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New Online Scheduler Coming Soon

American Winds is getting a new online scheduling system for the aircraft. For the next two weeks, all students and instructors will need to call the office at 330-733-2500 to schedule flight time. Once the new system is ready and operating properly, we will make an announcement. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this transition.

American Winds is now a Flight Training Affiliate for Liberty University

American Winds is a Flight Training Affiliate (FTA) for Liberty University School of Aeronautics.  Enroll in Liberty's program, take your general academic and aviation academic courses online and then FLY WITH US!! Students have the potential to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in as little as two years, depending on how quickly you complete your online courses, how often you fly, your ability to pass the required FAA exams and other factors, such as weather.

For more information about Liberty University of Aeronautics, click here.

An explanation of the FTA program may be found here.

Scroll down to Training Locations Nationwide and click on Ohio - American Winds is the ONLY Liberty University FTA in the state - to fill out an application OR click here.

FAA Approves Fast-Track Associate Degree to Meet Critical Shortage of Airline Pilots

American Winds has received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to allow students to be hired by the airlines with reduced flight hours of 1,250 hours.  The critical shortage of airline pilots in the U.S. prompted regulators and the aviation industry to re-evaluate the requirements.  Pilots with a Bachelor’s Degree may be hired with 1,000 hours; those with an Associate Degree may be hired with 1,250 hours and non-degreed pilots with 1,500 hours.

“Simply graduating from a two-year or four-year aviation program does not automatically make a pilot eligible,” said Denise Hobart, chief flight instructor for American Winds College of Aeronautics. “American Winds underwent a rigorous FAA certification process to qualify for the R-ATP. Our students must complete the majority of total flight experience while enrolled in our Associate Degree of Applied Science in Aeronautics.”

Hobart explained that pilot hiring has always been market driven, and historically, pilots have been required to possess minimum experience close to the ATP requirements to be competitive for pilot positions. 

“Commercial airlines prefer hiring students with a degree over someone without a degree,” she said. “Our Associate Degree program, which may be completed in as little as 15 months, is the fastest route to a career in aviation.  Our aim is to meet the growing demand for commercial pilots through our comprehensive training program, internship courses and professional programs, as well as career employment assistance after graduation.”