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Preparation For Pilot Medical Certificate

December 30, 2013 Leave a comment

Preparation For Pilot Medical CertificateIn order to keep everyone safe, the FAA requires a pilot medical certificate from an FAA medical examiner prior to flying solo or earning a pilot certificate. Pilot medical requirements vary depending on what kind of pilot you are.
Aviation medical certificates are a requirement for most pilots. Some pilots, such as sport pilots and balloon pilots, aren’t required to obtain an aviation medical certificate. All other pilot licenses require to pass an aviation medical exam in order to legally utilize the privileges of pilot certificates.

Aviation medical exams can be a source of anxiety for many. Will you pass? What exactly is the examiner looking for? Is my eyesight good enough? Should I disclose certain health problems on the forms? What happens if I don’t pass?
There are a lot questions surrounding the aviation medical exam. Even the healthiest of people get nervous before an exam.

How to Prepare For a Medical Exam?

Do Your Research: If you’re perfectly fit and healthy, you have nothing to worry about. Most of us have some minor health glitches, though. Knowing which health problems will disqualify you or which will require a special issuance medical certificate will not only help calm your fears, but will provide you with valuable information for your doctor.

You’ll want to show up prepared, so if you’re concerned about a certain medical condition, research it before your appointment. Check out the FAA medical exam guide online to find out about specific health problems. In addition, there are a lot of other online resources available for free that can guide you in the right direction. You might, for instance, determine that you’ll need a special issuance medical, which requires extra documentation. You can start gathering those documents ahead of time so that you’re prepared to send them in to the FAA once your examiner completes your exam.

Or you might find that your condition is actually a non-issue after all. For example, mild depression that is stable or completely resolved isn’t an issue. Major depression treated with medication will require a review by the FAA and a special issuance.

What Happens at the Exam?

A third-class medical is the least invasive of the three medicals. It is similar to a sports physical or a yearly check-up. The doctor will most likely ask questions to get a general health history, with a focus on mental and neurological health. Then, you’ll probably be given vision and hearing tests. Most doctors will ensure that you can “pop” your ears to relieve pressure- an important detail for pilots.

A second-class medical covers the same items as the third-class, but is slightly more detailed and warrants higher standards for vision.

First-class medical exams cover the same items that the second- class medical does, with stricter standards and an emphasis on cardiovascular function, as well as general medical condition. An EKG is required for a first-class medical, and for older pilots, the doctor may focus more on age-related issues that may interfere with flight duties.

What Happens If I Fail The Exam?

Many Aviation Medical Examiners are pilots themselves, and will want to help you pass the exam. While there are certain medical conditions that prevent people from becoming pilots, the majority of them only require a more extensive exam and a waiver approved by the FAA. If you have a medical condition you think might disqualify you, it’s best to research the information ahead of time so that you know what to expect when you show up for the exam. Being denied a medical certificate isn’t common, but waivers and extended processing times are. Source


ATP Pilot Training, Expectations, and Salaries

December 27, 2013 Leave a comment

ATP Pilot Training, Expectations, and SalariesKnown as ATP or ATPL, the Airline Transport Pilot certificate is the highest grade certificate issued by the FAA. The pilot is solely responsible for the safety of the aircraft, cargo, and passengers on board. In order to become such a pilot, the candidate needs to be at least 23 years old in most countries — though the age restriction can vary by region and he or she and must first earn a commercial pilot’s license.

As of Aug. 1, 2013, all U.S. airline first officers are required to meet much more rigorous minimum qualifications than have been in place for decades. The new requirements for airline copilots are intended to improve the safety of the U.S. airline industry and should also add value to pilots’ airman certificates.

Pilots pursuing an ATP certificate after July 31, 2014, in addition to having 1,500 hours, will have to complete a new, yet-to-be developed, ATP certification training program. The program, consisting of 30 hours of ground and 10 hours of simulator training, must be completed prior to being eligible to take the ATP written and practical tests. The 10 hours of simulator training will include six hours of training in a level C or D (full-motion) simulator. According to the rule, this course will only be offered through Part 141, 142, 135, or 121 certificate holders, not allowing for Part 61 flights schools to develop courses and provide the training.

The new rule also establishes a new ATP certificate with restricted privileges for multiengine airplane only. The restricted ATP certificate can only be used to serve as a first officer at an air carrier. To obtain that certificate an applicant must be at least 21 years old, hold a commercial pilot certificate with an instrument rating, complete an ATP certification training program, and pass the ATP written and knowledge tests. For the restricted ATP certificate, applicants do get some relief as they are required to have at least 750 hours total time as a military pilot; at least 1,000 hours total time and a bachelor’s degree with an aviation major; at least 1,250 hours total time and an associate’s degree with an aviation major; or 1,500 hours total time as pilot.

Flight Training and Education

The most important step in preparation for a pilot job is flight training. Flight training can be expensive so the best thing students can do for themselves is to find the flight school that offers the best program for the money. One of the reasons is a recent announcement by FAA to substantially raise the qualification requirements for first officers who fly for U.S. passenger and cargo airlines.

Having a college degree is important when applying for positions. Although not strictly required, airlines like American Airlines prefer a college degree or equivalent. Since many pilots are former military officers, they will all have college degrees. Without a degree, your application may stay buried below more qualified applicants. The degree does not have to be an aviation related field of study. Many pilots have degrees in fields ranging from law to engineering.
Civilian pilots must go through rigorous flight training before they are finally rated for airliners. To fly large aircraft, a pilot must have an Airline Transport Pilot rating, or ATP ticket. In addition to having achieved all the lower ratings, there is also a requirement for total flying time and for time as Pilot-in-Command. Airlines favor former military pilots because of the quality training they receive. Once hired, pilots will receive extensive training for the aircraft they will fly and frequent recurrent training for the life of their career.

ATP Pilot Salaries

Airline pilot salaries are probably one of the most misunderstood aspects of the profession when discussed by the non-flying public. Pilots aren’t paid like any other hourly worker in other professions. Despite the fact that professional pilots work 8, 10, 12 hour+ days just like any other professional, they are only compensated for the time considered “in flight.” For most flying jobs, unless it’s a salaried position, that usually means that they are paid from when the parking brake is released at the departure point until the brake is set upon arrival at the destination.

The law says that pilots who work for an airline cannot fly more than 100 hours a month or more than 1,000 hours a year. Most airline pilots fly about 75 hours a month, and work another 75 hours a month at other parts of the job. When they are flying, airline pilots often stay away from home overnight. Airlines have flights at all hours of the day and night. This means that airline pilots are often asked to work odd hours.

The pay a pilot receives is based on many variables. Seniority, type of aircraft flown and whether the pilot is a Captain or First Officer all affect the pay level. The hours that a pilot may fly is regulated by the FAA. Most pilots will fly between 75 to 80 hours a month. Starting out, a 1-year seniority pilot flying regional small narrow-body aircraft can expect a range from $21 to $41 per hour. The same pilot flying narrow-body aircraft can expect anywhere from $30 to $75 per hour. The highest paying position will be piloting wide-body aircraft. The 1-year seniority pilot will earn from $30 to $75 per hour. But after 10-years seniority, this pilot can expect $99 to $235 per hour.

Pilot Shortage

As airlines plan to hire hundreds of new pilots, industry officials warn that a shortage looms because of retirements, greater training requirements and longer rest periods between shifts.

American Airlines, which is reorganizing in bankruptcy court while proposing to merge with US Airways to become the world’s largest airline, announced plans this week to hire 1,500 pilots over five years.

U.S. airlines estimated to need about 8,000 new pilots a year. Boeing and Airbus both have seen the pilot shortage coming for years and predicted that there will be a need for as many as a half million (yes, that many) new airline pilots over the next two decades – around the world, especially in the Asia Pacific region and India.

Aviator Pilot Training

Professional plots 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!

The programs at Aviator Flight School 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 flight training today.

During your flight training you will fly a total of 259 hours, of which up to 200 hours will be in a multi-engine aircraft. The ground school portion is in a structured classroom environment. As the shortage of pilots continues to grow, Aviator College is consistently meeting with major air carriers to determine the flight training and education that they require.

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Flight Training and Earning Your Pilot Certificate

December 26, 2013 Leave a comment

Flight Training and Earning Your Pilot CertificatePilot licensing or certification refers to permits to fly aircraft that are issued by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in each country, establishing that the holder has met a specific set of knowledge and experience requirements. This includes taking a flying test. The certified pilot can then exercise a specific set of privileges in that nation’s airspace. U.S. pilots are certified, not licensed, although the word license is still commonly used informally.

In the United States, pilot certification is regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), a branch of the Department of Transportation (DOT). A pilot is certified under the authority of Parts 61 and 141 of Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations, also known as the Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs).

In Canada, licensing is issued by Transport Canada.
In the United Kingdom, licensing is issued by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
In most European countries, including the United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, and many others, licensing is issued by the National Aviation Authority (NAA) according to a set of common rules established by the Joint Aviation Authorities known as Joint Aviation Rules – Flight Crew Licensing (JAR-FCL).

Steps to Your Pilot Certificate

Learning to fly is a matter of acquiring aeronautical knowledge, flight proficiency, and experience. Think of the process of earning a recreational or private pilot certificate as a series of steps. Some steps, such as aeronautical knowledge, can be integrated throughout your training process. Others, like solo training, come when your instructor has provided the required training and he or she decides that you are ready. The process can be broken down into the following subjects:

  • Aeronautical knowledge and FAA knowledge test
  • Pre-solo training
  • Solo training
  • Cross-county training (for private pilots)
  • Solo cross-county training (for private pilots)
  • Practical Test preparation
  • Practical Test
PIlot Requirements

What skills and requirements are needed to learn to fly? A large dash of common sense and the willingness to defy gravity in a heavier than air flying machine is a good start. From there we can follow the FAA’s established grocery list of certification requirements.

The certification requirements for both the recreational and private pilot certificates are found in the Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) available through most flight schools, pilot shops, pilot supply catalogs and available to members on the AOPA Web site. Within this hefty book, certification has a section all its own with the charming title Part 61 — Certification: Pilots, Flight Instructors, and Ground Instructors. Part 61 also includes the privileges and limitations of each certificate or rating.
Everyone starts out as student pilot. Before flying solo in the aircraft, you’ll need to have in your possession a student pilot certificate.

To get a student pilot certificate you must:
  1. Be at least 16 years old (14 years old for operating a glider or balloon).
  2. Hold at least a third class medical certificate.
  3. Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language.

Pilots are certificated to fly aircraft at one or more named privilege levels and at each privilege level, rated to fly aircraft of specific categories. In the US, privilege levels of pilot certificates are:

  • Student: Cannot fly solo without proper endorsement from a certificated flight instructor (CFI). Passenger carrying is prohibited.
  • Sport: Cannot carry more than one passenger, authorized to fly only light-sport aircraft and are limited to daytime flying only. If an individual elects to receive additional instruction, some of the limitations may be removed.
  • Recreational: May fly aircraft of up to 180 horsepower (130 kW) and 4 seats in the daytime for pleasure only.
  • Private: May fly for pleasure or personal business. Private pilots cannot be paid, compensated to fly, or hired by any operator.
  • Commercial: Can be paid, compensated to fly, or hired by operators and are required to have higher training standards than private or sport pilots.
  • Flight instructor: Flight instructors are commercial pilots who have been trained and can demonstrate various teaching techniques, skills and knowledge related to safely teaching people to fly.
  • Airline Transport Pilot: ATPs, as they are called, typically qualify to fly the major airliners of the US transit system. ATPs must qualify with a range of experience and training to be considered for this certificate.
If You Have 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. Source FAA.

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Why Choose Aviator College for Your Associate of Science Degree

December 23, 2013 Leave a comment

Why Choose Aviator College for Your Associate of Science DegreeLocation is very important when you are looking for a flight training school. Florida is a great place to earn your wings. The moderate and mild climate makes flight training a pleasure. The good weather allows you to log more flying hours faster, get your degree quicker and be on the way sooner to your new aviation career. Ft. Pierce is a small city with friendly people – without congested traffic on the ground or in the air.

Aviator College – situated in the beautiful city of Ft. Pierce, Florida, is the perfect place to embark on your flight training career. It is a fully accredited flight school with state-of-the-art facilities and a modern fleet and equipment. Once you tour our facility, you will see for yourself that not all flight training schools are the same – Aviator College is one of the best flight training schools in the country.

The mission of Aviator College of Aeronautical Science & Technology is to provide practical and educational opportunities that emphasize the skills, knowledge, and experience necessary for a fulfilling career in aviation throughout a lifetime of technological and social change.

Accreditation and Licensing
FAA Certified

All flight training courses at Aviator College of Aeronautical Science & Technology are certified by the FAA Certificate # BEJS028K.

State of Florida Licensed

Aviator College of Aeronautical Science & Technology is licensed by the State of Florida to offer a degree program, license #4155.


Aviator College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools, and Colleges (ACCSC).

Title IV Approved

The Federal Department of Education has approved Aviator College to administer Title IV funds in the form of FFEL Loans, Direct Loans, PELL Grants and more.

BBB A Rating

Aviator College has earned an “A” rating” with the United States Better Business Bureau

Aviator College Welcomes International Students

Aviator College is one of only a handful of aviation colleges in the country that can issue the F-1 student visa. They are renowned for their international staff and for their reputation for providing the opportunity for you to log more flight hours. Now – with the F-1 student visa – every flight student in the world can benefit from the superior flight training that Aviator College offers.

Aviator College offers “hands on” flight training in an idyllic campus setting. It has beautiful state-of-the-art facilities, a dedicated faculty and staff, and a long history of providing quality aviation education. The curriculum ensures that students receive the skills and knowledge required to excel in today’s highly competitive aviation market.

Associates of Science Degree Program in Aeronautical Science

Aviator College of Aeronautical Science and Technology (ACAST) offers a two-year Associates of Science Degree program in Aeronautical Science. This degree includes one-on-one practical flight training. Aviation theory courses are taught in a formal classroom environment. Graduates from this program will receive all commercial and flight instructor certificates, along with their degree. Aviator has been a leader in multi-engine flight training for over 27 years. Over 5,000 graduates are employed as professional pilots worldwide. The flight training programs are FAA certified, accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges and licensed by the State of Florida Commission for Independent Education.

The college provides the most cost effective program for a two year degree in an aviation related field. Michael Cohen, President and Founder is proud to say that: “Flying at the college is 24 hours a day, seven days a week, rain or shine. Learning to fly in these conditions will give you the ability to fly anywhere in the world with the knowledge and experience required.

To earn the Associate’s Degree in Aeronautical Science the student must earn a minimum of 71 credit hours to include: 18 General Education credits, 25 credit hours of lower division ground schools and flight training, 22 credit hours of upper division training, and 6 elective credits. Aviation courses are listed in order of progression.

Aviator College Financing Options

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.

In addition, Aviator College has been approved with PNC Bank and Sallie Mae, to offer Private Educational Loans to our potential and current students.

For scholarships and other financing options, please visit Financing page or contact Aviator.

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
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.

Enrolling at Aviator College is a five step process:

It is highly recommended candidates visit the college and complete an interview with Admissions. Click on the “Schedule a Visit”  tab at the top of the page.

  1. Complete the Online Application & Deposit Form , Your deposit will be held on your student account and will secure your enrollment date.
  2. All students submit a $500.00 deposit. $ 150.00 is a non refundable deposit, and $ 350.00 will be applied to your student account.
  3. International students will be issued the I-20 upon receipt of the online application & deposit form. There is an additional $500 deposit for visa processing. Your I-20 will be issued. When you receive the I-20, please take it to the U.S. Embassy in your country for approval. Please inform the school of your arrival date and flight information two weeks prior to arrival. A school representative will meet you at the airport to welcome you to Aviator College. Remember we must have a complete physical address in order to have a courier service deliver the I-20. TSA fingerprinting fee $ 99.00 Registration can be completed here
  4. Submit all required eligibility documentation including, an “official transcript” stamped, sealed and sent directly from high school and all colleges attended, copies of any pilot certificates received, college entrance examination scores (ACT, SAT, CLAST or equivalent), TOFEL scores (if required), and any material that will help the registrar’s office determine eligibility for enrollment and transfer credit. Note you may send an unofficial transcript for planning purposes; however the college must have an official transcript on file before the start of classes. You may email, fax or mail these documents. Students from foreign countries are now required to be ICAO level 4 English. Aviator College offers Aviation English and ICAO testing on campus. Review our catalog for countries that are exempt from the exam.

Flight Training WIth Degree

December 18, 2013 Leave a comment

Flight Training WIth DegreeFAA’s rules for getting a pilot’s license (certificate) differ depending on the type of aircraft you fly. You should also think about what type of flying you want to do. Do you wish to be compensated for your piloting? There are several different types of pilot’s licenses, from student pilot all the way up to Airline Transport Pilot (ATP).

Pilot Certification

The basic document that the FAA issues to a pilot is a certificate. The different levels of certification depend upon the extent of training and testing required.
There are a total of 4 types of pilot licenses (certificates):

  • Student Pilot License (SPL)
  • Private Pilot License (PPL)
  • Commercial Pilot License (CPL), and
  • Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL)
Student Pilot Certificate

The first level, which is usually issued in connection with the individual’s first aviation medical certificate.

Private Pilot Certification

A Private Pilot License (PPL) is the minimum required for a pilot to take passengers up with him or her. PPL is the most common first step to learning to fly an airplane. The Private Pilot License will allow you to carry passengers in small private airplanes up to 12,500 pounds without restrictions in most cases.
Private Pilot Certificate doesn’t expire and is yours for the rest of you life. There are currency requirements and a flight review requirements every two years but even if you don’t fly for 10 years the license is still yours.

Commercial Pilot Certification

The Commercial Pilot License will allow you to fly for compensation or hire. This means you can get paid to fly. The requirement is at least 250 hours to get this pilot license. Commercial pilot certificates and the airline transport pilot (ATP) certificates certify that the holder has successfully completed those requirements, and is qualified to exercise the more extensive privileges associated with that certificate level.

An Airline Transport Pilot (ATP)

ATP license, is the pinnacle of pilot licenses, requiring extensive skill and knowledge to obtain it. An airline transport pilot is a person who acts as the pilot in command of a commercial aircraft. The airline transport pilot certification is the highest level of certification a pilot can earn, and once the pilot has earned such certification, he or she can operate as the pilot in command of any aircraft that carries cargo or passengers. The pilot is solely responsible for the safety of the aircraft, cargo, and passengers on board.

Pilot Ratings

All pilot and instructor certifications (except for student and sport pilot certificates) have associated ratings. Ratings specify what, and/or how, the pilot is qualified to fly. The most common form is the aircraft category and class rating. A typical rating on a private pilot certificate is “airplane single-engine land.” If you subsequently decide that you want to fly twin-engine airplanes, you need to complete the training and testing requirements for a multi-engine rating. Your private pilot certificate will then have ratings for “airplane single and multiengine land.”

There are many possible combinations of certificates and ratings for aircraft category and class. Ratings are added to a certificate when the pilot qualifies for a certain operating privilege, such as an instrument rating, in a specific aircraft category and class.

Pilot ratings are additional qualifications that you can add to an existing Pilot’s license to enhance your abilities as a pilot.

Wish To Be A Pilot of a Major Airline? Aviation Degree is Must

If you are considering a professional aviation career, think seriously about the adjective that modifies aviation. “Professional,” as defined by the dictionary, means “of, engaged in, or worthy of the high standards of, a profession; designating or of a school, especially a graduate school, offering instruction in a profession.” Few of the major airlines require a college degree for employment, but in the past several years, more than 95 percent of the pilots hired have at least a four-year college degree. If you want an airline job, you stand a better chance if you are among the 95 percent with a degree than the 5 percent without one.

An associate degree is a two-year degree awarded by community colleges, technical schools and universities in the US.

Why Associate Degree
  • Length of Time. Students who do not wish to pursue a four-year bachelor’s degree often prefer the shorter length of an associate program.
  • Financial Reasons. Students can also save money by attending a junior or community college for the first two years of their post-secondary career; an associate degree usually transfers quite easily to a more expensive four-year college.
  • Adding On. You can continue your studies and pursue Bachelor’s Degree having Associate Degree in hand. After earning an associate degree from an accredited school, a graduate can often apply these credits toward a bachelor’s degree program. Many universities accept an associate’s degree as a replacement for the first two years of coursework toward a higher degree.
Aviation College and Aviation Programs

There are over 300 two- and four-year colleges with aviation programs and aviation schools in the United States and world-wide that offer various aviation programs (including non-engineering programs) to students interested in pursuing a career in aviation. Many of the aviation programs will allow you to either earn an aviation diploma, certificate or rating, aviation degree, an Associates and/or Bachelors degree (which is dependent on the type of school and their aviation programs).

Why an Aviation School or Aviation College?

Aviation schools and aviation colleges provide the best learning and training environments for students to succeed and prepare for a career in aviation. You may already be aware of the many benefits of going to college such as better paying jobs, access to a wider range of career choices, and exposure to a wide range of people and cultures. Going to an aviation school or aviation college also has many benefits.

An aviation school or aviation college will allow you to:
  1. Gain greater knowledge and expand your skills in a specific aviation career field.
  2. Earn an aviation degree, an associate’s degree, and/or bachelor’s degree in an aviation program.
  3. Access a wide range of aviation resources and tools to help you with your aviation career.
  4. Participate in various aviation internship programs.
  5. Increase your chances of networking with aviation employers to gain employment.
2 year Associates Degree Program with Aviator College

The Aeronautical Science Program prepares the graduate for a career in the aviation industry by providing a strong foundation in mathematics, physics, aeronautical sciences, aeronautical technology, and the aviation industry. The graduate will receive an Associate of Science Degree from Aviator College with flight ratings from private pilot through commercial, with Flight Instructor ratings. This training is necessary to obtain employment, and by completing the associate’s degree you will set yourself apart from other applicants since a degree is preferred in the airline industry.

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Flight School Choice You Can Count On

December 16, 2013 Leave a comment

Flight School Choice You Can Count OnPassion to learn to fly and be a pilot differs for many. Some choose aviation as a carrier, some aspire to have knowledge and fly to support their hobby. Many major airlines in the USA require their pilot applicants to have 4 year university degrees – but at the same time are not anticipating hiring pilots in the medium term, while the Regional Jet Operators who do not require a degree are constantly looking for new pilots as they take new deliveries of regional jets every month.

Students graduating from high school with career plans in aviation choose to enroll in a 2 -year Aviation College Program or a 4 year University Degree Aviation Program. Here you can get all of your flying licenses up to the Multi-Engine Instrument Rating, and CFI Flight Instructor Rating, in addition to a 2 Year Post Secondary College Diploma, or a 4 year University Degree.

Some students want to research the success rate of the previous students at that particular flight school. If it is a highly respected flight training school, it may have a very good record in regard to it’s students finding jobs. Some flight schools encourage students to stay as flight instructors upon flight training completion. That is a great way to start your pilot career and land your 1st job.

As flight training can get expensive, many students will look for flight schools that offer very competitive rates. Flight training is investment! Regardless whether you choose to attend flight school or aviation college, make sure you receive adequate flight training instruction, otherwise the money you thought you saved will end up being wasted.

Tips For Finding A Good Flight School

Knowing that you want to fly is not enough. Answering these questions below will help you narrow your search and concentrate on your true goal.

  1. Where do you want to fly?
  2. Are you in the United States?
  3. Do you want to come to the United States to fly?
  4. What do you want to fly? Helicopters? Airplanes?
  5. Do you wish to fly commercially or privately?
Flight School Types and Criteria

Flight schools come in two flavors, Part 61 and Part 141, which refer to the parts of the Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) under which they operate. The most common and least important distinction between them is the minimum flight time required for the private pilot certificate (sometimes called a pilot license)—40 hours under Part 61, and 35 hours under Part 141.

Considering that the national average for earning a private pilot certificate is 60-75 hours (how long you’ll take will depend on your ability and flying frequency), this difference isn’t important for initial pilot training. It does make a difference to commercial pilot applicants: Part 61 requires 250 hours, and Part 141 requires 190.

What differentiates the two is structure and accountability. Part 141 flight schools are periodically audited by the FAA and must have detailed, FAA-approved course outlines and meet student pilot performance rates. Part 61 schools don’t have the same paperwork and accountability requirements.

There is a third category that bears serious consideration by prospective pilots, particularly those planning a professional piloting career: nationally accredited pilot training institutions. Accredited flight schools must meet rigid standards of accountability for virtually every area of operation and must apply to an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Flight School Credentials

Does this school have proper accreditation? Check to make sure they offer the certification that you need. What sort of financial aid is available for you? Confirm that the school follows a syllabus approved by the FAA. This will ensure that your instruction is structured, and you will have an overview of what you can expect. Another factor that will make your training more convenient is if the school has an FAA examiner on staff, that way you can be tested in the location you are familiar with.

Flight Training Fleet

It may seem to be a point that should not need discussion, but some flight schools maintain their aircraft better than others. See if the school lists the aircraft you want to train in on their website or if you can contact them directly to find out more about the aircraft being used. Sometimes an old aircraft can be in better shape than a new one, depending on how it is maintained.

Location and Activity

We have already established that the general location is a key factor when you choose a school. Now be more specific. Is there varied terrain? Can you get high altitude mountain training? Will you have plenty of days that will allow you to fly, meaning that visibility is good and wind is not an obstacle? Also will you get experience with different weather conditions? Keep weather in mind when choosing a training location. Flying in only one condition of weather can get boring, however it should be stable enough for you to become confident in your abilities. The same thing goes for terrain, flying is more enjoyable in an area that has variety: mountains, lakes or ocean, valleys and hills.
Variation in air traffic and airspace is another consideration. At the beginning you may wish to fly in an area that is not so busy, however you can only learn so much from that. Your communication skills will suffer if you do not have the ability to make contact with other aircraft or air traffic control. A book or classroom environment can only teach you so much, the rest is learned in practice.

Student Feedback

It is always good to learn from people that once were in your position. Flight schools should have some sort of feedback listed on their website or reference any pilots that received training with them and are now successful on their own. Check to see if any instructors got their schooling from the school at which they are now teaching. This can be a good indicator that the place is student friendly and a good working environment. After all, why would they choose to stay there if it wasn’t good?

Personal Experience

This can be the final step to choosing a school. Contact them with your questions and examine the response you get. Is the correspondence quick and clear? If you call or visit in person are the people friendly and helpful? How do the facilities look? You will be in the school surroundings for a while so you want to make sure it is comfortable as a learning environment. Also see if you can meet some of the instructors or the head of the school. Do they seem determined and committed to helping students learn? All these things are key to your own success as a student and later as a pilot. Who knows, if you like the school you go to for your training you may also get a job there or get contacts that can help you in the future.


Searching for a flight school is just like searching for anything else. You start with a broad category and step by step narrow it down to your own needs. With the most important criteria that we have discussed you will be on your way to finding a top flight school in no time. Start with a Google search or use a different search engine you are comfortable with. Then slowly shape the search to fit your goals. When you have a list of qualifying schools examine each in more depth. Contact them. Check the school out personally and meet the people that make the school function. Show your own passion and drive for flying and you may discover something at the school that the Internet or books did not cover. Above all be selective. This school will be the foundation for your future so make it a good one! Do not let the price be a factor that turns you away, you can ask for financial aid or work out a plan to finance the schooling. The quality of education is important and maybe a cheaper school offers more than an expensive one. Keep your eyes open to all aspects. Source

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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Professional Pilot Information List for Pilot Students

December 13, 2013 Leave a comment

Professional Pilot Information List for Pilot StudentsThe reasons for the current pilot shortage are many. The sustained growth of domestic air travel since 9/11 and the extraordinary expansion of air travel in countries like China and India have added to the huge demand for pilots. U.S. airlines have transitioned to scheduling more frequent flights in smaller but more numerous aircraft for efficiency. The traditional source of airline pilots—the military—has reduced the number of pilots it generates to a mere trickle. According to U.S. Air Force statistics, in 1943, the U.S. Army Air Force graduated 65,797 pilots. These war-trained aircrews manned the cockpits of our airliners for decades. By 1996, the U.S. Air Force was graduating only 525 pilots per year.

As airlines plan to hire hundreds of new pilots, industry officials warn that a shortage looms because of retirements, greater training requirements and longer rest periods between shifts.

American Airlines, which is reorganizing in bankruptcy court while proposing to merge with US Airways to become the world’s largest airline, announced plans this week to hire 1,500 pilots over five years.

Where To Do Your Flight Training

Choosing the best aviation training center will depend largely on what the student wants to achieve, how far they are willing to travel, and what amount of time they want to spend in school. At the beginning of your flight school search, it helps if you have a general idea of what you want from aviation. Why do you want to learn to fly? What is your ultimate, long-term aviation goal? Do you want to fly for fun, or are you seeking a flying career? Will your flying be local, or do you want to use general aviation aircraft to travel? Do you want to own an airplane or will you rent? These are questions you should answer before you start considering flight schools. And you should consider whether you’ll train full time or part time; that can make a big difference in your flight school selection criteria.

There are more than 300 institutions in the U.S. that offer some sort of formal aviation training program. Some of that is related directly to flying. Other parts are concerned with aviation management, as well as airline or airport operations.
Before choosing a school, is to determine what type of degree or certificate is desired. A flight training center may offer a Bachelor’s degree in aviation, or it may offer other types of flight training programs and certificates. In some cases, a rating certificate is all that is needed to become a professional pilot. However, the higher the level of the degree, the more credibility that will be offered. For those simply looking to become recreational pilots, a more flexible and economical option may be to simply hire a private instructor, or join a flying club.

Funding Your Flight Training

The rising costs of a college education have made some feel that post-secondary degrees are a luxury. There is no need to see things this way as help is there for those who need it. College scholarships and grants are readily available to students willing to do the research and pay attention to the regulations.

Grant and scholarship providers set their own rules about who can and cannot apply and students should not waste their time applying for scholarships and grants for which they are not eligible. Finding college scholarships and grants with eligibility criteria you meet is key to receiving awards.

AOPA’s Aviation Services department has compiled much information on scholarships and loans, including an extensive listing of available scholarships. The subject report, Aviation Scholarships and Loans, is available to members free online.

FAA also compiles a comprehensive list of scholarships in aviation. Some are listed below. For a full list and other information, please visit FAA scholarships page.

ATP Requirements for Major Airlines

If flying for a major legacy airline is your goal, then a four-year degree is still a must-have. The majors, the high-end “boutique” carriers and the plum corporate jobs still require the degree along with high minimum hours and considerable multi-engine time. That’s where the aviation universities come in. The best employers in aviation regard a degree from an accredited aviation university as a key ingredient. For that reason, many flight schools prescreen their applicants to make sure they’re the stuff of which future airline captains are made.

Aviation colleges combine flight training with academics in degree programs that address aviation-specific education. Majors like aeronautical science and air-traffic management are combined with leading-edge flight training in first-line equipment. Most are four-year programs that include flight training. In these college programs, students earn their ratings and then stay on to instruct for at least a year. By instructing, they build time and experience the old-fashioned way. These college CFIs are paid respectable wages and receive considerable discounts on their tuition.

Some universities also offer two-year degrees but recommend that students finish their bachelor’s degree to get professional employment.

The Pilot Interview

After your flight training is completed, the interview is the next step. In the pilot world, the interview isn’t just a verbal exchange; it’s a plethora of tests, questions and intense evaluations. With interview preparation, candidates have a much greater chance of hearing the words “you hired”. The oral interview will consist of a human resources portion and a technical portion. The HR part asks typical open-ended questions like, “Why did you choose to become a pilot?” The purpose, of course, is to evaluate your personality. The technical interview consists of aviation knowledge questions and may include ATP-level questions. Your logbook will be reviewed and you’ll fill out a gazillion forms.

The simulator evaluation is next. Simulator types will vary, but the process is designed to determine your basic flying ability and IFR proficiency. You’ll brief a departure, take off, perform checklists and call outs, perform holds, fly approaches to minimums and show you can read the charts. After a missed approach and some vectors, you’ll move on. It varies with each carrier.

You’ll submit to a drug screening, a background check and, in many cases, a full medical evaluation. Some carriers administer a written test and do a psychiatric evaluation; almost all will review your driving record. You’ll need a passport for international flying.

There are several Internet resources that offer detailed interview guides (called “gouges”) for each carrier. They include actual questions and debriefs from pilots who went through the process.

Aviator Flight School Profesional Pilot Program

The programs at Aviator Flight School 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 flight training today.

During your flight training you will fly a total of 259 hours, of which up to 200 hours will be in a multi-engine aircraft. The ground school portion is in a structured classroom environment. As the shortage of pilots continues to grow, Aviator College is consistently meeting with major air carriers to determine the flight training and education that they require.
You will receive a minimum of 643 instructional hours for the Professional Pilot Program.The instructional hours includes all ground and flight training. 6 months of housing is included in the price of the program. If you come with a Private Pilot License 5 months will be included in the price of the Program.

Upon completion of your flight training Aviator College encourages the graduating student to apply to stay on as a flight instructor.

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