Aviation Administration & Management Program – AAM

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  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Age 16 to fly solo; age 17 to earn Private Pilot Certificate
  • Current government-issued photo ID
  • Birth certificate or current passport
  • Student Pilot Certificate
  • FAA Medical Certificate – Basic Med


The Certificate Program focuses evenly between management, supervisory and administrative positions in aviation and other aviation-related professional fields. This course of study combines technical and aeronautical courses with courses in management and information systems. Students enrolled in this program are expected to learn about the various business-related aspects of an airline or airport, including marketing, operations, financial accounting, public relations, sales and technical assistance. They also learn about contracts, labor laws, and human resource management techniques. Students must also learn those laws and regulations specific to the aviation industry, including ones put forth by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Such laws govern most all aviation-related jobs and are therefore of importance to students studying aviation management. In addition, the graduate of the Aviation Administration & Management Program will hold a Private Pilot Certificate.


Upon completion of the program, the student should be able to:

  • Operate as Private Pilot
  • Have a working knowledge necessary to operate an aircraft fleet
  • Understand the day to day operations of working at an airport
  • File and navigate a flight plan, as well as provide flight following to aircraft
  • Operate flights within FAA safety regulations
  • Understand aircraft charter management and flight school management
  • Develop, administer and evaluate administrative and operational policies and procedures to ensure achievement of goals and objectives
  • Respond to critical incidents and coordinate aviation support resources when appropriate
  • Inspect and evaluate organizational operations, plans and programs
  • Prepare and administer a budget and control expenditures for personnel, equipment and general operations
  • Prepare comprehensive reports, staff studies and other written communications
  • Evaluate and utilize data from information systems


Entry level job titles include but are not limited to small airport or FBO operations and management, flight and ground operations, aviation management staff, airport planning staff, coordinating or overseeing maintenance and safety.


The FAA sets the enrollment requirements, skills required and graduation standards for pilot certificates and ratings. They are published in the FAR/AIM and Airman Certification Standards (ACS) book(s). The ACS has additional references. In addition, the FAA sets the standards for the medical certificates. The FAA holds the right to refuse anyone a pilot certificate(s)/rating(s) and/or medical certificate. Occupational opportunities may be reduced for a criminal record and drug/alcohol offenses.


The average length of time for a student taking a full course load is 18-24 months. The enrollment agreement lists the students start date. (quarter system beginning on 1st of the month and ending on the last day of the quarter (ex: 04/01/2018 to 07/023/2018).


Under FAA Part 141 regulations, the minimum hours of flight training and academic courses must be met. The FAA makes no exceptions for meeting the set standards. American Winds requires a minimum of 50.0 credit hours for graduation from the Aviation Administration and Management Program; all courses are required. All academic programs and flight training are graded in accordance with AW’s “Grading & Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.” Students must successfully pass all FAA Standard Tests (knowledge and practical exam).


  • Graduation Certificate: Aviation Administration and Management
  • FAA Private Pilot Certificate


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