During one-on-one flight labs, Aviation students fly during daylight hours, two hours per day, three days per week for 16 weeks. Classes include Airline Operations, Aviation Weather, Air Traffic Control System, Commercial Pilot Flight Lab, and more. View the course sequence. Upon completion, students receive an Associate of Applied Science degree in Aviation Flight technology and will have a private pilot’s license, instrument rating, and a commercial pilot’s license.
Our flight courses occur at a TSA-secured airport. You will need to present a valid driver’s license or government photo ID, a valid Birth Certificate with the raised seal [a copy will not work], or Passport before you can participate. This clearance can occur at our flight center or the orientation we hold before the start of the semester.
Low Cost, High Reward
Students will be charged the regular OTC Tier III tuition rate for ground school classes, which is $136 per credit hour for in-district students for the 2022-2023 school year. Hands-on flight labs will cost approximately $9,000 per flight lab course, with all four totaling close to $58,000.
With a Commercial Pilot Certificate, students can begin their professional pilot career in various operations such as Aerial photography/imagery, Aerial tours, Aerial application (crop dusting), Sky Diving Pilot, Charter Pilot, etc.
Students also have the option to take elective courses to earn a Multiengine rating or become a Certified Flight Instructor, providing even more job opportunities.
Soar Into a Bachelor’s Degree at Drury or Missouri State
If you’re looking to fly for an airline, OTC Aviation students have a direct route to a required bachelor’s degree. Thanks to partnerships with Drury and Missouri State, OTC’s aviation program graduates can seamlessly transfer into Missouri State’s general studies bachelor’s degree program or two different programs at Drury University. Students wishing to fly for a major airline need a four-year degree, one you can earn while logging 1,500 hours of flight time to earn an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics provides data relevant to the Aviation program:
- Average (median) Missouri Salary: $66,820
- Careers associated with the Aviation program (based on its CIP code of 49.0102):
- Commercial Pilots
- Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers