Professional Pilot Technology

Associate in Science

Professional Pilot Technology

Learn to soar!

Let us help you launch an exciting new career as a professional pilot with an Associate in Science (A.S.) in Professional Pilot Technology. Conveniently located at Cecil Airport in Jacksonville’s Westside, FSCJ’s Cecil Center provides an ideal location for your flight school education and flight training. You’ll move quickly from the classroom, to flight simulators and then out to the flight line. FSCJ is authorized by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to certify graduates with the Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certification at a reduced number of flight hours. Through FSCJ’s A.S. in Professional Pilot Technology, individuals interested in flying for the airlines can earn a 250-hour discount toward the 1,500 hours of flight time required to be eligible for the ATP certificate, the highest-level FAA-issued certificate.

We also offer the lowest flight training tuition in the area, and allow maximum use of GI Bill benefits for flight education and training. You may also qualify for other financial aid or scholarships. If you want to pursue a bachelor’s degree, credits from your associate degree transfer to many four-year aviation colleges and universities including Embry-Riddle.

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Earn your degree and your wings through this top-notch aviation program. Our program includes flight training through a local Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) approved flight school. You will be prepared for a career as a professional pilot with the knowledge, skills and FAA certificates and ratings required.

If you already hold pilot certificates and ratings, you may receive college credit for those certificates based on FSCJ’s evaluation of your certificate(s), training and competency. Once enrolled, all further flight training must be completed through an FSCJ contracted flight school.

You are required to go through orientation and pass a flight physical through an FAA approved medical examiner and meet Transportation Security Administration requirements prior to flight training. Additional information is available at

You can find more information on FSCJ's flight training costs here.

Program Code: 2258

64 Credits

School of Technology and Industry
Financial Aid Eligibility

Financial aid is available, if qualified.



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Alternative ways to earn credit

You may be eligible to receive credit toward this degree through Prior Learning Assessment. Examples include industry certifications, certain PSAV programs, credit by examination, or creating a portfolio of learning experiences. For more information, contact an academic advisor or learn more about Accelerated College.

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Degree Options

This A.S. degree program articulates directly into the bachelor's degree program. For more information, visit the Transfer Services page.

Career Opportunities

Upon graduation, you will have approximately 265-320 flight hours. Most regional airlines require more than 700 hours to be competitive, so you will need to work at entry-level positions, such as flight instructor, cargo, banner towing, surveying and small charter operations to build the requisite flight time. Qualified graduates may be able to teach for Sunrise Aviation, the College’s flight training vendor, and/or the College itself as an adjunct faculty member.

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