Aviation Technology (AVIA)
Degrees & Certificates:
- Aeronautical Science - BAS
- Air Traffic Control - AAS
- Air Transportation - AAS
- Airline Dispatch - AAS
- Airport Management - AAS
- Commercial Pilot - AAS
- Advanced Aviation Knowledge, Cert-P
- Aircraft Dispatcher - Cert-P
- Airline Dispatcher Completion, Cert-P
- Airport and Air Transportation Management, Cert-P
- Basic Aviation Knowledge, Cert-P
- Basic Weather Observer, Cert-P
- International Flight Planning, Cert-P
- Unmanned Aerial Systems, AAS
- Unmanned Aerial Systems Basic Operator Cert-P
- Unmanned Aerial Systems Operator
For course descriptions, please see the college catalog.
Green River designed its Aviation Technology program to provide students with a real-world education and competitive advantages in the job market.
Advanced technology, exceptional instructors, and specialized Federal Aviation Administration-approved programs prepare students of every experience level with a foundation in aviation weather, air transportation, air traffic control, English and math.
Redbird motion simulator
Log training and classroom hours in this full-motion flight simulator. Five wraparound screens combine with an electric motion platform and a customizable instrument deck for realistic training.Air Traffic control lab
Green River Aviation houses the only air traffic control lab in the Pacific Northwest. Advanced computer software simulates real-life air traffic so students gain exposure to the air traffic environment in the classroom.Wind tunnel
Learn the aerodynamics of aircrafting right on campus with a wind tunnel that simulates the movement of air around an aircraft in flight.
Green River Aviation is one of only 36 institutions in the United States selected by the FAA for its Air Traffic Collegiate Training Initiative Program.
The CTI program establishes an official partnership between the FAA and select aviation education programs. Green River recommends its students to the FAA for hire as air traffic controllers, granting students an advantage in the extremely competitive hiring process. Successful program completion and selection by the FAA can potentially feed directly into air traffic controller training at the FAA Academy in Oklahoma.
In order to participate in the CTI program, there are additional requirements that students must meet beyond acceptance to Green River's Aviation Technology program.
- Aeronautical Science Bachelor of Applied Science Degree
This degree program prepares students for entry level jobs as commercial pilots in the aviation industry. Students entering this program must possess a valid 2nd class medical certificate prior to commencing flight training, though a 1st class medical certificate is preferred, in order to exercise the privileges of their airman certificates at the completion of their Commercial Pilot Degree Program. These medical certificates are issued by FAA designated medical examiners. In addition all students must meet the requirements of the FAA CFR Title 14, Part 61.123. This degree offers two options: Flight Operations and Operations Management.
- Air Traffic Control Associate in Applied Science Degree
This program prepares students to become an Air Traffic Controller for the FAA. Green River's Air Traffic Control program is part of the FAA's CTI program, giving qualified students a marked advantage in the hiring process.
Airline Dispatch Associate in Applied Science Degree
An Airline Dispatcher works directly with the pilot to handle the safety and control of flight operations. This degree prepares students to pass the FAA Dispatch Written Exam and oral practical exam. Green River's one-year program and FAA Minimum certificate are two additional options a student can become a dispatcher.
- Commercial Pilot Associate in Applied Science Degree
The commercial pilot degree program prepares students for entry level jobs as commercial pilots in the aviation industry. Students entering this program may do it at the beginning of any quarter and must possess a valid second class medical (First class preferred). First class preferred for students pursuing in ATP certificate prior to commencing flight training in order to exercise the privileges of their airman certificates at the completion of their Commercial Pilot Degree Program . These medical certificates are issued by FAA designated medical examiners. In addition all students must meet the requirements of the Federal Aviation Administrations under CFR Title 14, Part 61.123. The commercial pilot offers two options: Fixed Wing Pilot Option and Helicopter Pilot Option.
- Air Transportation Associate in Applied Science
The Air Transportation degree program at Green River offers students a strong business and human relations background emphasizing the air transport industry. The program prepares students for entry-level positions in ramp service, customer service, reservations, flight attendant service, aircraft servicing, airport maintenance, and airport management careers.
- Airport Management Associate in Applied Science
Aviation and business courses form the core of this program. This degree prepares students for entry level jobs at airports of all sizes across the United States is a platform for transition to a four-year college higher level degrees in airport management, aviation management and other jobs in the aviation industry.
- Unmanned Aerial Systems Associate in Applied Science
This degree will introduce the student to the world of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAS) and will allow direct transfer to the University of North Dakota to become an UAS operator under their program guidelines. Students wishing to transfer to the University of North Dakota must be United States citizens. At least a second class medical will be required for those students wishing to take flight training as part of their elective classes.
- Aircraft Dispatcher Certificate of Proficiency
This one-year program prepares students with no background in aviation for the FAA Aircraft Dispatcher practical examination.
Airline Dispatcher FAA minimum Certificate of Proficiency
Students perform 200 hours of coursework, done in four 50-hour stages. Each stage is a separate course and stage four must be completed last. Stages one, two and three may be satisfied by experience evaluation. This program prepares students for the FAA Aircraft Dispatcher written and practical exam.
- Unmanned Aerial Systems Basic Operator Certificate of Proficiency
This certificate will provide the student with all the required knowledge to become a UAS/UAV operator as required by the Federal Aviation Administration. It also provides expanded knowledge in many areas of aviation to provide a more solid background.
Note: Green River College has applied for state approval for this certificate.
Green River Aviation Technology graduates have access to the AV jobs database, where the must current job openings can be found.
The following industry leaders are located in close proximity to campus:
- Boeing field
- Alaska Airlines
- Honeywell Aerospace
- Renton Field
- Seatac Airport
- Local air traffic control facilities
The Post-9/11 GI Bill education benefits for service members who have served on active duty for 90 or more days since Sept. 10, 2001. Green River Community College is a vet-friendly institution and Aviation Technology provides remarkable assistance and accommodation to U.S. veterans. Contact Veterans Services to find out exactly how you can benefit from the Post-9/11 GI-Bill.
Current Aviation students may access the Aviation Links Database for a comprehensive list of aviation resources.
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