Aviation Administration & Management


The Associate Degree of Applied Science - Aviation Administration & Management splits its focus evenly between management concepts and practical aviation industry knowledge. 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. 


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

  • Hold a Private Pilot Certificate

  • Have working knowledge necessary to operate an aircraft fleet.

  • Understand the day-to-day operations of working an airport. 

  • File and navigate a flight plan, as well as provide flight following to aircraft.

  • Operate within FAA regulations for safe flight.

  • Understand aircraft charter management and flight school management.

  • Develop, administer and evaluate administrative and operational policies and procedures to ensure attainment of goals and objectives.

  • Respond to critical incidents to 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 entry-level jobs may 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.  

 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
  • Current third class or higher FAA medical certificate

       *See FAA January 2017 regulations

 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 92.5 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.” 

Credentials Awarded

  • Associate Degree of Applied Science Aeronautics
  • FAA Private Pilot Certificate