Frequently Asked Questions

How much will it cost me to complete the Professional Pilot degree program at SOSU?

For details go to our costs web page: http://homepages.se.edu/aviation/costs/

How much will it cost me to complete the Aviation Management degree program at SOSU?

For details go to our costs web page: http://homepages.se.edu/aviation/costs/

How much will it cost to earn my FAA certificates and ratings at SOSU?

The following FAA Certificate and Ratings are required to complete the Professional Pilot program:

Private Pilot Certificate ( $3,525.00 minimum)
Instrument Rating ( $3,633.00 minimum)
Commercial Pilot Certificate ($13,588.00 minimum)
Flight Instructor Certificate (CFI) ( $2,580.00 minimum)
Instrument Instructor Rating (CFII) ( $1,980.00 minimum)
Multi-Engine Rating (ME) ( $3,525.00 minimum)

Total $28,801.00

Is financial aid available for academic and flight expenses?

Yes…. Click here for the SOSU Financial Aid Office

Are there any scholarships available?

Yes. There are campus-wide scholarships as well as Aviation Sciences Institute-specific scholarships available. SOSU now has a single scholarship application form which allows you to apply for many scholarships with just one form.

How will I pay for my flight expenses?

Flight expenses are debited from your Flight Account. Flight Accounts are created by depositing at least $2,000.00 with the Bursar’s office on campus. Every time you fly or purchase flight-related supplies your account is debited. When your Flight Account balance goes below $200.00 you must deposit more money or else you will be placed on the “No-Fly” list. You will remain on the “No Fly” list until your balance goes above $200.00.
Your Flight Account will be used to cover most of the costs associated with flying classes. These expenses include aircraft rental, ground and flight instruction, charts, plotters, headsets, aircraft manuals, and lab fees.

What FAA certificates and ratings will I have to acquire to graduate from SOSU?

Private Pilot Certificate
Instrument Rating
Commercial Pilot Certificate
Flight Instructor Certificate (CFI)
Instrument Instructor Rating (CFII)
Multi-Engine Rating (ME)

What is the normal schedule I will follow for flying?

Our goal is for every student to fly at least three times a week. Your schedule will be determined every semester based on your academic schedule. Any time you are not in the classroom or working you should be available to fly. Your instructor will actually schedule your flights. It is up to you to review the schedule regularly and be on time and prepared for each flight.

What if I already have a Private Pilot Certificate?

If you already have a Private Pilot certificate then you will begin your flight training at SOSU in the spring semester. In the spring you will enroll in AVIA 2083 Commercial Performance and AVIA 3164 Commercial Flying. Then you will be synchronized with our flight classes.

What if I already have an Instrument Rating?

If you come to SOSU with a Private Pilot Certificate and an Instrument Rating you will begin flying in the spring semester. At that time you will enroll in AVIA 2083 Commercial Performance and AVIA 3164 Commercial Flying. The following fall semester you will enroll in AVIA 3123 Commercial Operations AND AVIA 3152 Fundamentals of Flight Instruction and AVIA 3202 Flight Instructor Ground School. The following Spring, when other students will be enrolled in AVIA 3284 Instrument Ground and AVIA 3321 Instrument Flying, you will be enrolled in AVIA 3362 Flight Instructor Ground and AVIA 3401 Flight Instructor Flying. The following fall semester you will enroll in AVIA 4562 Multi-engine Ground and AVIA 4601 Multi-engine Flying.

What if I already have a Commercial Certificate and Instrument Rating?

If you already have a Commercial Certificate with an Instrument Rating then you will begin flight training at SOSU in the fall semester with AVIA 3152 Fundamentals of Flight Instruction, AVIA 3202 Flight Instructor Ground School, and AVIA 3241 Flight Instructor Flying. The following Spring you will be enrolled in AVIA 3362 Flight Instructor Ground and AVIA 3401 Flight Instructor Flying. The following fall semester you will enroll in AVIA 4562 Multi-engine Ground and AVIA 4601 Multi-engine Flying.

What if I already have all my certificates and ratings?

If you come to SOSU with all of the required Certificate and Ratings you must still complete your last two ratings at SOSU. The “last two ratings” must be two of the following ratings:

Instrument Instructor Rating (CFII)
Multi-Engine Rating (ME)
Multi-Engine Instructor Rating (MEI)

This may require you to repeat one or both ratings. While we try to avoid this if at all possible, we must also protect our reputation and the quality of our graduates. If you do not earn your last two ratings from SOSU you CANNOT graduate with the Professional Pilot degree.

How often will I be able to fly?

Our goal is for each student to fly three times a week. This may not always be possible due to weather or illness. However, the goal is three or more times a week.

What do I need to begin flying?

In order to begin flying all flight students are required to complete the following prior to being assigned to a flight instructor:

1. Enroll in the proper flight course.
2. Obtain an FAA First Class Medical Certificate.
3. Establish a “flight account” with a minimum balance of $2,000.00.
4. After completing all of the above, students must submit the following documentation to the Department Chair:

U.S. Citizens
In accordance with the Transportation Security Administration’s 49 CFR Part 1552, students must provide proof of U.S. citizenship or nationality. To establish U.S. citizenship or nationality, students must present one of the following:

1. A valid U.S. passport OR
2. An original raised seal U.S. birth certificate AND government issued picture identifications.

Non-U.S. Citizens
Must make an appointment with the Department Chair to determine which steps are needed in order to comply with 49 CFR Part 1552.

All Students Must:
-Complete two availability forms in their entirety. Students will find availability forms here.
-Completed the SOP quiz. Click here for a copy of the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP). All students must take this exam once a year.
-Provide a copy of all pilot certificates, medicals, and FAA knowledge exam results that are not already on file within the Chief Flight Instructor’s office.

Where can I get an FAA First Class medical?

FAA Flight Physicals are administered by FAA designated Aviation Medical Examiners (AME). A complete list of AME’s is available on the FAA’s Civil Aero-Medical Institute (CAMI) web site:

AME’s http://ame.cami.jccbi.gov/

Note: Not all AME’s are qualified to administer the FAA First Class Medical examination. Download either of the following two lists from the CAMI site and check column “O” “First Class Examiner” to see if an AME in your area can administer the examination for a First Class Medical certificate.

Excel Spread Sheet: http://ame.cami.jccbi.gov/active_ame_directory.xls
Text List: http://ame.cami.jccbi.gov/amedirectory.lst

There are two AME’s in Durant who can administer the examination for a First Class Medical certificate.

Why do I need an FAA First Class medical to fly at SOSU?

The FAA only requires that Student Pilots obtain a Third Class Medical Certificate. SOSU requires an FAA First Class Medical for Professional Pilot majors for the following reason. The goal of the Professional Pilot degree program is to prepare students for employment in the commercial airline industry. In order to fly as a pilot for a commercial airline you will need an FAA First Class medical. We do not want a student to complete most or all of their flight training only to discover later that they cannot obtain an FAA First Class medical. It is much better to discover a disqualifying medical condition before beginning flight training rather than afterward.

If you have a condition that disqualifies you from obtaining an FAA First Class medical but does not disqualify you from obtaining an FAA Second or Third Class medical and you wish to complete the Professional Pilot degree program you must first sign a waiver. The waiver, available from Kyle Thomas, states that you recognize that without an FAA First Class medical that you cannot obtain employment with a commercial air carrier and that you nevertheless wish to continue with the Professional Pilot program.

What if I cannot get an FAA First Class medical?

See the previous answer.

What if I already have an FAA medical but it isn’t a First Class medical?

We still want you to obtain an FAA First Class medical in order to eliminate the possibility of you completing the program only to discover later that you have a medical condition that disqualifies you from obtaining an FAA First Class medical.

Where are the flight classes taught?

All flying classes are taught at the airport. Eaker Field is located about five miles south of the SOSU campus.

See the map at: http://aviation.se.edu/maps/map_durant.html

Does the university provide transportation to the airport?

No

How do I get to the airport?

Transportation to and from the airport is NOT provided. It is up to each student to make arrangements to travel to and from the airport. The vast majority of students have their own vehicles but some students have been known to bicycle to the airport and back to campus.

Does the university own their own aircraft?

SOSU owns all of the aircraft that we use for flight training.
See our aircraft at: http://aviation.se.edu/aircraft/aircraft.html

Who maintains your aircraft?

SOSU employs four full-time A&P mechanics to maintain our aircraft.

Can I rent a university aircraft for weekend trips or other personal use?

No. SOSU aircraft are for the exclusive use of students enrolled in flight training courses. Aircraft may not be used for personal trips or for weekend rentals.

Can I fly for fun or to earn a rating at another facility while I am a student at SOSU?

There is nothing to stop anyone from flying for recreation or receiving instruction elsewhere while a student at SOSU. However, the hours accrued and any Certificate or Ratings earned elsewhere while a flight student at SOSU CANNOT be used to fullfil any of the requirements of the Professional Pilot degree program.

There is only one exception to this rule. If, after you begin your flight training at SOSU, you earn an FAA Certificate or Rating at an accredited four-year college or university, you may transfer the college credit to SOSU and use it toward your Professional Pilot degree requirements. Note: You must still complete the last two flight Ratings at SOSU in order to meet the requirements of the Professional Pilot degree program

Can I get some of my FAA certificates and ratings at an FBO or other university?

You may come to SOSU with one or more ratings earned through an FBO or a college or university program. However, once you become a flight student at SOSU any Certificates or Ratings you earn at an FBO cannot be used to fullfil any of the requirements of the Professional Pilot degree program.

There is only one exception to this rule. If, after you begin your flight training at SOSU, you earn an FAA Certificate or Rating at an accredited four-year college or university, you may transfer the college credit to SOSU and use it toward your Professional Pilot degree requirements. Note: You must still complete the last two flight Ratings at SOSU in order to meet the requirements of the Professional Pilot degree program

I own or have access to an aircraft – Can I use it for my flight instruction?

No. Our insurance policy requires that all flight instruction be provided in SOSU aircraft by SOSU instructors. You are encouraged to fly outside of class for recreation while a student at SOSU. However, the hours accrued and any Certificates or Ratings earned elsewhere while a flight student at SOSU cannot be used to fullfil any of the requirements of the Professional Pilot degree program.

Do I have to be an SOSU student to fly or rent SOSU aircraft?

Yes. The only people who can use SOSU aircraft are SOSU students who are enrolled in the appropriate SOSU ground and flight courses. Even then, students cannot rent aircraft for any purpose other than fulfilling the training requirements for the Certificate or Rating they are currently working toward.

Can I just take flight instruction at SOSU without being a degree seeking student?

Yes. You can enroll in the appropriate ground school and a flight class and obtain flight instruction at SOSU. However, you must first be admitted to the university, pay all appropriate tuition and fees and fulfill all of the class requirements. While it is possible to obtain your FAA Certificates and Ratings at SOSU without earning your degree this would NOT be the most efficient method of earning your FAA Certificates and Ratings.


Academic Questions

Where are your ground school and academic classes taught?

All non-flying classes (ground schools and academic courses) are taught on the SOSU main campus. Currently, all aviation courses are taught in the Russell Building on campus. There are some labs associated with academic classes which do meet at the airport.

What if I come to SOSU with an Associates Degree?

If you earned an Associate of Arts Degree (AA) or an Associate of Science Degree (AS) from an Oklahoma college your General Education (GenEd) requirements are fulfilled. This means that you only need to complete the requirements for your degree (major and minor or major/minor), any specified GenEd classes and as many electives as are required to complete 124 hours.

If you earned an Associate of Arts Degree (AA) or an Associate of Science Degree (AS) from a college outside of Oklahoma your General Education (GenEd) requirements may or may not be fulfilled. SOSU has articulation agreements with several colleges in North Texas. If your AA or AS degree is from one of these schools you have completed your GenEd requirements. If not, the Registrar will have to complete a GenEd Check in order to determine what General Education courses you still need to complete, if any. You can contact the Registrar at campus extension x2165.

Note: All aviation majors have “Specified General Education” requirements. Even if you meet the generic General Education requirements of the university you may still have to take additional classes in order to fullfil the Specified General Education requirements of the major.

What is a “Specified GenEd” class?

Specified General Education classes are a subset of the General Education classes required of all students. While several classes meet the university’s generic General Education requirements the Aviation Sciences Institute requires that specific classes in the General Education curriculum be taken in order to earn an aviation degree.

The four Specified General Education classes required of all aviation majors (Professional Pilot as well as Aviation Management) are:

COMM 2213 Business and professional Speaking
ECON 2113 Principles of Macroeconomics
PHYS 1114 General Physics I (with lab)
MATH 2143 Brief Calculus with Applications

If you take any other General Education classes in these areas you will meet the general university requirements for General Education. However, you will NOT meet the requirement of any of the aviation degree programs until you complete all four of these Specified General Education classes.

Do you offer A&P classes at SOSU?

Only two A&P classes are currently offered at SOSU as electives:

AP 3272 Physics of Reciprocating Engines
AP 3302 Physics of Gas Turbine Engines

SOSU does NOT offer a full curriculum designed to prepare students for the FAA A&P written and practical examinations. A&P classes are offered at a number of two year schools in Oklahoma, Texas and elsewhere.

Can I take classes at Tinker AFB?

You can only take classes at Tinker AFB in Oklahoma City if you are a member of the military or a DOD civillian or dependant and can gain access to the base. Please note that classes on Tinker AFB are primarily for active duty military members and DOD civillians. If a class is full, priority will be given to active duty military members and DOD civillians. Even if you have already enrolled in a class, if a higher priority student tries to enroll lower priority students may be removed from the class in order to make room.

Do you offer any of your classes over the internet?

No.

Is SOSU accredited?

Yes. SOSU is accredited by the The Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. In November of 2003 the Higher Learning Commission visited the SOSU campus to conduct an accreditation inspection. We are pleased to note that SOSU’s accreditation was renewed for the next 10 years (2003-20013) with no discrepancies. For more information on North Central Association of Colleges and Schools see:

(See http://www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org/ for more information)

Is the flight program certified by the FAA?

Yes. Our flight program is certified by the Federal Aviation Administration under 14 CFR, Part 141 of the Civil Aviation Regulations.

Will you release any academic information to my parents?

We can only release academic information to parents or guardians after we have a signed copy of a “Release of Records” form on file with the SOSU Registrar. The form can be obtained at:

Release of Records Form: http://aviation.se.edu/policies/recordsrelease.pdf

Employment Questions

Do you employ student workers?

Yes. Contact George Jacox for more information.

Can I become a flight instructor at SOSU?

Yes. Contact Kyle Thomas for more information.

Do you have any internships available?

Yes. Contact Dr. Conway for more information.

Visits

Can we drive or fly in to visit your campus?

Yes. See our map page for directions to the main SOSU campus and Eaker Field.

SOSU-ASI Map Page