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Rocky Mountain College

The Rocky Mountain College Aviation Program provides our students the knowledge and skills required to enter the challenging and exciting world of professional aviation. Graduates are prepared to begin careers as pilots or managers in the airline, business, air cargo, military or general aviation sectors of the aviation industry.

The college small size and focus on students results in small classes and personal attention to each individual progress. Instructors interact closely with their students to schedule flight lessons and complete pilot certification quickly. As a small, private, liberal arts college, we offer a multi-disciplinary program of study that integrates the development of technical knowledge and skills with studies in the core liberal arts foundation. The curriculum emphasizes communication, decision-making, and inter-personal skills that are critical for safe and effective flight operations.

The curriculum is a four-year program of study, but accelerated course scheduling, transfer credits and credit for prior learning may reduce the time required for graduation. Students can accelerate their flight training to complete their flight instructor certification and instruct at the college flight school prior to graduation. Graduates will receive a Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in either Aeronautical Science or Aviation Management. Most students complete a minor in another academic field.

The Aeronautical Science major requires certification as a Commercial pilot with Instrument and Multi-engine ratings. Most students also complete certification as a Flight Instructor and can add Instrument Instructor and Multi-engine Instructor ratings.

The Rocky Mountain College campus is located in Billings, Montana. The flight school is located at near-by Laurel Municipal Airport. Billings Logan International Airport provides Class C airspace and a full radar training environment. The training fleet consists of five new Piper Archer III, a Beechcraft Bonanza complex aircraft, and a Beechraft Baron multi-engine aircraft. A Frasca 142 flight training device also supports training.

1. What is the placement rate of graduates?
In spite of the impacts of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the subsequent depression of the aviation industry, we placed 95% of our spring 2002 graduates. This is possible due to our ability to work individually with students to find contacts and job opportunities and to polish their job search skills.

2. What opportunities are available for internships and experience in the industry while still in school? 
We have specific internship arrangements with several air carriers, including Alaska Airlines, Northwest Airlines, Big Sky Airlines and Corporate Air. Internships are also available with local aviation businesses.

3. Will credit be given for pilot certification acquired prior to enrollment?
Yes, credit may be given for the private pilot certificate and the instrument rating. Credit is awarded based on a review of individual cases.

4. How can I obtain more information about the aviation program?
See the accompanying contact information.

Rocky Mountain College Aviation
1511 Poly Drive\par
Billings, MT 59102

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