The mission of the Aviation Department at Aims Community College is to provide a collegiate education that prepares motivated aviation students with the best training possible for demanding careers as professional pilots and air traffic controllers.
Since 1968, Aims Community College's aviation program has provided its aviation graduates with the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in their aviation careers. The Aims Professional Pilot and General Aviation program is the only collegiate FAA approved Part 141 fixed-wing flight school east of the Rockies in Colorado.
Aims flight training is focused flight training for the full-time student pilot whose goal is a career in aviation.
Space in our programs is limited. We accept new students to our programs in the fall and spring terms on a first come first served basis. Please see our Become an Aims Aviator page for details.
The Professional Pilot and General Aviation Pilot Programs at Aims are governed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The FAA approved courses under Part 141 include Private Pilot, Instrument, Commercial Pilot, Multi-Engine, Certified Flight Instructor, Certified Flight Instructor Instrument, and Multi-Engine Instrument. Part 141 is a set of governmental regulations under which Aims has the authority to train pilots, and Part 141 defines those minimum requirements for pilot training and certification. Additionally, under Part 141, Aims flight programs are subject to regular surveillance audits by the FAA and must meet minimum pass rates of 80% on both FAA written and practical exams.
The Air Traffic Control Program at Aims Community College prepares students for air traffic control careers and has been designated by the FAA as an Air Traffic – Collegiate Training Initiative (AT-CTI) approved school. Aims Community College is 1 of only 30 schools in the country to have this partnership with the FAA. The FAA established the AT-CTI program for the purpose of implementing the FAA’s intent of using collegiate aviation as one of the primary means of meeting the future needs of the agency for air traffic control specialists. Aims Air Traffic Controller graduates have a high success rate at the FAA training academy in Oklahoma City. With small class sizes, one-on-one simulator instruction, state-of-the-art simulation labs, and experienced faculty, Aims is the ideal place to train for your career as an Air Traffic Controller.