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College Catalog 2016-2017

Palm Beach State College

Aeronautical Science-Helicopter Concentration AS

Aeronautical Science Professional Pilot Helicopter Concentration  (AS 2197H)

NOTE: THIS PROGRAM IS SUSPENDED AND NO LONGER ACCEPTING NEW STUDENTS. (In May 2015 this program changed from FAA CFR 61 to 141. In January, 2016 the Florida Department of Veteran Affairs State Approving Agency for Veterans’ Education and Training ruled that private pilot training included in this program would continue to be listed in the program but the courses were to be discontinued and students will no longer be allowed to enroll or continue in the affected courses by the established deadline of August 16, 2016. All, students currently in the Aeronautical Science degree programs must maintain continuous enrollment in the program during fall and spring semesters to maintain continued VA eligibility in the program.)

ADDENDUM June 14, 2016
Program revision effective July 31, 2016 per Veterans Administration (VA) IHL Advisory requiring all AS Degree programs in Aeronautical Science with VA funded students remove Private Pilot courses contracted by third party pilot school from the degree course listing by August 1, 2016. 

Type of Award
AS - Associate in Science

Program Website

Program Description
This program is designed to train the student for a career as a professional pilot. Upon completion of the Helicopter degree concentration, the student will possess an FAA Commercial Rotorcraft, Helicopter Land license. The student may choose as electives, the Flight Instructor licenses.

Students enrolled in this program must comply strictly with the Federal Aviation Administration requirements for flight and ground instruction under 14 CFR 141. All flight time will be logged and certified by an FAA certified flight instructor. Each FAA license and/or rating requires passing an FAA knowledge test and FAA practical test. The courses taught at Palm Beach State will prepare the student for these tests; however, the FAA license or rating is not required to complete the courses. It is the students' responsibility to schedule and successfully complete the FAA checkride on their own in order to meet the prerequisite of the next flight class. 

A list of flight schools that are currently affiliated with Palm Beach State for flight training, and other information can be found at:

Program Learning Outcomes
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Admission Requirements
To be admitted into this program the student must:

  • Have a high standard high school diploma or GED;
  • Complete an Application for Admission, located at:
  • Attend a regularly scheduled Flight Training Orientation Session. At the session, the student must be prepared to present the following documents:
  • Have a PantherCard (Palm Beach State student ID)
  • Proof of US citizenship documents or Transportation Security Administration (TSA) approval. For non-US citizens, the TSA approval process could take as long as 120 days to complete. See the following website for more information:
  • Have a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd class FAA medical from an Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) before beginning any flight training. See for a listing of all current AMEs
  • The student show proof of having a Private Pilot's license to enroll


Completion Requirements
Students must successfully complete all courses listed in the catalog for this program.

Program Length
Total program credits: 64. Approximate program length: 18 months.

The program is offered at the Lake Worth campus (ground school and aviation classes) and at local airports (flight classes).

For More Information
Judy Maxwell,, (561) 868-3474

To see when the course is offered, click the course number. To see a course description, click the course title.
General Education Courses Credits: 18
ENC1101 College Composition 1 3
  Any MAC prefix course from Mathematics - Area III 3
SPC1017 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3
  Any course from Humanities - Area II 3
  Any course from Social Science - Area V 3
  Any PHY prefix course from Natural Science Area IV 3
Core Program Requirements Credits: 30
ASC1101 Aero-Navigation 3
ASC1210 Aero-Meteorology 3
ASC1310 Aero-Safety and Regulations 3
ASC1640 Propulsion Systems 3
ASC2550 Aerodynamics 3
ATF1602C Flight Simulator 3
EGN1002C Introduction to Engineering 3
ATT2120 Instrument Ground School 3
ATT2110 Commercial Pilot Ground School 3
ATT2131 Flight Instructor Ground School 3
Required Courses Credits: 11
AST1002 Descriptive Astronomy 3
AST1002L Descriptive Astronomy Lab 1
ATF1342LA Commercial Helicopter 1-Ground 1
ATF2340 A Instrument Rating Flight 1 - Helicopter-Ground 2
ATF2341LA Instrument Rating Flight 2 - Helicopter-Flight 1
ATF2240LA Commercial Pilot Flight 2 - Helicopter Cross Country 1
ATF2241 A Commercial Pilot Flight - Helicopter-Flight 2
Electives - 5 Credits Required Credits: 5
ATF2540LA Flight Instructor (Initial CFI) Flight - Helicopter * 2
ATF2541LA Flight Instructor Instrument (CFI-I) Flight - Helicopter 1
ATF2244 A Commercial Pilot Night Vision Goggles Flight - Helicopter 1
ATF2242LA Commercial Pilot External Load Flight - Helicopter 1
ATF2243 A Commercial Pilot Turbine Flight - Helicopter (1)
  Any AA or AS course approved by the Department Chair  
Total Program Credits: 64
*Students wishing to instruct in Robinson Helicopters must also take ATF2541L to meet the requirements of SFAR 73-2. Students should be advised by the Aeronautical Science Department Chair prior to registering for Professional Pilot Concentration electives.

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Employment Opportunities
Students who successfully complete this program are qualified to fly as a professional pilot. However, most major airlines, charter companies and private aircraft owners require more experience. We suggest that the student of this program choose all FAA Flight Instructor courses as their electives. Once these licenses are successfully attained, the student will qualify for a job as a flight instructor in order to build the flight experience required for these major flying careers.

Career Path Notes
Palm Beach State currently has a Transfer Agreement with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University which will allow the student who successfully completes this program to transfer the credits toward a Bachelor of Science in Professional Aeronautics and/or Technical Management.

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