Our Associate Degree Programs Take You Further - Faster

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Why Get an Associate Degree at American Winds?

Did you know you no longer need a bachelor’s degree to get hired as a pilot by major commercial commuter and regional airlines? What you really need is the ATP certificate – and an associate degree from the American Winds College of Aeronautics can save you time and money as you work toward it!

Our Associate Degree Programs consist of three elements:

  • FAA pilot certificates and ratings
  • 6 aviation academic courses
  • 6 general education courses

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Here are 10 ways American Winds gets your career off the ground faster:

  1. Choose from several associate degree program options to add lift to a variety of career goals.
  2. Fast-track any of our associate degree programs for completion in just ONE YEAR.
  3. Easily transfer general education credits from other certified educational institutions to American Winds for a head start!
  4. Use an array of financial aid options for academics or VA benefits for flight school training.
  5. Gain easy access to flight training, full-time flight instructors and online scheduling, as we are only closed 11 days of the year.
  6. Find a wide range of training opportunities in our onsite fleet of single- and multi-engine aircraft, plus an FAA-certified flight simulator.
  7. Get personalized, one-on-one instruction from knowledgeable, experienced instructors in an aviation-focused environment.
  8. Progress at a pace that is comfortable for you, with a focus on safety and comprehensive instruction.
  9. Finish by receiving both an Associate Degree in Applied Science, Aviation AND an FAA-endorsed Restricted ATP Degree Diploma – which allows airlines to hire you with reduced flight time.
  10. Get paid to rack up flight time after you complete the Certified Flight Instructor elective and we hire you to teach others!

What is the Restricted ATP?

It's the certificate required by the FAA to fly as a captain for the commercial airlines (regional / majors).

The ATP certificate requires a total of 1,500 hours of flight time. The FAA ATP Pilot Certificate should not be confused with the Restricted ATP degree diploma. The Restricted ATP is a designation that the FAA will grant the authority to colleges and universities with approved aviation degree programs to issue a diploma called the Restricted ATP. This diploma will allow college or university graduates to be hired in less flight time. The second diploma with FAA logo signifies that the degree program is approved by the FAA to be hired by the airlines.

R-ATP Bachelor's Degree = 1,000 flight hours needed to be hired by the airlines.

R-ATP Associate Degree = 1,250 flight hours needed to be hired by the airlines.

No Approved Aviation Degree = 1,500 hours needed to be hired by the airlines.