moving parts helicopter operational costs tend to be approximately three times that of their fixed-wing counterparts the estimated range for a student who takes the average number of flight hours to complete the degree is 148 thousand dollars for an in-state student to one hundred and seventy five thousand dollars for an out-of-state student Ames aviation offers two fixed-wing degree programs general aviation pilot and professional pilot the fixed-wing flight courses are taught at the Ames flight training center located at the Greeley weld County Airport fixed-wing students begin flying within their very first week of starting the program the general aviation pilot degree is designed for those students seeking a career as a general aviation airplane pilot the degree is 60 total credit hours in approximately four to five semesters in length these are consecutive semesters which include at least one summer term upon graduation from the program students will generally have between 200 and 250 total flight hours they will also hold an FAA commercial pilot license for single-engine airplane land with an instrument rating the approximate cost for the entire program varies with flight time needed to be proficient as well as residency status the estimated range for a student who takes the average number of flight hours is fifty-two thousand dollars for an in-state student to 84 thousand dollars for an out-of-state student the professional pilot degree is designed for those students seeking a career as an airline pilot students interested in corporate or fractional flying careers will also benefit from the professional pilot option this is an extensive degree requiring 75 total credit hours and taking approximately five to six semesters to complete these are consecutive semesters which include at least one summer term upon graduation from the program students will generally have around 250 total flight hours they will also hold an FAA commercial pilot license for single-engine airplane land with an instrument rating and a multi engine add-on the approximate cost for the entire program varies with flight time needed to be proficient as well as residency status the estimated range for a student who takes the average number of flight hours is $60,000 for an in-state student 290 $5,500 for an out-of-state student all of the programs have age requirements for pilots this means minimum age requirements for training purposes to be eligible for an FAA student pilot certificate the student must be 16 years of age to complete the first flight course in the degree program which has taken the first semester of enrollment and obtained the private pilot's license a student must be 17 years old to complete the commercial pilot's license the license needed to be paid to fly the student must be 18 years old to obtain the restricted Airline Transport pilot's license a pilot must be at least 21 years of age and for a full ATP she must be 23 years or older to receive light training in our training aircraft you must be able to read speak write and understand the English language you will also need to comply with the TSA is alien flight training citizenship validation rule this can be done in one of two ways the first and easiest is to present a valid US passport the second is a combination of both your original birth certificate and a valid government-issued photo ID these must be provided to the department before courses began and flight training can start if you are not a US citizen you will be required to participate in the tsa z– alien flight student program and undergo a security threat assessment for more information please visit the tsa AF espy home page at www.cerritos.edu as the FAFSA to help defray standard tuition costs these monies will go a long way in covering most of the costs associated with the air traffic control program for flight students the monies that can be received through the FAFSA will not be enough to cover the flight lab fees associated with the flight courses in the program students in the flight program will need to find additional funding to completely cover the cost of the flight degrees all students are expected to have funding in place for all courses taken in a term at the beginning of that term I repeat all students are expected to have funding in place for all courses taken in a term at the beginning of that term written payment plans that are specific to aviation students and allow payment over the course of that term are available as well VA students using the post 9/11 chapter xxxiii GI bill will also have money out-of-pocket the VA is currently in flux and changing how they are certifying funds for flight degree programs as of June 2015 the VA will only pay for the FAA minimum number of flight hours for the flight lab fee portion of a flight course but they still cover all tuition an example of estimated cost for the private pilot flight course is illustrated here the FAA minimum number of total flight hours for a private pilot's license is 35 the national average is 65 to 85 hours and the aim student average is approximately 65 hours if the VA pays for 35 hours of flight time and associated tuition the student will need to pay for the additional 30 to 40 hours of flight out of their own pocket to complete a course and corresponding FAA flight license the number of flight hours a student needs beyond the FAA minimum is determined by that student's flight skills and proficiency to pass the FAA practical test therefore this illustration shows estimates only which can and do vary greatly between students the second authorization code is angle-of-attack please write this phrase down as you will need to enter it into the certificate of completion at the end of this introduction by watching this introductory video in its entirety you have completed an essential part of the aviation programs checklist space in the programs is limited new students are only admitted in the fall and spring terms and only when they are both college ready and have completed and submitted all items on the aviation programs checklist to the department prior to each ball and spring term all students will need to submit or resubmit an updated checklist for the upcoming term to be placed on the ready list for that term by the posted deadline for non wait-listed programs students are admitted as space allows and in the order in which a VA ssin programs checklist and associated documents are received for wait-listed programs weightless students who have submitted a current aviation programs checklist are admitted as space allows and in the order in which they are on the waitlist for example if only wait-listed students number one and number five submit a current aviation program checklist packet for the fall term then they are listed as number one and number two on the ready list for admittance purposes for further detailed information on the application process please view the becoming an Ames aviator video on the becoming an Ames aviator webpage this completes the aviation introductory video if you are ready to be in the process of becoming an Ames aviator your next steps are as follows print and complete this video certificate of completion watch the becoming an Ames aviator video and follow the instructions as outlined submit your AV asian programs checklist when complete for additional questions please look for our FAQ page and check back often as it will update over time if you still have questions please send an email to aviation at Ames edu

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