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Accelerated Flight TrainingThere are many combinations to choose from to get your multi-engine FAA pilot certification, ranging from Private Multi-Engine ratings to Multi-Engine Instrument Instructor ratings to Airline Transport Pilot certificates.
The ultimate goal is to get hired by airlines, so the flight school you choose to get your flight training is extremely important. Students look for the flight school that will get them access to the most the most qualified instructors, competitive pricing and the shortest time frame available.

How Long Does It Take to Learn to Fly and Get a Pilot Certificate?

The same variables that affect the cost of learning to fly will affect the time it takes to earn your certificate. The FAA has established the minimum number of flight hours needed to obtain a certificate. Under Part 61 of the federal aviation regulations, the minimums are 20 hours for a sport pilot certificate, 30 hours for a recreational certificate, and 40 hours for a private pilot certificate. Some schools operate under an alternate regulation, Part 141, which provides more FAA oversight, more rigid schedules, and more paperwork. The added requirements allow them to reduce the minimum hours of private pilot training to 35 hours.

However, many schools believe that a true average flight training time for a private pilot is between 50 and 60 hours, whether the school operates under Part 61 or Part 141. Others believe that 68 to 70 hours is the more likely average. These flight hours can be spread over a time span of several months to a year or more.

Who Should Choose Accelerated Program

Flight training does not come cheap. Any student who decides to start flight training must commit time and get the most of each flight training hour. Time is money, and with an accelerated flight training courses student pilots are able to save both time and money! When you are researching for accelerated flight training programs, ensure that you get best quality flight training possible with expert flight instructors and well-maintained FAA approved flight training aircraft. If you immerse in the study and manuals, and leave less time between your flight hours, you are maximizing the effectiveness of your learning.

Experts Opinions About Accelerated Flight Training Programs

Michael Phillips is a Master Flight Instructor and a charter member of the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE). He instructs at CP Aviation in Santa Paula, California. He says:

“The simple answer is ‘maybe.’ This answer is based on working with clients who have been through an accelerated program, discussions with designated pilot examiners and personal experience.

“I know pilots and instructors who have been through various types of accelerated training programs. The results have been both positive and negative. The good programs and positive outcomes resulted from a well-designed program facilitated by professional management and instructors working with clients who have a solid foundation on which to build additional skills. They were also programs that were able to adapt to the needs of the pilot training. The programs that are lacking in these key areas may offer a service that results in a certificate, but the pilot does not feel safe, competent or confident.

“If you are considering an accelerated program, it is tantamount that you understand your situation and your learning style. Thoroughly evaluate your options and ask for a list of references so that you can speak directly with pilots who have trained in the program or flight school that you are considering.”

John King is the co-owner of King Schools. He says:

“There are many people who argue that accelerated learning will not give the student the time to learn knowledge and skill thoroughly. But within the limits of fatigue, I believe the more quickly one learns something, the better they will learn, because when a student learns over a shorter period of time, the experiences are more recent and vivid.

“There is no rule of learning that says that the longer it takes you to learn something the better you will learn it and the longer you will retain it. On the other hand, there is a rule of learning that says that the better you can make associations and correlations, the more you will understand the relationships and the better you will have the big picture, with all the pieces falling into place. So I am a fan of accelerated learning, especially in scenario-based instruction in which you learn in the context of how you will use what you learn.

“How do you know that the folks you are working with haven’t lowered the standards or left something out just to get you done in a certain time frame? Well, there are two protections for you built right into the system. They are the knowledge test and the practical test. As a general rule, if you can pass both of these tests, you know your material.
“So in my mind, there are great advantages to accelerated learning, but no matter how well you learn something, for long-term retention you need to put it into practice. It is just one more reason to keep flying.”

Rod Machado- Rod wrote and co-anchored ABC’s Wide World of Flying. He is AOPA’s National CFI spokesman and a National Accident Prevention Counselor appointed by the FAA in Washington D. C. Rod is the flight instructor voice on Microsoft’s Flight Simulator starting with the 2000 version through the X version and he wrote the flight lesson tutorials for the textbook that accompanies the software.
His opinion:

Over the years I’ve had a chance to fly with several pilots who’ve been trained in these accelerated instrument courses. They were, for the most part, all competent and qualified instrument pilots. They were at least as qualified as some of the instrument pilots trained via the traditional method. In fact, when I was doing programs for ABC’s Wide World of Flying video series, one of our producers earned his instrument rating at one of these accelerated programs. His training was filmed and became an episode for one of the videos. He passed his checkride and did quite well, by the way.

Do these programs work? Yes, they do. Perhaps the most important reason they do is that they have a reputation for providing highly experienced and competent instructors. I believe that this, above all, is the reason for their success. Nothing is more important than a good instructor. Nothing! This is the best reason to peruse this type of training.
Another reason accelerated programs work is because they rapidly reinforce the skills learned during instrument training. Consolidated training prevents the learning gaps that are common with a traditional instrument education when life intervenes or students run short on funds. Source

Flight School Flight Training

Professional Pilots must now have first-rate knowledge and continually upgraded skills if they want to hear the word “Hired!” Pilots who train at quality aviation schools and who possess the technical knowledge, first-rate flying skills and a professional attitude will have the hiring edge! Professionalism and knowledge are now prerequisites for entrance into the worldwide airline industry. Fast paced, “fast track” programs, or self-study courses will not meet the new airline industry standards.

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.

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To speak with an instructor contact the college at 772-672-8222.

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