Kenny Ketchum
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Kenny Ketchum’s 11th birthday present determined his future.

There were no video games to unwrap – instead he took off into the wild blue on his first airplane flight.

Kenny clearly remembers that day... 


The mission of the RMC Aviation Program is to educate and train individuals to be professionals and leaders in the aviation industry.

Our graduates are ready to begin successful careers in a wide variety of jobs in professional aviation. We offer bachelor's of science degrees in aeronautical science (professional pilot) and in aviation management. Our graduates get meaningful jobs, and they work in many different sectors of the industry including as pilots or managers in the airlines, corporate aviation, cargo, missions, hospitals, professional flight training, and more.

We are one of only about 30 colleges and universities accredited by the Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI), which confirms the quality of our entire program. Also, the FAA recently changed the requirements to be hired as a first officer at an airline. Graduates from many schools now will need 1,500 total flight hours, while RMC graduates fall into the top category of schools where graduates only need 1,000 hours. 

Our flight training is conducted in Piper and Beechcraft aircraft owned by the College. We have glass cockpit aircraft and sophisticated simulators that prepare graduates for competitive careers in aviation. Further training is conducted using state-of-the-art Canadair Regional Jet (CRJ) flight management system simulation. We are about professionalism, excellent classroom instruction, and safe, efficient flight training - all with solid personal relationships.

RMC's aviation program is built on the foundation of a strong liberal arts education. Employers want people with a broad education, as well as strong technical knowledge. The ability to speak, write, problem solve, lead, and work on a team are critical, and they are what RMC is all about. With this in mind, in the classroom we emphasize human performance, ethical behavior, and life-long professional growth. We are very supportive of the broad education our students get across the entire curriculum of the College. 

Aviation is the second largest major at RMC, so our students have a significant presence across all activities on campus. Outside of the classroom, aviation students further their education through participation in optional activities, such as intercollegiate athletics, band, choir, study abroad, hiking, and skiing; they play in the band and sing in the choir, and an aviation student has been the student body president four years in a row. Recently, at least one aviation student has studied for a semester in Argentina and in Holland; taken part in an archaeological dig near the Sea of Galilee; studied ecology in Costa Rica, the Galapagos Islands, and Hawaii; and toured Austria and Germany learning about art and music, to name just a few activities. In addition, many students have completed aviation internships both locally and nationally.

The aviation program at RMC teaches students the skills and knowledge necessary for a career in aviation, as well as helping them earn an education for life.

Make sure to check out the Aviation Program Facebook profile for up-to-date news and announcements from the aviation program! 

"I love the small classes, where I can really participate in discussions. Everyone at RMC - my flight instructor, my professors, and even the business office - is committed to my success. I love the personal touch at RMC."

Jessica Smith, junior
Alberton, Montana

"We really value our partnership with Rocky Mountain College. It's very important for us to recruit quality pilots from quality programs like RMC. They teach the skills and professionalism we need."

Gene Hahn
Senior Vice President Operations, Horizon Airlines

"The last student I gave a dispatcher practical exam to was so well spoken, so organized in his thoughts, and very, very smart. He is a great reflection of what they teach at Rocky Mountain College – the well-rounded education makes a big difference."

FAA Examiner from Seattle