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What is the difference between most aviation degree programs and American Winds? Which is the better way to train?

  • At many University Aviation Programs,  you pay $150,000 for a Bachelors Degree with a Commercial SEL/MEL rating. And then maybe a CFI rating, it can depend. Bottom line is you will go through 4 years of schooling and only achieve your commercial license and will still need to spend a year getting the rest of your flight hours needed (1500) to be hired by an airline. 
  • At AWCA (American Winds), you pay approximately $75,000 for an Associate Degree with a Commercial SEL/MEL rating and you also  receive a CFI rating. You will only go through 1 year of schooling and spend a year getting the rest of your flight hours needed (1,250) to be hired by an airline.
  • We have 100% placement rate and 98% pass rate on check rides. 

American Winds started 19 years ago and is built by aviators for aviators! We know what it takes to be a professional pilot!

We Train Tomorrow’s Pilots Today!

What is the difference between most aviation degree programs and American Winds? Which is the better way to train?

  • At many University Aviation Programs,  you pay $150,000 for a Bachelors Degree with a Commercial SEL/MEL rating. And then maybe a CFI rating, it can depend. Bottom line is you will go through 4 years of schooling and only achieve your commercial license and will still need to spend a year getting the rest of your flight hours needed (1500) to be hired by an airline. 
  • At AWCA (American Winds), you pay approximately $75,000 for an Associate Degree with a Commercial SEL/MEL rating and you also  receive a CFI rating. You will only go through 1 year of schooling and spend a year getting the rest of your flight hours needed (1,250) to be hired by an airline.
  • We have 100% placement rate and 98% pass rate on check rides. 

American Winds started 19 years ago and is built by aviators for aviators! We know what it takes to be a professional pilot!

Whether you get your associates degree from us or your bachelors from somewhere else, airlines only care about your certifications from the FAA. Why get a bachelors, spend all the money when you can get hired by the airlines without it in a fraction of the time?

 

Save time and money by choosing American Winds!

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There are 3 elements to our associate degrees

FAA Certificates and Ratings

Private Pilot ground, Private Pilot Flight, Instrument Rating Ground, Instrument Rating Flight, Commercial Pilot Ground, Commercial Pilot Flight

Aviation Academic Courses

Advanced Aerodynamics, Advanced Aircraft Systems, Advanced Aircraft Familiarization, Aviation Weather, Crew Resource Management, Federal Aviation Regulations

***Fundamentals of Instruction [If Flight Instructor Elective is chosen.]

General Academic Courses

Business, Communication, Introduction To Communication, English Composition I, General Physics I, General Physics I Lab, Info Tech Fundamentals, College Algebra, Intro To Psychology

***If a student selects a Flight Instructor Elective, an additional course, Fundamentals of Flight Instruction, must be completed.

There are 3 elements to our associate degrees

FAA Certificates and Ratings


Private Pilot ground, Private Pilot Flight, Instrument Rating Ground, Instrument Rating Flight, Commercial Pilot Ground, Commercial Pilot Flight

Aviation Academic Courses


Advanced Aerodynamics, Advanced Aircraft Systems, Advanced Aircraft Familiarization, Aviation Weather, Crew Resource Management, Federal Aviation Regulations

***Fundamentals of Instruction [If Flight Instructor Elective is chosen.]

General Academic Courses


Business, Communication, Introduction To Communication, English Composition I, General Physics I, General Physics I Lab, Info Tech Fundamentals, College Algebra, Intro To Psychology

***If a student selects a Flight Instructor Elective, an additional course, Fundamentals of Flight Instruction, must be completed.

Still not sure on getting your associates degree?

When you go through Flight School to become a pilot, you will need to complete both the FAA Certificates & Ratings and the Aviation Academic Courses. This will get you your commercial license but you will need to obtain 1500 flight hours before you can get hired at an airline. By getting your associates degree through us, not only will you achieve your associates in 1 year with our fast track program, you will also be ahead of the competition in flight hours since we are an Restricted ATP school! You will come out of your 1 year fast-track program only needing 1250 flight hours instead of 1500!

Already have a degree? That’s great! 50-70% of our students already have a degree. Just bring us your transcripts and we will transfer your hours over and you can still take advantage of the Restricted ATP benefits!

 

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Associate Degree Programs

Degree Programs are categorized as Post Secondary: Associate Degree of Applied Science in:

These programs required students to take the general education courses. Upon graduation, students receive an associate within their chosen program. 

Students who complete the designated associate degree program(s) will be issued a diploma from American Winds. This diploma has value as an Associate Degree of Applied Science. This very important diploma also allows American Winds to issue a second, special FAA approved Restricted ATP (r-ATP) certificate. The R-ATP certificate may be obtained from only approximately 100 higher education institutions in the United States. The FAA has approved the graduates of the programs in these schools to be exempt from the federal airline hiring requirements. This will allow graduates to be issued an Airline Transport Pilot certificate and potentially hired by the airlines at 1,250 flight hours in lieu of mandated 1,500 flight hours.

ADMISSIONS/ ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENTS

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Age 16 to fly solo; age 17 to earn Private Pilot Certificate; and age 18 to earn Commercial Pilot Certificate
  • Current government-issued photo ID
  • Birth certificate or current passport
  • Student Pilot Certificate
  • Current First Class FAA Medical Certificate

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Associate Degree Program is designed for the student interested in pursuing a career as a professional pilot flying passengers or freight. These opportunities include and are not limited to: regional/major airlines, charter industry, government, general aviation, corporate flight department, air ambulance, aircraft industry etc.

This program prepares the beginning student to take their Private Pilot Certificate FAA knowledge exam, oral exam, and flight practical exam. On completing their Private Pilot Certificate, the student proceeds on to add the Instrument Rating. This rating allows the student to use the aircraft’s instruments to navigate without visual ground references.

The next step is for the student to prepare for their Commercial Pilot Certificate. The Commercial Pilot Certificate with instrument rating allow the individual to act as a pilot for compensation or hire. This certificate has two classes, single engine land and multi engine land. The student must select one of these two classes for their Commercial Pilot Certificate. Once completed with the Commercial Pilot Certificate, the student has four Elective options. They are: (1) Additional Commercial Class (either single engine or multi engine depending on what class was selected for the Commercial Pilot Certificate), (2) Certificated Flight Instructor [CFI], (3) Certificated Flight Instrument Instructor [CFII], Certificated Multi Engine Instructor [MEI].

In the Associate Degree Program there are eight Aviation Academic Courses: Advanced Aerodynamics, Advanced Aircraft Systems, Advance Aircraft Familiarization, Aviation Weather, Crew Resource Management, Federal Aviation Regulations, and General Physics with accompanying General Physics Lab to help round out the program. If a student selects a Flight Instructor Elective, an additional course, Fundamentals of Flight Instruction, must be completed. According to the State of Ohio law, there will be six General Academic Courses.

ELECTIVE COURSE OPTIONS

A student may elect to obtain their Commercial Pilot Certificate in a class [either single engine or multi engine]. They then may select the following elective options: (1) Commercial Additional Class [either single engine or multi engine depending on class selected for the Commercial Pilot Certificate]; (2) Certificated Flight Instructor [CFI]; (3) Certificated Flight Instrument Instructor [CFII]; (4) Certificated Multi Engine Instructor [MEI]. Students will build their flight time for their desired occupational choice. The student is responsible for any additional costs associated with elective options.

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

  • Fly single engine or multi engine aircraft (depending on elective course)
  • Instruct VFR or IFR student pilots’ aircraft (depending on elective course)
  • Conduct flights with passengers or cargo for compensation for hire
  • Understand aviation meteorological charts and a symbology associated with safe flight in visual and instrument flight
  • Think critically as a professional pilot in the aviation industry

POTENTIAL CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Potential entry level job titles include but are not limited to: Part 135 aircraft charter, corporate flight department, flight instructor, aerial photography, surveying, military aviation, bush pilot/remote re-supply, medical evacuation, firefighting and spotting, Federal and State Government positions, drug enforcement, pipeline and transmission line patrol, and airplane sales/demonstration. Occupations are based on flight hours set by the company. The FAA has set minimum flight hours hiring requirements for Part 121 airlines.

PROGRAM LENGTH

The average length of time for a student taking a full course load is 12-18 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: 04/01/2019 to 06/30/2019).

BARRIERS FOR EMPLOYMENT 

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, drug/alcohol offenses and/or low flight time. Commercial pilot jobs require a first or second class medical.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

The FAA sets the course curriculum and standards for certificates and ratings. The FAA makes no exceptions for not meeting the standards. Per the FAA regulations, the student must complete the required lessons and successfully pass all knowledge exams, stage checks, oral exams, and practical exams. All academic courses within a program are graded in accordance to the “Grading & Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy” published in the most current Academic Catalog. Graduation credit hours for elective options are: (1) 104.5, (2) 105.0, (3) & (4) 102.5.

CREDENTIALS AWARDED

  • Associate Degree of Applied Science in Aeronautics
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate with Instrument Rating for selected class
  • FAA Certificate or Rating (Depending on elective)
    • Additional Commercial Class (SEL, MEL)
    • FAA Flight Instructor (CFI, CFII, MEI)

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ADMISSIONS/ ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENTS

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Age 16 to fly solo; age 17 to earn Private Pilot Certificate; and age 18 to earn Commercial Pilot Certificate
  • Current government-issued photo ID
  • Birth certificate or current passport
  • Current First Class FAA Medical Certificate
  • Hold a Rotorcraft Private/Commercial Certificate with Instrument Rating

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

In this certificate program, the student will receive training in the maneuvers and procedures necessary for them to meet the guidelines contained in the FAA Commercial Pilot Standards for an airplane. Additionally, the student will receive training in safety awareness, single-pilot resource management and aeronautical decision-making. Upon graduation from this program, the student will have gained the aeronautical experience necessary to apply for an FAA Commercial Pilot’s Certificate – (category and class) with Instrument Rating.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

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

  • Fly single and multi engine airplane
  • Conduct flights with passengers or cargo for compensation or hire
  • Understand aviation meteorological charts and a symbology associated with safe flight in visual and instrument flight
  • Apply principles of aviation crew resource management
  • Think critically as a professional pilot in the aviation industry
  • Use basic computer applications

POTENTIAL CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Potential entry level job titles include but are not limited to: Part 135 aircraft charter, corporate flight department, flight instructor, aerial photography, surveying, military aviation, bush pilot/remote re-supply, medical evacuation, firefighting and spotting, Federal and State Government positions, drug enforcement, pipeline and transmission line patrol, and airplane sales/demonstration. Occupations are based on flight hours set by the company. The FAA has set minimum flight hours hiring requirements for Part 121 airlines.

PROGRAM LENGTH

The average length of time for a student taking a full course load is 12-18 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: 04/01/2019 to 06/30/2019).

BARRIERS FOR EMPLOYMENT

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, drug/alcohol offenses and/or low flight time. Commercial pilot jobs require a first or second class medical.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

The FAA sets the course curriculum and standards for certificates and ratings. The FAA makes no exceptions for not meeting the standards. Per the FAA regulations, the student must complete the required lessons and successfully pass all knowledge exams, stage checks, oral exams, and practical exams. All academic courses within a program are graded in accordance to the “Grading & Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy” published in the most current Academic Catalog. Graduation credit hours are 55.0.

CREDENTIALS AWARDED

  • Graduation Certificate: Rotary Transition Program
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificates with Instrument Rating (single and multi engine airplane).

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ADMISSIONS/ ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENTS

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Age 18 to earn Commercial Pilot Certificate & Flight Instructor Certificate
  • Current government-issued photo ID
  • Birth certificate or current passport
  • Private Pilot Certificate with Instrument Rating
  • Current First Class FAA Medical Certificate

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

In this Certificate Program, a student with a Private Pilot Certificate (with Instrument Rating) will prepare to take their Commercial Pilot Certificate FAA knowledge exam, oral exam, and practical exam. Once completed with the Commercial Pilot Certificate, the student proceeds to the Commercial Pilot Additional Class to prepare for single engine or multi engine, whichever was not taken for the Commercial Pilot Certificate.

ELECTIVE COURSE OPTIONS

On completion of the Commercial Pilot Certificate and Commercial Pilot Additional Class, a student must select one of three Elective courses to add to their instructor certificate. They are: (1) Certificated Flight Instructor [CFI], (2) Certificated Flight Instrument Instructor [CFII] or (3) Certificated Multi-Engine Instructor [MEI]. The student is responsible for any additional costs associated with electives options.

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

  • Conduct flights with passengers or cargo for compensation or hire in a single/multi engine airplane in visual or instrument flight
  • Conduct ground instruction in a classroom environment or a one-on-one basis
  • Conduct flight instruction in a single engine or multi engine airplane (depending on Elective option selected)
  • Conduct flight instrument instruction (depending on Elective options selected)
  • Conduct training flights, determine student proficiency, and report on student progress
  • Motivate students to complete their certificates and ratings
  • Further their aviation career by accumulating flight hours

POTENTIAL CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Act as a Certificated Flight Instructor instructing ground and flight lessons to students who would like to obtain a Private Certificate (single engine and/or multi engine class), Commercial Certificate (single engine and/or multi engine class), or Instrument Rating

Potential entry level job titles include but are not limited to: Part 135 aircraft charter, corporate flight department, flight instructor, aerial photography, surveying, military aviation, bush pilot/remote re-supply, medical evacuation, firefighting and spotting, Federal and State Government positions, drug enforcement, pipeline and transmission line patrol, and airplane sales/demonstration. Occupations are based on flight hours set by the company. The FAA has set minimum flight hours hiring requirements for Part 121 airlines.

PROGRAM LENGTH

The average length of time for a student taking a full course load is 12-18 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 06/30/2018).

BARRIERS FOR EMPLOYMENT

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, drug/alcohol offenses and/or low flight time. Commercial pilot jobs require a first or second class medical.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

The FAA sets the course curriculum and standards for certificates and ratings. The FAA makes no exceptions for not meeting the standards. Per the FAA regulations, the student must complete the required lessons and successfully pass all knowledge exams, stage checks, oral exams, and practical flight exams. All academic courses within a program are graded in accordance to the “Grading & Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy” published in the most current Academic Catalog. Graduation credit hours for elective options are: (1) 63.5 (2) 61.0 (3) 61.0.

CREDENTIALS AWARDED

  • Graduation Certificate: Instructor Pilot Program
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate (SEL & MEL with Instrument Rating)
  • FAA Flight Instructor Certificate: (depending on elective)
    • Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI)
    • Certificated Flight Instrument Instructor (CFII)
    • Certificated Multi-Engine Instructor (MEI)

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ADMISSIONS/ ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENTS

  • 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

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

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

POTENTIAL CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

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.

BARRIERS FOR EMPLOYMENT

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.

PROGRAM LENGTH

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).

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

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).

CREDENTIALS AWARDED

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

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ADMISSIONS/ ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENTS

Private Pilot Certificate: and age 18 to earn Commercial Pilot Certificate Current government-issued photo ID Birth certificate or current passport Student Pilot Certificate Current First-Class FAA Medical Certificate

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Certificate Program is designed for the student interested in pursuing a career as a professional pilot flying passengers or freight. These opportunities include and are not limited to regional/major airlines, charter industry, government, general aviation, corporate flight department, air ambulance, aircraft industry etc. A student may enroll in this course after the student has earned the Private Pilot Certificate. The student will learn the academic knowledge and flight skills to fly in instrument meteorological conditions. In other words, this rating allows the student to use the aircraft’s instruments to navigate without visual ground references. The student will take the instrument FAA knowledge exam, oral exam, and flight practical exam. The next step is for the student to prepare for their initial Commercial Pilot Certificate. This may be achieved in the single engine or multi engine airplane. The student will then train for their Commercial Pilot Certificate with additional class. The student will hold a Commercial Pilot Certificate single and multi-engine with an instrument rating. This will allow the individual to act as a pilot for compensation or hire in instrument meteorological conditions.

ELECTIVE COURSE OPTIONS

Once completed with the Commercial Pilot Certificate, the student has three elective options. They are: (1) Certificated Flight Instructor [CFI], (2) Certificated Flight Instrument Instructor [CFII], or (3) Certificated Multi Engine Instructor [MEI]. Students will build their flight time for their desired occupational choice. The students will attend Fundamentals of Instruction course to learn how to become an instructor. Cost varies according to the airplane a student selects to fly for their instructor certificate

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

Upon completion of the program, the student should be able to: Fly single engine or multi engine aircraft Instruct VFR or IFR student pilots’ aircraft (depending on elective course) Conduct flights with passengers or cargo for compensation for hire Understand aviation meteorological charts and a symbology associated with safe flight in visual and instrument flight Think critically as a professional pilot in the aviation industry

POTENTIAL CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Potential entry level job titles include but are not limited to: Part 135 aircraft charter, corporate flight department, flight instructor, aerial photography, surveying, military aviation, bush pilot/remote re-supply, medical evacuation, firefighting and spotting, Federal and State Government positions, drug enforcement, pipeline and transmission line patrol, and airplane sales/demonstration. Occupations are based on flight hours set by the company. The FAA has set minimum flight hours hiring requirements for Part 121 airlines.

PROGRAM LENGTH

The average length of time for a student taking a full course load is 9-12 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 07/31/2018). July term has two start dates: A- July 1st (July-Sept.) and B- August 1st (Aug.- Sept.).    Barriers for employment 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, drug/alcohol offenses and/or low flight time. Commercial pilot jobs require a first or second class medical.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

The FAA sets the course curriculum and standards for certificates and ratings. The FAA makes no exceptions for not meeting the standards. Per the FAA regulations, the student must complete the required lessons and successfully pass all knowledge exams, stage checks, oral exams, and practical exams. All academic courses within a program are graded in accordance to the “Grading & Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy”. A cumulative average score of 80% or higher is required to graduate. Graduation credit hours for elective options are: (1) 41.0 (2) 38.5, (3) 38.5.

CREDENTIALS AWARDED

Graduation Certificate: Commercial Pilot Program FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate (single & multi engine airplane) with Instrument Rating FAA Flight Instructor Certificate: (depending on elective) CFI, CFII, or MEI

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Associate Degree Programs

Degree Programs are categorized as Post Secondary: Associate Degree of Applied Science in:

These programs required students to take the general education courses. Upon graduation, students receive an associate within their chosen program. 

Students who complete the designated associate degree program(s) will be issued a diploma from American Winds. This diploma has value as an Associate Degree of Applied Science. This very important diploma also allows American Winds to issue a second, special FAA approved Restricted ATP (r-ATP) certificate. The R-ATP certificate may be obtained from only approximately 100 higher education institutions in the United States. The FAA has approved the graduates of the programs in these schools to be exempt from the federal airline hiring requirements. This will allow graduates to be issued an Airline Transport Pilot certificate and potentially hired by the airlines at 1,250 flight hours in lieu of mandated 1,500 flight hours.

ADMISSIONS/ ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENTS

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Age 16 to fly solo; age 17 to earn Private Pilot Certificate; and age 18 to earn Commercial Pilot Certificate
  • Current government-issued photo ID
  • Birth certificate or current passport
  • Student Pilot Certificate
  • Current First Class FAA Medical Certificate

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Associate Degree Program is designed for the student interested in pursuing a career as a professional pilot flying passengers or freight. These opportunities include and are not limited to: regional/major airlines, charter industry, government, general aviation, corporate flight department, air ambulance, aircraft industry etc.

This program prepares the beginning student to take their Private Pilot Certificate FAA knowledge exam, oral exam, and flight practical exam. On completing their Private Pilot Certificate, the student proceeds on to add the Instrument Rating. This rating allows the student to use the aircraft’s instruments to navigate without visual ground references.

The next step is for the student to prepare for their Commercial Pilot Certificate. The Commercial Pilot Certificate with instrument rating allow the individual to act as a pilot for compensation or hire. This certificate has two classes, single engine land and multi engine land. The student must select one of these two classes for their Commercial Pilot Certificate. Once completed with the Commercial Pilot Certificate, the student has four Elective options. They are: (1) Additional Commercial Class (either single engine or multi engine depending on what class was selected for the Commercial Pilot Certificate), (2) Certificated Flight Instructor [CFI], (3) Certificated Flight Instrument Instructor [CFII], Certificated Multi Engine Instructor [MEI].

In the Associate Degree Program there are eight Aviation Academic Courses: Advanced Aerodynamics, Advanced Aircraft Systems, Advance Aircraft Familiarization, Aviation Weather, Crew Resource Management, Federal Aviation Regulations, and General Physics with accompanying General Physics Lab to help round out the program. If a student selects a Flight Instructor Elective, an additional course, Fundamentals of Flight Instruction, must be completed. According to the State of Ohio law, there will be six General Academic Courses.

ELECTIVE COURSE OPTIONS

A student may elect to obtain their Commercial Pilot Certificate in a class [either single engine or multi engine]. They then may select the following elective options: (1) Commercial Additional Class [either single engine or multi engine depending on class selected for the Commercial Pilot Certificate]; (2) Certificated Flight Instructor [CFI]; (3) Certificated Flight Instrument Instructor [CFII]; (4) Certificated Multi Engine Instructor [MEI]. Students will build their flight time for their desired occupational choice. The student is responsible for any additional costs associated with elective options.

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

  • Fly single engine or multi engine aircraft (depending on elective course)
  • Instruct VFR or IFR student pilots’ aircraft (depending on elective course)
  • Conduct flights with passengers or cargo for compensation for hire
  • Understand aviation meteorological charts and a symbology associated with safe flight in visual and instrument flight
  • Think critically as a professional pilot in the aviation industry

POTENTIAL CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Potential entry level job titles include but are not limited to: Part 135 aircraft charter, corporate flight department, flight instructor, aerial photography, surveying, military aviation, bush pilot/remote re-supply, medical evacuation, firefighting and spotting, Federal and State Government positions, drug enforcement, pipeline and transmission line patrol, and airplane sales/demonstration. Occupations are based on flight hours set by the company. The FAA has set minimum flight hours hiring requirements for Part 121 airlines.

PROGRAM LENGTH

The average length of time for a student taking a full course load is 12-18 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: 04/01/2019 to 06/30/2019).

BARRIERS FOR EMPLOYMENT 

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, drug/alcohol offenses and/or low flight time. Commercial pilot jobs require a first or second class medical.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

The FAA sets the course curriculum and standards for certificates and ratings. The FAA makes no exceptions for not meeting the standards. Per the FAA regulations, the student must complete the required lessons and successfully pass all knowledge exams, stage checks, oral exams, and practical exams. All academic courses within a program are graded in accordance to the “Grading & Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy” published in the most current Academic Catalog. Graduation credit hours for elective options are: (1) 104.5, (2) 105.0, (3) & (4) 102.5.

CREDENTIALS AWARDED

  • Associate Degree of Applied Science in Aeronautics
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate with Instrument Rating for selected class
  • FAA Certificate or Rating (Depending on elective)
    • Additional Commercial Class (SEL, MEL)
    • FAA Flight Instructor (CFI, CFII, MEI)


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ADMISSIONS/ ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENTS

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Age 16 to fly solo; age 17 to earn Private Pilot Certificate; and age 18 to earn Commercial Pilot Certificate
  • Current government-issued photo ID
  • Birth certificate or current passport
  • Current First Class FAA Medical Certificate
  • Hold a Rotorcraft Private/Commercial Certificate with Instrument Rating

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

In this certificate program, the student will receive training in the maneuvers and procedures necessary for them to meet the guidelines contained in the FAA Commercial Pilot Standards for an airplane. Additionally, the student will receive training in safety awareness, single-pilot resource management and aeronautical decision-making. Upon graduation from this program, the student will have gained the aeronautical experience necessary to apply for an FAA Commercial Pilot’s Certificate – (category and class) with Instrument Rating.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

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

  • Fly single and multi engine airplane
  • Conduct flights with passengers or cargo for compensation or hire
  • Understand aviation meteorological charts and a symbology associated with safe flight in visual and instrument flight
  • Apply principles of aviation crew resource management
  • Think critically as a professional pilot in the aviation industry
  • Use basic computer applications

POTENTIAL CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Potential entry level job titles include but are not limited to: Part 135 aircraft charter, corporate flight department, flight instructor, aerial photography, surveying, military aviation, bush pilot/remote re-supply, medical evacuation, firefighting and spotting, Federal and State Government positions, drug enforcement, pipeline and transmission line patrol, and airplane sales/demonstration. Occupations are based on flight hours set by the company. The FAA has set minimum flight hours hiring requirements for Part 121 airlines.

PROGRAM LENGTH

The average length of time for a student taking a full course load is 12-18 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: 04/01/2019 to 06/30/2019).

BARRIERS FOR EMPLOYMENT

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, drug/alcohol offenses and/or low flight time. Commercial pilot jobs require a first or second class medical.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

The FAA sets the course curriculum and standards for certificates and ratings. The FAA makes no exceptions for not meeting the standards. Per the FAA regulations, the student must complete the required lessons and successfully pass all knowledge exams, stage checks, oral exams, and practical exams. All academic courses within a program are graded in accordance to the “Grading & Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy” published in the most current Academic Catalog. Graduation credit hours are 55.0.

CREDENTIALS AWARDED

  • Graduation Certificate: Rotary Transition Program
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificates with Instrument Rating (single and multi engine airplane).

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ADMISSIONS/ ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENTS

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Age 18 to earn Commercial Pilot Certificate & Flight Instructor Certificate
  • Current government-issued photo ID
  • Birth certificate or current passport
  • Private Pilot Certificate with Instrument Rating
  • Current First Class FAA Medical Certificate

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

In this Certificate Program, a student with a Private Pilot Certificate (with Instrument Rating) will prepare to take their Commercial Pilot Certificate FAA knowledge exam, oral exam, and practical exam. Once completed with the Commercial Pilot Certificate, the student proceeds to the Commercial Pilot Additional Class to prepare for single engine or multi engine, whichever was not taken for the Commercial Pilot Certificate.

ELECTIVE COURSE OPTIONS

On completion of the Commercial Pilot Certificate and Commercial Pilot Additional Class, a student must select one of three Elective courses to add to their instructor certificate. They are: (1) Certificated Flight Instructor [CFI], (2) Certificated Flight Instrument Instructor [CFII] or (3) Certificated Multi-Engine Instructor [MEI]. The student is responsible for any additional costs associated with electives options.

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

  • Conduct flights with passengers or cargo for compensation or hire in a single/multi engine airplane in visual or instrument flight
  • Conduct ground instruction in a classroom environment or a one-on-one basis
  • Conduct flight instruction in a single engine or multi engine airplane (depending on Elective option selected)
  • Conduct flight instrument instruction (depending on Elective options selected)
  • Conduct training flights, determine student proficiency, and report on student progress
  • Motivate students to complete their certificates and ratings
  • Further their aviation career by accumulating flight hours

POTENTIAL CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Act as a Certificated Flight Instructor instructing ground and flight lessons to students who would like to obtain a Private Certificate (single engine and/or multi engine class), Commercial Certificate (single engine and/or multi engine class), or Instrument Rating

Potential entry level job titles include but are not limited to: Part 135 aircraft charter, corporate flight department, flight instructor, aerial photography, surveying, military aviation, bush pilot/remote re-supply, medical evacuation, firefighting and spotting, Federal and State Government positions, drug enforcement, pipeline and transmission line patrol, and airplane sales/demonstration. Occupations are based on flight hours set by the company. The FAA has set minimum flight hours hiring requirements for Part 121 airlines.

PROGRAM LENGTH

The average length of time for a student taking a full course load is 12-18 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 06/30/2018).

BARRIERS FOR EMPLOYMENT

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, drug/alcohol offenses and/or low flight time. Commercial pilot jobs require a first or second class medical.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

The FAA sets the course curriculum and standards for certificates and ratings. The FAA makes no exceptions for not meeting the standards. Per the FAA regulations, the student must complete the required lessons and successfully pass all knowledge exams, stage checks, oral exams, and practical flight exams. All academic courses within a program are graded in accordance to the “Grading & Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy” published in the most current Academic Catalog. Graduation credit hours for elective options are: (1) 63.5 (2) 61.0 (3) 61.0.

CREDENTIALS AWARDED

  • Graduation Certificate: Instructor Pilot Program
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate (SEL & MEL with Instrument Rating)
  • FAA Flight Instructor Certificate: (depending on elective)
    • Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI)
    • Certificated Flight Instrument Instructor (CFII)
    • Certificated Multi-Engine Instructor (MEI)


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2020 College Program Description IPP
2019 Overview IPP

ADMISSIONS/ ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENTS
  • 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
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION 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. PROGRAM OBJECTIVES 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
POTENTIAL CAREER OPPORTUNITIES 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. BARRIERS FOR EMPLOYMENT 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. PROGRAM LENGTH 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). GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS 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). CREDENTIALS AWARDED
  • Graduation Certificate: Aviation Administration and Management
  • FAA Private Pilot Certificate
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2020 College Tuition AAM
2020 College Program Description AAM
2019 Overview AAM

ADMISSIONS/ ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENTS

Private Pilot Certificate: and age 18 to earn Commercial Pilot Certificate Current government-issued photo ID Birth certificate or current passport Student Pilot Certificate Current First-Class FAA Medical Certificate

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Certificate Program is designed for the student interested in pursuing a career as a professional pilot flying passengers or freight. These opportunities include and are not limited to regional/major airlines, charter industry, government, general aviation, corporate flight department, air ambulance, aircraft industry etc. A student may enroll in this course after the student has earned the Private Pilot Certificate. The student will learn the academic knowledge and flight skills to fly in instrument meteorological conditions. In other words, this rating allows the student to use the aircraft’s instruments to navigate without visual ground references. The student will take the instrument FAA knowledge exam, oral exam, and flight practical exam. The next step is for the student to prepare for their initial Commercial Pilot Certificate. This may be achieved in the single engine or multi engine airplane. The student will then train for their Commercial Pilot Certificate with additional class. The student will hold a Commercial Pilot Certificate single and multi-engine with an instrument rating. This will allow the individual to act as a pilot for compensation or hire in instrument meteorological conditions.

ELECTIVE COURSE OPTIONS

Once completed with the Commercial Pilot Certificate, the student has three elective options. They are: (1) Certificated Flight Instructor [CFI], (2) Certificated Flight Instrument Instructor [CFII], or (3) Certificated Multi Engine Instructor [MEI]. Students will build their flight time for their desired occupational choice. The students will attend Fundamentals of Instruction course to learn how to become an instructor. Cost varies according to the airplane a student selects to fly for their instructor certificate

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

Upon completion of the program, the student should be able to: Fly single engine or multi engine aircraft Instruct VFR or IFR student pilots’ aircraft (depending on elective course) Conduct flights with passengers or cargo for compensation for hire Understand aviation meteorological charts and a symbology associated with safe flight in visual and instrument flight Think critically as a professional pilot in the aviation industry

POTENTIAL CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Potential entry level job titles include but are not limited to: Part 135 aircraft charter, corporate flight department, flight instructor, aerial photography, surveying, military aviation, bush pilot/remote re-supply, medical evacuation, firefighting and spotting, Federal and State Government positions, drug enforcement, pipeline and transmission line patrol, and airplane sales/demonstration. Occupations are based on flight hours set by the company. The FAA has set minimum flight hours hiring requirements for Part 121 airlines.

PROGRAM LENGTH

The average length of time for a student taking a full course load is 9-12 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 07/31/2018). July term has two start dates: A- July 1st (July-Sept.) and B- August 1st (Aug.- Sept.).    Barriers for employment 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, drug/alcohol offenses and/or low flight time. Commercial pilot jobs require a first or second class medical.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

The FAA sets the course curriculum and standards for certificates and ratings. The FAA makes no exceptions for not meeting the standards. Per the FAA regulations, the student must complete the required lessons and successfully pass all knowledge exams, stage checks, oral exams, and practical exams. All academic courses within a program are graded in accordance to the “Grading & Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy”. A cumulative average score of 80% or higher is required to graduate. Graduation credit hours for elective options are: (1) 41.0 (2) 38.5, (3) 38.5.

CREDENTIALS AWARDED

Graduation Certificate: Commercial Pilot Program FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate (single & multi engine airplane) with Instrument Rating FAA Flight Instructor Certificate: (depending on elective) CFI, CFII, or MEI 2019 CERTIFICATE Credit Table CPP 2019 CERTIFICATE Tuition CPP 2019 CERTIFICATE Program Description CPP

Restricted ATP

American Winds College of Aeronautics has received an FAA Letter of Authorization (LOA) and can be found on the FAA's list of approved Institutions Authorized to Certify its Graduates for an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) Certificate with Reduced Aeronautical Experience

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