AVIT Technical Standards

Our program technical standards have been developed to help students understand the minimum essential mental, physical, and behavioral skills necessary for participation in and completion of all core aspects of our curriculum.

  General Specific
Thinking Skills Apply aviation concepts and technology to safely pilot an airplane.
  • Read, understand, and follow State and Federal Aviation Regulations.
  • Identify the components and functions of the National Airspace System.
  • Recognize the design and operation of aircraft components, instruments, and systems.
  • Evaluate information and conditions to do flight planning, maneuvering, and safety risk management.
  • Apply principles of flight, weather, aerodynamics, and navigation to complete flight lessons.
  • Evaluate flight situations and make decisions quickly with sound judgement.
  • Process multi-sensory input and multi-task simultaneously to maintain positive aircraft control.
  • Keep up with sequence and pace of instructions.
Sensory/Observation Skills Make independent observations and assessments to maintain positive control and safely pilot an airplane.
  • Do pre-flight inspection of the engine, propeller, and electrical, environmental, hydraulic, pneumatic, fuel, ignition, lubrication, and flight control systems.
  • Process visual, auditory, and tactile input simultaneously.
  • Monitor for other air traffic through continuous visual scanning.
  • Monitor instrument panel.
  • Detect and respond to auditory warning devices.
  • View and assess weather conditions.
  • Follow visual and auditory signals from air traffic control.
  • Chart flight plan with maps.
  • Possess quick sensory response time.
Motor Skills Possess sufficient physical strength, flexibility, and dexterity to operate an airplane.
  • Independently execute all required flight maneuvers including climbs, descents, stalls, turns, take offs and landings.
  • Perform manual inspections of the airframe, engine, fuel tanks and oil reservoir.
  • Respond to engine indications and instruments by making manual adjustments.
  • Sit for prolonged periods.
  • Possess quick physical response time.
  • Activate brake levers for aircraft steering and braking.
  • Maintain balance and stability.
Communication Skills Read, write, speak, and understand English as required by FAA standards.
  • Use English to obtain necessary information from aural and written sources.
  • Express information clearly in English both verbally and in writing.
  • Understand and correctly respond to radio and air traffic communication.
  • Communicate clearly by radio with air traffic control.
  • Communicate clearly by radio with other pilots in the air.
Behavioral Skills Behave appropriately and safely in a high-risk learning environment.
  • Work independently with minimal or no supervision.
  • Follow through with individual responsibilities.
  • Exercise good judgement.
  • Follow safety procedures.
  • Comply with drug-free requirements and testing.
  • Stay calm in stressful situations.
Environmental Tolerance Work in a flight training environment.
  • Work for prolonged periods amidst: Changes in altitude, Changes in temperature, Changes in air pressure, Extreme noise, Electrical equipment, Gas and fumes, Moving objects and vehicles, Slippery or uneven surfaces, Variations in lighting

Disability Accommodations

We have developed our technical standards in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. We will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified students with disabilities. If you are interested in our program, we encourage you to review these technical standards and course information at to decide whether this program is right for you.

If you have questions about this program, please call the Honolulu CC Counseling Office at 845-9129. Individuals with hearing impairments may call 845-9270 (v/t) or use the Telecommunication Relay Service at 1-877-447-5990.

If you have questions about disability access and accommodations, please direct them to Honolulu CC's Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) at 845-9282 (v/t), 845-9272 (v/t), or e-mail accesshcc-l@lists.hawaii.edu