The Sky’s the Limit at American Winds

Meet the American Winds team and learn how our mission and values inspire professionalism, pride and achievement in all Future Captains enrolled in our flight school and College of Aeronautics.

Our Mission and Values

American Winds College of Aeronautics is dedicated to operating and maintaining one of the finest aviation facilities in the Midwest. Our team is focused on providing the best flight instruction and academic education possible to our students with a structured program based on FAA-approved curricula for Part 61 and Part 141 competencies and certification standards. Our accreditations through ACCET and OSBCCS provide our graduates an Associate Degree in Applied Science of Aeronautics upon completion of program requirements.

Our values focus on:

  • Safety
  • Hard Work
  • Personal Pride
  • Professionalism
  • Respect for Self and Others
  • Sharing the Privilege of Defying Gravity

The American Winds Team

Denise Hobart

President, Chief Flight Instructor

Miranda Schragg

Admissions Director

Kelly Kotch

Vice President

Erick Iglesias

FAA Aircraft Mechanic

Mike Farmer

Director of Maintenance, Director of Operations

David Baldwin

Academic Support

Flight Instructors at American Winds

Aidan Goddard

CFI

Bob Breckur

CFI

Ben Mears

CFI

Brandon Poage

CFI, CFII

Dionis Deleone

CFI, CFII, MEI

Elliott Johnson

CFI

George Harkenrider

CFI, CFII

Joseph Bounds

CFI

Josh Moore

CFI

Madison Saccoman

CFI, CFII

Pam Braeutigam

CFI

Patrik Walter

CFI, CFII, MEI

Steve Hendrix

CFI, CFII, MEI

Tommy Grinder

CFI, CFII

Tony Hwang

CFI

Wes Frew

CFI, CFII


Partnerships

American Winds is proud to partner with other respected schools and institutions to offer our students a wide range of pathways to a piloting career. From the Akron Public Schools College and Careers Academies to Walsh University’s bachelor degree program to flight training centers across the country, our partnerships open a world of possibilities for our future pilots!


Our Campus:
Akron Fulton Airport – KAKR

American Winds is located on the Akron Fulton Airport – also home to one of the few Goodyear blimp hangars. Our students take off and land on a runway that has seen some amazing history.

It’s named for World War II pilot and local personality Bain “Shorty” Fulton, who bought this former farmland in 1924 and converted it into an airfield.

Our Fleet

We maintain a flight of 11 planes with state-of-the-art navigational systems to meet our students’ needs for both single and multi-engine ratings. Our onsite Maintenance Department makes sure they are all securely hangared and properly serviced. We have direct control over making sure all our aircraft meet inspection requirements, which allows us to ensure a safe learning experience for all our future pilots.

American Winds students can also train in our FAA-certified flight training simulator, the Advanced Elite Model PC-1. The FAA evaluated, approved and authorized this flight simulator for use in satisfying maneuvers and procedures in Part 61 and Part 141 pilot training.