FAA Approved Aviation Programs

Do you want to design, build, fly, or repair aircraft for a living? The place to start is with a degree at one of Alabama’s highly respected aviation programs. A high-flying career in aviation can take workers all over the world. Let the professionals at ACCS help you begin your journey.

Our aviation programs are certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and are fully accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges (SACS) to train future aviators and aviation service technicians for top-flight professions.

Our experienced professional instructors with backgrounds in civilian and military aviation combine classroom instruction and hands-on training to ensure that students gain the knowledge they need to successfully compete for jobs. Lab work in the programs, including aircraft inspections, installation, and troubleshooting, is completed on both real aircraft and simulators with cutting-edge technology.

With strong business partnerships in the aviation industry, our students get the chance to land great job opportunities with a broad range of employers. Many of our students often receive job offers before they even complete the ACCS aviation programs.

Choosing the right school for your education is important. The FAA reported in 2015 that 100 percent of Enterprise State Community College aviation students who attempted the FAA certification passed their exam on the first attempt! That is just one story about the level of experience you will gain through ACCS. The first step in your aviation journey can start at one of our colleges today.


Leading aircraft manufacturers project that as many as 206,000 new pilots and 189,000 new maintenance technicians are needed in North America by the year 2037. In Alabama, highly experienced aircraft mechanics and service technicians can earn up to $39 per hour or $81,197 per year. Avionics technicians, who troubleshoot aircraft technology systems and detect weather and radar, make an average $61,199 mid-career! Earning for pilots is even higher: commercial pilots can earn more than $60 per hour or $125,000 annually.

Bachelor’s Degree

ACCS has an articulation agreement with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to help train students beyond the two-year level. A transfer opportunity with Athens State University is also in place for students to major in Management of Technology with a minor in Aviation Management.

Dual Enrollment

High School Students can start their journey by taking advantage of the cost saving dual enrollment program.

Programs Offered

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For more information, contact:
Gillette Samms
Director of Aviation Programs
Alabama Community College System
[email protected]

Calhoun Community College
Aerospace Technology

Coastal Alabama Community College
Airframe Technology
Avionics Technology
Powerplant Technology

Enterprise State Community College
Airframe Structures
Airframe Technology
Aviation Composites Material
Aviation Maintenance Foundations
Avionics Technology
Powerplant Technology

Jefferson State Community College
Engineering-Aerospace Major

Lawson State Community College

Marion Military Institute
Private Pilot License

Northeast Alabama Community College

Snead State Community College
Aerospace Engineering
Aircraft Structures
Airframe Technology
General Aviation

Wallace State Community College
Airfield Operations
Commercial Pilot Airplane (Flight Technology)
Commercial Pilot Helicopter (Flight Technology)
Certified Flight Instructor (Flight Technology)
Certified Flight Instructor (Flight Technology Option I, II or III)
Instrument Pilot Airplane Rating (Flight Technology)
Instrument Pilot Helicopter Rating (Flight Technology)
Private Pilot Airplane (Flight Technology)
Private Pilot Helicopter (Flight Technology)

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For more information, contact Michael “Mac” McDaniel, Director of Aviation Programs, at 334-293-4500