Southwest Aeronautics, Mathematics and Science Academy Aviation Program

The SAMS Academy Aviation Program is a one-of-a-kind program offered right here in Albuquerque, NM. There are a few high schools across the nation that offer a way to get a pilot certificate, but the our Aviation Program is the only high school (grades 9 – 12) level program in the United States which focuses on the four main career avenues in the aviation industry; Engineering, Maintenance, Air Traffic Control and of course Pilot/Flight.  By being enrolled as a student of the SAMS Academy, you will have the opportunity to learn all about the aviation industry and the many career paths that you can explore, while earning college credit at the same time!

You can learn how to fly, and earn both your Private Pilot Certificate, as well as your Instrument Rating!

You can learn about what it takes to maintain all types of aircraft and keep them airworthy and safe to fly!

You can learn what Air Traffic Control is responsible for and what you need to know to start a career as a controller!

You can learn the beginning concepts of structural, mechanical, and computer engineering which will help to prepare yourself for a career in the design and building stages of an aircraft!

Lastly, all of these classes are linking to local colleges and universities; which means you get college credit through our dual-enrollment program with ENMU-Roswell, CNM and UNM!

This program is not for everyone.  There are requirements to enroll and stay enrolled in the Aviation Program.  Some of the requirements that students need to be prepared to meet are:

1. Maintain at least a “B” average or 3.0 GPA.
2. Be a positive leader and a good example to your peers.
3. Complete your homework and other assignments on time and as expected.
4. Follow the school rules and conduct yourself in a positive, professional manner.

Again, these are only some of the guidelines to which the students in the Aviation Program must adhere.

At SAMS Academy, we are constantly looking for areas in which to grow our Aviation Program. Stay tuned because we look forward to making additional offerings available in the future!  Some of the areas we are eagerly investigating are Lighter-than-Air (Hot Air Balloons) and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS / Drones).

This is a snap shot of the Aviation Program here at SAMS Academy. If your curiosity is piqued, we are standing by to explain more about this truly unique opportunity. Give us a call at 505-338-8601 or email Daren Gallacher, Director of Aviation, at dgallacher@samsacademy.com.