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Frequently Asked Questions About the Aviation Program


I'd like to learn to fly, can San Diego Miramar College help me?

Yes, Miramar College is an FAA part 141 Pilot Ground School authorized to provide instruction for people interested in learning to fly. Whether you'd like to pursue an Associates degree, aviation career, your next certificate or rating, refresher class or are just "checking it out," Miramar is a great place to train. Faculty are experienced industry pilots many with military and commercial airline backgrounds. Classes are small, schedules are flexible and, as a California community college, prices are affordable.

I'd like to learn to fix aircraft, can Miramar College help me?

Yes, Miramar College is also an FAA Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) Technician School authorized to provide instruction for people interested in learning how to repair aircraft. Aviation maintenance technicians maintain private and commercial aircraft in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) airworthy condition. They perform routine maintenance, minor and major engine overhauls, inspection and repair of aircraft systems, 100-hour and/or annual FAA inspections to assure airworthiness. With your A&P Technician Certificate, you will be qualified to conduct service, repair, and some inspection related duties upon airframes, sub-assemblies or powerplants. This certificate is the keystone to any position in the aviation manitenance industry, from general assembly work to top level maintenance management. You will have a solid foundation to launch into any aspect aviation maintenance or to pursue other related aviation careers.

Click here for more information: Aviation Maintenance Technology

Do you fly airplanes at Miramar College?

At the present time, Miramar College does not own any airplanes, although this may change in the future. We provide classroom ground instruction and flight simulator training only. Students interested in flight training will need to coordinate with one of the many flight schools at numerous airports in the San Diego area.

Do you use flight simulators in class?

Yes, Miramar College uses Elite and Microsoft flight simulators for training throughout the various stages of the aviation program. This simulator is authorized by the FAA therefore students can log flight time towards certificates and ratings.

Is Miramar College an FAA approved school?

Yes, Miramar College is an FAA part 141 Pilot Ground School. This means that both faculty and classes conform to certain criteria established by the FAA. The aviation operations program is periodically inspected by the FAA to ensure compliance.

When can I start taking class?

Classes begin in the fall (usually the last week of August), spring (usually the first week of February), and summer sessions (June through August). Classes usually meet once or twice per week for sixteen weeks.

What are classes like?

Aviation classes meet during the day, in the evening, and on Saturdays usually once or twice per week, for sixteen weeks. Faculty are experienced industry pilots and flight instructors who love to teach and bring in real-world examples from their careers, and many hale from military and commercial airline backgrounds. Classes are small, usually less than 35 students, so students can get the personal attention they need to succeed.

Who are my fellow students?

Because Miramar College is a California community college, it attracts a highly diverse group of students with a wide spectrum of experience levels. Many students are recent high school graduates interested in obtaining their Associates degree so they can transfer to a 4-year institution and earn their bachelors degree. Other students commute from a variety of local military installations and are either transitioning out of the armed forces onto a new career in aviation or improving their education to move up within it. Others are returning adult students, many with master and doctoral degrees, interested in rekindling a passion for flying which may have been postponed earlier in life due to family or professional commitments taking precedent. We often have fathers and sons or daughters, husbands and wives, domestic partners, and siblings taking classes so they can fly together. As a result, you will find all levels of aviation experience and all ages, genders, sexual orientation, ethnic and religious preferences in our classes.

Who are the faculty?

Faculty are experienced industry pilots and flight instructors who love to teach and bring in real-world examples from their careers. Many hale from both military and commercial airline backgrounds. Classes are small, usually less than 35 students, so students can get access to the professors for the personal attention they need to succeed.

I'm ready to get started, how do I apply and register for classes?

Click the following link to guide you through:

https://applyonline.communitycollege.net/studentappview.cfm

I'm interested in a career as a commercial airline or military pilot—how can I get started?

Nearly all commercial airline and military pilots have four-year college degrees. Although they don't all major in aviation, if you are interested in a career in aviation an aeronautical program is a good place to start. Earning your Associates Degree in Aviation Operations-Management or Aviation Operations-Professional Pilot is an exciting and affordable way to build the the solid foundation you need to suceed in the field of aviation.

Where can I get an FAA flight physical in San Diego?

Click the following link: Aeromedical Examiners in San Diego

Where can I take the FAA written examinations in San Diego?

Click the following link: Testing Centers in San Diego

Do you offer college degrees in aviation operations (piloting aircraft)?

Yes, Miramar College offers two degrees in Aviation Operations: Associates Degree in Aviation Operations-Management or the Associates Degree in Aviation Operations-Professional Pilot. The Aviation Operations Program integrates simulator flight training with rigorous academic study, proving a strong foundation for leadership positions within the aviation industry. The program emphasizes the study of a unique combination of group dynamics, human factors, and safety awareness along with the technical fundamentals of flight in order to enhance students' development of situational awareness, critical thinking and problem solving skills. Miramar College's Aviation Operations Program meets all requirements of the Federal Aviation Administration's Part 141 Pilot Ground School.

What sort of career options might I have with an Aviation Operations degree?

The following is an abbreviated list of the myriad of career training options the Aviation Operations Program prepares its graduates to embark upon:

  • Airline Management
  • Airport Management
  • Airport Security
  • Air Traffic Control
  • Border Patrol
  • Commercial Airline Pilot
  • Corporate Pilot
  • Certificated Flight Instructor
  • Federal Air Marshal
  • Federal Aviation Administration
  • Fixed Base Operator Management
  • Flying Club Management
  • Flight Attendant
  • Flight Operations Supervisor
  • Transportation Security Administration
  • US Military

For more information including salaries, skill and training requirements click here: More About Aviation Careers

What if I already possess an FAA Pilot Certificate?

Pending Aviation Operations Program Director review and approval, students who already possess the associated FAA pilot certificate or rating may challenge up to two of the following courses: (AVIA 101) Private Pilot Ground School, (AVIA 199) Instrument Ground School, (AVIA 201) Commercial Airline Pilot Instruction, (AVIA 212) Professional Flight Instructor Ground School. If approved, the graduation requirement for that course will be waived but they will not receive college credit.

Do you offer college degrees in aviation maintenance (fixing aircraft)?

Miramar College's Aviation Operations Program is part of the larger Aeronautical and Aviation Technology Department, housed within the School of Technical Careers and Workforce Initiatives. The aviation department trains both mechanics and pilots to standards established by the FAA. The School also offers various programs and degrees in automotive repair, diesel repair and child development. For more information, please click.

Do you offer classes that will prepare me for my FAA written examinations?

Yes, many of our classes directly prepare students for the associated FAA written examination (Private Pilot, Instrument, Commercial and Flight Instructor) by reviewing both the requisite technical information as well as practicing test taking skills. Once a student has successfully passed AVIA 133 Human Factors in Aviation along with the associated course (Private Pilot, Instrument, Commercial and Flight Instructor) with a "C" or better, they will receive a Certificate of Completion which authorizes adminstration of the FAA written test at any testing center.

Can I just take a class or two and not pursue a degree?

Yes, some students are not interested in obtaining an aviation degree and therefore just take one or two courses to help them prepare for their next flight certificate. They often find the classroom learning environment much more stimulating and productive than attempting home study on their own.

I already hold an FAA Private Pilot Certificate. Can I take classes to earn my instrument rating?

Yes, Miramar College offers three courses to help prepare you for your instrument rating:

  • AVIA 195 Basic Instrument Flight Procedures- This course provides an introduction to basic instrument flight rules (IFR) procedures, regulations and techniques. Designed for the beginning pilot, this course provides an introduction to airplane instruments and instrument flying techniques, IFR airspace and air traffic control procedures, pertinent Federal Aviation Regulations, IFR weather and weather services, aeromedical factors and decision making in instrument conditions, and IFR flight planning. It is recommended that students enroll concurrently in AVIA 196, Basic Instrument Flight Lab.
  • AVIA 196 Basic Instrument Flight Lab - This lab provides an introduction to basic instrument flight rules (IFR) procedures, regulations and techniques through the use of an airplane flight simulator. Designed for the beginning pilot, this course provides an introduction to airplane instruments and instrument flying techniques, flight into IFR airspace and air traffic control procedures, pertinent Federal Aviation Regulations, IFR weather and weather services, aeromedical factors and decision making in instrument conditions, and IFR flight planning. It is recommended that students either complete, or enroll concurrently in, AVIA 195 Basic Instrument Flight Procedures.
  • AVIA 199 Instrument Ground School - This course provides an overview of the aeronautical knowledge required to successfully take the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA's) pilot knowledge test for the instrument rating and flight training using an airplane flight simulator. This course, combined with AVIA 133 (Human Factors in Aviation), fulfills all requirements for the FAA Instrument Rating Knowledge Test.

Can I take classes to prepare me for my Commercial Certificate?

Yes, Miramar College offers AVIA 201 Commercial Airline Pilot Instruction. This course provides an overview of the aeronautical knowledge and job requirements for a commercial airline pilot. Instruction includes advanced study of aerodynamics, large and multi-engine aircraft systems, performance and weight and balance, air traffic control and airspace, Federal Aviation Regulations, aeromedical factors and decision making, weather and weather services, and international flight planning, navigation, and procedures. This course, combined with AVIA 133, Human Factors in Aviation, fulfills all requirements for the FAA Commercial Pilot Knowledge Test.

Can I take classes to prepare me for my Flight Instructor Certificate?

Yes, Miramar College offers AVIA 212 Professional Flight Instructor Ground School. This course provides an introduction to methods of flight instruction by integrating learning theory with an in depth study of aeronautical science and includes a flight simulator lab in which students practice flight instruction techniques. Course topics include creating an optimum adult learning environment, and teaching the principles of flight, airplane systems and performance, Federal Aviation Regulations, aeromedical factors, weather and navigation. This course, combined with AVIA 133 (Human Factors in Aviation), fulfills all requirements for the FAA Fundamentals of Instruction (FOI), Flight Instructor (CFI) and/or Ground Instructor (AGI) Pilot Knowledge Tests.

What is a Certificate of Achievement and how do I get one?

For those students who may already possess advanced degrees but are interested in adding an aviation specialty to their resume, the "Certificate of Achievement" focuses exclusively on aviation courses and can usually be completed in one year.

Two options are available: Aviation Operations-Management and Aviation Operations-Professional Pilot.

What is a Certificate of Completion and how do I get one?

Miramar College is authorized under FAA Part 141 to issue students a "Certificate of Completion" when they have met program requirements. To receive a Certificate, students must pass AVIA 133 Human Factors in Aviation and either AVIA 101 Private Pilot Ground School, AVIA 199 Instrument Ground School, AVIA 201 Commercial Airline Pilot Instruction, or AVIA 212 Professional Flight Instructor Ground School with a "C" or better. The Certificate is suitable for framing and when presented at an FAA test center, endorses the student to take the associated written examination.

Can I receive college credit for flight training?

Pending Aviation Operations Program Director review and approval, a student awarded a Miramar College Certificate of Completion [see above] for an academic phase of ground instruction (AVIA 101, 199, 201, 212) who subsequently earns the associated FAA certificate or rating can request that 3 units of credit be awarded for that flight training. As a result, it is possible for a student to earn up to 12 units at Miramar College for flight training.

Can I also learn about helicopters in your program?

Although most of our courses focus on airplanes, many of our faculty and students are helicopter pilots and bring this experience into the classroom.

I know you have a new program which started in Fall 2005. How can I graduate with my degree if I completed classes under the old program?

If you started taking classes in the Aviation Operations program at Mesa or Miramar Colleges before Fall 2005, you can continue under your old program, substituting current classes, in order to graduate. Use the following info to guide you:

Associate in Science Degree: Aviation Operations-Management
Course New Program Requirements Old Program

AVIA 101

Private Pilot Ground School

AVIA 140

AVIA 105 Introduction to Aviation and Aerospace no change
AVIA 120

Aviation Management

no change
AVIA 128 Group Dynamics: Teams Under Stress New addition
AVIA 133 Human Factors in Aviation AVIA 130

AVIA 195

Basic Instrument Flight Procedures

New addition

AVIA 196 Basic Instrument Flight Lab New addition
BUSE 119

Business Communications

no change
BUSE 201 Business Organization and Management New addition
  No longer required BUSE 100
  No longer required BUSE 140
  No longer required CISC 110
  No longer required ECON 120
Associate in Science Degree: Aviation Operations-Professional Pilot
Course New Program Requirements Old Program
AVIA 101

Private Pilot Ground School

AVIA 140
AVIA 105 Introduction to Aviation and Aerospace no change

AVIA 120

Aviation Management

New addition

AVIA 128 Group Dynamics: Teams Under Stress New addition
AVIA 133 Human Factors in Aviation AVIA 130
AVIA 199

Instrument Ground School

AVIA 210
AVIA 201 Commercial Airline Pilot Instruction

AVIA 200

AVIA 212

Professional Flight Instructor Ground School

AVIA 260

 

No longer required

CISC 100
Examples
Question:
I completed AVIA 140 and AVIA 130 last year. Do I need to take AVIA 101 and AVIA 133 to graduate with my Associates degree?
Answer:
No, you can either meet the requirements of your old program or substitute AVIA 140 for AVIA 101 and AVIA 130 for AVIA 133 and graduate under new program requirements. Contact Miramar Evaluations for more details.
Question:
What if all I need is AVIA 210 Instrument Rating Instruction and AVIA 260 Flight Instructor to graduate under the old program--These couses are no longer offered?
Answer:
Substitute AVIA 199 Instrument Ground School for 210 and AVIA 212 Professional Flight Instructor Ground School for 260 and you can graduate.

If I graduate from Miramar College, where can I transfer to complete my bachelors degree?

Articulation agreements are in effect between Miramar College and San Jose State University, California State University Los Angeles, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Institute and Northrup Rice Institute of Aviation and Technology. Check with counseling department or the trasnfer center for more details.

I'm a military veteran. Can I use my VA benefits in your program?

Yes, many of our students [and faculty] are former military members. There are specialy trained administrators on campus to help you make the most of your VA benefits.

For more information, contact: Miramar's Military Counselors.



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