LCCC Receives FAA Flight School Status

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Schnecksville, Pa., Feb. 5, 2016 –The Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) aviation program has been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as a Part 141 Flight School, in addition to its existing status as a ground school.

The college now will be able to provide not only the ground instruction required to earn various pilot ratings (or certificates), but also is able to provide the flight training component. In the past, students have taken their ground training at LCCC and then have had to transfer to an outside Part 141 flight school to complete the flight training requirements for their degree. Now students have the opportunity to complete all of the training requirements at the college.

There are two different types of flight schools from which people can receive flight training to obtain a pilot license: Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) Part 61 and FAR Part 141, both of which provide the student with the specific training required by the FAA. The difference is how the training is accomplished. Part 141 was established to certify flight schools by developing and establishing standardized training methods with respect to equipment, facilities, personnel, and curricula and is reviewed on a regular basis by the FAA to ensure quality training. Students training at a Part 141 school such as LCCC can earn their commercial license in as little as 190 hours, as compared to 250 hours at a Part 61 school.

Each student who completes the program will earn a commercial pilot certificate with instrument rating and a certified flight instructor certificate along with an associate degree as a professional pilot. With these certificates, graduates can be employed as a flight instructor, charter pilot or corporate pilot. They can also transfer to go on to earn a bachelor’s degree in aviation science.

For more information on LCCC’s aviation program, located at the Lehigh Valley International Airport, contact Aram Basmadjian, chief flight instructor, at

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Left to right in the back row: Robert Harger (FAA maintenance inspector), Thomas Gilbert (FAA avionics inspector), Lee Abt (FAA assistant manager), Robert Ference (FAA principal operations inspector), Mark Reiman (LCCC ground instructor). Left to right in the front row: Eugene McCoy (FAA general manager - Allentown FSDO), Dr. Ann Bieber (LCCC president), Dr. Thomas Meyer (LCCC vice president for academic services and student development), Aram Basmadjian (LCCC chief flight instructor).
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