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Aviation diploma (two-year program)

Entrance requirements

1. B.C. secondary school graduation, or equivalent. Students who have completed a high school equivalency program will also be considered but may have to complete the specific entrance requirements below.

2. C+ or better in Principles of Math 11, Physics 11, and English 12 (provincially examined). Math 12, Physics 12, Computer Science and French, or other second language, are recommended. Students with minor academic deficiencies may still be considered but may be required to complete preparatory courses in addition to the Aviation program.

3. Students must have completed the private pilot flight test within six months prior to entering the program, or have completed the private pilot flight test within one year with a minimum of 10 hours flying time within the six months preceding the first day of classes. Students who do not meet these requirements must complete a flight evaluation with Coastal Pacific Aviation or designate. Students must also have completed the private pilot written examination within the 12 months preceding the first day of classes or be required to achieve a minimum of 60% on an entrance exam equivalent to the private pilot written exam.

4. Current Transport Canada Category 1 medical certification.

5. Applicants must also satisfy an entrance evaluation which includes an interview(s), a qualifying exam, and an assessment of references.

Note: Basic keyboard/typing skills, although not essential, are useful in Computer Information Systems and Communications courses.

How to apply

The two-year program starts in September. As seats in the program are limited, students should apply as early as possible. Initial applications should be sent to Coastal Pacific Aviation. Applications should be completed prior to March 30 for enrolment in September. Late applications will be considered if space permits.

1. Apply to UCFV; include $75* payable to Coastal Pacific Aviation, and a separate cheque for the $45 application fee payable to UCFV. International students pay higher application fees and should contact UCFV International.

* Fees stated are in effect for 2007/08 and are subject to change for 2008/09.

Application forms are available from Student Services and Coastal Pacific Aviation (see the Program Charts for a complete listing of application dates and general admission information).

Additional documents required for a complete application:
• proof of B.C. secondary school completion or equivalent, and transcript (or interim transcript) showing grade achievement as per entrance requirements
• transcripts showing grade achievement for any post-secondary study
• a medical certificate showing a Transport Canada Category 1 Medical.
• applicants for the one-year program must also submit proof of completion of 10 university-level courses or interim transcript reflecting the above.

2. Qualified applicants will be interviewed by Coastal Pacific during February or March for September enrolment.

3. After evaluations have been made, interviewed candidates will receive a letter stating the results. Candidates being offered a seat will receive a confirming letter, outlining registration details, starting dates, and aviation supplies required and an enrolment agreement. Prior to acceptance the candidate may be required to provide proof of financial ability to pay for educational expenses.

4. Any requests for transfer of academic course equivalencies should be made to the Admissions and Records office; requests for transfer of aviation- or flight-related courses should be made directly to Coastal Pacific Aviation.

Basis for admission decision

Applicants who meet the entrance requirements will be admitted in order of their application date. This date is set when an application, all required documentation, and the application fee have been submitted.

Location and scheduling

Academic courses will be held on all UCFV campuses, including Abbotsford, Mission, and Chilliwack. Aviation classroom instruction, flight training and simulator training will be conducted at Coastal Pacific Aviation, Abbotsford Airport. Please note that there is no public transportation available to the airport and between some campuses. Students are expected to be available for flight training seven days a week.

Instruction at Coastal Pacific and UCFV begins in September. UCFV courses will normally be completed by mid-April and flight instruction and flight time may continue through May. Coastal Pacific’s summer program for students who need to complete their private pilot license is offered during the months of July and August and must be completed prior to program commencement.

Note: The aviation portion of the two-year Aviation diploma program must be completed within four years. All other graduation requirements must be completed within seven years.

For any aviation program, all of the aviation courses shown for a semester must be taken concurrently. AV 201, 211, 221, and 231 must be taken in one semester; AV 302, 312, 322, and 332 must be taken in one semester; AV 401, 411, 421, and 431 must be taken in one semester; AV 402, 412, 422, and 432 must be taken in one semester.

Residency requirement

Students enrolled in UCFV/CPA aviation programs are required to complete all subsequent flight and simulator training in residence at UCFV/CPA. Flight training at other schools while enrolled at UCFV/CPA is not permitted.

Academic performance

To qualify for an aviation diploma, students must obtain a minimum GPA of 2.0 (a C grade) in each semester as well as cumulatively. Students whose cumulative GPA and/or semester GPA falls below 2.0 during their program are subject to academic warning.

Course repeats

A course may be repeated in order to improve the cumulative GPA. However, you may not register for the same course more than twice. No more than five repeated courses will be permitted.

Fees

Fee estimates are in effect for 2007/08 and are subject to change for 2008/09. Approximate total fees for the diploma programs are $48,000 and approximate total fees for the degree program are $79,000. Contact the program coordinator at Coastal Pacific to obtain a current fee summary.

Note: There are two fee structures.

UCFV fee summary

UCFV course fees will be paid at the university college, and are approximately $1,150 per semester (three courses or nine credits). See the Fees and Other Costs section.

Coastal Pacific Aviation fee summary

Coastal Pacific fees will be paid at the Abbotsford Airport to Coastal Pacific Aviation. Flight training fees are subject to change and vary for each individual.

Students accepted to the program are required to wear a uniform. The initial cost for shirts, slacks, sweater, jacket, and ties is approximately $425. Additional items may be required throughout the course.

Program requirements

Semester I

Course Title Credits
AV 151 Fitness I 1
AV 201 Aviation Theory I 3
AV 211 Simulation — Instrument Procedures I 1
AV 221 Aircraft — Commercial I 1.5
AV 231 Human Factors I 1
CMNS 125 Business Communications 3
BUS 100 Introduction to Business 3
or    
 BUS 102 Introduction to Business 3
MATH one of 103, 104, 106, 110, 111 or 115 (see Note2) 3 or 4

Semester II

Course Title Credits
AV 152 Fitness II 1
AV 302 Aviation Theory II 3
AV 312 Simulation — Instrument Procedures II 1
AV 322 Aircraft — Commercial II 1.5
AV 332 Human Factors II 1
CMNS 251 Professional Report Writing (see Note2) 3
CIS 100 Introduction to Computer Information Systems (see Note2) 3
BUS 203 Organizational Behaviour 3

Semesters III & IV

Course Title Credits
AV 251 Fitness III 1
 and AV 252 Fitness IV 1
AV 401 Aviation Theory III 3
AV 402 Aviation Theory IV 3
AV 411 Simulation — Multi-Engine 1
AV 421 Aircraft — Multi-Engine 1.5
AV 431 Advanced Airmanship I 1
AV 432 Advanced Airmanship II 1
AV 422 Aircraft — Instrument/Multi-Engine 1.5
or    
 AV 451A & B Theory — Instructor 2
 and    
 AV 452A & B Flight Instructor Practicum (see Note1) 1
PHYS 101 Introductory General Physics I  
 or ASTR 103 Astronomy: The Solar System 5 or 4
Elective any university transfer course 3 or 4
Elective any university transfer course 3 or 4
Elective any university transfer course 3 or 4
Elective any university transfer course 3 or 4
Elective any university transfer course 3 or 4

Note1: Students who select the instructor option complete AV 451A & B: Theory — Instructor, and AV 452A & B: Flight Instructor Practicum, instead of AV 421 and AV 422.
Note2: Students intending to complete the BBA (Aviation) should take BUS 160; MATH 106 and ENGL 105.

Alternate core courses are available for students interested in continuing on for a degree after completing the diploma program.

Students who plan on laddering into the BBA Aviation degree after completion of the two-year Aviation diploma are advised that they will be required to complete all the requirements of the BBA Aviation as outlined in the four-year Aviation degree program. Students are advised to consult the Student Services coordinator to determine their course schedule.

Second-year course selection for the two-year program (a total of six including Physics) will require aviation coordinator approval. Students are expected to pursue subjects of interest and to broaden their academic development in preparation for non-flying responsibilities they may face. Elective choices may be limited each semester by ground school, aircraft, and simulator scheduling.

Students who have completed college or university courses similar to those listed above may be able to transfer credits. Contact the aviation coordinator for more information and refer to the UCFV’s transfer credit policy in the calendar.

Although program requirements are shown in four semesters they do not have to be taken consecutively. It is necessary, however, to take each semester’s aviation theory concurrently with that semester’s flying and simulator sessions.

Electives

Contact the department for appropriate elective selection.

Course listings

For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.


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