Collin College Continuing Education is introducing a new aviation program course, Commercial Ground School, for individuals interested in a commercial pilot career.

The 32-hour course prepares students for the FAA Commercial Pilot written exam and satisfies the knowledge requirements for the commercial license. Topics cover complex systems, aircraft performance, weight and balance calculations, the FARs, airspace and weather. After satisfactory completion of the nine-week course, students are eligible to take the FAA written exam. Course fee does not include the FAA exam fee. 

Classes will be from 6:30-9:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 18-Dec. 20 at the Courtyard Center, 4800 Preston Park Blvd. in Plano. The course fee is $169. 

Students interested in learning more about the course, asking questions and reviewing textbooks should attend a free information session Instrument and Commercial Pilot Requirements from 1-3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 1 at the Courtyard Center. 

Continuing Education is also hosting two additional free information sessions at the Courtyard Center:

  • How to Become a Pilot -- 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 1
  • Convective Weather -- 9-11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 8  

Other Aviation courses being taught this fall include:

  • Private Pilot Ground School -- 7-10 p.m., Mondays, Sept. 10-Dec. 17 at the Collin Higher Education Center, 3452 Spur 399, in McKinney.
  • Instrument Rating Ground School -- 6:30-9:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Sept. 11-Dec. 18 at the Courtyard Center.
  • Advanced Weather for Pilots -- 7-10 p.m., Thursdays, Sept. 13-Oct. 11 at the Courtyard Center.

To register for any of these courses, visit

For more information, contact Program Director Carol Luckock at or 972-985-3758.

Collin College Continuing Education is the leading career skills training institution for adults who are not seeking a degree.

More than 53 certificate series and certification preparation training programs are offered in the health care, computer, administrative, manufacturing, logistics, education, management, service and hospitality career fields. Collin College serves about 53,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development. 


About the author: Marisela Cadena-Smith is director of Marketing & Communications at Collin College.