To be honest, it’s crunch time for the airlines!
About 40 percent of commercial airline pilots will be retiring in the next fifteen to twenty years, which has created a pilot shortage. The military no longer trains pilots in the numbers they used to, so airlines have been forced to come up with creative solutions to fill their expanding fleets. Great entry level compensation, sign-on bonuses, retention bonuses, attractive benefit packages, and guaranteed time off are all perks that a new pilot can expect.
Yes, the program is designed for students with zero flight experience.
-The MCCC Aviation Degree Program has been in existence for more that forty years. -It is the only accredited aviation degree program in New Jersey and Southeastern, PA.
-MCCC, with its partners, offers a guided path to the seat of the world’s largest commercial carrier, American Airlines. If you’re looking to go to another airline, or go the corporate route, we can help you too.
-Earning the Associates Degree in Aviation Flight Technology- Restricted ATP allows you to go to the airlines with only 1250 hours, as opposed to the 1500 hours required without the degree.
The following link will take you to the MCCC Aviation website:
The Associate’s Degree program takes 18- 24 months to complete for a full-time student.
Aviation Flight Technology – for Commercial Pilot start in the Fall (early September) and Winter (January) semesters.
Yes, most airlines, including Piedmont/American are hiring pilots with an Associate’s Degree.
You must have a high school diploma with one year of algebra, proof of citizenship or TSA approval, pass an aviation medical exam, and be proficient in reading, writing and speaking English.
TSA Link: https://www.aopa.org/advocacy/pilots/alien-flight-training-program/aliens-and-non-us-citizens-seeking-flight-training
Flight training is not inexpensive, but going through the 2-year MCCC program allows you to earn all the ratings and the degree you will need for your career. The entire two-year degree program costs about $65,000 vs. an expensive four year aviation program which can run between $250,000-$300,000.
Yes, MCCC offers financial aid. There are also a wide variety of scholarships available.
MCCC Financial Aid Link: https://www.mccc.edu/admissions_financial.shtml
Yes. You can use your VA benefits for the entire program - Private, Instrument and Commercial.
MCCC Veteran Student Services Link: https://www.mccc.edu/student_services_veterans.shtml
You will earn your Private Pilot Certificate, Instrument Rating and Commercial Single Engine Land Certificate. As a graduate you also have the privilege of the Restricted ATP (Airline Transport Pilot) of 1250 hours, as opposed to 1500 hours for non-degree holders.
We are partnered with Infinity Flight Group. They are located at the Trenton-Mercer Airport, Trenton, NJ. You will be training in some of the busiest airspace in the country, in all types of weather conditions, which will put you ahead of the pack in terms of practical experience when you go to the airlines.
Infinity Flight Group Website Link: https://infinityflightgroup.com/
While there are certain lessons that require use of our simulators, you can expect that the majority of your training will be done in newer model Cessna 172 training aircraft.
You should expect to fly three to four days a week.
While the oral, written and practical exams are designed to maintain strict guidelines set forth by the FAA; ninety-seven percent of MCCC students have passed their examinations on their first attempt.
Yes. Graduates of the MCCC program who are hired as Certified Flight Instructors (CFIs) by Infinity Flight Group after graduating the program are eligible to interview with Piedmont Airlines (a regional carrier of American Airlines) at 400 flight hours. If you are given a conditional offer of employment with Piedmont at that interview, you are enrolled in their Cadet Program. You will earn a signing bonus from Piedmont, and continue to earn flight hours as an Infinity CFI until you reach the required 1250 flight hours. – at which time you will enter the next available Piedmont jet training class.
Piedmont has the distinct advantage of allowing you to flow directly to American Airlines without any further interviews.
Piedmont Cadet Program Link:
Think of the MCCC flight training program as a long interview process.
Students that demonstrate consistent reliability, determination, ability, and enthusiasm during classroom and flight training can typically expect to be hired as an Infinity Flight CFI. Building time from 250-1250 hours usually takes eight to twelve months depending on how steadily you choose to work.