Continued Education / Personal Development
Continued education, professional and personal development are offered at American Winds. This means individuals can sign up for any course offered at American Winds for avocational purposes. An individual may sign up at any time for courses offered (academic, ground and/or flight) for personal or professional development. If a student signs up for a course for continued education, this does not constitute enrollment into a program. If a student elects to be in a program, they must complete the admission process, sign an enrollment agreement, and complete all required courses to be a graduate of American Winds with a degree- diploma (FAA R-ATP Certificate when applicable) or certificate of completion.
PRIVATE PILOT The student will obtain the academic knowledge, flight skills and aeronautical experience necessary to meet the requirements for a private pilot for the airplane category and rating. This certificate allows the pilot to operate an airplane during the day or night in good weather conditions or visual flight rules (VFR). As a private pilot you can fly an airplane and carry passengers (friends, family, co-workers, etc.) but not for compensation or hire. However, you can share the operating expenses with your passengers. The private pilot certificate is the first step for those interested in a career in aviation.
INSTRUMENT RATING The student will obtain the academic knowledge, flight skills and aeronautical experience necessary to meet the requirements for an instrument rating for the initial or add on. This rating allows the pilot to operate an airplane into instrument meteorological conditions. This means the pilot will operate in reduced visibility, near and in clouds for longer and more varied flights. The knowledge gained from being able to fly an aircraft solely with instruments adds confidence and ability to your growing experience.
COMMERCIAL PILOT The student will obtain the academic knowledge, flight skills and aeronautical experience necessary to meet the requirements for a commercial Pilot for the airplane category (initial), add on category, and add on class. This Certificate allows the pilot to fly for compensation, with the stipulation of meeting the industry requirements in order to get hired; however, there are some restrictions until certain flight experience levels are gained. Students reach the 250 hours and take the single engine commercial flight test.
MULTI-ENGINE RATING The student will obtain the knowledge, skills and aeronautical experience necessary to meet the requirements for a Multi-Engine Land class rating. This will allow the pilot to operate an aircraft that is equipped with more than one engine. Having more than one power plant enables you to fly higher, farther, and generally bigger and more capable aircraft. Multiple engine rating is also a necessary step for any professional pilot on the road to airlines. This rating gives you the knowledge necessary to control a multiple engine aircraft safely and effectively with retractable gear.
CFI (CERTIFICATED FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR) The student will obtain the knowledge, skills and aeronautical experience necessary to meet the requirements for a Certified Flight Instructor Certificate with an airplane category rating. This certification allows you to give instruction to pilots for single engine certificates and ratings. Applicants for this certificate must hold at least a Commercial Pilot Certificate or an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) Certificate.
CFII (CERTIFICATED FLIGHT INSTRUMENT INSTRUCTOR) The student will obtain the knowledge, skills and aeronautical experience necessary to meet the requirements for a Certified Flight Instructor Instrument Rating Single Engine Land. This certificate allows you to instruct pilots to fly solely by reference to the flight instrument in preparation for an Instrument Rating. Applicants must hold at least a Commercial Pilot Certificate or an Arline Transport Pilot (ATP) Certificate.
MEI (CERTIFICATED MULTI ENGINE INSTRUCTOR) The student will obtain the knowledge, skills and aeronautical experience necessary to meet the requirements for the addition of a multi-engine, airplane class rating, to an existing flight instructor certificate. This will allow you to instruct pilots to fly an aircraft with more than one engine in preparation for the Multi-Engine Rating. Applicants must hold at least a Commercial Pilot Certificate, Instrument and Multi-Engine Ratings.
AIRLINE TRANSPORT PILOT The student will obtain the knowledge, skills and aeronautical experience necessary to meet the requirements for an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate. This will prepare the student for a test to the highest level of piloting ability. The students will acquire satisfactory skills and be able to demonstrate the competence as required by the FAA. Upon satisfactory completion of training you will be able to exercise the rights of an ATP M as dictated by the FAA.
DRONE GROUND SCHOOL Provides the student with the aeronautical experience necessary to meet the requirements for the FAA Knowledge Exam.
GLASS COCKPIT This two-week course provides the student with the skill and aeronautical experience to be able to competently manage the advanced systems found in today’s new generation aircraft. Crew Resource Management will be heavily emphasized during both ground and simulator phases of the training.
FLIGHT REVIEW (BFR) If you miss the thrill of flying or want to move on to new certifications but it has been years since you sat in the left seat, there has never been a better time or place to get back behind the yoke. American Wind’s instructors will sit down with you one-on-one to get a feel for what areas of airman knowledge need to be reviewed and what maneuvers need to be practiced. Getting situated with weight and balances, setting up a flight plan are just practice. Flight Reviews vary from student to student. We will provide the student with recurrent training to meet the aeronautical experience for CFR 61.56(a) for a flight review.
INSTRUMENT PROFICIENCY CHECK Provides the student with the aeronautical experience necessary to meet 14 CFR 61.57(d).
MULTI ENGINE TIME BUILDING Provides the student with additional training in the multi engine airplane. The student will gain additional experience required to become a professional pilot for Part 121 airlines or general aviation.
UPSET RECOVERY TRAINING Provides the students with hands-on maneuvers and scenario-based training increases the student’s fundamental flying skills. The student will expand their understanding of Aeronautical Decision Making amidst potentially life-threatening upset/emergency conditions.
CO-PILOT / PITCH HITTER Provides non-pilots an inter- active introduction to general aviation aircraft. Anyone unfamiliar with flying will gain an overview of the basic principles of flight, aircraft instruments, and radio communications, along with tips for dealing with emergency situations.
UMANNED AIRCRAFT (Part 107- Drone) This course is for an individual who would like to obtain the FAA drone certification. This course may consist of a few hours to assist the individual in answering a few questions or a structured course to cover the required topics to be able to pass the FAA Part 107 UAS Aeronautical Knowledge Exam.