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The Aviation Flight Technology program is the ONLY accredited aviation degree program in New Jersey and the Southeastern Pennsylvania region. Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC) two-year professional pilot program is accredited by the Aviation Accreditation Board International, and provides flight instruction for the Private and Commercial certificates, as well as the Instrument rating.

The MCCC college aviation program is a practical and affordable way for pilot candidates to receive their restricted ATP (Airline Transport Pilot) rating which allows students to fast track to the airlines. If a student pilot were to go through training at a non-college program, the minimum hours for airline employment would be 1500 hours. By going through the MCCC program, the minimum hours for employment at an airline are reduced to 1250. Not only is this a considerable savings of time, but more importantly, it translates to a huge cost savings as well!
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While classroom instruction is given at the West Windsor campus, actual flight training takes place at Infinity Flight Group (IFG) located at Trenton Mercer Airport (TTN). This ideal location, between New York City and Philadelphia, gives MCCC students the opportunity to train in some of the busiest airspace in the country. TTN is also home to several Fortune 50 corporate flight departments, as well as major airlines, all of which are supported by an award winning air traffic control tower.

The aviation student population proceeds down two tracks of training. Our traditional student is typically a high school graduate or honorably discharged veteran with less than a Private Pilot’s License and usually has little to no flight experience. We also provide degree programs for Military and Civilian Helicopter Pilot’s with rotary wing type ratings desiring to convert those ratings to fixed wing in order to transition to the airlines. This program caters to a large population of students using VA benefits and with that, the Department of Veterans Affairs requires documentation to prove that the Institute of Higher Learning (IHL) is following the current VA guidelines. Specific certificate hours and curriculum are listed under the “Certificates” tab in this section and each course and the course maps are provided in the “Academics” tab. With our partners at IFG, you will be billed per hour for the aircraft and instructor and each lesson provides specific billable hours so that students can plan financially for this undertaking. MCCC staff and designated representatives that operate under the Part-141 Certificate include the following:

  • Chief Flight Instructor
  • Assistant Chief Flight Instructor
  • Progress Check Pilots
  • Aviation Certificate Representative

MCCC staff is responsible for maintaining the Part-141 Certificate, as well as train and approve any Flight Instructors hired and contracted by IFG. Those approved Flight Instructors are charged to instruct under the guidance provided by the FAA as it pertains to the syllabus approved for the Part-141 Certificate. Students can plan on flying within 7 days from the start of the semester and be enrolled in at least one flight course along with the other ground instructional courses to achieve their degree. Students can plan on flying during each semester of enrollment. The flight costs are approved by the Board of Trustees and provided in advance for the students to plan for the financial costs of the program. The following are estimated costs approved during FY 2019-2020 and are subject to change.

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Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) concentration

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Program Accredited by Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI)

Mercer County Community College

Aviation Flight Technology A.A.S. degree

July 2018

For each AABI-accredited aviation program, institutions MUST accurately publish on the program's public website a report of student achievement data including the following information, updated annually:

Aviation Mission Statement

The mission of the Aviation Flight Technology Program is to produce well educated and informed students who are prepared to successfully transfer to a baccalaureate institution or to continue preparation for a flight career using the knowledge and skill base acquired in their courses at Mercer.

Successful graduates of the program will:

  • Obtain the appropriate ground and flight certificates;
  • Fill related aviation positions requiring specific aviation knowledge with airport service operators located at numerous airports in the United States and possessions.

Program Goals and Objectives:

The Aviation Flight Technology curriculum prepares students to achieve the expected program-level student learning outcomes identified by the degree program. At the completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills required to obtain the private and commercial certificates and instrument rating, including aeronautical technical skills and decision-making, while demonstrating safety as their primary focus
  • Analyze the effects of social, political, and economic world events on air transportation and how this may impact the aviation industry and careers in aviation
  • Describe the events in the development of aviation to the present day and evaluate the impact of these events on today’s society
  • Demonstrate effective and correct written and verbal communication
  • Research and present information pertinent to their aviation discipline individually and in teams
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the ethical and professional issues associated with the aviation industry, including the importance of becoming a life-long learner in the aviation world