Aviation Department Description

RMC planes in a row.

The aviation program provides students the knowledge and skills required to enter the challenging and exciting world of professional aviation. Graduates will be ready to begin careers as pilots or managers in any sector of the aviation industry.

The program combines technical knowledge and skills with a firm foundation in the liberal arts. The curriculum emphasizes the communication, decision-making, and interpersonal skills that are critical for safe and effective flight operations and to develop as leaders in the industry.

Majors are offered in aeronautical science and aviation management, and a minor is offered in aeronautical science. The aeronautical science major combines pilot certification with studies of the air transportation-operating environment. The aviation management major combines studies of aviation with business and economics. Pilot certification is elective under this major.

The minor in aeronautical science includes private pilot certification, plus the knowledge to safely and efficiently use air transportation as part of a business operation or for personal use.

Pilot Certification: Flight education is conducted under Federal Aviation Regulation Part 141 certification. Classroom instruction is conducted on campus, and flight instruction is conducted at the RMC flight training operations at the Billings airport.

Students majoring in aeronautical science may receive credit for prior learning for the private pilot certificate and the instrument rating completed prior to enrollment. A knowledge test to verify placement may be required. Credit for other FAA certification will be reviewed and determined on a case-by-case basis. Once students enroll in the aviation program, all subsequent flight instruction must be received through the RMC aviation program.

Medical CertificationAeronautical science majors must obtain a minimum of a Class II FAA medical certificate prior to the first flight. Students minoring in aeronautical science must obtain at least a Class III FAA medical certificate, which is required for the private pilot certificate.

Admission Criteria: Admission into the aviation program is based on demonstrated academic leadership and responsibility, appropriate FAA medical certification, and admission to Rocky Mountain College. The number of students admitted to the program each year may be restricted to balance classroom and flight instruction capabilities. 

Program Costs: The cost of flight training is in addition to normal college tuition and fees. The fee for each flight laboratory course is payable at the time of registration. These fees are based on the cost for an average student to complete the flight instruction in the specified syllabus and include costs for FAA knowledge and flight exams. The completion of a flight lab may carry over from one semester to another.

Citizenship: All students who are U.S. citizens must show proof of citizenship before beginning flight training. Acceptable forms of proof include an original birth certificate or current passport. These documents will be given back to the student after inspection.

International students may also take flight training, but must comply with procedures established by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration. Contact Flight Operations for details. This process can be time consuming, so international students are encouraged to begin the process two months prior to the beginning of flight training.