College & Community Relations

Aims Aviation program continues to soar

Submitted on: 02-14-2011

Aims Community College is again accepting new students to its airplane pilot program after a brief grounding. In the spring 2010, the college announced several cost-savings measures that included seeking a third-party vendor to operate the Flight Center at the Greeley/Weld Airport. In the fall semester 2010, with no acceptable third party coming forward, the college chose to halt new enrollments in that program. Since that time, however, changes in staffing, and increased enrollment in other Aviation programs including Helicopter Pilot and Air Traffic Controller, have made it feasible for Aims to operate the Flight Center and open enrollments for the fixed-wing flight program. "We are very pleased to see the numbers turn around for the Aviation program, in that we are now able to accept new students into our fixed-wing program," said Aims Dean Dan Doherty. "As the only FAA-approved and Higher Learning Commission accredited community college airplane pilot program in the region and one of only a few in the nation, we felt it was important to continue offering this program that enhances the outstanding reputation of our college across the country." Students interested in fixed-wing, flex-wing or Air Traffic Control programs at Aims can call (970) 339-6472 or visit for more information.

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