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RMC Flight Operations
Rocky Mountain College's flight training is conducted at nearby Billings Logan International Airport, less than two miles away. The fleet consists of Piper Archer IIIs, Beechcraft Bonanza complex aircraft (in which students will obtain a high performance rating), a Cessna 172 used by the Flight Team and advanced students, and a Beechcraft Baron multi-engine aircraft. All aircraft and simulators are equipped with the Garmin 430 Global Positioning System. We are proud of glass cockpit training in both the airplanes and simulators - the system used is the Avidyne FlightMax Entegra glass cockpit. "Glass cockpit" aircraft have computer screens instead of traditional round dials. These planes are among the best equipped training aircraft anywhere.
Future employers of our graduates will require skills learned in these advanced training aircraft. Out goal is to provide students with the training and education necessary to reach their goals and be competitive in the marketplace.
RMC is approved for Veteran's Administration GI Bill educational benefits, both for tuition and for flight training.
All of our aircraft are completely owned by the College, and all the employees at Flight Operations work for the College. Our only focus is on training our own students.
Flying in Montana is a great experience. The weather is good year-round, as the climate is relatively mild with low precipitation. It does, of course, vary throughout the year, which makes our pilots even better. The terrain is also varied, which leads to good training, in addition to being a beautiful place to live.
The Billings airport is a modern international airport with enough activity to be challenging and educational, but not so much as to be frustrating for student training. Just minutes after takeoff our pilots are in the wide open spaces of our practice areas, which saves valuable time and money.
“I’ve been a member of RMC’s Aviation Advisory Committee for more than 10 years. They train pilots well - not just in how to fly a plane, but in how to make decisions, how to operate safely, and how to be the best they can be. This program is a strong leader in aviation education in the western U.S.”
Northwest Regional Representative for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (the world's largest aviation association)
Former Montana Aeronautics Division Administrator