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PAI photoAviation Tech is offered at the Plattsburgh Aeronautical Institute (PAI).  For secondary students, PAI’s program requires one additional year of post-graduate study, in order for “Technician Candidates” to earn full Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification as Airframe and Powerplant Technicians. 

As high school juniors and seniors enrolled at CV-TEC, candidates will receive instruction in “General” aviation and a significant portion of the “Airframe” curriculum as mandated by the FAA as well as international curriculum established by “Transport Canada.” 

Post-secondary (adult) students may complete their requirements in either the 3-year sequence noted above, or a two-year daytime sequence, beginning with the 2015-2016 academic year.  The two year sequence requires full time enrollment from 8:30 am—3:00 pm over a continuous 2 year period. 

Technician Candidates are eligible to receive college credit from various colleges for their work along with high school integrated academics.   All candidates will receive extensive hands on, aviation-related learning opportunities throughout the duration of their course of study.  PAI training results in a Graduation Certificate from CV-TEC and referral to the FAA for final oral, written and practical examination.  CV-TEC graduates who are successful on their FAA exams may enroll at Clinton Community College or Mohawk Valley Community College and receive 36 or 30 college credits toward Associate Degrees, respectively, or enroll at Embry Riddle University and receive 30 college credits toward one of two Baccalaureate Degree Programs.