Aeronautical Instruction

The Associate Degree of Applied Science - Aeronautical Instruction adds instructor privileges to an existing Commercial Pilot Certificate with single engine or multi engine privileges. This program provides all necessary ground and flight instruction for tasks required by the Single Engine or Multi Engine Instructor Test Standards. This program prepares students with the necessary skills and academic knowledge to further their aviation career and build hours towards a goal of becoming a professional pilot.

Elective Course Substitutions: A students may elect to substitute the following courses: Certified Flight Instructor Ground (AV 240), Certified Flight Instructor Flight (AV 240L) and Flight Observation-CFI (AV 181) OR Certified Flight Instrument Instructor Ground (AV 250), Certified Flight Instrument Instructor Flight (AV 250L) and Flight Observation-CFII (AV 182) OR Certified Multi-Engine Instructor Ground (AV 260), Certified Multi-Engine Instructor Flight (AV 260L) and Flight Observation-MEI (AV 183). A student may also wish to add on additional ratings/licenses. However, the student is responsible for any additional costs associated with electives substitutions.

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

  • 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 substitutions completed).
  • Conduct flight instrument instruction
  • Apply principles of aviation crew resource management.
  • 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.

(Depending on elective substitutions completed).


Potential entry-level job titles include, but are not limited to: single engine pilot or multi engine pilot (if elected AV 230 & 230L), commercial pilot (charter, corporate, etc.), first officers at commuter airline level, and instrument instruction (if elected AV 250 & 250L).







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
    • Hold a Single Engine Rating for AV 240 & AV 240L
    • Hold an Instrument Rating for AV 250 & AV 250L
    • Hold a Multi Engine Rating for AV 260 & AV 260L
  • Current first class FAA medical certificate

 Graduation Requirements

Per the FAA regulations for Part 141, 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 90.0 credit hours for graduation from the Instructor Pilot Program; all courses are required.  All academic programs and flight training are graded in accordance with AW’s “Grading & Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.” 

 Credentials Awarded

  • Associate Degree of Applied Science in Aeronautical Instruction
  • FAA Commercial SEL Certificate
  • FAA Flight Instructor Certificate* OR Flight Instrument Instructor Certificate* OR Certified Multi-Engine Instructor Certificate*

      * Dependent upon successful completion of elective substitutions