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Options Available To Help You Manage Your Flight Training Cost

Options Available To Help You Manage Your Flight Training CostThere are a lot of variables that affect the cost of learning to fly, including the frequency of flight lessons, weather conditions, the kind of aircraft in which you are training and its availability for scheduling, and individual aptitude. A rough estimate would range between $5,000 and $9,000, depending on the certificate being sought.
One of the greatest deterrents to flying is cost. And realistically, learning to fly can be expensive. But there are several ways to reduce that cost. Flying magazine article gives 5 recommendations on how you can save on flight training cost and make your dream of being a pilot a reality.

  1. Get a sport pilot license. The introduction of the Sport Pilot license gives you an opportunity to become a pilot in a total of 20 hours —half that required for the private pilot license. While the Sport Pilot license has limitations, the certificate still allows you to take a friend up for a flight to any airport in the United States, as long as you have a logbook endorsement to operate in Class B, C and D airspace. And when and if you get the desire and funds to continue your training to get your private pilot certificate, you are already well on your way.
  2. Study. This tip may at first glance appear a little bizarre, but it’s amazing how much money you can save by simply being prepared. Study the concepts for your upcoming lesson thoroughly and go over the required maneuvers in your head. Visualizing the maneuvers stimulates the brain in similar ways as the actual performance of the task. Dr. Richard Restak, a neuroscientist and author of 12 books about the human brain said: “Positron emission tomography (PET) scans reveal that the mental rehearsal of an action activates the prefontal areas of the brain responsible for the formulation of the appropriate motor programs.”You can also study for the written test on your own using a book or programs on-line, rather than taking a class or paying an instructor to teach you. Just make sure that you are learning the most up-to-date information.
  3. Fly as often as you can. During flight training, it is best to fly as often as you can. Piloting skills are perishable, especially in the beginning, and long breaks from flying are likely to degrade your knowledge of the concepts and the skills you’ve developed at significant cost. As a result, you end up spending more time and money re-learning concepts, procedures and aircraft handling skills. Make sure that you minimize interruptions to your training schedule and that you have more than enough money available to complete all the required training before you start.
  4. Research your instructor. Before you commit to a flight instructor, ask yourself or your CFI the following questions: Is this a person I want to spend an absolute minimum of 15 hours with, shoulder-to-shoulder, and many additional hours face-to-face in a classroom? Does this person appear knowledgeable? What syllabus is being used? Will the instructor still be working at the flight school in 6 months? Is he or she applying for airline jobs? Is this person committed to my success as an aviator or more concerned with building time? These are questions that can have a major impact on the final price tag of your flight training. Trust and compatibility between the student and the instructor are essential for productivity in the cockpit and in the classroom.
  5. Buy a flight simulator game. For about the same amount of money as a single flight lesson, you can buy the complete setup for a flight simulator game for use on your home based computer system. And you don’t need a sophisticated computer to do this. You can connect the rudder pedals and yoke, and load the flight simulator software into a simple laptop. While you won’t get the physical sensation of flying, you can use this valuable tool to fine-tune your motor skills and to develop your scan of the instruments. Source
Flight Training Possible With Aviator College Financing Options

To get additional information or details about any of the financing option available contact Aviator College Financial Aid office today.

Title IV Federal Aid

The United States Department of Education (DOE) has deemed Aviator College eligible to participate in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. This requires the College to adhere to Federal Aid program guidelines and is subject to the availability of funds. The amount of aid a student can receive is based on the cost of attendance,Expected Family Contribution (EFC), enrollment status, and length of attendance. Aviator College uses the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to gather the information needed in determining a student’s financial aid eligibility. All information you provide on a FAFSA is confidential.

To receive financial aid from the federal financial aid programs, a student must:
  1. Have a high school diploma or General Education Development (GED) Certificate
  2. Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student working toward a degree or certificate in an eligible program. We encourage students to apply at least six to eight weeks in advance of the term you wish to enroll.
  3. Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  4. Have a valid Social Security number
  5. Not be in default on a federal student loan or owe money back on a federal student grant
  6. Register with the Selective Service, if required
  7. Have demonstrated financial need
  8. Make Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
  9. Not have been convicted for any illegal drug offense while receiving federal financial aid funds
  10. Financial aid must not exceed Cost of Attendance
Private Loans

Aviator College has been approved with PNC Bank and Sallie Mae, to offer Private Educational Loans to our potential and current students.
PNC Bank has been approved to offer the private educational loan for our Associates of Science and Professional Pilot Program. You can apply for the private loan, no more than 90 days before attending Aviator, at http://www.pnconcampus.com. The amount you can request is up to the cost of attendance (COA).
A scholarship is a grant or payment made to support a student’s education, awarded on the basis of academic or other achievement. Aviator has two other scholarship programs available.

The Future Aviator Scholarship is awarded to one Florida high school student per year providing the requirements for the scholarship are met including completing the application and submitting the appropriate paperwork. Click here to apply

The Achievement Scholarship is awarded to current enrolled students providing the requirements for the scholarship are met including completing the application and submitting the appropriate paperwork. Click here to apply

Veterans Benefits

Aviator is approved to offer Chapter 33 (Post 9/11) Benefits Chapter 30 (Montgomery GI Bill) Benefits, and Chapter 31. Aviator College is also approved by the Veteran’s Administration under the GI Bills for both the academic tuition and flight training fees.

To qualify for Chapter 33 (Post 9/11) benefits the following steps are to be completed:

  1. Complete the VonApp at https://www.ebenefits.va.gov.
  2. Complete a change of venue 22-1995 (if you have used benefits in the past)
  3. Send to the Financial Aid Office a copy of your DD214 Member 4.
  4. Send to the Financial Aid Office a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility.

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