Archive for May, 2012

International Learn To Fly Day

International Learn To Fly DayAOPA is teaming with Maryland’s Frederick Municipal Airport to host International Learn to Fly Day on Saturday, June 2. The event, part of a worldwide effort, will include a free day-long event designed to introduce the local community to general aviation.

From 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., AOPA will offer free familiarization flights for attendees ages 8 and up (on a first-come, first-served basis), a static aircraft display, and aviation activities for everyone to enjoy.

“For many people, learning to fly is a dream, but they’re not sure what it takes or how to get started,” said Brittney Miculka, AOPA manager of prospective pilot and youth outreach. “Through the generous participation of Frederick-area pilots, these dreamers can go up on a free flight, which will help them decide if they’re interested in pursuing flight training now or in the future.

“Learning to fly is a life-changing experience and a tremendously fulfilling accomplishment. And this event is a great opportunity to get all your questions answered.”

Pilot Training FAQ

Career Development

The key to being as prepared as possible for a professional piloting career is staying informed, both about the industry in general and about potential employers in particular.

Pilot Professional Training

Some of the most important training for professional pilots involves flying as part of a multi-person crew. Mastering the concept and practices of crew resource management is a requirement for your career.

Turbine Aircraft Technology

The jet and turboprop aircraft flown by most professional pilots employ systems that are much more sophisticated than those of piston-engine training aircraft. Knowledge of these system basics will help you launch your career.

Pilot Career Success Stories

Learning about the success of others who recently attained the same objective can be inspirational and a source of motivation—and their experiences may help you decide how to pursue the career you want.

Aviation Industry News

How is the industry—and individual airlines—doing financially? What new regulations that could affect your career lurk just over the horizon? There are many reasons why you should stay informed about developments in your chosen field.

AOPA Flight Training Online Magazine

The #1 magazine for student pilots and flight instructors has assembled a wide variety of resources to speed your understanding of flight and your flight-training experience, and move you closer to your goal of becoming a professional pilot.

Flight Training School

For more than 27 years Aviator has been the leader in multi-engine flight training. We have provided over 5000 professional pilots to the airline industry, both nationally and worldwide, through our Professional Pilot Flight Training Programs. Our FAA-certified Part 141 approved flight programs provide students with the skills and experience demanded by today’s commercial aviation industry. Aviator is accredited by the ACCSC (Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges).

Our Professional Pilot Program is set in a flight training, structured environment to ensure the student receives the knowledge that is required to be a professional pilot. This program is from 0 hours to over 250 hours, of which 200 hours will be multi-engine time. The program includes Private Pilot Single Engine through the Multi-Engine Flight Instructor Certificate. Cross Country flying is coast-to-coast, if desired.

To learn about flight training programs and packages available at Aviator Flight Academy please call us 1-800-635-9032, contact us online or schedule a visit.

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Pilot Ground School

Pilot Ground SchoolMost airports have facilities for flight training conducted by flight schools or individual flight instructors. A school will usually provide a wide variety of training material, special facilities, and greater flexibility in scheduling. Many colleges and universities also provide flight training as a part of their curricula. This article will cover pilot ground school.

In pilot training, ground school refers to the instruction that a future pilot receives in a classroom setting, as opposed to the cockpit of an airplane. Pilot ground school offers pilots essential instrument and safety training that is absolutely necessary when flying.

Private Pilot Ground School

Private pilots fly strictly for personal use. Students are instructed about aerodynamics and control of an airplane. The engine, structure and instruments are reviewed and described in detail, often while viewing them directly. The basics of weather theory and interpretation are also studied. FAA regulations are given special attention, as the future pilot will later need to pass the FAA test to receive a private pilot license. Instruction on air traffic control procedures will prepare the pilot for smooth takeoffs and landings.

Flight Fitness and GPS Navigation

Private pilot ground school goes over health considerations and flight fitness. Pilots learn about common pilot errors and how to make safe and accurate decisions. Proper radio communication is also considered in detail. Radio and GPS navigation are essential in helping pilots reach their flight destination. Airspace, security, flight planning and chart interpretation are other critical subjects considered in the private pilot ground school course.

Instrument Rating and Commercial Pilot Ground School

After becoming a private pilot, many choose to study instrument flight rules (IFR) and become IFR certified. This certification allows them to fly at night and in most types of weather, as IFR flying relies heavily on the use of airplane instruments and not on visibility. Commercial pilot ground school trains pilots about the specific practical, operation and regulatory issues they face.

Other Training

Pilots may seek ground school training for specific types of aircrafts. Some pilots only learn to fly single-engine airplanes, while others learn to fly multi-engine planes. Commercial training in jets, helicopters and other airplanes is also available. Private pilot training ground schools generally include about 45 hours of training, and are broken up into a variety of schedules. The FAA requires a minimum of 40 hours of flight time as a student pilot before qualifying to take the private pilot practical test.

Pilot Training Program With Aviator Flight Training Academy 259 Flight Hours

Aviator Flight Training Academy offers professional pilot training programs with a minimum of 200 hours of multi-engine time. The flight school has a state of the art 37,000 square foot facility, featuring a CRJ Level 5 Flight Training Device (Simulator), large classrooms and individual briefing rooms.

Our Professional Pilot Program is set in a flight training, structured environment to ensure the student receives the knowledge that is required to be a professional pilot. This program is from 0 hours to over 250 hours, of which 200 hours will be multi-engine time. The program includes Private Pilot Single Engine through the Multi-Engine Flight Instructor Certificate. Cross Country flying is coast-to-coast, if desired.

When you choose Aviator, all flight training is logged in aircraft. Our Flight Training Devices (FTDs) are used for ground training purposes only.


Contact Aviator today to learn about flight training programs or schedule a visit today.

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Aviation Career Begins with Private Pilot License

Aviation Career Begins with Private Pilot LicenseA Private Pilot Certificate (License) is essentially a drivers license for the sky- it allows the holder to fly any aircraft, within limits, with passengers on personal or business flights. The Federal Aviation Administration, a sector of the United States Department of Transportation, issues the certificate to an individual who has completed the required training and has passed a written exam, an oral exam and a practical, behind-the-wheel exam. There is no real limitation to how many passengers you may fly or how big an aircraft you may fly, assuming the pilot is certified or rated in that aircraft. That being said, for 99.99% of all people who earn their license they do so in a two or four seat, single-engine, propeller driven plane. This means that when you pass your exams and earn your license it will limit you to flying only single-engine aircraft of about the same size. No jets, seaplanes or multi-engine aircraft yet, but with further training these things certainly all lie within your future if you want them to! The good news is that even flying a smaller prop-job airplane is demanding and you will find yourself challenged for the duration of your flying years even if you never move on to bigger, faster aircraft.

What do I need to get my private pilot license?
  • To be eligible to receive recreational pilot and/or the private pilot certificate certificate in a single-engine airplane, there are a few minimum requirements.
  • Be 16 years old to solo.
  • Be 17 years old to receive your pilot certificate.
  • Read, speak, and understand English.
  • Hold at least a third-class medical certificate.

Individuals who undergo private pilot training are often very passionate about flying small aircrafts. Although the training and test needed to become a private pilot are time-consuming, aspiring pilots understand that private pilot training teaches them all of the necessary aviation and safety skills that are needed to fly a plane successfully. Most countries have an agency similar to the US Federal Aviation Administration that requires private pilots to undergo training to prevent the endangerment of lives. In the US, private pilots must undergo a certain amount of training hours as well as examination and certification to legally fly an aircraft.

According to the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, there are a myriad of pilot schools that offer individuals training. Pilot schools often offer three core certifications: recreational, private, and sport. Most people undergo private pilot training to fly planes for two primary reasons: hobby or career.

The first thing that prospective private pilots are taught in training are the mechanical parts of the plane and aerodynamics. Aerodynamics is defined as the the motion of the plane through the air, and helps the pilot have an intellectual understanding of lift, thrust, drag, and weight. Private pilots must be knowledgeable about basic aerodynamics, aircraft systems, and flight instructions.

Aviator College of Aeronautical Science & Technology provides the most cost effective flight training programs and a two year Aviation degree in Aeronautical Science. The College has a state of the art 37,000 square foot facility, featuring a CRJ Level 5 Flight Training Device (Simulator). College student’s receive a minimum of 565 flight training hours in the aviation degree program. Graduates will have the opportunity to stay on as a flight training instructor.

If you are interested in flight training and want to get the necessary information about the flight training programs, cost and environment, contact Aviator Flight Training Academy today or schedule a visit.

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Professional Pilot Career as a Certified Flight Instructor

Professional Pilot Career as a Certified Flight InstructorCertified Flight Instructors (CFI) teach students how to fly an airplane. CFIs offer instruction on private piloting, instrument and commercial training and ground instruction. They also perform FAA-regulated flight check outs and proficiency checks. Depending upon the level of training, a CFI can teach either single- or multi-engine courses as well.

Becoming a flight instructor is a challenging and rewarding experience. It’s often said that new flight instructors learn more about aviation by teaching their first few students than they did in all the hundreds of hours before earning their CFI ratings.

To earn your initial CFI rating you’ll need:

1.  Complete private pilot training and obtain your private pilot license. To complete this training, you must be at least 17 years old at the time of your FAA check ride for this license. You must also pass a medical exam, knowledge exam, practical flight and oral exam and meet the flight requirements demonstrating your ground course experience, solo flight capabilities and cross-country flying, all under visual flight rules (VFR).

2.  Obtain your instrument rating. For this rating, you learn to fly using instrument flight rules (IFR) so that you may fly in less then favorable weather such as rain showers, low visibility and foggy conditions. You learn how to conduct an IFR approach into an airport for landing the airplane.

3.  Become a commercial pilot. This license allows you to fly for hire, unlike a private pilot who may only fly for leisure purposes. In addition to having your private pilot license with instrument rating, you must pass a second-class medical exam and be at least 18 years old with 250 hours of total flight time. Of that time, you must meet the 10-hour multi-engine flight time if you plan to fly multi-engine aircraft for hire, meet the requirements for cross-country time and pilot in command (PIC) time. Like the private license, you must also pass a practical flight and oral exam, as well as a knowledge exam.

4.  Take a CFI course, which includes a curriculum on how to fly the airplane from the right, or instructor’s seat, while teaching the fundamentals of piloting to a student. CFI courses include extensive training on the responsibility of teaching a student while maintaining safety at all times. This course also explains flight techniques, calmly correcting errors and encouraging students’ learning.

5.  Maintain CFI performance and medical status in accordance to FAA regulations.

To obtain an MEI rating, a flight instructor must already have his/her CFI rating and five hours of pilot-in-command time of whichever multi-engine plane he is instructing in. Becoming an MEI is a great way for the pilot to build hours in a multi-engine aircraft while furthering his/her knowledge of multi-engine operations and techniques. This course covers multi-engine aerodynamics, systems & performance, engine-out operations & instrument flight through actual airborne & graphic sequences.

The CFI-Instrument Airplane (CFII) rating allows you to train students for their instrument ratings
CFI-Airplane multiengine rating (MEI) allows you to train students for all certificates in multi-engine aircraft, including the ATP rating.

FAA Flight Instructor Training Package

If you are looking to launch your Professional Pilot Career as a Certified Flight Instructor, then Aviator has the Instructor Course that’s right for you. You will receive up to 120 hours of ground instruction under the supervision of a Gold Seal Flight Instructor. In addition, you will receive the highest quality flight instruction necessary to become a superior flight instructor.

Requirements: FAA Single and Multi-engine Commercial Ratings with a minimum of 15 hours Multi-Engine PIC time.

Our FAA-approved training curriculum for the Certified Flight Instructor ratings includes:

  • Multi-Engine Flight Instructor
  • Single Engine Flight Instructor
  • Instrument Flight Instructor
  • Up to 120 Hours of Ground Training
  • 21 Hours of Flight Training
  • Spin Training
  • Course Duration: two months
  • Job opportunities for those who qualify

Cost is $ 6,495.00

Contact Aviator for complete details and information regarding this course and or any other flight training programs.

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Pilot Licenses and FAA JAA Conversions

Pilot Licenses and FAA JAA ConversionsThe basic requirements to obtain the license and the privileges it confers are agreed internationally by International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), however the actual implementation varies quite widely from country to country.
According to ICAO, to be eligible for a commercial pilot license the applicant must be

To proceed in obtaining a commercial pilot license, you must first obtain second-class medical certification. The JAA has several approved courses leading to the issue of a JAA commercial pilot’s license with an instrument rating without first obtaining a private pilot’s license.

It is very popular for foreign pilots to come to the U.S. to covert their Foreign Pilot License to a FAA Pilot License. If you possess a foreign pilot certificate and wish to obtain an FAA ATP license on the basis of that certificate, you will need to obtain a Letter of Certificate Verification from the FAA. If you are applying for a certificate issued on the basis of a foreign license under the provisions of:

  • 14 CFR Part 61, Section 61.75
  • special purpose pilot authorizations under Section 61.77
  • using a pilot certificate issued under Section 61.75 to apply for a commercial pilot certificate under Section 61.123 (h)
  • applying for an airline transport pilot certificate issued under Section 61.153 (d) (3)
  • applying for a certificate issued on the basis of a foreign license under the provisions of 14 CFR Part 63, Sections 63.23 and 63.42

The Airmen Certification Branch, AFS-760 must have the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) verify the validity and currency of the foreign license and medical certificate or endorsement before you apply for an FAA certificate or authorization. The processing of the Verification of Authenticity of Foreign License, Rating, and Medical Certification form takes approximately 45 to 90 days to complete.

Foreign applicants who require a visit to a FAA Flight Standards District Office or are applying for the issuance or replacement of an airman certificate in accordance with 14 CFR 61.75 must contact their selected Flight Standards District Office upon receipt of this verification letter to schedule an appointment with a FAA Inspector or authorized certifying official. Do not anticipate an appointment earlier than two weeks after this initial contact, due to enhanced security procedures.

European Flight Training (EFT) is the established leader in JAA pilot training under the European JAA licensing system with base locations in the United States (Florida). EFT is owned and operated by a former British Airline Pilot, with more than two decades in the JAA flight training industry. EFT has trained over 2000 pilots, and understand the complexities involved in gaining your coveted licences.

JAA ATPL License Conversion Now Offered in Fort Pierce

Gulf Coast Training Solutions are proud to announce their new partnership for the JAA License with European Flight Training and Aviator College of Aeronautical Science in Fort Pierce, Florida. The move of the business to the state of the art training facility allows Gulf Coast Training Solutions to produce even better customer support, enhanced learning experiences for the pre-exam course, and to also be affiliated with the leading JAA Flight Training provider in the USA.

In a statement, the Head of Training, Steve Gibbins said

“We are now strategically placed to offer people the full route to the JAA License with our relationship with European Flight Training. Both parties decided that it was prudent to stick with their specialized field of JAA Training. We brought the JAA ATPL Ground School to the table, and with their un-tarnished reputation for quality of service it just seamed a logical fit. This year we have graduated more students with a 100% first time pass rate for the previous 4 months, and we expect this average to continue.”

Gulf Coast Training Solutions was approved by the UK CAA for the move and to be able to conduct JAA License Training in their New Location.

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Commercial Pilot License, Training and Salaries

Commercial Pilot License, Training and SalariesFAA’s rules for getting a pilot’s license (certificate) differ depending on the type of aircraft you fly. Students in training to become pilots should decide on what type of flying they want to do. The information below describes the eligibility, training, experience, and salaries for a Commercial Pilot.

A commercial pilot certificate lets the pilot conduct some operations for compensation and hire.

Commercial Pilot License Requirements

Here are just a few of the basic requirements for the Commercial License. We’ll discuss what’s entailed in each of these requirements later in this section.

  • You must be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English Language
  • You must be able to obtain a 2nd class medical certificate
  • You must be 18 years of age
  • You must hold at least a private pilot license
  • You must have received and logged the appropriate ground and flight training for the Commercial License
  • You must have 250 hours total flight time
  • You must have 100 hours flight time as pilot in command
  • You must have 50 hours of cross country flight time as pilot in command
  • You must pass the FAA Commercial Pilot written exam
  • You must pass the Commercial Pilot Oral and Practical Exam
Training for Commercial Pilot License

Training for the commercial license is not all that different than from your private license. Then difference is in the tolerances that you are going to be held to. In addition you will learn some new maneuvers along the way and be required to demonstrate them to proficiency on the check ride. The main goal before beginning your training for the commercial license is to build your time towards the 250 total time requirement. Included in that time is 100 hours as pilot in command, and 50 hours of cross-country. Since most folks have about 60hrs after they complete their private license you have some time to build. Even if you choose to obtain an instrument rating to help knock out some of that time you still have a ways to go to reach 250 hours total time. One idea is to do a lot of cross-country flying. You can go see places you’ve always wanted to see, and best of all you’re the pilot. Doesn’t get any cooler than that!

One of the most important parts of you commercial training likes any other license or rating is the required aeronautical knowledge. Once you are a commercial pilot there is a whole new world of flying and regulations you have to know. Specifically the limitations of your commercial license and what you can and cannot do while getting paid to fly and what requires addition training or authorization.

Flight School Pro Pilot Programs

The programs at Aviator Academy are designed to provide what the airline industry demands of future commercial pilots. The training you will receive at Aviator is one of the most intensive and challenging programs offered in aviation today.
NOTE: Aviator is pleased to announce, that with the recent increase of airline hiring we are now Including the CRJ Jet Transition program with the Professional Pilot Program and the Commercial Pilot Program. Please visit Aviator Flight Training Academy for flight training programs and details.

Commercial Pilots’ Salary Factors

Many different factors can affect a commercial pilot’s salary, though the main consideration is typically seniority. Pilots who have a lot of flight hours, and have flown for the same company for many years, tend to make substantially more than entry level pilots. Salary is also highly dependent on whether a pilot is a captain or first officer, and other factors such as the industry he works in, the routes that are flown, and the number of hours worked each month. There are many different industries that a commercial pilot can work in, each of which offers varying levels of pay. A commercial pilot’s salary can even depend on the specific company he works for, as different businesses within the same industry often have significantly different pay scales.

Commercial pilots are highly trained individuals who are authorized to receive payment for piloting, or co-piloting, various types of aircraft. A Commercial Pilot’s License (CPL), or the more advanced Airline Transport Pilot License (ATP) are typically necessary to have this type of career. There are also different type ratings for airplanes, helicopters, and other types of aircraft a commercial pilot is authorized to fly. Since a pilot’s job prospects are affected by his license and ratings, those can be important determining factors for a commercial pilot’s salary.

Among pilots who have similar credentials, and work in the same industry, the biggest determining factor for salary is seniority. Brand new commercial pilots tend to have fairly low starting salaries, and they typically act as first officers rather than captains. After a significant amount of seniority as been built up, a captain can make four to eight times more than his starting pay. Seniority is typically not the same thing as experience, as it only refers to the amount of time spent with a specific company. That means a commercial pilot’s salary will typically suffer if he has to find work with a new company, even if he has many years of experience, although both factors certainly do affect pay grades.

A commercial pilot’s salary can also depend on the industry he works in. Some industries pay better than others, and some individual companies also have significantly higher or lower levels of pay. Commercial pilots who work for passenger airlines tend to make less than those who work for cargo airlines, though there are exceptions. There are also many other industries that employ commercial pilots, such as private air charter companies and medical transport services, each of which has its own independent pay scales.

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All About Helicopter Flight Training

All About Helicopter Flight TrainingBecoming a licensed helicopter pilot can be a great experience, and it can pave the way to a potential career. Helicopter pilots are needed for things like medical evacuations, scenic flight tours, and supply deliveries all over the world, and they can command a hefty salary and spend most of their time flying, rather than sitting behind a desk. For people who love flight and enjoy travel, working as a helicopter pilot can be a wonderful career. People can also pursue private licenses to fly for fun.

Military and Commercial Helicopter Flight Training

There are two routes people can take to become a helicopter pilot:

1. The first involves joining the armed services to receive training, in which case they will get the training and licensing they need for free as part of their military service. The obvious drawback to this route is that it requires a commitment to several years of service, and some people are not interested in working for the military. The advantage is that military training offers an opportunity to fly a variety of aircraft in all sorts of conditions, and former military pilots are often in high demand on the private market.

Military Conversions

Aviator Flight Training Academy has the only approved advanced transition course for helicopter pilots wishing to transition to multi-engine fixed wing aircraft.

The program consists of 55 hours of multi-engine time and 58.8 hours of ground instruction. This program is all actual aircraft time. No Simulators are used in the program for flight time.

In this program you will earn FAA Multi-Engine Instrument Commercial Ratings. Time to complete the program is four weeks or less. $ 17,968.75
Cost after VA Reimbursement: $ 7,187.50*

For further Information call Aviator VA Department 1-800-635-9032 or 1-772-466-4822 contact via email.

2. The other option is to attend flight school and receive training from an instructor who is licensed to do so by the government agency which regulates flight schools. It’s a good idea to confirm that one meets the age and health requirements of the licensing agency before pursuing training, as training can be very expensive. Students will need to pay for ground school, in which they learn about the basics of flight, and then a series of lessons with a trainer, along with solo sessions.

A commercial helicopter pilot is someone who has first trained to fly a helicopter and has obtained a private pilot license. Further flight training typically is required, including in-air flight time and passage of an extensive test in order to obtain a Commercial Pilot License for helicopters [CPL (H)]. Some commercial helicopter pilots have trained in the armed forces, but many people complete the training at civilian flight schools and pay for the training themselves.

Typically, a commercial helicopter pilot will have his or her choice of a variety of jobs once qualified and experienced. Newly qualified commercial helicopter pilots, however, may find it difficult to initially obtain work until he or she has logged a large number of flight hours. New commercial pilots often also obtain an instructor rating and gain experience through teaching others to fly helicopters. If he or she is lucky, the new commercial helicopter pilot may obtain work conducting pleasure or charter flights, or in countries such as Australia where cattle-mustering by helicopter is a popular option.

Finding Helicopter Flight School

Helicopter flight school is available in major city centers, through a very limited number of schools. This type of training is required for helicopter pilots and assistant pilots. Upon successful completion, candidates can find employment opportunities with private helicopter firms or government agencies. There are very few privately run helicopter firms, so the vast majority of helicopter pilots work for law enforcement, air ambulance services, national parks, or other government agencies.

There are five items to consider when choosing the best helicopter flight schools:

  • availability of simulation equipment
  • student services
  • program length
  • skilled instructors
  • tuition fees

When selecting a school, it is important to realize that the admissions criteria are higher than for other training programs. For example, the military offers helicopter flight school, but this program is restricted to enlisted personnel or reservists. Private sector programs typically require a criminal background check and physical and vision exams as part of the application.

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