Aviation Technology

This two-year program includes both traditional classes, and ground and flight training. Students graduate with a FAA certification as a private pilot, commercial pilot with instrument rating and as a flight instructor.

Why choose the Aviation Technology – Fixed Wing program at WCCC?  

Classes are held at Western Colorado Community College and the Grand Junction Regional Airport.

Students work with a certified flight instructor, providing individualized instruction and ensuring each student has the skills and knowledge necessary to become a safe and competent pilot.

This program partners with SkyWest.

The Aviation Technology program with a Fixed Wing emphasis goals are to prepare students for FAA certification as a commercial pilot with an instrument rating, and as a certified flight instructor. In addition, the program offers opportunities to enhance knowledge and expertise in the field of aviation by improving technical skills. Successful completion of the Aviation Technology program will also help prepare AAS students for bachelor's programs in aviation technology.

Academic Requirements

Career Opportunities

Private Pilot

Commercial Pilot

Certified Flight Instructor

Program requirements

  • U.S. citizen
  • Two forms of ID including passport or birth certificate
  • Successful completion of a flight physical with an FAA designated aviation medical examiner
  • Student pilot license application
  • Background check

Application Process

Admission to the fixed wing program requires an application in addition to the WCCC admission application. There are additional expenses for students beyond tuition and fees to cover the costs for in-flight instruction. This process and additional fees are outlined in the Information and Application Packet.

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The aviation technology program at Western Colorado Community College has a unique partnership in place that gives students valuable opportunities beyond graduation.

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