Whether it’s for business or pleasure, air travel is here to stay. You can be part of the FlyCochise team and help people reach their destination safely. Cochise College’s aviation program provides the training to prepare you for the solid, well-paying career of your dreams. Pilots are needed in aviation organizations across the U.S. and around the world.
Our aviation program is well-respected and widely recognized throughout the industry. In more than 45 years of aviation training, we have placed FlyCochise alumni with all the major commercial airlines, the Federal Aviation Administration, the U.S. Border Patrol and U.S. Customs, air freight services and corporate aviation companies. By owning and maintaining our own fleet, Cochise College is able to lower overhead costs and pass the savings to our students.
Aviation Programs Director
Division Assistant | Edna Elias
Douglas Campus | 1800 – Aviation
(520) 417-4114 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Convenience with an on campus airport, hangar and student housing available within walking distance of the classrooms.
Modern fleet including full motion RedBird FTD’s and CRJ700 FTD. All aircraft are maintained by our full-time mechanics.
Tuition Waiver Programs
Utilizing our Tuition Waiver Programs can make your education at Cochise College even more affordable. Our aviation programs are certified by the Federal Aviation Administration and the Federal Communications Commission. In addition, we offer a wide variety of associate degrees and transfer programs, as well as technical and vocational training. Transfer degrees articulate with Arizona’s public universities. Room, board and an array of student activities are available to students pursuing aviation training on the Douglas Campus.
Junior Captain, Mesa Air Group
A junior captain for Mesa Air Group based in Chicago, former Cochise College student pilot Wesley Cash flies CRJs 200, 700, and 900 for United Express and other airlines in the group.
“I’m occasionally needed in the AmericaWest/USAirways systems as well, to fly the 900,” Cash says. “It’s pretty similar to the 700, but has a ramp weight of about 10,000 pounds more and holds 20 more people. They’re all a blast to fly!”
Flying regularly as a child inspired Cash to become a pilot. With a lot of hard work and a little luck, he’s regularly in the air and recently earned 1,000 hours as a jet captain. He also credits his experience at Cochise College for helping him pursue his lifelong dream.
“None of it would be possible without the Cochise College flight instructors,” Cash says. “Their patience, knowledge, and dedication has helped me and many others get where we are today.”
First Officer, SkyWest Airlines, Tucson
A native of Sierra Vista and current resident of Hereford, Malcolm Powers left the Cochise College flight training program in 2000 and now has more than 3,000 hours on a Canadair regional jet.
After completing his Cochise College training, Powers became a flight instructor for both Cochise College and Mesa Air Pilot Development (Farmington, N.M.) before working as a first officer for American Eagle Airlines in New York and joining SkyWest.
Starting with zero flight time and no experience, Powers occasionally turns to his Cochise College mentors – Belinda Burnett and Charles Perry – to ask questions relating to the field of aviation.
“I feel like I am family when I return to visit Cochise College, and I have no regrets about choosing aviation as a career.”