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Flight Training Environment in US Pilot Schools

Flight Training Environment in US Pilot SchoolsThere are about 3,400 pilot schools operating in the United States. The most basic difference among the types of schools is the flight training environment provided to the students. For the reporting purposes of our study, we divided them into three categories:

  1. non-collegiate flight instructor-based schools
  2. non-collegiate vocational pilot schools,
  3. collegiate aviation schools.
Non-Collegiate Flight Instructor-Based School (Part 61).

Pilot training conducted under Part 61 regulations is often provided by an individual, for-hire flight instructor who can operate independently as a single-instructor school at a local airport with a single aircraft on which to train students. Other flight instructor-based schools operate as a more traditional training school with a small, physical facility located at a particular airport. These schools are the most common type. The majority of students that complete training in non-collegiate, flight instructor-based schools are generally interested in recreational flying, although most commercial pilots in the United States also undertake this type of training as the initial path toward becoming an airline pilot. Flight instructor-based schools offer flexible training environments to meet specific students’ needs as long as they pass the final tests. These schools are not subject to direct FAA oversight beyond the initial certification and subsequent renewal of the flight instructor’s certificate. However, flight instructors may be inspected by FAA when a triggering event occurs regarding the training being provided, such as being involved in an aircraft accident.

Non-Collegiate Vocational Pilot Schools (Part 141)

Vocational schools elect to apply for an operating certificate from FAA to provide pilot training under Part 141 regulations. Part 141 regulations require these schools to meet prescribed standards with respect to training equipment, facilities, student records, personnel, and curriculums. Vocational schools must have structured and formalized programs and have their detailed training course outlines or curriculums approved by FAA. Curriculums can vary in content, but FAA provides fundamental core training guidelines that must be followed within the curriculum for the school to receive a certificate. These schools do not allow the flexibility of flight instructor-based schools as the training sequence outlined in the curriculum cannot be altered. FAA requires annual inspections of these schools, unlike flight instructor-based schools.

Collegiate aviation schools (Part 61 or Part 141).

Pilot training is also provided through 2-and 4-year colleges and universities, which typically offer an undergraduate aviation-based degree along with the pilot certificates and ratings necessary to become a commercial pilot.
In general, most of the collegiate aviation schools provide pilot training under a Part 141 certificate, although they can provide training under Part 61. Collegiate schools that provide training under Part 61 regulations generally offer similar structured, curriculum- based training as collegiate schools with a Part 141 certificate. Source

Choosing a Pilot School

While most of the research is done on the internet, the decision to choose a flight school cannot be made based on the information you see on the website or the literature you download or request by mail. It is highly recommended to visit the flight school you are considering so you can interview flight instructors, attending students and inquire about the flight training programs in detail.

When you schedule a visit with flight school, your first contact will likely be an admissions officer or the chief flight instructor. Listen closely and ask questions about everything. If you don’t understand something, ask! During your tour, ensure that no area is left unvisited, from administrative offices to the maintenance area.

Interview the flight school’s chief flight instructor or his or her assistant. Some questions to ask:

  1. Are progressive flight checks given? (These checks evaluate your progress during the pilot training program.)
  2. What’s the instructor-to-student ratio? (Generally speaking, an instructor can adequately educate four of five full-time students, or 10 or more part-timers, depending on their schedules.)
  3. Who schedules flying lessons, and how is it done?
  4. What are the insurance requirements of the school, and how do its liability and collision policies work? Will you be responsible for a deductible, and how much is that deductible in the event of a loss? What is your coverage as a student pilot?
  5. Who keeps your records? (This is important because poor documentation can cause you to repeat training.)
  6. What happens when weather or maintenance problems cancel a flying lesson? Who’s responsible for rescheduling lessons and reporting maintenance problems? Source

After the official tour, try to talk to other students in flight training. Ask them to rate the training’s quality and explain what problems they’ve had, if any, and how they were dealt with.

Other important flight training information resources can be the local FAA flight standards district office, the Better Business Bureau, and the Chamber of Commerce. They may offer important insights on such topics as a school’s safety record and business practices. Don’t forget such applicable sources as the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, National Air Transportation Association, Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology, if so accredited, and the Immigration and Naturalization Service, if you are an international student.

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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What To Consider In Your Flight School Search

January 21, 2014 Leave a comment

What To Consider In Your Flight School SearchYou know you want to learn to fly and be a pilot. Where do you learn to fly? To choose which flight training option is perfect for you will depend on a few factors. FAA’s rules for getting a pilot’s license (certificate) differ depending on the type of aircraft you fly. You can choose among airplanes, gyroplanes, helicopters, gliders, balloons, or airships.

Also important is to know what type of flying you want to do. There are several different types of pilot’s licenses, from student pilot all the way up to airline transport pilot.

The good news is that a shortage of airline pilots has turned flight training into a full-fledged industry.

What you need to think seriously about what you want and expect before jumping into the flight training career. The reasons people decide to learn to fly seem to fall into two major categories and a couple of minor ones. Many of today’s students are looking down the road at a seat in the airlines, which is a gigantic change from a decade ago when the jobs were so scarce that it wasn’t even worth considering. The other major group of student pilots includes those who have reached, or passed, middle age and are finally getting to do what they’ve always wanted to do. The balance of the student population is made up of those who want to work an airplane into their existing business, those who simply can’t live without the thrill and adventure of flying, and those who don’t know for sure why they are doing it. Many of these people in all of these categories have jobs or careers that they can’t or don’t want to leave to pursue flight training. Others have families that require their presence on a daily basis. Still others have strict budget limitations. Each circumstance requires a different type of flight school.

Types of Flight Schools

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 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.

Learning under Part 61 rules can often give students the flexibility to rearrange flying lesson content and sequence to meet their needs, which can be of benefit to part-time students. Many Part 141 schools also train students under Part 61 rules.

Which type of flight school is best for you depends on your needs, available time, and other factors, such as veteran’s benefit eligibility (only Part 141 schools can qualify for VA-reimbursed training) and location. When it comes to the FAA checkride, which is the same for all, it doesn’t matter where you learned to fly, only how well—including your understanding of aviation academic material.

Although flight schools fall into two basic categories, Part 61 or Part 141, 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.

Aviation college degree programs also play a large part in today’s pilot training marketplace. If you are planning a professional flying career, an aviation degree may make you more competitive

Pilot Training Providers

Pilot training is available on-site at most airports, either through an FAA-certificated (approved) pilot school* or through other training providers. An approved school may be able to provide a greater variety of training aids, dedicated facilities, and more flexibility in scheduling. A number of colleges and universities also provide pilot training as a part of their curricula.

Enrollment in an FAA-approved pilot school usually ensures a high quality of training. Approved schools must meet prescribed standards with respect to equipment, facilities, personnel, and curricula. However, individual flight instructors and training companies that are not certificated by the FAA as “pilot schools” may also offer high quality training, but find it impractical to qualify for FAA certification.

Schedule a Visit With Each Flight School on Your Short List

In researching any flight school, you need to determine how seriously the business takes its flight training program and how professional the approach is. The best way to answer these questions, and others, is to talk to people who are taking flight instruction there. Don’t ask just one person. Ask for the names of at least five current or past students and contact all of them. When you talk to these students, get a sense of how satisfied they have been with their training experience and ask some specific questions:

  1. Were the instructors prompt?
  2. Did they do both preflight and postflight briefings?
  3. Were they good communicators?
  4. Were the aircraft well-maintained?
  5. Were the instructors honest in evaluating their students’ progress?
  6. Did the instructor leave the school before the student earned the rating?
Why Choose Aviator Flight School?

Aviator Flight School offers “hands on” flight training in an idyllic campus setting. Our beautiful facilities, dedicated faculty and staff, and long history of providing quality aviation education ensures graduates receive the skills and knowledge required to excel in today’s highly competitive aviation market.

Aviator College is a fully accredited flight school that provides the most cost effective program for a two year degree in an aviation related field. The college has a state-of-the-art 37,000 square foot training facility, featuring a CRJ Level 5 Flight Training Device (simulator) but FTD’s are not used towards your flight time for any ratings.

Our planes are second to none. We operate a fleet of more than 30 aircraft that fly over 30,000 hours yearly. All our planes are low wing and are equipped with Garmin 430’s and Aspen EFI’S.

The campus itself is in the scenic countryside. It is situated in a semi-tropical campus setting with the most up-to-date equipment and technology available. The housing complex is located on the campus. Every housing unit has four bedrooms, and four bathrooms. The bedroom may be divided into two separate rooms, saving on housing costs if you desire. The housing units are fully furnished with a television and internet access. Students have access to an outdoor pool, tennis and volleyball courts. There is a fitness center on the campus grounds.

Additional housing is located just north of Fort Pierce in Vero Beach. These houses have three bedrooms each, two baths and full kitchens.

We have payment plans to fit everyone’s budget. Sit down with one of our finance experts – they will assist you with a variety of financial aid programs, veterans benefits and career education loans.

We invite you to visit our campus, tour our facility and meet our staff. We think you will like Aviator College as much as we do.

Flight School Training, Check Rides and Cross Country Training Preparation

Flight School Training, Check Rides and Cross Country Training PreparationThere are between 50,000 and 100,000 active student pilots in the United States. How you can become one of them? If you have desire to learn to fly and can commit to a regular schedule, you will qualify.

No special education is required to get started, and you certainly don’t have to be a genius. There is nothing involved in flight training that an eighth grade science student cannot grasp. The material you have to learn is not difficult, but there is a lot of it. There is a lot more to flying an airplane than simply steering it around and landing.

There are two types of skills you have to master to become a pilot: the physical skills involved in actually flying the airplane, and the knowledge mastery of topics that cover everything from navigation, to aerodynamics, to weather theory. Your flight instructor will help you with the first, and Gold Seal will help you with the second.

Depending on how often you fly, and how much you study on your own, it will probably take you between three and nine months to complete your training. The more that you study, the more quickly (and cheaply) you will complete the program and attain your goal of becoming a licensed pilot. Want to get started now? You’ve come to the right place.
For Your Private Pilot Practical Test, a student pilot must:

  • Be at least 17 years of age
  • Be able to read, speak, write, and converse fluently in English
  • Obtain a 3rd-Class Medical Certificate (which doubles as the student pilot license) – this is not required for Sport Pilots
  • Pass the FAA Knowledge Test (usually called the “written test”) with a score of at least 70%
  • Complete a curriculum of flight training between (50 and 80 hours) of in-flight training plus ground training) – less training is required for Sport Pilots, but they also have fewer privileges.
What is Ground School?

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

What Is the Check Ride Like?

The FAA checkride consists of a 2 part process, an oral test and a flight test. During the oral portion, the examiner will quiz the applicant on what was learned in ground school and ask practical questions. The flight test is ensure the applicant is a safe and competent pilot. Checkride examiners job is to see that only safe applicants become pilots.

Cross Country For Pilot Students

A cross-country flight is any flight that involves a landing at another airport and involves navigation. This may be relevant to you when you are looking to qualify under Part 135 pilot requirements, since there this basic definition of cross-country is used. However, there is a difference in this basic definition and the requirements for cross-country flight to count as the appropriate aeronautical experience for a certificate or rating.

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?

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)).

All above 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. source

Aviator Flight School

Founded in 1982 Aviator Flight School offered opportunities to students looking to receive training to fulfill the specialized demands of the airline industry. The Aviator Flight School moved from Addison, Texas to its current location at the Fort Pierce, Florida, campus in 1999.The school has continued to grow and evolve. In 2009 Aviator became a college and expanded into the current 77,500 sq. ft. campus.

Since 1982, when the first students signed up for training, students at the Aviator Flight School have earned more than 20,000 FAA Licenses. From the beginning, Aviator has been committed to excellence in education. The majority of our graduate pilots are flying professionally in the U.S. and around the world.

Today we operate a fleet of more than 30 aircraft that fly over 30,000 hours yearly. As the Flight School advances and the alumni increase, the college remains focused on developing leaders and professionals in the aviation industry.

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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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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.

Accreditation

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

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.

Sport Pilot License Certificate, Procedures and Aviation Show

December 4, 2013 Leave a comment

Sport Pilot License Certificate, Procedures and Aviation ShowAccording to FAA, the rule requires a person who holds a student pilot certificate while seeking a sport pilot certificate to comply with the limitations established in §61.89(c) and the medical eligibility requirements established in § 61.3.

Eligibility requirements:

An applicant for a student pilot certificate must:
1.  Read, write, speak and understand English, (if not, refer to AC 60-28);
2.  Be at least 16 years of age for airplane, gyroplane, airship, weight-shift control, or powered parachute (14 years of age for balloons and gliders);

Medical Eligibility:

An applicant for student pilot certificate seeking sport pilot —
Must hold either a medical certificate or U.S. driver’s license
A person must hold and possess either a valid medical certificate issued under part 67 or a current and valid U.S. driver’s license when exercising the privileges of a student pilot certificate while seeking sport pilot privileges in a light-sport aircraft other than a glider or balloon.

Sport Pilot for Student Pilots Q and A

What is the first step I need to take to become a sport pilot?
You should first consider getting an FAA medical certificate or plan on using your current and valid U.S. driver’s license. Additionally, you will need to get a student pilot certificate. Please see the information below for more details on the option you can choose:
FAA medical and the student pilot certificate:
Medical certificates, or “medicals” for short, are required for anyone other than a sport pilot who is acting as pilot in command. There are three kinds of medicals: first, second, and third class, each with its own requirements, duration, and privileges.
Usually the medical certificate and student pilot certificate are combined on one form, FAA Form 8420-2, and are issued by a doctor, called an aviation medical examiner (AME), who has been approved by the FAA to administer the medical exam.

The combination medical/student pilot certificate is easy to carry in your logbook, wallet, or purse and required to be in your possession when you fly solo. The difference between the regular medical certificate and the combination medical and student pilot certificate is that, on the back of the medical/student pilot certificate, there is space for the flight instructor’s endorsements that are required for your solo flights.

A medical is not required for operations in a glider or balloon.

Overall, you should consider obtaining a medical prior to investing time and money into your flight training. It is best to find out sooner than later whether you’re medically qualified to fly or not. Source FAA

Pilot’s Guide to Medical Certification.

The Sport Pilot rule allows a pilot to fly light sport aircraft without the need for an FAA medical certificate. However, a sport pilot must hold at least a current and valid U.S. driver’s license in order to exercise this privilege. The only exceptions are for operations in a glider or balloon, which does not require a driver’s license.

A person using a current and valid U.S. driver’s license must comply with each restriction and limitation imposed by that person’s U.S. driver’s license and any judicial or administrative order applying to the operation of a motor vehicle. That person must also meet the requirements of 14 CFR 61.23(c)(2), which states the following:

  • Have been found eligible for the issuance of at least a third class airman medical certificate at the time of his or her most recent application (if the person has applied for a medical certificate);
  • Not have had his or her most recently issued medical certificate (if the person has held a medical certificate) suspended or revoked or most recent Authorization for a Special Issuance of a Medical Certificate withdrawn; and
  • Not know or have reason to know of any medical condition that would make that person unable to operate a light sport aircraft in a safe manner.
  • A student pilot certificate, FAA Form 8710-2, can be obtained from your local flight standards district office (FSDO) or designated pilot examiner (DPE).
Why Sport License Vs. Private Pilot License

The pros and cons of a sport pilot license compared to a private pilot license are given by Rod Machado.

The Upside

First, a sport pilot license doesn’t require that you have an FAA issued third-class medical certificate. It only requires that you have a valid U.S. drivers license without having an official denial or revocation of an FAA medical certificate on file with the FAA. This means if you have a drivers license then the FAA considers you medically qualified to fly as a sport pilot in a sport airplane.

Second, the sport pilot license requires only 20 hours of flight time in preparation for your license compared to 40 hours minimum preparation for a private pilot certificate. This means you’ll meet the sport pilot license requirement with as little as 15 hours of dual instruction from a certified flight instructor and five hours solo flight time (realistically, you should plan on 30-35 hours of training time).

While a written (knowledge) test and a practical flight test are still required for the sport license, there’s no doubt that you’ll dramatically reduce the cost of learning to fly, perhaps as much as 60% as compared to that for private pilot licensing.

The Downside (if you want to call it that)

As a sport pilot you’re limited to flying a single- or two-place light sport aircraft during daylight hours and you can’t ever carry more than one passenger. There are other limitations but these are the most relevant ones. Now, this isn’t necessarily a big downside. As a general rule, most folks only fly with one person at a time anyway. And while flying at night is an aesthetic experience, you’d be surprised how little night flying most pilots really do. Nevertheless, these are limitations to be considered. full story, Source

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Pilot Fatigue A Serious Problem

December 3, 2013 Leave a comment

Pilot Fatigue A Serious ProblemFatigue is a safety hazard because of the reduction in alertness and performance it creates. Fatigue is a normal response of the human body to many aspects of flight operations such as: sleep loss, shift work and long duty cycles. Its negative impact on flight crew performance can be significant, as the crew have to remain alert to ensure a safe flight by their observations, communications and actions. The only effective treatment for fatigue is to get adequate sleep.

Most often, when we use the term “fatigue” in aviation circles, it refers to the airplane’s fatigue life. Airframes get tired, eventually reaching the point that they’re dangerous. The exact same thing could be said about the pilot’s airframe. A pilot can easily reach a level of fatigue that he’s no longer safe to fly. What makes it difficult, however, is that he may not even know he’s getting fatigued. Then, when this is mixed with any kind of distraction, a pilot becomes a danger to himself, his passengers and those around him. source

Following the fatal crash of a UPS cargo plane in Birmingham, Ala. In August 2013, a former National Transportation Safety Board chairman said that federal aviation officials should reconsider rules that set different fatigue standards for cargo flight pilots.

“I hope the FAA will revisit their decision on the ‘cargo cutout,'” Jim Hall told America Tonight, warning that other factors could also have been involved in Wednesday’s crash.

Hall, who served as NTSB chair from 1994 to 2001, was referring to rule changes the FAA announced in 2011 that cut the hours that passenger-plane pilots can fly if they’re in the cockpit late at night or face multiple takeoffs and landings. Those new rules aren’t set to take effect until 2014 and largely exclude cargo flights since the measures’ benefits were focused on limiting potential loss of life.

The cause of the Birmingham crash, which killed the pilot and the co-pilot, is still under investigation, but no severe weather was reported in the area and preliminary reports say that the pilots didn’t radio a distress call to the tower.
The Birmingham crash is the latest layer in the back-and-forth between the FAA and the pilots union that represents UPS over pilot-scheduling rules. In December 2011, FAA officials said that overhauling the rules for cargo-airline pilots would have cost $214 million in a decade, calling it too costly for the industry. In January 2012, the Independent Pilots Association, the union that represents UPS flight crews, had sued the FAA to have the same fatigue-prevention rules apply to cargo carriers as commercial airlines. In the lawsuit, IPA noted that it could not find justification for the FAA’s cost estimate, which was ultimately the basis for granting an overhaul to the rules. Source

It is no longer questioned whether pilot fatigue is a threat to flight safety. Ever since the 1944 Chicago Convention it is recognized that fatigue can pose a risk to the safety of air operations.

Fatigue and exhaustion are common reactions of the body and can occur in healthy individuals as a normal response to physical and mental efforts. Nonetheless, fatigue is considered a safety hazard because it reduces alertness and impairs performance.
Insufficient rest and sleep opportunities, shift work and long duty hours make pilots and cabin crew particularly prone to fatigue.

The 2012 Barometer on Pilot Fatigue brings together several surveys on pilot fatigue carried out by Member Associations of the European Cockpit Association. Between 2010 and 2012, more than 6.000 European pilots have been asked to self-assess the level of fatigue they are experiencing.

The surveys confirm that pilot fatigue is common, dangerous and an under-reported phenomenon in Europe.

  • Over 50% of surveyed pilots experience fatigue as impairing their ability to perform well while on flight duty.
  • 4 out of 5 pilots have to cope with fatigue while in the cockpit, according to polls carried out in Austria (85%), Sweden (89%), Germany (92%) and Denmark (93%).
  • A common indicator of the problem is that fatigued pilots are prone to fall asleep or experience episodes of micro-sleep in the cockpit. In the UK (43%), Denmark
  • (50%), Norway (53%) and Sweden (54%) the surveyed pilots reported falling asleep involuntarily in the cockpit while flying. In the UK, a third of the pilots said to have woken up finding their colleague sleeping as well. 65% of Dutch and French pilots stated they have trouble with “heavy eyelids” during flight.
  • Yet, fearing disciplinary actions or stigmatization by the employer or colleagues, 70-80% of fatigued pilots would not file a fatigue report or declare to be unfit to fly. Only 20-30% will report unfit for duty or file a report under such an occurrence.
  • More than 3 out of 5 pilots in Sweden (71%), Norway (79%) and Denmark (80-90%) acknowledge to have already made mistakes due to fatigue, while in Germany it was 4 out of 5 pilots.
  • Being the first of its kind, this Barometer is a first step towards closing the gap between operational reality – as assessed by airline pilots – and official statistics that so far have failed to capture this phenomenon and its potential impact on flight safety. Source
Distractions And Fatigue As Check List Items

How do we know ahead of time, when distractions and/or fatigue are getting the best of us? Simple: add a single, unwritten item right at the top of the pre-start checklist—Brain Check. Climb into the airplane, lay our hands in our lap, put our head down and, for five seconds, let our mind run free while we analyze what it’s doing. We need to look at ourselves as if we’re outside observers and see if there’s anything floating around in our thoughts that has nothing to do with flying an airplane. If our thoughts aren’t totally airplane oriented, it might not be a bad idea to cancel the flight.

Further, if, when starting the airplane and preparing to taxi, we find we have to thinker harder than normal to know what to do next, then we know that this is a flight that shouldn’t be taken.

Even if we don’t bring distractions into the cockpit with us, pre-existing fatigue will definitely come aboard with us. So, if there are distractions during the flight—a radio stops working, there’s a mechanical malfunction, weather forces us to scud run, etc.—that fatigue may rob us of the mental acuity required to deal with the developing situation. It takes very little mental fatigue mixed with relatively minor distractions to cause major problems, so we need to be aware of exactly how fatigued we really are.

Everyone has distractions in life. And civilization almost guarantees that each of us will be fighting a little fatigue. We just have to recognize both and make sure we stay on the ground, so we don’t purposely create a dangerous situation when either or both reach disruptive levels. Source