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Click here to get your degree Fact SheetWhat is the Aviation Program at Casper College?
The Aviation Program is a partnership between Casper College and Crosswind Aviation. The program allows students to complete academic coursework and flight training toward an associate’s degree in aviation and a commercial pilot’s license. The primary goal is to provide a curriculum that will lead to future employment in commercial aviation.

Crosswind Aviation is a flight school located at Natrona County International Airport in Casper, WY. Crosswind Aviation has a fleet of five aircraft and three full time instructors to meet every student’s flying needs.

Academic coursework takes place at Casper College. Students are required to schedule three flight sessions per week, which are scheduled around school as well as work schedules. Students will meet with a Crosswind Aviation instructor upon enrollment and set their schedule for that semester. Full-time students should complete the program at a lower cost than competitor flight schools in four semesters and be prepared for employment as a commercial pilot.

What is the outlook for pilots?
Pilots are employed by flight schools, charter services, transport companies, business, government, and commercial airlines. According to the US Department of Labor website (www.bls.gov): “In May 2006, median annual earnings of airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers were $141,090.” As well, the Department of Labor indicates that the job market should grow nine to 17 percent for the next decade. Possible career positions include agricultural pilot, airline pilot, corporate pilot, air taxi pilot, flight instructor, and charter service pilot.

Educational Opportunities
Aviation classes are held at the airport, where students can enjoy the exciting atmosphere of flying. Students are welcome to hang out at the flight school, which often lends itself to opportunities to observe maintenance, get extra flying time in, or become an active part of the department. If your dream is to fly, you owe it to yourself to visit Casper College and Crosswind Aviation. The best students in aviation are the ones who have “always wanted to fly.” If this is your dream, you owe it to yourself to look into it. We have a full staff that can visit with you about your goals in aviation and help you choose the right path for you.

International Students
International students must be a US citizen in order to enroll in the flight training program. This is in congruance with SEVIS regulations.

Contact Information:
Rachel Wright
Academic Assistant
307-268-2494
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      Dick Burnett
(307) 268-3066
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Mike Fehringer
Cross Wind Aviation
472-4359

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Aviation students in classAVTN 1500 Introduction to Aviation (3L,3CR):
A brief look into various subject areas including aviation history, pilot licenses, aviation jobs, aviation organizations, and aircraft ownership. This class is open to students who wish to learn about the subject but may not wish to fly or students who have thought about flying but want to learn more before making a decision to actually get started.

AVTN 1980 Cooperative Work Experience: (1-8 CR):
Students are afforded the opportunity to gain practical on-the-job experience in their specialties. Students will be supervised by the instructor and the employer. A minimum of 80 hours of onthe- job training represents one semester credit.

AVTN 2510 Private Pilot Ground School (3L,3CR):
Includes the study of Federal Aviation Regulations, flight dynamics, meteorology, navigation, and airport operations. Designed to fulfill the ground school requirements for the FAA Private Pilot Certificate.

AVTN 2520 Private Pilot Flight School (3L,3CR):
Provides approximately 50 hours of flight instruction (35 hours dual, 15 hours solo flight). Students will receive an S/U grade after completion of the final check flight. Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in AVTN 2510 and third-class medical certificate.

AVTN 2600 Instrument Pilot Ground School (3L,3CR):
Includes the study of aircraft altitude control, flight maneuvers, and flight based solely on instrument reference. Also covered are hazardous weather, interpreting weather data, FAA regulations and IFR procedures. Prerequisite: private pilot certificate.

AVTN 2620 Instrument Pilot Flight School (3L,3CR):
Teaches the application of aircraft altitude control, flight maneuvers, and flight based solely on instrument reference. (Stage I-III) Students will do approximately 35 hours of precision altitude flying which includes "actual" and "hood" time. The course also includes advance navigation, IFR/ATC procedures and night flying. Students will receive an S/U grade after completion of the final check flight. Prerequisite: Private pilot certificate and concurrent enrollment in AVTN 2600.

AVTN 2705 Commercial Pilot Ground School (3L,3CR):
Includes the study of aircraft altitude control and flight maneuvers applicable to the commercial pilot certificate. Successful completion of the course will qualify the student to take the Commercial Pilot Certificate Examination. Prerequisite: AVTN 2600, or permission of the instructor.

AVTN 2720 Commercial Pilot Flight I (3L,3CR):
Approximately 70 hours of advanced flight instruction teaching abilities such as precision altitude flying, commercial maneuvers, radio navigation, and night flying. Students will receive an S/U grade after completion of a check flight. Prerequisite: completion of or concurrent enrollment in AVTN 2705.

AVTN 2730 Commercial Pilot Flight II (3L,3CR):
Approximately 70 hours of advanced flight instruction teaching abilities such as altitude instrument flying, instrument navigation, and commercial cross-country flight. Students will receive an S/U grade after completion of the final check flight. Prerequisite: AVTN 2720.

What are the costs to get the degree?
The degree has the standard Casper College tuition and fee expenses plus a large additional cost to cover the actual flight training. Flight training depends on aircraft hourly rates which cover the aircraft, fuel, insurance, and instructor costs. These costs are paid directly to Crosswind Aviation. There are three certifications with each costing the following:Prop

Private Pilot Course

  • Ground School
    • Ground Training - 35 hours, covered by Casper College Tuition
    • Cessna private pilot kit - $329.00
    • Cessna 172 handbook - $32.50
  • Flying-time expenses
    • Dual instruction - 30 hours @ $168/hour*  - $5040.00
    • Solo flight training - 5 hours @ $130/hour* - $650.00
  • Miscellaneous expenses
    • FAA flight physical -  $110.00
    • FAA written exam -  $150.00
    • Practical Test (examiner and rental) - $500.00

  • TOTAL EXPENSES $6,811.50

Instrument Pilot Course

  • Ground School
    • Ground Training - 35 hours, covered by Casper College Tuition
    • Cessna instrument pilot kit - $329.00
    • Instrument charts - $30.00
  • Flying-time expenses
    • Dual instruction- 35 hours @ $168/hour* $5880.00
  • Miscellaneous expenses
    • FAA written exam - $150.00
    • Practical test (examiner and rental) -  $500.00

  • TOTAL EXPENSES $6,889.00

Commercial Pilot Course

  • Ground School
    • Ground Training - 35 hours, covered by Casper College Tuition
    • Cessna commercial pilot kit - $329.00
  • Flying-time expenses
    • Dual Instruction - 45 hours @ $168/hour* $7560.00
    • Dual Complex Aircraft Training - 10 hours @ $174/hour* $1740.00
    • PIC/Solo Flight Training - 65 hours @ $130/hour*  $8450.00
  • Miscellaneous Expenses
    • Commercial written exam - $150.00
    • Practical test (examiner and rental) - $550.00

  • TOTAL EXPENSES $18,779.00

*Fuel service charge will be applied to each rental hour based on current fuel prices. These prices are estimates and flight times are based on Part 141 minimum times for each course. Students generally require more than the minimum flight hours. Prices subject to change without notice. All students who complete the commercial pilot training course will receive their commercial instrument rating.

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