Aviation Technology (AVIA)

Student in Aviation Class at Green River

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 FAA-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.


CTI Program

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
    • Flight Operations
    • Aviation 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
    • Fixed Wing Pilot Option
    • 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 

    This degree requires 150 hours of flight time. All ground instruction and supporting courses are available on campus, and all flight training is completed at local airports. Funding for helicopter flight training is not part of Green River Financial Aid for classes and is solely the student's responsibility.

  • Unmanned Aerial Systems Associate in Applied Science


  • Aircraft Dispatcher Certification of Proficiency

    This one-year program prepares students with no background in aviation for the FAA Aircraft Dispatcher practical examination. 

  • Airline Dispatcher FAA minimum Certification 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 Certification of Proficiency



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

Post-9/11 GI-Bill

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 Students

Current Aviation students may access the Aviation Links Database for a comprehensive list of aviation resources.

Faculty and Staff

George Comollo

Room: TC-135

(253) 833-9111 Ext. 4336

Curt Scott

Room: TC-134

(253) 833-9111 Ext. 4335

Chris Ward

Room: TC-137

(253) 833-9111 Ext. 4337

Yvonne Huang

Room: TC-106A

(253) 833-9111 Ext. 4338