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Flight Training Labs

​​​​​​​​piper aircraft taking off

​​​​​Flight Labs​ 

Orange Coast College provides flight training as part of it's professional flight program.  The college owns a fleet of Piper and Cessna aircraft which are used for training from private pilot through commercial and flight instructor ratings.

Female pilot preparing for flight in the cockpit. Use of college aircraft provides students with up to a 30 percent
savings on total flight training costs as compared to commercial flight schools in the Orange County area.  Reference the Orange Coast College online catalog for a complete program description along with projected fees for training. 

Flight Training Fees​ 

Training in OCC aircraft is administered through APT Flight lab courses.  To be eligible for flight lab, students as a minimum, must be enrolled in our aviation ground school courses. 

College credit is not given for aeronautical ratings and every student admitted to the flight lab will complete the applicable ground school.  Admission to flight lab is limited and highly competitive.  Preference is given to students who are enrolled as full time students at the college with Aviation Science as their declared major field of study.​


Simulator Labs​ 

Students flying in the flight simulator.

Orange Coast College also has four advanced aviation training devices (flight simulators) that help students accrue a portion of the total hours needed to earn their flight certificates at rates which are less than half of renting an aircraft. These simulators are invaluable as an instructional tool to maximize time during each lesson.  


With this technology in place, coupled with a structured flight training environment, our training costs may be up to 30 percent lower than other training institutions in the Orange County area. Lab courses are available, specific to training in flight simulators, so that students may spend time with a dedicated flight instructor to gain as much as 20 hours for their instrument rating and 50 hours for the commercial rating.​​​