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Aviation

Overview

Aviation

Whether you're seeking a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Aircraft Dispatcher certificate; want to prepare for success at the FAA's Air Traffic Controller Academy; want to pass your FAA Aeronautical Knowledge exams for Private, Instrument, Remote and Commercial Pilot and Instructor ratings; or simply want a well-rounded education before embarking on a professional aviation career; the Aviation Department is here to help you reach for the sky.

COVID-19 Notice

Due to social distancing requirements, enrollment has been restricted for the Aviation courses in Fall 2020. All permission numbers for the classes have been distributed, and no new enrollments will be permitted.

The FAA has given us emergency authorization to conduct portions of our authorized programs online, rather than in face-to-face mode. As a condition of this emergency authorization, classes are to be conducted in 'synchronous mode.' That means that classes will be conducted live via the ConferZoom tool. Attendance will be taken at least twice per class session. All students must ensure that they log in to the conference software with both two-way audio and video available.

We will offer a section of FLTEC 320, Private Pilot Ground in the Spring 2021 semester. Successful completion of that course and a mandatory informational meeting will allow you to enter the cohort in Fall 2021. The informational meetings will be scheduled for a virtual environment later in the Fall semester. Check back here for dates and times. In the meantime, we recommend that you complete all your general education requirements for a degree.

Sacramento City College maintains an FAA-authorized 14 CFR Part 65 Aircraft Dispatcher training program. Upon completion an A.S. degree or Certificate in Achievement in Aircraft Dispatch, you will receive the Certificate of Completion that is required to take your FAA Practical Exam for certification as an Aircraft Dispatcher (Flight Operations Officer for those interested in licensing outside of the United States). The Certificate of Completion is valid for ninety (90) days after course completion.

Graduates of Sacramento City College's A.S. degree program in Air Traffic Control who have maintained a 'B' average are eligible to receive an AT-CTI Letter of Recommendation. This letter may be uploaded to your USAJOBS.gov profile, and allows you to compete for FAA training in a separate pool for CTI graduates and certain veterans.

Career Options

Air Traffic Controller

Employment opportunities exist within the Federal Aviation Administration’s National Air Traffic Control system for Air Traffic Controllers and Remote Pilot Operators (RPO’s), with numerous contract facilities throughout the country, and with the military worldwide.

Aircraft Dispatcher

Aircraft Dispatchers are employed by all major and regional airlines worldwide. Many jet charter and helicopter air ambulance operators, as well as government agencies and the military, utilize their services.  

Flight Technology

Professional Pilots are employed as Charter Pilots, Flight Instructors, Ground Instructors, Agricultural Pilots, Helicopter Pilots, Flight Engineers, and Regional Airline/Major Airline Pilots, as well as working for Government Agencies or the Military.