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Aviator Flight Training Academy Time Building Packages

Aviator Flight Training Academy Time Building PackagesIf flying is your passion and you want to learn to fly, be prepared to know that flight training doesn’t come cheap. For this reason, you need to know what type of aircraft you want to fly, what type of pilot license you want to earn so you don’t waste your money. Once you are set on the type of flying you want to do, the next step is to decide when and where you should do flight training. Your choice of a flight school will depend on whether you are planning on obtaining a recreational or private certificate or whether you intend to pursue a career as a professional pilot. Another consideration is whether you will train part-time or full-time.

Do not make the mistake of making your determination based on financial concerns alone. The quality of flight training you receive is very important. Prior to making a final decision, visit the flight school you are considering and talk with management, instructors, and students. Evaluate the items on the checklist you developed and then take some time to think things over before making your decision.

After you have decided where you will learn to fly and have made the necessary arrangements, you are ready to start your training. An important fact: ground and flight training should be obtained as regularly and frequently as possible.

Florida Flight Training School

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.

Aviator flight training fleet consists of 10 multi-engine and 26 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, Piper Warrior III PA-28, and the Cessna 172 Skyhawk, all are 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) assures maximum retention of instruction and the achievement of proficiency.

The Aviator Flight Training Academy offers a full line of flight training courses to meet the individual needs of each student.

Multi, Instrument, & Commercial
  • 150 Hours of Multi-Engine
  • Cross Country flying coast-to-coast
  • Price includes flight instruction and all ground instruction
  • Course time is eight weeks or less
  • Writtens and Checkrides are extra
  • NO FTDs (Simulators) are used towards flight time
  • To enroll you must hold your PPL and 100 hours total time
  • Eight weeks of housing included (one person per bedroom)

$ 29,995.00
Financing Available for those who qualify

Multi-Engine Time Building

Our “Twin-Time Pilot” program offers 100 hours of Multi-Engine flight time anywhere within the Continental United States and the Caribbean. Aviator’s twin time program operates 24 hours-a-day, (24×7) rain or shine.

Lacking actual IMC flight time? Aviator encourages flights into IMC. We operate a fleet of Beechcraft Duchess, the majority of which are fully equipped with weather radar, Garmin 430, HSI, DME, and Intercoms. Fleet of aircraft are now being converted to EFIS systems “Glass Cockpit”

50 hr. Multi Engine time building $ 6,292.50
75 hr. Multi Engine time building $ 8,955.00
100 hr. Multi Engine time building $ 11,617.50

Price Includes 5 hour Check out, Sales Tax, Insurance, & Fuel at $5.00 per gallon
Housing available for $ 650.00 per month or less

150 hours Multi Engine Time – Multi Engine Rating

Multi Engine Instrument Rating & Multi Engine Commercial
$ 29,995.00 Special!

Price includes flight instruction and all ground instruction
Course time is eight weeks or less
*Eight weeks of housing is Included
Writtens and Checkrides are extra
* To enroll you must have your PPL and 100 hours Total Time

Contact Aviator


Flight Training Hours For Private Pilot License PPL

Flight Training Hours For Private Pilot License PPLFAA’s rules for getting a pilot’s license (certificate) differ depending on the type of aircraft you fly. In addition, there are different types of flying to consider. There are several different types of pilot’s licenses, from student pilot all the way up to airline transport pilot. The most common and widely sought pilot certificate is PPL.

A private pilot certificate is a license that permits the holder to act as the pilot in command of an aircraft privately. The key to this certificate is that the pilot cannot charge money or get paid for the flight.

Basic Requirements for PPL
  • 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
PPL Flight Training

Private pilot training programs prepare students to pass Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) exams and earn a Private Pilot Certificate. Many aviation colleges offer private pilot programs. Before students can begin flying, they need to study flying basics on the ground. Ground school courses explain the scientific principles of flight, aircraft systems and radio operation. Students read aeronautical manuals and learn to complete flight plans and logbooks. They also learn the federal, state and local laws and regulations that apply to private pilot flight.

Flight Instruments Course

This course familiarizes students with the many instruments found on a plane’s flight panel. Through ground and flight practice, students learn how to operate a plane by instrument flight rules (IFR), which involves navigating a plane using only the flight instruments. Class training covers the use of IFR charts and instrument-based approaches. These skills are key for flight in conditions where visibility is limited, such as during night flights or when flying through clouds.

Aviator Flight Training Academy in Florida offers flight training degree and non-degree programs. 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.

Private Pilot Flight Experience Summary

Total Flight Time: 40 hours minimum which consists of at least:
Dual: 20 hours minimum of flight training with an instructor on the Private Pilot areas of operation including:
3 hours of cross country flight training in a single engine airplane;
3 hours of night flight training in a single engine airplane, that includes at least:
a) 1 cross country flight of over 100 nm total distance; and
b) 10 T/O’s and 10 landings to a full stop with each involving a flight in the traffic pattern at an airport.
3 hours of flight training by reference to instruments in a single engine airplane; and
3 hours of flight training in a single engine airplane within the 60 days prior to the practical test.

Solo: 10 hours minimum of solo flying in a single engine airplane on the Private Pilot areas of operation including:

  • 5 hours of solo cross country flying;
  • 1 solo cross country flight of at least 150nm total distance with full stop landings at 3 points and one segment of at least 50nm between T/O and landings; and
  • 3 T/O’s and landings to a full stop at an airport with an operating control tower.
PPL Flight Proficiency

General. A person who applies for a private pilot certificate must receive and log ground and flight training from an authorized instructor on the areas of operation that apply to the aircraft category and class rating sought.

Areas of operation.

(1) For an airplane category rating with a single-engine class rating:
(i) Preflight preparation;
(ii) Preflight procedures;
(iii) Airport and seaplane base operations;
(iv) Takeoffs, landings, and go-arounds;
(v) Performance maneuvers;
(vi) Ground reference maneuvers;
(vii) Navigation;
(viii) Slow flight and stalls;
(ix) Basic instrument maneuvers;
(x) Emergency operations;
(xi) Night operations, except as provided in Sec. 61.110 of this part; and
(xii) Postflight procedures.

PPL Privileges and Limitations

A private pilot can be distinguished from a commercial pilot by the fact that while the commercial pilot is allowed to receive pay from his flying, the private pilot cannot do that. He cannot carry freight for hire. Apart from that, based on the level of their training, private pilots are often required to fly only on VFR (visual flight rules); but any one of them who has passed the instrument rating test has the permit to fly on IFR (instrument flight rules). Basically, the difference between the two is that while VFR can be used when the weather is favorable to visibility, IFR is ideal for poor visibility, particularly due to bad weather.

Private pilots enjoy cheaper rates for insurance than do recreational and sport pilots. Having a private pilot license becomes a foundation for the next step up if one should decide to get a commercial pilot license. It reduces the cost and time that will be spent in learning the basic flight knowledge as well as getting acquainted with the instruments.
Moreover, a private pilot certificate helps you enjoy privileges that sport or recreational pilots are not granted.

Pilot Training Programs in Florida

For more than 31 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). Come and take a tour and see the Aviator difference.

Pilot Student Building and Logging Time in Cross Country Flight Training

Pilot Student Building and Logging Time in Cross Country Flight TrainingPer title 14 of the code of federal regulations (14 CFR)- (FARS) part 61, section 1.b.3[4]

Cross-country time means:
  1. Time acquired during a flight—
  2. Conducted by a person who holds a pilot certificate;
  3. Conducted in an aircraft;

1. That includes a landing at a point other than the point of departure; and
That involves the use of dead reckoning, pilotage, electronic navigation aids, radio aids, or other navigation systems to navigate to the landing point.
2. For the purpose of meeting the aeronautical experience requirements (except for a rotorcraft category rating), for a private pilot certificate (except for a powered parachute category rating), a commercial pilot certificate, or an instrument rating, or for the purpose of exercising recreational pilot privileges (except in a rotorcraft) under Sec. 61.101(c), time acquired during a flight–
Conducted in an appropriate aircraft;
That includes a point of landing that was at least a straight-line distance of more than 50 nautical miles from the original point of departure; and
That involves the use of dead reckoning, pilotage, electronic navigation aids, radio aids, or other navigation systems to navigate to the landing point.

Cross-Country Flight Phase

When beginning the cross-country flight phase, student pilots often find it one of the most exciting parts of their training. Until reaching the cross-country phase, virtually all flights take place at or near the home airport. For the first time, students are able to fly well beyond the home airport to new and different airports, initially with the flight instructor and then solo. Planning the first cross-country flight, though, can seem overwhelming!

In cross-country flying, a number of basic skills assume added importance. For example,

  • When you stay near your home airport, you can land and refuel whenever you want, but during a cross-country flight you need to plan ahead.
  • When you stay near your home airport, you can land immediately if threatening weather moves in, but during a cross-country flight you need to do a lot more planning and a lot more en-route double-checking.
  • When you stay near your home airport, you presumably know the length of all the runways and the layout of the traffic pattern, but it can be highly embarrassing to show up at another airport and turn left base when everybody else is using a right-hand pattern. It is also embarrassing to land a little long and a little fast and then discover that the runway is very short.
  • And last but not least, you need good navigation. Navigation involves keeping track of where you are and finding your way to the destination. The three primary methods of navigation are pilotage (section 14.1), dead reckoning (section 14.2), and navigation by instruments (section 14.3).
14.1 Pilotage

The term pilotage refers to finding your way by reference to landmarks. This is a basic yet important pilot skill.

From the air, things look different than they do from the ground. It will take you a while to learn aeronautical pilotage skills. Airports Make Good Landmarks. When you are planning a cross-country trip, it is advantageous to plan a route that passes over airports along the way. They make great checkpoints.

There’s a lot to know before conducting a safe cross-country flight, and your flight instructor will review everything in detail prior to each take off.

Logging Flight Time For Student Pilots

While you’re a student pilot you will only log EITHER dual received OR PIC time. You can’t log both on the same flight. You’ll log PIC time when you are the SOLE occupant of the aircraft, and since you can’t carry passengers if you’re not the sole occupant at least one of the other occupants will be your instructor. When you log dual received time then your instructor will, at a minimum, need to sign your logbook. Most instructors will add information on the lesson(s) taught during the flight.

Your instructor should conduct pre and post flight briefings and technically that’s ground instruction and could be logged as such but most people don’t bother. However, if your instructor provides ground instruction that’s not part of a pre or post flight my advice is to log it and have the instructor sign it.

When May I Log Cross-Country Time?

This is one of those FAA definitions that change depending on what you’re using the time for. Cross-countries fall into four groups. The first three groups are all contained in 61.1(b)(3).

Group 1: General Definition: A cross country flight is one in which you land at another airport that you didn’t accidentally bump into. There are no distance requirements.

Group 2: In order to “Count” for Most Certificates or Ratings: Same as the general definition, except at least one of the places where you land has to be more than 50 NM from where you started the flight. This applies to the private and commercial certificates, and the instrument rating.

Group 3: In order to “Count” for ATP: Same as for Most Certificates or Ratings, except you don’t have to land anywhere.

Group 4: Apart from there are the “special cross countries” that are part of the experience requirement for certain certificates and ratings. One example is the private pilot certificate requirement for 150 total distance solo cross country with at least one 50 NM leg (61.109(a)(5)).

Summary. All four groups are cross country. And they all can be logged from the time that you are a student pilot. The problem is keeping track of them so you can total the ones that “count” in any given situation. Most new pilots tend to log only Group 2 since those are the ones that they will have to total up in the near future. Some set up two columns right away (Group 1 counts for 135 experience purposes). The lack of a landing in Group 3 is a well-deserved tip of the hat to military pilots who will often fly some distance without landing.

Aviator Flight Training Academy

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.

Why Invest In Aviation Degree

Why Invest In Aviation DegreeAbout two-thirds of airline pilots will retire in the coming years and other areas of the aviation industry are also under-supplied with qualified applicants. What is required to be a qualified applicant?

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 it. Many airlines, especially in the United States, prefer applicants with a college degree. From an employer’s point of view, a degree from a certified aviation science program shows a high level of commitment to the field. Most commercial airlines prefer applicants with college degrees. If you are already a licensed pilot, flight time and certificates can be counted towards your degree, saving both time and money. Entering the aviation job market with a degree in aviation will get you the advantage you need to get a job as a pilot.

Types Of Aviation Degrees

There are several types of aviation degree programs, most of which involve learning how to pilot a plane as well as obtaining knowledge beyond what is required for a basic pilot’s license. While most pilot positions do not actually require a college degree, airlines prefer to see that applicants have the focus to complete college-level work. A degree in aviation can be obtained at the graduate level, which is a good qualification for researchers and teachers in aviation. An aviation maintenance degree is quite different from a degree that includes flight time, but this can be a good program for people interested in the technical aspects of flight.

A degree in Aviation Technology prepares you for a variety of aviation careers, including those in maintenance, engineering, air traffic control and piloting. Degrees are offered at various levels through colleges, universities, vocational schools and online institutions.

Aviation Technology Degrees

On its website, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA),, lists over 100 accredited colleges and universities with Aviation programs. These institutions offer a variety of degree options, from a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Management Technology to an Associate of Applied Science in Aviation Technology. While the programs may vary in focus and depth of training, most will include basic Aviation Technology concepts, including:

  • Aircraft operations
  • Effects of weather
  • FAA and other regulations
  • Navigation
  • Air traffic control
  • Basic aircraft systems
  • Associate Degrees in Aviation Technology

An associate degree program generally lasts about two years and prepares students for entry-level employment in the Aviation industry or for continued study in Aviation. Concentrations may include Aviation maintenance, air traffic control or airport management.

Bachelor Degrees in Aviation Technology

A bachelor degree program will include a broad range of educational requirements in addition to Aviation instruction. Most bachelor degree programs last for four years. Programs are available for professional piloting, airport management, airline management and aviation engineering.

If you look for more then just a certificate then doing your flight training with a college is something to consider. Many colleges throughout the world offer degrees such as bachelor of aviation science or associates of aviation science. Stand alone these degrees do not qualify for any profession without your commercial pilot license (CPL) but make a good starting point if you want to do a masters degree in aviation. Also they look very good on your resume and may be a door opener when applying for a job.

Also already trained pilots can do an aviation degree program with a college. Depending on the college they may credit your flight time and certificates towards a degree. Usually you don’t get full credit (as if you had done the flying with the college), but it may still be a money saver as flying with some colleges are more expensive then the average flight school. However some colleges require you to do at least two or more certificates and/or ratings with them to qualify for a degree.

For already trained pilots some of the classes you have to do are pure repetition as they are meant for pilot students enrolled in the degree program. You still have to take them to get the needed credits to graduate.

NOTE: An aviation degree is a good, and cost efficient, alternative to doing any other college degree first and then start flying like many students do today. You save time by doing the flight training while you work on a degree. At the same time you save money as the flight training build credit.

Associate Degree And Aviation Programs

An associate degree is a two-year degree awarded by community colleges, technical schools and universities in the US. Earning an associate degree usually means completing 60 college credits, the equivalent of two years of coursework. In order to earn one, students must typically complete general education courses, core classes required for the college major, and electives. This degree is sufficient for work in some fields, while other positions may require completion of additional education.

Receiving an Associate Degree

Receiving an associate degree usually requires about two years of education, though this can vary depending on the individual program a student completes. Schools often require introductory and core curriculum courses, such as language studies and mathematics. Students also take additional classes that focus on the degree subject, such as computer science or healthcare.

While this study is not usually as specialized or focused as degrees that require many more years of classes, it can give a valuable overview needed for additional schooling or employment in certain fields.

Why Associate Degree?
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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. Someone with this degree can also enter the workplace in many careers, especially technical fields like computer science and programming. Other fields like nursing have opportunities for people with only one or two years of education, which may result in a specialized certification, rather than a 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:

  • Gain greater knowledge and expand your skills in a specific aviation career field.
  • Earn an aviation degree, an associate’s degree, and/or bachelor’s degree in an aviation program.
  • Access a wide range of aviation resources and tools to help you with your aviation career.
  • Participate in various aviation internship programs.
  • Increase your chances of networking with aviation employers to gain employment.
Aviator College Degree Program

Approved by the FAA for a Restricted ATP Certificate at 1250 hours

2 year Associates Degree Program

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.

Common Questions About Flight Training. Is It For You?

Common Questions About Flight Training. Is It For You?Regardless of which career you choose, there is no easy way to achieve your goals. Thorough research is needed to narrow down you pass and decide what profession you wish to have. Passion to do something is usually the driving force. Being a pilot is a challenging profession and does come with some concerns. Ask any pilot, and they will probably tell you about concerns they had about flight training—either before or after they started. Common obstacles include fear of flying and the commitment of time and money needed to become a private pilot. To overcome those obstacles is possible. AOPA suggests the following steps to begin your flight training

Finding a flight school

If you don’t know where your local airport or flight school is and don’t know anyone to point you in the right direction, you may wonder how to start flight training. Visit flight school search page to find a school near you.

Fear of flying

Fear is a relative term with many synonyms—nervousness, anxiety, apprehension, dread, trepidation, and worry. How it affects you depends on how you deal with it. If you let it paralyze you, consume your mind so you cannot think and act, it is a bad thing. But if you put fear to work for you, it can be an essential ingredient in the safety of every flight. For example if your fear is of the unknown, then go ahead and schedule an introductory flight lesson. The more you learn about how the aircraft flies and how you control it, the less nervous or fearful you will be. If your fear is of something going wrong in flight, rest assured that as part of your training, you will learn emergency procedures and you will know how to respond to emergencies in flight. You will also perform a thorough preflight inspection of the aircraft prior to each flight to verify the airplane is in airworthy condition. This allows you to detect any problems on the ground to minimize issues while airborne.


As with any recreational activity, the amount of time you dedicate to flying is up to you. As you go through flight training it’s beneficial to fly at least a couple of times a week so you keep proficiency between lessons. That will result in less flight time—and therefore less money—needed to earn your certificate. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules mandate at least 40 hours of flight time for a private pilot certificate, but most people need about 60 hours. Sport pilots need at least 20 hours and recreational pilots need 30.


The cost to become a pilot ranges from $5,000 to $9,000, depending on the type of certificate you earn. Other factors affecting price include the type of airplane you train in and the number of hours you fly. Once you become a pilot, the amount of money you put into this activity is up to you. You can buy an airplane or choose to rent at the thousands of facilities found at general aviation airports nationwide; you can join a flying club to share the costs with others; and you can fly a few times each week or once every weekend. It all depends on you and how you choose to use your pilot certificate. Source

Flight School Frequently Asked Questions

How can I find a flight school?
There are more than 3,000 flight schools nationwide, so chances are there’s one at your local airport. Click here to search our online database.

How and where can I get a student pilot certificate?
An aviation medical examiner (AME) typically gives you a student pilot certificate to fill out as part of the third class medical exam. Your flight instructor will likely refer you to a local AME, or you can find an examiner online using AOPA’s database of AMEs, searchable by city and state. A student pilot certificate is valid for the duration of your third class medical – 60 months for student pilots under age 40, and 24 months for student pilots age 40 or older.

For how long is a student pilot certificate valid?
A student pilot certificate is issued as a combination student pilot certificate and third-class medical and is valid for the duration of your third-class medical certificate.

What are the vision, hearing, and general medical health requirements that must be met in order to be a pilot?
Your vision must be at least 20/40 for near and distant vision with or without corrective lenses, and you must be able to perceive those colors necessary for the safe pilot performance. For general health and medical-related questions, refer to AOPA’s medical subject reports Web page prior to visiting your AME.

Do I need a medical certificate to become a sport pilot?
A medical is not required, but you will need to have a valid U.S. driver’s license. You must comply with each restriction and limitation imposed by that U.S. driver’s license and any judicial or administrative order applying to the operation of a motor vehicle. You must also meet the requirements of Federal Aviation Regulation 61.23(c)(2): You must have been found eligible for the issuance of at least a third class airman medical certificate at the time of your most recent application (if you have applied for a medical certificate); you must not have had your most recently issued medical certificate (if you have held a medical certificate) suspended or revoked or most recent authorization for a special issuance of a medical certificate withdrawn; and you must not have any medical condition that would make you unable to operate a light sport aircraft in a safe manner.

How much does it cost to learn to fly and get a pilot certificate?
There 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.

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.

What are the differences between a Part 61 and a Part 141 flight school?
Part 141 schools have more FAA oversight, more rigid schedules, and more paperwork. For the added requirements, they are allowed to reduce the minimum required hours of private pilot training to 35 hours, rather than the 40-hour minimum required when training at a Part 61 flight school. The Part 61 school, on the other hand, is able to be more flexible with training schedules and has the ability to tailor the curriculum to meet individual students’ training needs. Either school must train you to pass the very same practical test.

How old do I have to be before I can start taking flying lessons?
You don’t have to be a particular age before you can begin to take flying lessons. That said, however, you do have to be at least 16 years old before you can solo an airplane (14 years old for operation of a balloon or glider), and 17 before you can be issued a pilot certificate. Therefore, it may not be particularly efficient from the standpoint of cost and flight hours to begin lessons too early. source -AOPA

How old is too old to begin flying lessons?
Say “student pilot,” and most people think of a youngster chasing a dream. In reality, today’s fledgling is likely a middle-aged adult who’s not only chasing, but actually fulfilling, a lifelong ambition to be a pilot. The average student pilot today is in his 30s, and the typical average active pilot is a decade older. In addition, more than 25 percent of all U.S. pilots with current medical certificates are in their 50s. And some pilots learn to fly after they retire.

Aviator Flight School in Florida

For more than 31 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).

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

Regional Pilot Job After Flight School

Regional Pilot Job After Flight SchoolBeing enrolled in a FAA approved and certified flight training school gives you good foundation to begin you pilot career. The flight instructor is the cornerstone of aviation safety. The FAA has adopted an operational training concept that places the full responsibility for student training on the authorized flight instructor. In this role, the instructor assumes the total responsibility for training the student pilot in all the knowledge areas and skills necessary to operate safely and competently as a certificated pilot in the National Airspace System.

Because of the perfect weather conditions through out the year, Florida attracts some of the top flight instructors. Training under the best instructors will help you catch on faster, give you credibility, and you will learn things you might not learn with other instructors.

After student pilot completes the necessary flight training, the next best step is to stay at the flight school and apply for a flight instructor. Working as a flight instructor provides you with experience needed to get a pilot job.

Applying For Flight Instructor Aviator Flight School

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.

Upon completion of your flight training Aviator College encourages the graduating student to apply to stay on as a flight instructor. For a Full list of Regional Pilot Jobs please visit Aviator Link.

American Eagle – Pipeline Instructor (Flight)
CFI to First Officer

American Eagle Airlines has partnered with multiple flight schools to develop a career path from CFI to Regional Airline Pilot. This exciting new program gives the pilot a secured position at American Eagle Airlines while building time towards the ATP minimum flight experience requirements. Not only does the program provide this streamlined career path, but instructors are hired and employed by American Eagle while they are still instructing!

Once Pipeline Instructors reach the ATP minimums and 50 hours of multi-engine experience, they are placed into new hire pilot training at American Eagle in the next available new hire class.

Applying is easy, simply complete an application on, then send an email with your resume to Selected applicants will be flown to American Airlines/American Eagle headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas for the interview. Those selected from the recruitment process will then go to interview at one of the partner schools. Once approved by both American Eagle and the flight school, pilots will be hired by American Eagle and work as an instructor at the flight school until reaching ATP minimums.

To be considered applicants must hold:

  • Commercial Pilot Certification with multi-engine and instrument ratings
  • CFI and CFII Instructor Certifications
  • Current FAA First Class Medical
  • FCC License
  • Valid Passport

Applicants must possess the legal right to work in the United States and have the ability to travel in and out of the United States and to all cities/countries served by American Eagle. Ability to work weekends, nights, shifts, holidays and overnight trips. Must fulfill government-required criminal background checks to qualify for unescorted access privileges to airport security identification display areas and secure airport authority and/or U.S. Customs security badges, if applicable. Must be able to read, write, fluently speak and understand the English language.

Minimum Age

You must be at least 21 years of age.

American Eagle – Pilots

Fly with distinction.
If flying is your passion, you can fly with the best in the business as an American Eagle pilot.
American Eagle has forecasted pilot hiring activity to continue through 2013 and into 2014.
Pilot applicants that successfully clear the recruitment and selection process will be eligible to receive a $5,000 sign on bonus with the agreement to sign a two year Letter of Commitment to fly for American Eagle. Your wings are waiting. Apply today! SOURCE

Airline Pilot Training Programs

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.

160 hours Multi-Engine

Professional Pilot Program

  • 259 Flight Hours
  • Ground School Class Pre& Post Flight Ground
  • Training in a College Campus Atmosphere
  • Single Engine Private Pilot
  • Private Multi-Engine
  • Single-Engine Instrument
  • Multi-Engine Instrument
  • Multi-Engine Commercial
  • Single Engine Commercial
  • Multi-Engine Flight Instructor
  • Instrument Flight Instructor
  • Single Engine Flight Instructor
  • 160 hours of Multi-Engine Time

Aircraft for check rides
Cross Country flying coast-to-coast
No FTDs (Simulators) used towards flight time
*CRJ Jet Transition Program
Pilot Career Planning & Interviewing Class
6 Months of housing
6 Months of Housing is Included
Subtract -$6,100.00 if you hold a Private Pilot Certificate
6 Months of Housing is Included
Additional fees* : books, written, checkrides, headset approx .$ 6,440.00

Are Plane Crashes Caused By Pilots Common

Are Plane Crashes Caused By Pilots Common

What is likely to be the main cause of a passenger plane crashing?
Mechanical failure? Or human error?

There are many people whose first assumption – after terrorism or hijacking is discounted – when a plane is lost is that some physical part has failed catastrophically. But mechanical failures alone account for only a small proportion of airliner crashes.

For fatal accidents, one calculation puts the primary cause as “pilot error” in 50% of all cases. One of the most common scenarios for a plane crash (more than a fifth of all fatal accidents between 2006-11, according to the International Civil Aviation Organization) is known as “controlled flight into terrain” (CFIT), referring to aircraft that were piloted into the ground, water, mountains or other terrain.

Flight Data Recorder
  • Data recorderElectronic device which records any instruction sent to any electronic system on aircraft
  • FDRs built to withstand force of high speed impact and heat of intense fire; usually mounted in aircraft tail section
  • Nicknamed “black box”, FDR is in fact coated in heat-resistant bright orange paint for easy visibility in wreckage. Source
Causes of Fatal Accidents by Decade

Plane Crash Stuatistcis
The table above is compiled from the accident database and represents 1,085 fatal accidents involving commercial aircraft, world-wide, from 1950 thru 2010 for which a specific cause is known. This does not include aircraft with 18 or less people aboard, military aircraft , private aircraft or helicopters.

“Pilot error (weather related)” represents accidents in which pilot error was the cause but brought about by weather related phenomena. “Pilot error (mechanical related)” represents accidents in which pilot error was the cause but brought about by some type of mechanical failure. “Other human error” includes air traffic controller errors, improper loading of aircraft, fuel contamination and improper maintenance procedures. Sabotage includes explosive devices, shoot downs and hijackings. “Total pilot error” is the total of all three types of pilot error (in yellow). Where there were multiple causes, the most prominent cause was used. Source: database

Top 10 Pilot Errors
  1. Weather. The more a pilot knows about it, the better. While thunderstorms, icing and winds claim their share of airplanes, the real weather gadfly are those serene, innocent-looking clouds and their cousin, fog.
  2. CFIT. Another common pilot error that often involves weather is controlled flight into terrain (CFIT). A simplified definition of CFIT is “flying a perfectly good airplane into the ground.”
  3. Poor Communication. Another boo-boo pilots seem to have an affinity for involves deficient communication. This difficulty of communicating comes in several forms. When dealing with air traffic control (ATC), pilots tend to hear what they want to hear. Good pilots anticipate what is coming next, including ATC instructions; however, this profound skill can trick the mind into “hearing” what is expected regardless of what actually filters into one’s headset.
  4. Low-Level Maneuvering. If you ever hear the words “watch this” from a pilot, look out! Pilots are notorious show-offs. How many times have you heard about the pilot who performs an impromptu air show for friends and significant others? A few low-level maneuvers later, and the plane is falling out of the sky. Some air show. The problem isn’t just that pilots are flying low to the ground; it’s this combination of flying too slow and in too tight of a turn that causes crashes.
  5. Inadequate Preflight Inspections. It’s amazing how many pilots mess up preflight inspections. A cursory walk around simply to “kick the tires” so you can hurry up and “light the fires” is beckoning for trouble. Take your time during your preflight.
  6. Inadequate Preflight Planning. Renowned classical novelist Miguel de Cervantes wisely said “forewarned forearmed.” Those who are prepared are equipped to deal with the tasks at hand. Typically, the level of preflight preparation is proportional to how smoothly the flight goes.
  7. Failure to Use a Checklist. Lots of pilots get into the mindset that flying is like riding a bike—something you can do easily out of memory. While it’s true that 99% of the time, you’ll remember to do everything required of the checklist, it’s that remaining 1% of the time when you forget to do something that will bite. You can make sure you complete everything you need to all the time if you consistently use a checklist.
  8. Failure to Perform the “I’M SAFE” Checklist. Another common error of pilots is forgetting to use the “I’M SAFE” checklist. For those who have forgotten what the letters stand for, here’s a reminder: Illness, Medication, Stress, Alcohol, Fatigue and Emotion (some say E is for Eating). Sick pilots have no place in a cockpit. Stress is commonplace in our fast-paced world, but there is a point at which it becomes so intense that it’s a distraction. Fatigue is a somewhat underrated no-go item. Many of us have flown when we’re not at our peak performance level. Alas, fatigue goes hand in hand with red eyes and transoceanic flights. But there are things that pilots can do to mitigate fatigue. Being well rested by planning ahead makes a big difference.
  9. Running Out of Fuel. It truly is unbelievable how many pilots run out of fuel every year. It’s interesting to note that most of these incidents occur not because, say, the fueler didn’t put enough gas on board. Instead, pilots try to push it just a little bit too far, running out of gas just short of their destination. That darned “get-there-itis” bug tends to afflict pilots all too often when it comes to fuel. Who wants to make an extra stop, anyway? But that 30-minute fuel stop is better than the one you’ll have to make when your tanks go dry.
  10. Mismanagement of Technology. Scientist and novelist C.P. Snow once said that “technology is a peculiar thing. It brings you great gifts in one hand and stabs you in the back with the other.” The mismanagement of technology is a pilot error that has come under particular scrutiny lately, as glass instrumentation has quickly been invading the cockpits of general aviation aircraft. Source
Flight School Pro 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.