Aviation Flight Technology

Aviation PartnershipTake your future to new heights with a career in aviation! Airline and commercial pilots fly and navigate airplanes, helicopters and other aircraft. Airline pilots fly for airlines transporting people on a schedule, while commercial pilots may fly for other reasons, such as charters, rescue operations, firefighting and more.

Always wanted to fly? Now you can!
Introductory flight at the JC Flight Center for only $90! Call 517.787.7012 for additional details.

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Jackson College Offers the following program options:

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JC offers a certificate for those looking to learn to fly. Individual certifications available in: • private pilot certification • commercial pilot certification • instrument rating • flight instructor certification • instrument flight instructor rating A minimum of 250 hours flight time are required for a commercial certificate, which qualifies pilots for entry-level jobs. Pilots must be able to pass medical and eye examinations and be in general good health, and their career may be grounded due to an illness such as diabetes, cancer or serious injury.


Earnings of pilots vary depending on size of employer, type of flight, number of hours and miles flown and so on. Entry-level jobs begin between $20,000-$30,000, while median earnings for airline pilots are $98,410 per year.

Career Outlook

Growth is projected for commercial pilots, while employment will remain static for airline pilots and copilots.