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Aviation Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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When do the next classes start?
Generally, courses run as follows:
Summer Term - May to August
Fall Term - August to December
Spring Term - January to May​​
 
We are currently accepting students into our Spring programs which begin on January 9, 2017.
Is Broward College (BC) an accredited institution?
BC is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC), a recognized accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education.
How can I apply to BC?
You can apply anytime. The quickest and easiest way to apply is online.
Where are you located?
The Aviation Institute is located on Broward College's South Campus at 7200 Pines Blvd., Bldg. 99, Pembroke Pines, Florida, 33024, adjacent to North Perry Airport. Click here for directions.​ 
 
The Air Traffic Control Simulation Lab is located at Miramar Town Center, 2050 Civic Center Place, Miramar, FL 33025.  Click here for directions.
What do I need to do to start in the aviation programs?
To start in the aviation programs you’ll need your BC application completed with your high school transcripts or GED and Florida resident documents on file (if claiming Florida Resident status for tuition purposes). Professional Pilot, Aviation Administration and Aviation Maintenance Management majors ​may need to take the PERT exam(s) and test into college level courses before enrolling in the aviation program - an advisor can help you determine if you need to take the PERT exam(s). Aviation Maintenance Management majors (Airframe, Powerplant and Avionics certificate students) must take TABE test within the first 6 weeks in the program. TABE is not a prerequisite to enter the program. See advisor for detailed information.
Can a full-time working student attend BC aviation programs?
Yes. Our convenient schedules allow students to work full-time or part-time while completing their degrees. Flexible day, evening, and online classes are available.
How and when do I register?
Students can apply to the college at any time and are encouraged to make an appointment with the aviation recruiter or advisor at aviation@broward.edu.  Registration is open during specific times of the year.  All new aviation students should see an advisor who can help with the application and registration process. The advisor will explain and help students understand placement test scores, assist in academic and career planning, and help plan a course schedule.

 

Financial Aid 

 

How do I apply for financial aid?
Complete your free application for Federal Student Aid FAFSA online and submit your application as soon as possible to allow for processing. Federal student loans, grants and subsidized or unsubsidized funding may be available if you are eligible.
Who needs to apply for financial aid?
Anyone looking for scholarships or planning to apply for student or parental loans should apply to financial aid.
How can I get information about scholarships?
You may qualify for a full or partial scholarship. The costs of your books, uniforms and even tools could be covered. Find more scholarship information at the BC foundation web site. To apply to Broward College's scholarships go to link and see different criteria.
How do I know if I’m approved for financial aid?
You must check your application status and the awarded money at your “my BC” page or by calling 954-201-8846. Our Financial Aid Department will let you know what aid, if any, you qualify for prior to the start of classes. Application deadlines may apply, so look here for deadlines.

 

Aviation Maintenance Technology Program
 
What certificates can I obtain with BC’s aviation maintenance program?
Students can earn an FAA Airframe certificate, FAA Powerplant certificate and an Avionics Technician certificate.​​​​​
Is BC's aviation maintenance program certified by the FAA?
Yes. Broward College's Aviation Institute’s Aviation Maintenance program is certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (Certificate #IP8T224Q).  Broward College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
How long does it take to complete the Airframe & Powerplant certificate program?
The A & P program at full time (450 hours per term, 3 terms a year) takes 20 months to complete.
Is financial aid available for A & P students?
Yes. Please check with Student Financial Services for up-to-date, accurate information.​​
Can I use my VA benefits for the A & P training?
Yes: Please check with the Veterans Advisor in Student Financial Services for up-to-date accurate information​​.
At what time do you offer classes?
Classes are offered during Days, Afternoons, or Evenings.
Fall and Spring: 
Days: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 7:30 AM to 12:45 PM and Tuesday, Thursday 7:30 AM to 2:00 PM
Afternoons: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:45 PM to 6:00 PM and Tuesday, Thursday 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Evenings: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 6:30 PM to 11:45 PM and Tuesday, Thursday 5:00 PM to 11:45 PM
 
The Summer term, being a shorter term, requires students to attend at 6.5 hours per day M-F. Days: 7:30 AM to 2:00 PM and Evenings 5:30 PM to Midnight.​ (Subject to change)
Do I need to be a full time student?
We currently only offer a full-time program.  ​Full Time students will be in class between 5.25 and 6.75 hours per day in Fall and Spring, and approximately 6.5 hours per day in Summer, 5 days per week.​
Can I use my A & P training and certificates to obtain my A.S. degree?
Yes. If you possess both Airframe and Powerplant certificates, they will be converted to 60 college credits and then with 23 additional credits of general educational courses you will qualify for an Associate in Science Degree in Aviation Maintenance Management.
Is your Aviation Maintenance AS degree transferable to a university?
Yes. The AS degree is transferable to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University through an articulation agreement.​​
How many credits do I need to graduate?
In order to graduate from the AS Aviation Management Degree, you’ll need a total of 83 credits, which includes 60 earned during the Airframe and Powerplant technical courses.
 
Students who wish to complete only the Airframe and Powerplant Certificates will graduate after 2,250 hours of study.
What kind of internships do you offer to your students?
While an internship is not required to earn any aviation maintenance degree or certificate, many companies offer internship opportunities to students.  Examples include, Ultimate Aircraft Composites, Banyan Air Service, Complete Turbine Services and Hamilton Sundstrand Worldwide Repair. These internship opportunities are based on the needs of the companies that offer them and may not be open at all times. Hiring is solely at the discretion of the company providing the internship opportunity.
Will I be able to get a job after I receive my A & P certificates?
Currently there are many job opportunities which require both A&P certificates. Employment opportunities are posted on the Broward College Career Center website and on publically-accessible job boards. Job opportunities for certified A&P mechanics in South Florida are numerous and wide ranging. There are numerous aircraft maintenance and repair facilities throughout the region.
How much will an aviation maintenance technician make when hired?
An A&P technician, with no experience, can expect to earn on an average $13 to $15 an hour. Visit our Career Coach​ to help explore salaries and job openings in this field.
Can I do avionics training only?
Yes but some restrictions apply; please reference the Avionics Program Sheet. Please note that most Aviation related companies that seek FCC-licensed Avionics trained technicians also prefer that individual will have their A&P certificates. A&P Technicians who also possess avionics training are highly sought after.
Can I start in the program after the term has already started?
Yes, pending availability of classes and upon consultation with your advisor.

 

Professional Pilot Technology Program

 

Who provides your flight training?
Our Flight Training provider is Phoenix East Aviation (PEA).
What pilot certificates can I obtain at the flight school?

You can obtain:

  • Private Pilot Certificate
  • Instrument Rating
  • Commercial Certificate
  • Multi Engine Rating
  • Certified Flight Instructor Rating
  • Certified Flight Instructor Instrument Rating
  • Multi Engine Instructor Rating
What is the relationship between BC and PEA?
Phoenix East Aviation and BC have a partnership in training students to become professional pilots and earn a degree in professional pilot technology.​​
How long does the Professional Pilot program take?

The AS degree in Professional Pilot Technology takes two years for a full-time student.​​

Are my flight training certificates included in the AS degree?
Yes.  Private Pilot certificate, Instrument rating and Commercial Single Engine Land certificates are included.  Students may choose to earn the optional Multi-Engine rating and/or Certified Flight Instructor certificate.
Are flight training costs included in the cost of tuition?

No, flight training costs are additional to tuition.  You must open a flight account in order to start flying. Any ground training and flight costs will be deducted from your flight account.

The total cost of flight training will vary considerably from student to student.  The minimum amount a student could expect to spend is approximately $35,000, which includes books, uniforms, and supplies, although the actual amount is certain to be higher.  This price does not include the certified flight instructor training, which is additional.

Is financial aid available for flight training?

Yes, but federal financial aid will not be enough for the whole program. Additional financial aid such as alternative loans is the best option.

Can I use my VA benefits for the flight training?

Pilot students using VA benefits must enroll in the AS Aviation Administration, Commercial Pilot Specialization (Program ID 2509), which is approved for VA funding. The Professional Pilot Technology AS degree (Program ID 2107) is not approved for VA funding.

Do I need a specific training to get hired at the airlines?
The Professional Pilot program will prepare students for a job at the airlines​.​ Broward College is an approved institution authorized to certify its graduates for a restricted privileges Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate with reduced aeronautical experience. AS graduates qualify at 1,250 hours as opposed to 1,500 hours. See FAA official page here.
Do I need a college degree to work as a pilot?

Nearly all major airlines require pilots to have at least a four year degree, while most regional airlines do not. It would be in your best interest to obtain a degree to be more marketable.​​

Broward College is an approved institution authorized to certify its graduates for a restricted privileges Airline Transport Pilot (R-ATP) certificate with reduced aeronautical experience. AS graduates qualify at 1,250 hours as opposed to 1,500 hours. See FAA official page here. 

Students who graduated from the professional pilot technology AS degree program at Broward College and completed their instrument and commercial flight training under FAA Part 141 through PEA, HOVA, National Aviation Academy, Aerosim, or Delta Connection Academy may qualify for the restricted privileges Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate.

Is your Professional Pilot degree transferable to other universities?

Yes, BC has an articulation agreement with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University ERAU.

Can I do my AS degree online?
Yes. Students entering into the program who hold all required FAA certificates and ratings are able to complete the remainder of  the AS degree in Professional Pilot Technology online.
What do I need to do as an international student to start in the Professional Pilot program?
Contact the International Education Office to learn about the procedures and requirements. For more specific information regarding International Student Admissions, please contact our International Student Coordinator, Evelyn Ruiz. You may reach her by calling 954 201-7468 or by e-mail at eruiz@broward.edu.​​

 

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