Degree Program Flight

Course Type Course Number & Title Cr.
Core Communications COM*H100 Introduction to Communications 3
Core Communications ENG*H101 Composition 3
Core Humanities ENG*H102 Literature and Composition 3
Core Mathematics MAT*H167 Principles of Statistics 3
Core Science PHY*H121 General Physics I 4
Core Behavioral Science PSY*H111 General Psychology I 3
Program Behavioral Science
or Core Social Science
Any Behavioral Science (ANT, PSY, SOC) course or
any Social Science (ECN, GEO, HIS, POL) course
Core Arts or Humanities Any Arts course or Humanities course 3
Program Requirement AVS*H101 Private Pilot Lecture 3
Program Business BMG*H202 Principles of Management 3
Program Business CSA*H105 Introduction to Software Applications 3
Program Mathematics MAT*H172 College Algebra 3
Program Mathematics MAT*H185 Trigonometric Functions 3
Program Science PHY*H122 General Physics II 4
Program Science MET*H101 Meteorology 3
Program Requirement AVS*H103 Instrument Lecture 3
Program Requirement AVS*H104 Commercial Pilot Lecture 3
Program Requirement AVS*H201 Private Pilot Flight Co-op 3
Program Requirement AVS*H203 Instrument Flight Training Co-op 3
Program Requirement AVS*H204 Commercial Flight Training Co-op 3
Program Requirement Any Aviation Science (AVS) courses
(AVS*H108 Certified Flight Instructor and
AVS*H208 Certified Flight Instructor Co-op are
strongly recommended for the helicopter curriculum)
Total Credits: 68

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Possess private, commercial, and flight instructor certificates ratings.
  2. Be eligible to apply for employment as a commercial or corporate pilot or as a flight instructor.
  3. Have the necessary background to continue their aviation science education at a four-year institution.
  4. Be able to demonstrate the following fundamental skills required of all aviators:
    1. Obtain, analyze, and apply current and forecast weather data to visual and instrument flight planning and execution.
    2. Perform calculations necessary for safe flight planning and execution to include wind, aircraft weight and balance, and fuel consumption.
    3. Review and apply aircraft performance characteristics to ensure safe flight operations.
    4. Create and file an appropriate flight plan for any type of flight.
    5. Interpret and use aeronautical charts and publications applicable to visual and instrument operations.
    6. Apply appropriate methods of navigation in order to complete a flight as planned.
    7. Apply basic principles of physical science to aerodynamics and the performance of aircraft in flight.
    8. Evaluate physiological and psychological factors that affect pilots as they relate to flight hazards and pilot risk factors.
    9. Communicate with other crewmembers as well as members of the air traffic system in a clear, concise, and accurate manner.

Degree Program Management

Competency or
Program Requirement
Course Number and Title Required
Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communications Choose any Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communications listed 3
Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics CSA*H105 Introduction to Software Applications or CSC*H101 Introduction to Computers 3
Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking/Written Communication ENG*H101 Composition 3
Historical Knowledge Choose any Historical Knowledge listed 3
Oral Communication Choose any Oral Communication listed 3
Quantitative Reasoning MAT*H172 College Algebra
Scientific Knowledge PHY*H122 General Physics II 4
Scientific Reasoning PHY*H121 General Physics I 4
Social Phenomena PSY*H111 General Psychology I 3
Written Communication Choose any Written Communication listed 3
Program Requirements AVS*H120 Foundations of Aviation 3
AVS*H130 Air Transportation Systems 3
AVS*H140 Aerospace Safety 3
AVS*H150 Airport Management I 3
AVS*H151 Airport Management II 3
MAT*H185 Trigonometric Functions 3
BMG*H202 Principles of Management 3
MET*H101 Meteorology 3
Business Elective: Any Business Course 3
Total Credits: 62

Any given course may only be used to satisfy one of the competency areas even if it is listed under more than one.

At least one Scientific Knowledge and Understanding OR Scientific Reasoning course must have a lab component.

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Communicate clearly using both oral and written communications.
  2. Demonstrate a detailed understanding of the National Airspace System Plan (NASP).
  3. Understand and interpret Federal Aviation Regulations (CFR 14) applicable to airport and air transport operations.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of aviation history and aviation law and the role of each in shaping the current aviation industry.
  5. Have a thorough understanding of airport management issues including financing, revenue/expense sources, safety, security, planning, design, and management of airports in the United States.
  6. Have a thorough understanding of air transportation and aerospace issues including air transportation/aerospace history, economics of airlines and general aviation, airline management and organization, forecasting methods, pricing/demand/output determination, airline scheduling, fleet planning, and labor relations.

Flight Option

Flight Option

Become a certified pilot and earn an associate degree!

Current and aspiring pilots can earn the educational background and training required for a career in aviation as a professional pilot through our program.

Experience flight training, simulator training and learn theory. Upon graduating, you'll meet the minimum requirements for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) 141 certification for private, commercial, instrument, multi-engine and flight instructor ratings for either fixed or rotary wing (helicopter) aircraft.

Prior to enrollment, you must receive an FAA flight physical from an authorized aviation medical examiner. 

Set up an appointment to learn more!

Flight Training Facilities and Costs

Flight Training Facilities and Costs


The total cost of your flight training will differ depending upon a host of factors, some of which you can control and some which you cannot.  

While you can control the flight training facility you choose, the type of airplanes in which you train, how frequently you train, and how much you apply yourself to your training, you will have little, if any, control over the weather and unavailability of aircraft due to maintenance. The best you can do is:

  • schedule your lessons regularly
  • be on time and prepared
  • budget your finances accordingly.

You can choose from this list of schools to complete your flight training requirement. When you've decided which is the best fit for you:

  • contact the flight training program of your choice
  • set up a flight schedule and pay flight school directly for this portion of your education.

Your instruction will be conducted under 14 CFR Part 141 regulations and will be carefully documented and supervised by both your NVCC instructors and your instructors at the flight school. 

This instruction will prepare you to take your FAA Practical Test.  When you pass, you will be issued the appropriate FAA certificate or rating and a grade will be submitted to the NVCC registrar.

Simulator laboratory activities will be held at the Waterbury campus.  The content of these lessons is designed to enhance your understanding of the material discussed in your lecture courses. 

Meriden Aviators/CT Flight Academy 
Meriden Markham Airport
213 Evansville Ave.
Meriden, CT 06451

Contact: Constance Castillo


Oxford Flight Training
288 Christian Street
Oxford, CT 06478


Premier Flight Center
Hartford-Brainard Airport
58 Lindbergh Dr.
Hartford, CT 06114

Contact: Gary Ciriello, Manager

Robinson Aviation
50 Thompson Avenue
East Haven, CT 06512


Image Aviation Service
5 Juliano Drive
Oxford, CT

Contact: Kyle Colasanto

Arrow Aviation, LLC
21 Miry Brook Road
Danbury, CT 06810


CT Flight Academy
20 Lindbergh Drive
Hartford, CT 06114

Contact: Tony Creswell
Fax: 860-722-9420

Carney Aviation
5 Main Street
Stratford, CT 06615


Three Wing
400 Great Meadow Road
Stratford, CT 06615

Contact: Larry Bradley

Interstate Aviation, Inc.
62 Johnson Avenue
Plainville, CT

Contact: Robert Nardiello
Fax: 860-589-1853

Management Option

Management Option

The management option will prepare you for entry-level aviation careers in:

  • airport operations
  • land-side/air-side management
  • aircraft manufacturing
  • commercial airlines
  • corporate flight departments
  • airport authorities
  • state and federal aviation regulatory agencies including the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).