The aviation program at Lake Area Technical Institute (Lake Area Tech) has expanded and is now including a Professional Fixed Wing Pilot Associate of Applied Science degree in addition to the Aviation Maintenance Technology program. Applications are now being accepted for the 18-month program.

Lake Area Tech says it is the only two-year college in South Dakota at which students can obtain this degree in an affordable and short-term program. Beginning in Fall 2019, students in the Professional Fixed Wing Pilot degree will be trained in the areas of: aerodynamics, private pilot simulation, private pilot flight training, private pilot ground school, aviation safety, federal air regulations, instrument rating ground/simulation/flight, commercial pilot ground/flight training, instrument instructor ground/flight training, airspace systems, airspace operations, and flight instructor ground/flight training. The program will utilize the Watertown Regional Airport and Lake Area Tech training facilities for flight training.