According to FAA regulations, students seeking designated Certificates and Ratings are required to take an FAA written knowledge exam. These knowledge exams will demonstrate the student’s level of competency in a multitude of aviation subjects. The FAA has delegated the testing services to an outside contractor known as CATS (Computer Assisted Testing Service). Under the guidelines of the FAA, knowledge exams may only be given through certified testing centers. American Winds is an approved testing center. The knowledge exams will range in both allotted time and question lengths.

We have provided a list of the tests that we administer. Click on any link below to receive information about each test.



Aviation Exams Exam Fee
Private & Recreational Pilot → $150
Sport Pilot → $150
Instrument Rating → $150
Commercial Pilot & Military Competence → $150
Flight & Ground Instructor → $150
ATP Aircraft Dispatcher & Flight Navigator → $150
Flight Engineer → $150
Aviation Maintenance Technician, Airframe, General & Powerplant → $150
Inspection Authorization → $150
Parachute Rigger → $150
Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Drone → $150



Non-Aviation Exams Exam Fee
Chiropractic Exam $50
National Exercise Trainers Association - Group Exercise Instructor $30
National Exercise Trainers Association - Personal Trainer Certification $90
Radiant Panel Association - Designer $90
Radiant Panel Association - Installer $150



For all exams, you will be required to provide a valid and current ID that must include your photo, date of birth, signature and physical, residential address. Please click here for a list of acceptable forms of ID for U.S. citizens, alien residents and non-U.S. citizens, as well as specific authorizations required for aviation-related exams.

Please note, you will not be able to bring any personal writing instruments, portable phones, electronic planners or any type of device with text or video recording capabilities into the testing room during test administration.

All CATS tests are available six days a week by appointment only during the following hours:  Monday - Saturday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Closed Sunday and the following holidays:

  • New Year's Eve & New Year's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day & the day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Eve & Christmas Day

Call 330-733-2500 to schedule your test today!