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PPL Requirements – Check, Flight School Selection – Check, Happy Flying – Check

January 30, 2013 Leave a comment

PPL Requirements - Check, Flight School Selection - Check, Happy Flying – CheckPrivate pilot courses prepare students to pass Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) exams and earn a Private Pilot Certificate. In addition, FAA, the government agency that oversees civilian aviation in the United States, doesn’t require individuals to have certain educational credentials before beginning pilot training. However, to begin civilian pilot training in the United States, individuals must be at least 16 years old and be able to read, write, speak and understand English.

Basic Requirements for PPL

Here are just a few of the basics requirements for the Private Pilot License.

  • You must be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English Language
  • You must be able to obtain at least a 3rd class FAA medical certificate
  • You must be 16 years old to get your student pilot license
  • You must to be 17 years old to get your private pilot license
  • You have to acquire 40 hours total flying time
  • 10 hours of the 40 hours must be solo (alone) flight time
  • 5 hours of the 10 solo must be cross- country (flying from one airport to another)
  • You must pass the FAA Private Pilot written exam
  • You must pass the Private Pilot Oral and Practical Exam
The Student Pilot License & Medical Certificates

Your can get your student pilot license at the same time you apply for a medical certificate. They are combined into one certificate for student pilots and they share a common application. Your flight instructor can give you a list of FAA certified medical examiners in your area, and they take care of all the necessary paper work after the exam. At the end of the exam the doctor removes a portion of the form you filed out and this serves as both your student pilot license and medical certificate.

Check List For Choosing Flight School

A major misconception about earning a pilot certificate is that candidates need an aviation background prior to joining pilot training school. Enrollment in an FAA-approved flight school usually ensures a high quality of training. FAA-approved schools meet prescribed standards with respect to equipment, facilities, personnel, and curricula. There are over 1400 flight schools in this country so there is a big selection out there and finding the right flight training school can be difficult.

Before beginning any sort of flight training you really need to do some homework on flight schools you would like to attend. The best way to ‘interview’ any potential flight school is to visit the school in person. Talk with the instructors and students, and then most importantly ask to see the maintenance hangar.

Checklist to consider:

  • Find out where the school is based. Is it within a reasonable distance from your home?
  • Take the opportunity to visit the various school’s in person.
  • Check the costs of training at different school’s.
  • Check whether ground school costs are included within the price quoted.
  • Ask what type of fleet the school has and are the aircraft well maintained.
  • Ask what the aircraft availability is like.
  • Ask the school whether you will have a personal instructor or different instructors throughout your training.
  • When visiting the school make sure you feel comfortable within that particular environment.
  • Try and speak to other students that have used or are using the school and get their opinion.

Whether your goal is to fly for a major airline company or improve your flying skills, the flight school you choose will give you the solid foundation you need to achieve your goals in becoming a professional pilot. Do your research to start your career as pilot right. Happy flying!

Why Choose Aviator Flight School For Your Pilot Training

Licensed by the State of Florida Commission For Independent Education License #4155
Aviator Flight Training Academy is a Division of Aviator College of Aeronautical Science & Technology, which is licensed by the State of Florida Commission for Independent Education and Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges.

  • 27 Years in the Flight Training Industry
  • To date, Aviator has trained over 5000 pilots for the commercial airline industry
  • Only School Offering 200 Hours of Multi-Engine Time
  • Aviator is the only flight school that has a full 200 hours of multi-engine time included in our program
  • No Flight Training Devices (Simulators)
  • FTDs are not used towards your flight time for any ratings
  • Approved by the Federal Department of Education to offer Title IV Loans
  • Aviator has the ability to offer students federal funding on approved accredited programs
  • Job Placement Assistance with Regional Airlines
  • Aviator offers job placement assistance for our graduates
  • “A” Rating with United States Better Business Bureau
  • Classroom Environment – All classes taught in our educational center, NOT online



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Flight Training Equipped for VFR and IFR

January 28, 2013 Leave a comment

Flight Training Equipped for VFR and IFRInstrument flight rules (IFR) is one of two sets of regulations governing all aspects of civil aviation aircraft operations; the other is visual flight rules (VFR).

Instrument Flight Rules (IFR)

Instrument flight rules permit an aircraft to operate in instrument meteorological conditions (IMC), which have much lower weather minimums than VFR. Procedures and training are significantly more complex as a pilot must demonstrate competency in conducting an entire cross-country flight in IMC conditions, while controlling the aircraft solely by reference to instruments.

As compared to VFR flight, instrument pilots must meticulously evaluate weather, create a very detailed flight plan based around specific instrument departure, en route, and arrival procedures, and dispatch the flight (source).

When VFR is IFR

By Fletcher Anderson
Fletcher Anderson is a flight instructor and charter operator based in Telluride, CO. His textbook “Flying the Mountains” is in bookstores now.

When you first began training for a private pilot’s license, you did some flying under the hood. But all the while your instructor was drilling into you the notion that just because you were being trained to fly through a cloud didn’t mean you could now just go out and do it. Later, if you got an instrument rating, the instructor must have stressed more times than you can count that on any given flight you are either VFR or you are IFR. You can’t be both. The reason for this is understandable enough — while your IFR skills and equipment can keep you from running into stationary objects you can’t see, like the ground or a mountain, they cannot keep you from running into other planes. You avoid running into other planes because when you are in the clouds, everyone is flying assigned routes and altitudes and is talking to traffic control, who handle the traffic separation for you.

Regardless of the legalities and traffic, year after year the most common cause of accidents in small aircraft is accidental flight into IMC conditions. It really does not pay to try flying “almost IFR” or “almost VFR.”

If you fly a big plane, then at this point you are probably thinking, so what? Whether or not you can see, you are virtually always in the instrument traffic control system anyway. On the other hand, if you fly a small plane, you almost always prefer not to fly on instruments. The instrument workload is dramatically higher. The assigned routes are anything but direct, and the time lost is significant. Small planes carry ice poorly, so you hope to stay out of clouds entirely in the winter months. Enroute altitudes for instrument flight more often than not involve oxygen, and at least in the Mountain States, they can require altitudes your small plane can’t reach anyway. Finally, when flying VFR you are making your own decisions about terrain and weather rather than letting someone hundreds of miles away in a windowless room make those decisions for you.

For an awful lot of small plane pilots, instrument weather conditions means the same thing as postponing the trip. But there are circumstances when you can fly visually both legally and reasonably safely when the weather is below visual minimums. There can be times when you might decide these seemingly marginal operations might be safer than just flying on instruments. The three examples are:

  • IFR to VFR on Top
  • Special VFR
  • Contact Approach

IFR to VFR on top, Special VFR, and Contact Approaches can be useful tools that allow you to do something visually that would otherwise have to be done in the clouds, if it could be done at all. Properly used, they can increase your safety. At the same time, these are procedures used in visually marginal conditions. That in itself is inherently dangerous. These are by no means absolutely safe procedures, but then nothing is completely without risk.

It is obviously safer to consider these options when visibility and cloud clearance is well above the absolute legal minimums. They are safer when flown at airports with few nearby obstructions, but probably unacceptably dangerous near rugged high terrain. They fall into that broad category of things you would be comfortable with at your home airport, where you could instantly identify all the landmarks you were flying over, but uncomfortable with at an unfamiliar airport. Sound, cautious judgment will often tell you not to try any of these ideas even when they are technically still legal.

They are unconventional, but perfectly legal tools which can be very useful to you in the right, but admittedly limited circumstances (source, complete details).

Aviator Flight Training Academy – Flight Training Equipped for VFR and IFR

Our fleet consists of 11 multi-engine and 19 single engine aircraft.

The Aviator fleet is made up of multi-engine and single-engine aircraft. The primary aircraft used in our training programs are the Beechcraft BE-76 Duchess and the Cessna 172 Skyhawk, both well known as training aircraft the world over. Our fleet also includes a Piper Arrow and a J-3 Cub. All aircraft are maintained in our maintenance facilities located here at the St. Lucie County International Airport. We average more than 35,000 hours of flight time per year. They are all equipped for VFR and IFR flight per FAR 91.205 (except the J-3 Cub which is VFR Day only).

Beechcraft BE-76 Duchess

The Beechcraft Duchess, also known at the BE-76, was designed as a general aviation, light twin training aircraft. A little sister to the Beechcraft Baron, the Duchess was chosen by Aviator as our multi-engine training aircraft because of the durability built into the product by Beechcraft. All of the Duchess aircraft at Aviator are equipped for instrument operations with an HSI and a VOR; many of the aircraft also have an ADF. Because the future is area navigation (RNAV), we have multiple aircraft equipped with Garmin 430 GPS systems. Having a broad range of learning options is the best way to help ensure future employment. The Duchess fleet is currently being upgraded to ASPEN glass cockpits. Several aircraft are equipped with weather radar and/or lightning strike detectors.

Cessna 172 Skyhawk

The Cessna 172 is the most widely used primary training aircraft in the world. Aviator uses the Cessna for private pilot and single engine training with Garmin EFIS Systems.

Piper Warrior III PA – 128

Aviator College welcomes it’s new fleet of Piper Warrior III airplanes equipped with Avadyne EFIS Systems.

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.

If you are interested in a career as pilot, contact Aviator Flight Training Academy today.

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Foreign Pilot Certificate Conversion

January 25, 2013 Leave a comment

Foreign Pilot Certificate ConversionThe United States has become a magnate for foreign students interested in flight training in the USA. Before foreign pilots could stroll into the local FAA office and leave an hour later with an FAA pilot privilege attached to their license. Things have changed, below is the information from FAA on foreign pilot license conversion.

Foreign Pilot License

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. NOTE: Do not schedule any travel and/or checkrides, etc until a valid Verification Letter has been obtained from AFS-760.

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.

Additional Requirements for Australia, Cyprus, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan and United Kingdom Applicants
In addition to the procedures stated under Verification of Authenticity of Foreign License, Rating and Medical Certification above, airmen from Australia, Cyprus, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan or the United Kingdom must contact their respective CAA to complete additional forms that are required PRIOR to providing the requested information to the Airmen Certification Branch, AFS-760.

Please visit FAA site for complete information and details.

Aviator College International Airline Pilot Training Programs

The F-1 visa Professional Pilot Program is for the international student who wishes not only to receive the FAA certificates and ratings, but also to stay on as a flight instructor to build flight time towards the ATP (Airline Transportation Pilot) Certificate. The F-1 Visa is valid up to 24 calendar months. The program consists of approximately 259 flight hours, 344 hours of ground and 40 hours in a CRJ Simulator. For further information please consult the International Students section of our website under Visa Information for additional insurance requirements.

The M-1 Visa Commercial Program is for the international student who only wishes to study up to the FAA Multi-Engine Commercial Certificate and to return home. The M-1Visa Commercial Program, takes typically 4 to 6 months to complete. The program consists of approximately 250 flight hours, 144 ground hours and 40 hours in a CRJ Simulator For further information please contact our recruiting office

Aviator’s Professional Pilot Programs are formatted to provide the training that the airline industry is demanding for their future commercial pilots. Participation in one of our Professional Pilot Programs will be one of the most intensive and challenging flight and study programs offered in aviation training today.

Due to the nature of the education provided the programs are divided into two segments: Ground Training & Flight Training. The ground school portion is a structured classroom environment. During the flight training portion no FTDs (Simulators) are used for flight time requirements. The school’s new 37,000 sq. ft. flight training facilities are open daily from 7 am to 7 pm. Provisions are made to access the aircraft for flight training 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week.

Application must be made 6 to 8 weeks prior to your preferred start date. A deposit of $ 500.00 for your Application and $ 500.00 for the Visa application must accompany the enrollment form. This deposit will be refunded at the completion of your program, less $150.00 administrative fee and any related visa shipping fees, or applied to your bill.

Training Requirements May vary depending on individual countries civil aviation requirements.
Contact Aviator College today for details and information.

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Commercial Pilot Duties and Work Environment

January 24, 2013 Leave a comment

Commercial Pilot Duties and Work EnvironmentTraining 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 manoeuvres 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.

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.

After your instructor is confident you know your stuff and can nail those chandelles then it’s a jingle on the phone to your local FAA office to sign you up for the check ride.

Becoming a Pilot

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.

If you are interested in a career as pilot, Aviator College of Aeronautical Science & Technology invites you to schedule a visit. Come and take a tour and see the Aviator difference.

Airline and commercial pilots fly and navigate airplanes or helicopters. Airline pilots fly for airlines that transport people and cargo on a fixed schedule. Commercial pilots fly aircraft for other reasons, such as charter flights, rescue operations, firefighting, aerial photography, and crop dusting.

Pilot Duties

Pilots typically do the following:

  • Follow a checklist of preflight checks on engines, hydraulics, and other systems
  • Ensure that all cargo has been loaded and that the aircraft weight is properly balanced
  • Check fuel, weather conditions, and flight schedules
  • Contact the control tower for takeoff and arrival instructions
  • Start engines, operate controls, and steer aircraft along planned routes
  • Monitor engines, fuel consumption, and other aircraft systems during flight
  • Navigate the aircraft, using cockpit instruments
  • Ensure a smooth takeoff and landing
  • For all but small aircraft, two pilots usually make up the cockpit crew. Generally, the most experienced pilot, the captain, is in command and supervises all other crew members. The copilot, often called the first officer, shares flight duties with the captain.

These duties include communicating with air traffic controllers, monitoring instruments, and steering the plane.
Some older planes require a third pilot known as a flight engineer. This person helps the other pilots by monitoring instruments and operating controls. New technology has automated many of these tasks, and most new planes do not require a flight engineer.

Before departure, pilots plan their flights carefully, checking various systems on the aircraft and making sure that baggage and cargo have been loaded correctly. They also confer with air traffic controllers to learn about weather conditions and to confirm the flight route.

Takeoffs and landings are the most difficult parts of the flight and require close coordination between the pilot and copilot. Once in the air, the captain and first officer usually alternate flying each leg of the flight. After landing, pilots must fill out records that document their flight and the maintenance status of the plane.
Some airline pilots may have to help handle customer complaints.
With proper training, airline pilots may also be deputized as federal law enforcement officers and be issued firearms to protect the cockpit.

Commercial pilots employed by charter companies usually have many more nonflight duties. For example, they may schedule flights, arrange for maintenance of the plane, and load luggage to ensure a balanced weight.
Pilots who fly helicopters must constantly look out for trees, bridges, power lines, transmission towers, and other dangerous obstacles.

Regardless of the type of aircraft, all pilots must monitor warning devices that detect sudden shifts in wind patterns.

The following are occupational specialties:

  • Airline pilots work for airline companies that transport passengers and cargo according to fixed schedules.
  • Commercial pilots are involved in other flight activities, such as crop dusting, charter flights, and aerial photography.
  • Flight instructors use simulators and dual-controlled aircraft to teach students how to fly.
Work Environment

Pilots held about 103,500 civilian jobs in 2010. About 68 percent worked as airline pilots and 32 percent worked as commercial pilots.
In 2010, most airline pilots—about 85 percent—worked for airline companies; the remainder worked for the federal government or express delivery companies.

Commercial pilots are typically employed by charter companies, private businesses, flight schools, and hospitals. About 9 percent of these pilots were self-employed in 2010. In 2010, the following industries employed the largest numbers of commercial pilots:

Nonscheduled air transportation 31%
Technical and trade schools 13%
Support activities for air transportation (including airports) 8%
Other ambulatory health care services 6%
Aerospace product and parts manufacturing 3%

Pilots are located throughout the country, and many are based near large airports.
About 62 percent of all pilots are members of a union. The figure is even higher for the airline industry, in which 95 percent of airline pilots are members of a union, including the Air Line Pilots Association, International, and the Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations.

Pilots must learn to cope with several work-related hazards. For example, airline pilots assigned to international routes may experience jetlag. To guard against fatigue, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires airline companies to allow pilots at least 8 hours of uninterrupted rest between shifts.

Commercial pilots face other types of job hazards. Crop dusters, for example, may be exposed to toxic chemicals and seldom have the benefit of a regular landing strip. Helicopter pilots involved in rescue operations may be required to navigate dangerous airspace. All pilots face the risk of hearing loss due to prolonged exposure to engine noise.

Although flying does not involve much physical effort, the mental stress of being responsible for the safety of passengers can be fatiguing. Pilots must be alert and quick to react if something goes wrong, particularly during takeoff and landing. As a result, federal law requires pilots to retire at age 65.

Work Schedules

Airline pilots fly an average of 75 hours per month and work an additional 150 hours per month doing nonflight duties. Pilots also have variable work schedules, according to which they work several days in a row followed by several days off. Flight shifts also are variable, because airline companies operate flights throughout the day. Flight assignments are based on seniority. In general, that means that pilots who have worked at the company for a long time get preferred routes.

Pilots spend a considerable amount of time away from home because flight assignments often involve overnight layovers—sometimes up to 3 nights a week. When pilots are away from home, the airlines provide hotel accommodations, transportation to the airport, and an allowance for meals and other expenses.

Commercial pilots also have irregular schedules, typically flying between 30 hours and 90 hours each month. Because commercial pilots frequently have many nonflight responsibilities, they have much less free time than airline pilots. Although most commercial pilots remain near their home overnight, they may still work odd hours. Pilots for a corporate fleet may fly regular schedules.

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Veterans Educational and Flight Training Benefits

January 22, 2013 Leave a comment

Veterans Educational and Flight Training Benefits

Post – 9/11 GI Bill

Eligibility: The Post- 9/11 GI Bill is an education benefit program for Servicemembers and Veterans who served on active duty after Sept. 10, 2001. Benefits are payable for training pursued on or after Aug. 1, 2009. No payments can be made under this program for training pursued before that date.

To be eligible, the Servicemember or Veteran must serve at least 90 aggregate days on active duty after Sept. 10, 2001, and remain on active duty or be honorably discharged. Active duty includes active service performed by National Guard members under title 32 U.S.C. for the purposes of organizing, administering, recruiting, instructing, or training the National Guard; or under section 502(f) for the purpose of responding to a national emergency.
Veterans may also be eligible if they were honorably discharged from active duty for a service-connected disability after serving 30 continuous days after Sept. 10, 2001. Generally, Servicemembers or Veterans may receive up to 36 months of entitlement under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

Eligibility for benefits expires 15 years from the last period of active duty of at least 90 consecutive days. If released for a service-connected disability after at least 30 days of continuous service, eligibility ends 15 years from when the member is released for the service-connected disability.

Flight Training

Flight training is available for such programs as:

  • Rotary wing qualification
  • B747-400 Qualification
  • Dual engine Qualification
  • Flight engineer
Qualification Requirements

In order to qualify, you must have a private pilot’s license and valid medical certification before beginning training. Payments are issued after the training is completed and the school submits your enrollment information to us.
Not available under the Dependents’ Educational Assistance program (Chapter 35).

Payment Amounts

While the participation requirements are the same for all GI Bill programs, the payment amount varies depending on the GI Bill program you are utilizing, and the type of Flight School you are attending. (Payments are issued after the training is completed and the school submits the information to the VA.)

Flight training under Montgomery GI Bill or the Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)
If you are training under the Montgomery GI Bill or REAP we will reimburse you for 60% of the approved charges.

For rates visit Department of Veterans website for more information.

Payments for flight training vary based on which type of flight training course and what kind of school you are enrolled in:

  • If you are enrolled in a degree program that consists of flight training at a public Institution of Higher Learning you can be reimbursed up to the public school in-state cost of the training, and receive a monthly housing allowance and the books and supplies stipend.
  • If you are enrolled in a degree program that consists of flight training at a private Institution of Higher Learning you can be reimbursed up to the full cost of the training or the national maximum (currently $18,077.50) per academic year, whichever is less. You may also receive a monthly housing allowance and the books and supplies stipend. The Yellow Ribbon Program may apply for those enrolled in degree programs. Click here to learn more and see if your school participates.
  • If you are enrolled in a vocational flight training program you can be reimbursed the lesser of (1) the full cost of training or (2) the annual maximum amount (click here to see the annual maximum amount) in effect the day you began training in your flight course. You will not receive a housing allowance or the books and supplies stipend. The maximum amount available for reimbursement depends on the academic year you begin training.

For example, if you enroll in a dual-engine certification course that costs $15,000 on November 1, 2012. You can receive a maximum of $10,330 for that course and any other flight training (programs leading to your dual-engine certification, or other certification) that begin before August 1, 2013. Additional flight training courses that begin on or after August 1, 2013 will be subject to a new annual limit. Remember, these amounts could be further limited by your eligibility percentage.

Types of Training Available:
  • Courses at colleges and universities leading to associate, bachelor or graduate degrees, including accredited independent study offered through distance education.
  • Courses leading to a certificate or diploma from business, technical or vocational schools.
  • Apprenticeship or on-the-job training for those not on active duty, including self-employment training begun on or after June 16, 2004, for ownership or operation of a franchise
  • Correspondence courses, under certain conditions.
  • Flight training, if the Veteran holds a private pilot’s license upon beginning the training and meets the medical requirements.
  • State-approved teacher certification programs.
  • Preparatory courses necessary for admission to a college or graduate school.
  • License and certification tests approved for Veterans.
  • Entrepreneurship training courses to create or expand small businesses.
  • Tuition assistance using MGIB as “Top-Up” (active duty servicemembers).
  • Accelerated payments for certain high-cost programs are authorized.
Aviator College Approved for Chapter 33 and 30 Benefits

Aviator College is approved by the Veteran’s Administration under the GI Bills for both academic tuition and flight training fees. Prospective student who performed active duty after September 10, 2001 have additional eligibility for funding. Read about the new VA benefit in a letter from the Director of VA Education Services

Due to complexity and paperwork required please contact Amy Roth, or call at 772-466-4822.

VA Students enrolling will need to register in the VA website Fill out form VONAPP. If you have used your VA benefits before or prior you will also have to fill out the form 22-1995 Also you will need to bring a copy DD2-14.

All pilots must now present a valid passport or birth certificate upon arrival. For any additional information please contact our Financial Aid Department.

Aviator College is a Participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program

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Flight Training In USA for Non Citizens

January 18, 2013 Leave a comment

Flight Training In USA for Non CitizensAll non US citizens planning to begin their flight training in USA should notify the flight school of their choice in advance that they intend to start flight training because the flight school also needs to register online with TSA before you begin flight training. Outlined below, we list frequently asked questions about Alien Flight Student Program, provided by flightschoolcandidates

What is the Alien Flight Student Program (AFSP)?

The mission of the Alien Flight Student Program (AFSP) is to ensure that foreign students seeking training at flight schools regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) do not pose a threat to aviation or national security. Section 612 of the Vision 100 – Century of Aviation Reauthorization Act (Public Law 108-176, December 12, 2003) prohibits flight schools regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) from providing flight training to a foreign student unless the Secretary of Homeland Security first determines that the student does not pose a threat to aviation or national security. Vision 100 transferred responsibility for conducting security threat assessments for foreign students seeking flight training from the Department of Justice to the Department of Homeland Security. On September 20, 2004, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued an interim final rule establishing the Alien Flight Student Program (AFSP).

Legal notices are available on the Candidate and Provider menus. These include the notices about the Vision 100 – Century of Aviation Reauthorization Act, Paperwork Reduction Act, Information Verification, and Privacy and Security within the AFSP website.

Who must participate in the Alien Flight Student Program?

Persons seeking flight training must submit a request if they are not citizens or nationals of the U.S. and:
They wish to receive flight training in the U.S. or its territories, regardless of whether training will lead to an FAA certificate or type rating; and/or
They wish to receive flight training from an FAA-certificated facility, provider, or instructor that could lead to an FAA rating whether in the U.S. or abroad.
(NOTE-Certain exemptions to AFSP published in 2004 and 2005 are still in effect. To view those exemptions, please see When is a flight student exempt from the TSA security threat assessment? in the Candidate Frequently Asked Questions section.)

What is the Alien Flight Student Program (AFSP) Process?

Candidates must create an AFSP account and log into the AFSP Candidate Website to submit their background information and required documentation. The Candidate then submits Category 1-3 flight training request(s), and/or selects Flight Training Provider(s) to submit Category 4 training request(s) on their behalf. Once a training request has been submitted and successfully paid, the Candidate will then receive an email with detailed instructions on how to complete the application process. Each step must be completed before a Candidate advances to the next step. Once these items are completed, the AFSP performs a security threat assessment to determine whether the Candidate poses a threat to aviation or national security.

How does the Alien Flight Student Program (AFSP) communicate with Candidates and Flight Training Providers?

The AFSP primarily communicates with Candidates and Flight Training Providers via e-mail. Please ensure that your e-mail address is valid and accurate. Candidates may change their e-mail address by logging onto the AFSP website, and selecting “Assistance” > “Change your Email Address” from the folders presented on the left task bar. Candidates may view all e-mails sent to their e-mail address by logging onto the AFSP website, and selecting “Assistance” > “View Your AFSP Emails” from the folders presented on the left task bar. Candidates should include their training request ID number when corresponding with the AFSP.

How do Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations relate to the Alien Flight Student Program (AFSP)?

For questions related to FAA regulations and how they fit into the AFSP, please contact your Flight Training Provider or the FAA through your local Flight Standards District Office (FSDO).
For more information and feedback please visit the flightschoolcandidates website.

International Student Services Department in Aviator College

The International Student Services Department provides guidance to international students. Staff members assist students in interpreting U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) regulations. Services include assisting visa holders with travel signatures, new I-20’s, social security and visa extensions, international student orientation, as well as other immigration matters.

The Aviator College of Aeronautical Science accepts aspiring International Students who wish to complete an Associate of Science Degree in Aeronautical Science. The Aviator Flight Training Academy accepts International Students who wish to complete a certificate program or earn specific licenses. The Degree Program will take up to a 24 months for completion. Students complete five consecutive semesters. The last two semesters contain an internship component. Interns are required to instruct a minimum of 153 hours each of the two semesters along with completing the General Education Requirements. Transfer Credit may be given for the General Education requirements and previous flight training completed. Send transcripts and copies of any current flight licenses to the Registrars Office for determination.

Aviator College Enrollment Instructions

International students enrolling in one of our programs or individual courses must enter the United States on a visa issued by Aviator Flight Training Academy and must stay in Aviator housing for the entire duration of their visa.
Aviator is approved by the INS to issue paperwork for the M-1 and F-1 visas under the foreign student exchange visitor program. The M-1 Visa may be issued to International Students who enroll in approved courses. If you are planning to come to the U.S. for flight training, you must enter on an M-1 or a F-1 Student Visa.

Complete the Online Application & Deposit Form, Your deposit will be held on your student account and will secure your enrollment date. The deposit will be reimbursed after the end of the program. If you leave prior to the end of the program, you will forfeit the entire deposit.

Upon receipt of your deposit and the application for enrollment, the original I-20 or IAP-66 Form will be Federal Expressed to your home. Remember we must have a complete physical address in order for Federal Express to deliver.

When you receive the original I-20 Form, take it to the U.S. Embassy in your country for approval. Please inform the school two weeks in advance of your arrival date and your flight information. A school representative will meet you at the airport to welcome you to the College.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Aviator College

For information on FAA application, TSA and Visa, please visit Aviator College international students section

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Academic Knowledge Acquired in Ground School

January 16, 2013 Leave a comment

Academic Knowledge Acquired in Ground SchoolFlight training is divided into two parts: ground school and flight training. Ground school teaches students the principles, procedures and regulations that are put into practice during flight lessons. One portion of the certification process consists of a computerized exam. Ground school is designed to prepare students for this test. Ground school classes come in various formats, whether it is a classroom session, a computer based course or a home prep-course. An instructor’s endorsement is required for a student to take the FAA test.

Learning to fly requires that you obtain the ability to manipulate the controls of the airplane and make it perform certain maneuvers. However, there is another aspect of learning to fly, and that is the academic knowledge required to understand how, where, and when to fly safely. This is accomplished in ground school (source).

Ground school takes two basic forms: an instructor teaching a scheduled class or a self-paced, home-study program using video or audio tapes and/or a computer-based program.

Which is better depends on you. If you’re a self-disciplined self-starter, the self-paced video programs can’t be beat. You can “attend” ground school on your schedule and review the tapes as needed. If you need the discipline of the classroom, well, the choice is obvious. Perhaps the best option is a combination of the two. Many schools have a traditional classroom ground school and a resource room that contains self-paced materials for additional study.
Many local community colleges or independent ground schools are also an option.

After ground school and before you can take your FAA checkride with a designated pilot examiner, you must take and pass (70 percent or better) an FAA airman knowledge test at an approved computer testing site. A growing number of schools offer FAA-approved computer testing as part of their services.

Along with hands-on flight instruction to prepare for the check ride, you’ll take ground school to prepare for the required FAA knowledge test. Various ground school options are available, depending on the school and your own preference.

The traditional method is to attend a class taught by a certified ground school instructor. The flight school may offer in-house ground school classes, or they may be available at a local community college or adult education program. Some people prefer to complete ground school before starting on flight training so they begin with a base knowledge, and can then focus all of their time and concentration on flying.

Among many advantages of a classroom approach is the opportunity to learn from questions and discussions that take place between instructor and students. Things that might not have occurred to you, or that you may be reluctant to ask about, probably will come out in a group class.

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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.

When you choose Aviator, all flight training is logged in aircraft. Our Flight Training Devices (FTDs) are used for ground training purposes only. NO FTDs (SIMULATORS) ARE USED FOR FLIGHT TIME TOWARDS YOUR RATINGS!

This “hands-on” approach provides the best flight training environment for pilots of the future. We encourage training in actual instrument conditions. Flying at the Aviator is 24 hours-a-day, rain or shine. Aviator flight training programs offer more actual multi-engine time than any other school in the country. Our fleet of multi-engine aircraft are equipped with GPS and are being converted to EFIS Systems (Glass Cockpits).

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