Ozarka Air

Clay Mosley

Ozarka College, located in Melbourne, Arkansas, offers an Associate of Science degree in Aviation – Professional Pilot. This program puts students on the fast track to becoming commercial pilots as they complete all the required skills to earn a Private Pilot certificate with airplane single–engine land (ASEL) rating from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). John Catlett, Aviation Director and Flight Instructor, stated, “We also have plans to start a Commercial Multi-Engine training program in the near future.”

Ozarka began offering aviation courses under a provisional certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) during the 2015 fall semester. After meeting strenuous requirements, the FAA certified Ozarka’s aviation program as a full-time part 141 flight school, effective July 19, 2017. Currently, there is only one other college with a part 141 certified flight school in the state of Arkansas, so this is a big achievement for the College, the aviation program, and the community moving forward.

To date, twelve Ozarka students have completed solo flights, four have earned a Private Pilot Certificate, and three have graduated with an Associate of Science degree in Aviation – Professional Pilot. Ozarka also offers aviation courses through continuing education, which allows students to complete courses at their own pace versus on a scheduled degree plan. Ozarka will also provide an instrument training class via continuing education, beginning in the spring semester of 2018. There are currently six students enrolled in continuing education aviation classes and eighteen students enrolled in the aviation degree program.

For students who desire continuing their education at another accredited institution, Ozarka has partnerships with Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas and University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Missouri, where students can complete the additional advanced training necessary to launch their aviation careers and earn a Bachelor of Science in Aviation.

In addition to admission requirements, Ozarka College aviation student must meet Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requirements. Students must be at least 16 years of age; read, speak, write, and understand the English language; and provide documentation of U.S. citizenship or nationality. Citizens or nationals of countries other than the United States are required to receive authorization from the TSA prior to commencing flight training.

For more information about one of the most affordable collegiate aviation programs in the nation, please call John Catlett, Ozarka College director of aviation, at 870.368.7926 or email: john.catlett@ozarka.edu.