Professional Pilot Program FAQ's

Q: Where are LCCC's Aviation courses offered?

A: LCCC's main campus is located in Schnecksville, Pennsylvania. Non-aviation courses are offered at both the main campus as well as satellite campuses located in Carbon, Lehigh and Schuykill counties. Aviation courses and limited general education courses are offered at the college's Airport Site located at Hangar 7- Lehigh Valley International Airport in Allentown, PA.

Q: What are the prerequisites to enter the program?

A: Students must be able to read, speak and understand the English language, have no speech impediments and be capable of obtaining an FAA First class medical certificate. In addition, an interview with our Aviation Coordinator is required for admission.

Q: What is the average class size at LCCC?

A: Aviation courses typically have approximately 15 students per class and enrollment is limited. General education courses average 25 students per class.

Q: What type of degree will I earn?

A: You will earn an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S) degree as a Professional Pilot. The curriculum requires the completion of 64 academic credits. In addition, students are required to earn their Private, Instrument, Commercial and Certificated Flight Instructor certificates and ratings.

Q: What types of aviation training is conducted at LCCC?

A: LCCC is an FAA Approved Part 141 ground school. We provide the ground training for all certificates and ratings.

Q: What is an FAA Approved Part 141 school?

A: FAA Approved Part 141 schools are those schools that follow a detailed syllabus approved by the FAA. Specific criteria and hour requirements must be completed and documented before course progression.

Q: Does the college own a fleet of aircraft?

A: No. LCCC has three college recognized FAA Approved Part 141 flight schools where students are required to conduct their flight training. The flight schools are located conveniently throughout the Lehigh Valley and feature diverse fleets of aircraft to best suit our students needs. Students will be introduced to all three flight schools and should choose their flight school within the first two weeks of classes.

Q: Are there any flight training devises (simulators) at the college?

A: Yes. The college owns two simulators. A FRASCA 141 single engine trainer equipped with GPS technology and visual display and a Redbird FMX full-motion flight simulator with visual display. Flight simulator time is built into the curriculum for specific courses and is paid for via a technology fee as part of standard tuition.

Q: Is the cost of flight training included in the cost of LCCC tuition?

A: Yes. All flight-training costs are in addition to LCCC tuition.

Q: How much will it cost to earn to complete all degree requirements?

A: Flight training costs vary depending on student skill level. The cost of tuition, books and the completion of the Private, Instrument, Commercial and Flight Instructor certificates and ratings will cost between $45,000- $50,000.

Q: How do I finance my flight training? Is financial aid available?

A: Financial aid for college courses and limited flight training assistance may be available through LCCC's financial aid department (Phone: 610-799-1133).  

Q: Are scholarships awarded to cover flight-training costs?

A: The College does not award scholarships to cover flight-training costs however, numerous aviation organizations throughout the country offer scholarships to career oriented pilots.

Q: How long does it take to complete the program?

A: The Professional Pilot program is designed to be completed in two years. However, students may elect to extend this time.

Q: How many flight hours will I have upon graduation?

A: 190 hours is the minimum requirement to obtain a Commercial Pilots License under FAA Part 141. Once the Certificated Flight Instructor rating is added, students have approximately 230 hours.

Q: Will I have to complete all my flight training in two years?

A: In order to graduate, all flight training must be completed. With normal course progression as a full time student, all academic courses are capable of being completed within two years. If flight training is not completed, an additional semester(s) will be required. During this time you must be enrolled in a Flight Practical course.

Q: How many times per week do I schedule to fly?

A: This depends on a student's schedule and funds available. Discuss scheduling with your flight instructor. The college recommends scheduling at least three flight lessons per week. Remember weather, aircraft maintenance and other variables may require some lessons to be cancelled. Fly as often as feasibly possible.

Q: Where will a degree as a Professional Pilot from LCCC take me?

A: A degree as a Professional Pilot qualifies you for numerous aviation jobs at the local, national and global level. Most graduates work as a flight instructor to build experience before progressing to jobs with regional and major airlines. There are many opportunities available to our graduates both on the ground and in the air. Graduates are flying for regional, major, cargo and corporate airlines around the world flying equipment that ranges from small corporate jets to Boeing 747's.

Q: Once I graduate from LCCC, is it possible to transfer to another institution to earn a Bachelor's degree in Aviation?

A: Yes. LCCC has established articulation agreements with Dowling College in Oakdale, NY, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL/Prescott, AZ and Marywood University in Scranton, PA. Full credit transfer is possible with all of these schools.

Q: Do I need a four-year degree to get a job as an airline pilot?

A: No. Regional airlines only require an Associates degree while major airlines require a Bachelor's degree. LCCC recommends continuing your education after graduation. The aviation job market is very competitive. The more qualifications you have, the easier it will be to land the job of your dreams!

If you have any additional questions or would like to enroll in the program, please call the Aviation department at 610-264-7089. We look forward to speaking with you.

Lehigh Carbon Community College
Airport Site-Hangar 7
600 Hayden Circle
Allentown, PA 18109