Commercial Aviation


In the Commercial Aviation program at Hinds Community College, you can earn a two-year Associate’s of Arts degree and a private pilot license. You’ll also be able to transfer credits to other four-year programs in pursuit of a Bachelor’s degree and advanced pilot ratings. We even have an articulation agreement with Delta State University to facilitate such a transfer.

Regardless of where you currently are in your aviation career, our program will give you the essential education and experience you’ll need to thrive. You’ll get all the ground-level education you need to launch your career as a commercial pilot. Our program is located in the hangar facilities at John Bell Williams Airport, which is owned and operated by Hinds Community College. We own several aircraft and items of simulation to support the program’s training mission, and we employ a staff of FAA certified instructors and technicians.

Important Program Information

The program map provides the courses recommended for any students seeking this transfer area of study. Students should consult the Mississippi Articulation Agreement for specific course requirements at specific Mississippi universities.

  • Associate of Arts in Commercial Aviation
Sample Curriculum
Course Hours
Introduction to Aviation 3
Private Pilot Ground I 3
Private Pilot Flight I 3
English Composition I 3–4
Public Speaking I or Interpersonal Communication 3
Orientation 2
Total Hours 17–18
Course Hours
Private Pilot Ground II 3
Applied Meteorology 3
Private Pilot Flight II 3
College Algebra 3–4
Fine Arts/Humanities Elective 3
Total Hours 15–16
Course Hours
Aircraft Engine Operation 3
Principles of Microeconomics 3
English Composition II 3
General Physics I (lecture & lab) 4
General Psychology 3
Total Hours 16
Course Hours
Computer Applications I 3
Principles of Macroeconomics 3
Business Calculus I or Calculus I 3
History Elective 3
English Literature 3
Total Hours 15


Beth Robbins
Aviation Student Navigator

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