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Aviation Technology – Flight (AAS & CERT)

Thank you for your interest in Colorado Northwestern Community College Aviation Technology Flight program We have been teaching people how to fly airplanes for over forty years. Here, you'll discover a national-caliber program with well-seasoned instructors, state of the art aircraft, miles of unrestricted air space, and a nationally-ranked intercollegiate flight team. The Flight program is based out of Rangely Airport, a county facility managed by CNCC, just two miles from the main campus. The program offers all levels of flight training and certification from Private Pilot all the way to Flight Instructor certification. New in 2014 in conjunction with Metro State University in Denver, CNCC can offer the flight training portion of a BA in aerospace from MSU. Our flexible summer schedule allows flight students to complete their commercial certification in the summers between the school year at MSU. Click here to request more information about Aviation Technology.

What sets CNCC Aviation apart?

  • Great location in Northwestern Colorado - wide open airspace - where you learn "Mountain Flying" on every flight
  • Small ratio of instructors to students so you have more individual attention
  • Costs are among the lowest in the nation for degree flight programs
  • Aero Club membership in the National Intercollegiate Flying Association which provides funding for students to practice for and participate in regional and national flight competitions
  • Credit for prior learning and flexibility of start times through independent study
  • Good weather that allows us to fly 320+ days out of the year
  • Flight instruction outside of the degree program (ACE – Aviation Continuing Education)
  • Get an Associate of Applied Science or Associate of General Studies degree while learning to fly
  • Financial Aid applicable
  • On-campus housing just two miles from the airport
  • College-owned fleet of aircraft


LEARN ALL ABOUT DRONES! Starting October 15, 2018.

Course title: AVT 160 – Intro. to Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)

Starts: 10/15/18

Info: hybrid (in-person and in D2L, online learning management system)

Course Description:

Introduces the planning, regulatory, administrative, and operational processes and knowledge required for facilitating an unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Course includes examination of the technologies associated with small, medium, and large unmanned aeronautical vehicles (UAVs), ground control stations (GCS), remote split operations, line-of-site operations, payloads, limitations, emergency procedures, and future implications as related to UAV/UAS in commercial and government settings. (Class is designed for any student with an interest in UAV/UAS operations.)

Course learning outcomes:

  1. 1. Describe the structure and operation of the UAS to include the UAV, GCS, line-of-sight, and remote split operations.
  2. 2. Define and apply UAS capabilities and limitations to operational applications.
  3. 3. Identify, analyze, and evaluate various UAS failures with focus on loss of link.
  4. 4. Apply operations of UAV and ground control stations within various commercial contexts.
  5. 5. Recognize various payload capabilities and their appropriate applications.
  6. 6. Evaluate various near-term developing UAS capabilities and their applications.

First course of 3 drone courses that CNCC will be offering and is designed to provide an introduction to drones as an industry and a whole – please note, this is not a class on how to fly drones.


Program Director Contact Information

Aviation Program Director
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Aviation Program Coordinator
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About CNCC

Colorado Northwestern is one college in two Colorado communities. Depending on what you want to study, CNCC has the perfect surroundings and facilities to meet your needs. Founded in 1962 as “Rangely College,” CNCC now serves nearly 1,800 students on two campuses, two service centers and online. Our two main campuses in Craig and Rangely are 90 miles apart in the mountains and canyons of Northwestern Colorado, with one service center located in Meeker.

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