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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

Sac City Aviation has pioneered a return to in-person learning with the May 2021 completion of ATCAD 310 Practical Dispatch for students from our 2019 and 2020 cohorts. This ended our FAA emergency authorization to conduct portions of our authorized programs online.

2021–2022 Cohort

Beginning in the Fall 2021 semester, all Flight Technology and Air Traffic Control / Aircraft Dispatcher courses will resume in face-to-face classroom environments at the Davis Center. There will be no online course offerings in Summer or Fall 2021 or Spring 2022.

Joining a Cohort

All Aviation programs operate with learning cohorts attending a series of short (4-week) intensive courses. To receive course permission numbers to join the Fall 2021 learning cohort, you must:

  1. Have already completed the prerequisite course, FLTEC 320 Private Pilot Ground (see below) or FLTEC 300 Introduction to Aviation, OR
  2. Hold an FAA Airman Certificate with at least a PPL Airplane or Rotorcraft rating or an FAA Aircraft Dispatcher certificate, or meet the requirements of 14 CFR 65.57(a)1, or 2

Permission numbers may be available in August for individual Fall classes, for individuals seeking continuing education and who meet the criteria of #2 above.

About FLTEC 320

  • FLTEC 320 is a prerequisite course for joining a cohort.
  • No permission numbers are required to register for FLTEC 320 in the Fall semester.
  • We will have one section at the Davis Center in face-to-face mode.
  • You do not need to attend the information meeting to take FLTEC 320.
  • Successful completion of this course will allow you to enter the Fall 2022 learning cohort.

Benefits of Graduation

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 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.

Sample salary, entry to mid-level: $79,580.

FAA air traffic controller hiring

FAA Podcast

For more information on Air Traffic Control careers, listen to 'The Air Up There' podcast.

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.