University of Cincinnati

Clermont College

Professional Pilot Training

Program

 

 

For Further Information

Thank you for visiting the University of Cincinnati Clermont College Professional Pilot Training Program web page. For more information on this exciting program, call, write or email:

 Office of Admissions
University of Cincinnati Clermont College
4200 Clermont College Drive
Batavia, OH 45103
(513) 732-5202
flyi69@excite.com

The College

Clermont College was founded in 1972 as a branch campus of the University of Cincinnati. Now the fastest growing two year college in Ohio, Clermont College offers students the advantages of a small college, while having the prestige of a major university and its broad array of resources and activities.

The Professional Pilot Program

The Professional Pilot Program combines two years of college general studies and flight training that leads to the issuance of the FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate with an Instrument Rating. Along with the FAA certificates students receive an Associate of Applied Science degree.

Academic classes are conducted at Clermont College while the flight training takes place at the Clermont County Airport, conveniently located less than a mile from the college. Sporty's Academy Inc., is responsible for teaching the aviation classes and conducting the flight training.

The training curriculum calls for seven consecutive college quarters for program completion. During the first quarter, students complete their first solo flight. Shortly after solo the students obtain a Recreational Pilot Certificate, which allows a pilot to carry a passenger in good weather conditions. By the end of the third quarter students obtain a Private Pilot Certificate, expanding their horizons and privileges as a pilot. The Instrument Rating is the next FAA certificate obtained. This certificate allows a pilot to operate airplanes in poor weather conditions. At the end of the fall quarter in the sophomore year student's are ready to move on to the next level, the Commercial Pilot Certificate, this certificate allows a pilot to be paid for his or her services. Obtaining the Commercial Pilot Certificate takes approximately two college quarters. Students with the desire and the aptitude, also have the option of training to become an FAA Certified Flight Instructor. The Flight Instructor Certificate allows a pilot to teach others how to fly.

Along with their flight training students will take college courses to obtain their Associate of Applied Science degree. Some of the classes that students take include; English Composition, College Algebra, Trigonometry, Psychology, Economics, Physics, and several more.

After completing their Associate degree, students are encouraged to continue their education and obtain a Bachelors degree. Students at the University of Cincinnati have a unique opportunity to combine an Aviation Technology degree from the Clermont branch campus with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from UC's College of Business Administration (CBA). Aviation students can transfer 15 credit hours of aviation courses as an integral and other academics into a bachelor program at CBA.

Clermont has also arranged an articulation agreement with other universities. Many of our students continue on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Aeronautics.

Qualified students who graduate from UC's aviation program often work as flight instructors at Sporty's Academy earning enough money to pay for their two years at CBA while they log 600/700 hours of flight time. Once they have their Bachelor degree in hand, they are leagues ahead of other recent graduates. When they have obtained about 1,000 hours of total flight time, they have the knowledge, skill and experience to obtain an aviation job such as a regional airline pilot or corporate pilot.

Sporty's Academy and the Clermont County Airport

Sporty's Academy is a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Approved Flight School and provides the flight instructors, the airplanes, the simulators, and the training rooms at the airport. All of the Academy airplanes are kept in top shape, so that we can keep our students in the air flying where they belong.

The Clermont County Airport's central location makes it an excellent training base. There are approximately 50 public use airports and 70 instrument approach procedures within a 100 mile radius. Our students, without spending a lot of extra time and money, can gain very valuable experience at airports of all different sizes.

Aircraft used during flight training

The airplanes used in the program include Cessna 152's, IFR certified 172's, Piper Cadets, and a Beechcraft Bonanza. .

The Beechcraft Bonanza (left) has 285 horsepower, retractable landing gear, a constant speed propeller, an IFR approved Global Positioning System (GPS), strikefinder, a radio magnetic indicator (RMI), a horizontal situation indicator (HSI), a Graphic Engine Monitor (GEM), and autopilot. While training in the Commercial Course students earn their High Performance and Complex endorsements.

Also used extensively throughout all stages of training is a Frasca 142 simulator. The Frasca 142 simulator is the best general aviation simulator on the market today. The Frasca 142 is used extensively in instrument training so that students can get a sense of what it is truly like to fly in poor weather conditions without causing any undue hazards.

The University of Cincinnati, Clermont College Precision Flight Team

The University of Cincinnati Professional Flight Training Program encourages its students to take their flying ability to a higher level as members of the UC Precision Flight Team. The team is a member of the National Intercollegiate Flying Association and competes against other NIFA schools in Regional and National competition. Some of the other schools represented include: The United States Air Force Academy, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, The University of North Dakota and Southern Illinois University, along with approximately 100 other colleges and universities.

Pilots test their skill level and knowledge in both ground and flight events that include, Aircraft Recognition, Ground Trainer (simulator), Preflight Accuracy, Simulated Comprehensive Aircraft Navigation (trip planning), In-flight Navigation, Precision Landings, Manual Flight Computer, and Message (bomb) drop.

Widely known throughout the aviation industry, NIFA flight team members often have a competitive advantage when they enter the workplace due to advanced skills that many other pilots simply don't have. In addition, major aviation companies such as American Airlines, United Airlines, Southwest Airlines, US Airways, Sporty's Pilot Shop and Cessna Aircraft Company, are sponsors of NIFA activities.

Founded in 1996, the UC Precision Flight Team is one of NIFA's newest teams in history dating back to the early 1970's. As the team gains year-round experience at the Clermont County Airport, they are positioned to become a major player in the National SAFECON Competition in coming years. If you think you have what it takes to "hold your own" against the very best collegiate aviators in the world, then the UC Flight Team is the place to spread your wings!

Joseph F. Vorbeck Scholarship

Each year four aviation students at the University of Cincinnati Clermont College will receive $2,500 each. The scholarships will go to two outstanding freshman and two outstanding sophomores. You could win the scholarship both years but you must reapply in order to do so. For more information about these scholarships contact the Clermont College financial aid office, (513) 732 - 5284.

For Further Information

Thank you for visiting the University of Cincinnati Clermont College Professional Pilot Training Program web page. For more information on this exciting program, call, write or email:

 Office of Admissions
University of Cincinnati Clermont College
4200 Clermont College Drive
Batavia, OH 45103
(513) 732-5202
flyi69@excite.com

 

 

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