Aircraft Systems Management (Professional Pilot)


This major is designed to prepare professional pilots with solid background skills in flight theory, meteorology, and safety. The Program covers the requirements established by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the preparation of students to obtain certificates for Private Pilot, Single-Engine and Multi-Engine Commercial Pilot, the training for Instrument Flight, and the certifications for Flight Instructor, Flight Instructor by Instrument, and Multi-engine Flight Instructor.

Students are responsible for requesting the examinations necessary to obtain the aforementioned certificates from the FAA. Also, they are responsible for complying with the FAA regulations, the procedures stipulated by the Aircraft Operations Manual, and the Flight Operations Manual of the School of Aeronautics, at all times in which they are operating an aircraft of the Institution. Failure to comply with the regulations and procedures constitutes a violation of the stipulated safety norms and could result in the suspension of the student from the program.

Students of the Program may be tested for drug and alcohol use, in agreement with the Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR).


To develop professional pilots with the necessary skills, knowledge, and attitudes to excel in the aviation industry.

Educational Objectives

  1. Professionalism: Exercise the highest standards of personal and professional integrity. Demonstrate an understanding of current ethical issues related to the analysis and execution aspects inherent to the Professional Pilots.
  2. Team Skills: Develop leadership skills, demonstrate proficiency in all forms of communication and perform well in a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural team environment.
  3. Lifelong Learning: Commit to continuing education through graduate studies, continuous education opportunities, on the job training and/or self-education in the national and international aviation environment.
Specific Admission Requirements: Besides meeting the University’s general admission requirements set forth on the General Catalog, candidates to this concentration must:
  1. Be a high school graduate or equivalent, with a minimum grade point average of 2.5.
  2. Have obtained a minimum of a minimum result of 500 in Mathematics and 500 in English in the Academic Achievement Tests administered by the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB).

Note: All students must present a First Class Medical Certificate issued by a medical doctor recognized by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAR Part 67) to take classes with a flight laboratory.

Any student who does not fulfill these specific requirements will be admitted conditionally to the major for one academic year.

Academic requirements

General Education Requirements 42 credits
Core Course Requirements 46 credits
Major Requirements 37 credits
Total 125 credits

Click on the following link to download the suggested course sequence and cost for each semester: Aircraft Systems Management (155) – Course Sequence & Costs

Total semesters based on the recommended course schedule. Semesters may be higher depending on the student’s course enrollment per semester.


  1. Pilots certificates and ratings include the following:
    • Private Pilot Airplane Single Engine Land
    • Instrument Rating Airplane Single Engine Land
    • Commercial Single Engine Airplane Land
    • Commercial Multi-Engine Airplane Land
    • Certified Flight Instructor
    • Certified Flight Instructor Instrument
    • Certified Multi-Engine Instructor
  2. Flight hours are based on minimum requirements as per 14 CFR 141 PILOT SCHOOLS. Flight hours might be higher depending on student’s performance to attain Practical Test Standards tolerance.
  3. Knowledge Test and Practical Test for each pilot certificate are payable directly to the company administering the FAA knowledge & practical tests.

AABInternational (AABI) Program Accreditation

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Bayamon Campus


B.S. in Airway Sciences – Aircraft Systems Management (Professional Pilot)

Period of Accreditation: July 20, 2018, to July 31, 2023

October 31, 2020 Student Achievement Data

AABI-accredited aviation program, institutions MUST accurately publish on the program’s public website, a report of student achievement data including the following information, updated annually:

(1) Objectives of each accredited program

The educational goals of the Aircraft Systems Management (Professional Pilot) Program represent and describe the expected accomplishments of the graduates within three to ten years after graduation. The Educational Goals are as follows:

  1. Professionalism: Exercise the highest standards of personal and professional integrity. Demonstrate an understanding of the current and ethical issues related to the analysis and execution aspects inherent to the Professional Pilot.
  2. Team Skills: Develop leadership skills, demonstrate proficiency in all forms of communication and perform well in a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural team environment.
  3. Life-long Learning: Recognize the need for continuing their education through graduate studies, continuous education opportunities, on the job training and/or self-education in the National and International Aviation environment.
(2) Program assessment measures employed:

The process used to evaluate the level of achievement of the Aircraft Systems Management (Professional Pilot) Educational Goals include the following techniques:

  1. Alumni resume: A list of alumni having graduated from three to ten years before the accreditation audit is compiled. A resume is requested from the alumni either by mail or online. The resume is checked with a carefully designed rubric to verify the student’s achievement of the EGs and how well their academic experience at the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, Bayamon campus prepared them to succeed in their chosen field of Aircraft Systems Management (Professional Pilot).
  2. Employer Survey: A survey is mailed directly to the alumni employer. Employers are asked a series of questions addressing the preparation of our graduates to succeed in the field of Aircraft Systems Management (Professional Pilot)
  3. School of Aeronautics Advisory Board is asked to use their experience and that of others within their organization, to rate Aircraft Systems Management (Professional Pilot) graduates, co-ops, and interns against the Aircraft Systems Management (Professional Pilot) Program Objectives. The results are discussed at a meeting for understanding and to develop any required action by the Board and/or the faculty.
The Assessment Plan used the following tools:
  1. Exams (standardized/locally developed)
  2. Written Reports/essays
  3. Oral Presentation
  4. Performance (Stage) Checks
  5. Teamwork evaluation
  6. External Examiner
Assessment Plan Data Collection Cycle The assessment plan consists of the following steps for the Assessment Plan Data Collection Cycle:
  1. For each of the Student Learning Outcomes, specific Performance Criteria (PCs) are identified that our students should achieve before graduation.
  2. Using assessment tools to collect and evaluate data about our students it is determined whether they are achieving the PC, therefore, meeting the Student Learning Outcomes, and ultimately the EGs.
  3. If the outcomes are not being met, then corrective changes must be made and subjected to a new cycle in the assessment process.
Each of the Student Learning Outcomes is achieved by planning and monitoring the curricular content from certain key and contributing courses. Key courses are those courses chosen, by the faculty, to assess each Student Learning Outcomes based on the data collection cycle plan

A criterion for success has been set for each direct and indirect means tools of assessment as follows:

Assessment Tools Direct or Indirect Measure Level of Achievement
Exams Direct 70%
Written Reports/essays Direct 70%
Oral Presentation Direct 70%
Performance Checks Direct 70%
Teamwork Evaluation Direct 70%
External Examiner Indirect 70%
Information obtained through these assessment measures and report on actions taken as a result of this assessment:

Listed below is from our latest published Assessment Plans for the programs (right-click on the link to upload the document):

Listed below is from our latest published Outcomes Assessment that includes: Learning Outcome, Data Collection and Analysis, Results of Evaluation, and Use of Evaluation Results (right-click on the link to upload the document):

  1. 2013-2014 Assessment Plan Layout Table
  2. 2014-2015 Assessment Plan Layout Table
  3. 2015-2016 Assessment Plan Layout Table
  4. 2016-2017 Assessment Plan Layout Table
  5. 2017-2018 Assessment Plan Layout Table
  6. 2018-2019 Assessment Plan Layout Table
  7. 2019-2020 Assessment Plan Layout Table

Listed below is from our latest published Courses Assessment that summarizes the results of the various Pre/Post Assessments for the different aviation courses. Information excludes courses classified as practicums, flight laboratory or low student activity enrollment (contractual) course (right-click on the link to upload the document):

  1. 2013-2014 Course Assessment
  2. 2014-2015 Course Assessment
  3. 2015-2016 Course Assessment
  4. 2016-2017 Course Assessment
  5. 2017-2018 Course Assessment
  6. 2019-2020 Course Assessment

(3) Graduation rates

In the last five years, we have produced the following Aircraft Systems Management (Professional Pilot) graduates listed below:

Year 2015–2016 2016–2017 2017–2018 2018–2019 2019–2020
Graduates 2 7 3 5 10

(4) Rates and types of employment of graduate

Since our graduates must obtain their Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI), Certificated Flight Instructor – Instrument (CFII), and Multi-Engine Instructor (MEI) before graduating, most graduates start working as flight instructors at the School of Aeronautics. A few students do not follow this path because they opted for military duty as part of the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program. Most students stay working at the School of Aeronautics until they have 1,000 hours as Pilot in Command experience to obtain their Restricted Airline Transportation Pilot (ATP-R) certificate. The School of Aeronautics is an approved Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) “Institutions Authorized to Certify its Graduates for an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) Certificate with Reduced Aeronautical Experience”; therefore, our regional airlines partners hire our graduates at this stage and provide them with the ATP training to start working as First Officers (FO).