Channel Islands Aviation has partnered with Santa Barbara Business College in California in a new, accredited program — Associate of Science in Aviation.
The first students start in October. Once students complete the program they will have the theory and flight time required to sit for seven aviation licenses: Private pilot, instrument-rated pilot, commercial pilot — single engine, commercial pilot — multi engine, certified flight instructor, certified flight instructor instrument and multi-engine instructor.
“The national pilot shortage we have seen looming is now upon us,” said Sarah Oberman Bartush, CIA Flight School Manager. “We are offering this program in effort to help meet the increasingly high demand for pilots.”
Classes will be offered at the SBBCollege Aviation Pilot Education Center at Camarillo Airport, and flight training will be held at Channel Islands Aviation, also at the Camarillo Airport.
“As an avid pilot myself, I am excited for our students to have the means to receive an aviation degree with flight training right here locally,” said Matthew Johnston, SBBC president. “This opportunity to partner with Channel Islands Aviation will not only help our students, but will also help the aviation industry.”
Students must be 18 years or older to enroll in the program. Students must also obtain a second class medical certificate before beginning instruction, and a first class medical before Term 4.
Traditional educational financing and financial aid is available to those who qualify, according to officials.
Channel Islands Aviation, founded 40 years ago, provides private and professional flight training, aircraft sales and rentals, charter flights to the Channel Islands, FBO services and more.
Santa Barbara Business College was founded in 1888 and has since expanded its programs to include business, healthcare, technology and law.