Academy of Aviation

Accelerated Career Pilot Program

Exclusive 5-Month Zero-To-MEI Pilot Pathway

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AoA Alumni

Beyond AOAFormer AOA trainees and CFIs, Capt. Rejaul Rajib and First Officer Eric Riker, share the cockpit of a Republic Airways flight out of LaGuardia on Jan. 14, 2022. #flyaoa

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AOA CertifiedAOA certified pilots and flight crew out of Chicago O’Hare: Rejaul Rajib in the left seat with Jamaal Simon closest to the camera. #flyaoa

AoA Graduates

AoA Awesome!Armand DeLalla successfully completes his Commercial check ride in Farmingdale with CFI Jalen. #flyaoa

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Why are we different than the other major flight schools?

You're Comparing Schools. You need this information. The section below is a lot to read, but please do your research about pricing and post-school opportunities before your start at any flight school.

We list all your tuition and non-tuition expenses below, and show that we are substantially less expensive than our competitors.

• Part 141 curriculum approved at every location means an absolute interest in training quality and safety. The ability to utilize Part 141 and Part 61 training on a course-by-course and "individual student performance" basis allows faster completion and more hours available to students, if there is a need for additional training for proficiency.

• Fly every type of aircraft in our fleet during your program, or stick to one or two. We actually want you to have fun.

• Experience different airspace by flying each course of your program at a different location. Fly above the adventures of New York, tour the North Carolina mountains and fly the southern skies in Atlanta. You cannot do that at other schools.

• You've worked hard to become a CFI and we're not going to place you behind a desk with a phone to work Admissions or simply teach ground school. We're going to put you to work in the air so you can log your necessary hours to get to 1500. If you end up enjoying teaching (like we do,) we're not going to ask you to leave as soon as you log those 1500 hours, because we see an immense value in your experience as an educator. You can continue to teach and grow with us if the airlines aren't the right fit for you. The airlines aren't the only career option -- Chief Pilots, Designated Pilot Examiners, Operations Managers, Aviation Safety Inspectors are all in demand.

• Some schools promote an Airline Transport Pilot Certification Training Program (ATCP or FAA-Approved 14 CFR Part 142 Airline Training) as a “perk” to their program, which it isn't. Traditionally, this exact training is provided by the airline you are hired by as a First Officer. Therefore, something that is part of your onboard training with any typical regional airline isn't advertised to look like one of our "perks," as our major competitors do.

Why do we note some of these things so specifically? Because we want you to ask questions and put any flight school you research on the spot. You should get the most out of your training experience and you need to get all the details about what happens when you become a Flight Instructor with your school choice. You should also research how your school choice measures up in producing pilots suited for all types of different careers.

We understand that it's hard to know what to ask, and you're welcome to reach out to our Admissions Team for guidance, even about how to compare flight schools. We want you to compare us with your other choices. We want you to do your research. We're confident you'll be impressed with the programs we have to offer, the individual attention you will receive, and the quality of training you'll experience with Academy of Aviation.

• Our Multiple locations are all Part 141 Approved.
• Approved EASA Testing Center and offers EASA ATPL Frozen Course, all in one place.
• Veterans Benefits
• 100% Flight Training Financing
• Airline Partnerships

Like we say in our blogs and our website pages, do your research and PLEASE ask why all of these things matter in the flight training industry, and how the above points can benefit you as a student pilot. Ask one of our admissions reps about anything at all. We'll talk to you and try to give you the most qualified answers to your flight training questions, even if you decide to go elsewhere. We are all human, and we genuinely care about safety, quality and success in the aviation industry. As a relatively smaller school compared to our competition, we pride ourselves in our ability to provide passionate and talented CFIs for every student, with strict oversight of the quality of our flight instruction.


Introducing our "Zero to Hero" Career Program

Please read this section. There is a lot of information presented here, but you need to know all of it.

This is a Non-Accredited Flight Training Program avalable at all of our locations.

Visit for all Accredited Programs (Farmingdale location only.)

Academy of Aviation offers career flight training with a Fixed Cost Pricing starting from zero experience. Prices are based using average flight hours for course completion. Additional non-tuition expenses and fuel surcharges, if applicable, are not included. All prices are subject to change.

Competitor Price

Piper Archer
  • 7-Month Not-as-Fast Track
  • Part 61 Only - No FAA oversight.
  • CFIs are independent contractors.
  • Multi Engine Fleet: Piper Seminole / Maximum speed: 193 mph (311 km/h, 168 kn)
  • Advertises a "Reserved Loan," but contrary to our competition's claims, we too can help you obtain financing as a Sallie Mae Approved provider

"Zero to Hero" Career Program Details

Academy of Aviation offers non-accredited career flight training at all locations with a Fixed Cost Pricing starting from zero experience. Prices are based using average flight hours for course completion. Additional non-tuition expenses and fuel surcharges, if applicable, are not included. All prices are subject to change.

Private Pilot Course
Simulator RedBird Dual w/ Instructor • up to 5 hours
Flight Dual w/ Instructor • up to 55 hours
Supervised Solo • up to 5 hours
Pre-Post Instruction Briefing • up to 15 hours

Instrument Rating Course
Simulator RedBird Dual w/ Instructor • up to 14 hours
Flight Dual w/ Instructor • up to 26 hours
Pre-Post Instruction Briefing • up to 8 hours

Commercial Single Engine Course
Simulator RedBird Dual w/ Instructor • up to 31 hours
Flight SHARED Time Building • up to 79 hours
Flight Dual w/ Instructor • up to 25 hours
Flight C172 G1000® Dual w/ Instructor (MIN 10 HRS) • up to 10 hours
Pre-Post Instruction Briefing • up to 10 hours

Commercial Multi Engine Add On
Flight DA-42 Dual w/ Instructor • up to 10 hours
Pre-Post Instruction Briefing • up to 7 hours

Flight Dual w/ Instructor • up to 10 hours
Ground Instruction • up to 20 hours
Pre-Post Instruction Briefing • up to 5 hours

Flight C172 G1000® Dual w/ Instructor • up to 7 hours
Ground Instruction • up to 6 hours
Pre-Post Instruction Briefing • up to 3 hours

Flight DA-42 Dual Multi Engine w/ Instructor • up to 15 hours
Ground Instruction • up to 5 hours
Pre-Post Instruction Briefing • up to 3 hours

*Typical Additional Exam and Pilot Supply costs:
FAA Written Exam Fee • 6x ($175 each)
Checkride Fees • 6x ($650 each)
Flight Instructor Checkride Fees • CFI • 1x ($1,300)
Cessna Kits (PPL,IR,CPL) • 3x ($400 each)
FAA Medical • 1x ($150 each)
Handheld Radio • 1x ($250 each)
Polos • 3x ($75)
Renter's Insurance (Annual) • 1x ($405)

Fixed-Cost Pricing

Academy of Aviation provides up-front, fixed-cost pricing in a way that differentiates us from most other flight schools and academies. With over 20 years of experience, Academy of Aviation designs flight training programs with enough flight time for the vast majority of students to be successful.

Academy of Aviation's prices are based on realistic minimum flight time requirements. If you require extra training above and beyond what's included in your curriculum, we will first try to reallocate flight time from other parts of the syllabus, changing the type of aircraft you fly for certain portions of training, and implementing simulator time before offering you extra flight training at an additional cost. The goal of Academy of Aviation is to ensure that you are prepared for a career as a pilot no matter what avenue of the aviation industry you choose.

Because everyone's piloting skills are different, we can't guarantee that you won't need additional training and incur some additional expenses. But Academy of Aviation has built a strong reputation for providing highly effective, safe and complete flight training programs.

Price Guarantee
Academy of Aviation guarantees the fixed-cost quoted to you at the time of scheduling or at the time of making your first payment to reserve your class date. Even if our advertised prices increase between the time you schedule and the time your training starts, you will receive the price originally quoted.

As a potential student and cosigner, there are three important facts you should know about Academy of Aviation’s payment structure:
• Academy of Aviation receives payments incrementally throughout the program.
• Academy of Aviation quotes a fixed price.
•Refunds are issued in 15 days or less.

Multi-Disbursement Payment Structure
Academy of Aviation’s multi-disbursement payment structure allows us to determine a student’s ability to be successful in this career early in the program, prior to spending the entire amount of tuition. Unlike other flight schools, Academy of Aviation’s program is structured so that Academy of Aviation is motivated to quickly discontinue those who are unlikely to excel at Academy of Aviation’s pace. With a fixed-cost pricing structure, Academy of Aviation does not benefit from having to provide more and more training at an hourly rate—a common tactic found elsewhere.

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Fly the Faster Track

Go from Zero Experience to Multi-Engine Commercial Pilot with CFI Ratings in as little as 5 Months. A typical 5-Month (22 week) Program will look like this:

• 8 Weeks for your Private Pilot License
• 3 Weeks for your Instrument Rating
• 4 Weeks for your Commercial Pilot Certificate
• 1 Week for your Multi Engine Add-on
• 3 Weeks for your CFI Initial Rating
• 2 Weeks for your CFII Rating
• 1 Week for your MEI Rating

The Advantages of AOA:
• Tuition Reimbursement is available for you after graduation.
• CFI and Charter employment opportunities with AOA and partner companies is available to you after a successful graduation.
• Grants and scholorships are available now.

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Academy of Aviation offers Accredited Vocational Programs at our Farmingdale Location.

Our FAA-approved pilot training courses and Accredited pilot training programs are a complete path to help you become a successful commercial pilot, Flight Instructor, cargo pilot or private pilot. Visit for detailed information about our ACCSC Accredited Programs at FRG Republic Airport in Farmingdale, New York.
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Academy of Aviation offers you many ways to finance your training. We encourage you to consider these loan opportunities to help get your financing in place. Financing is available for those who qualify.

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From the Blog: Highlights and Favorites

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AoA on Buzzfeed!

Join Stephen Maltz, Certified Flight Instructor with Academy of Aviation, as he takes Buzzfeed through a real Cessna flight and sees how it compares to Microsoft Flight Simulator.


Aerobatics & UPRT Training

Enhance your training with some crazy aerobatic instruction by our amazingly skilled Chief Pilot David Windmiller.

Bush Pilot

Tailwheel/Taildragger, Bush Pilot Training

Have some fun in Academy of Aviation's American Champion 8KCAB Super Decathlon, in rough terrain where there are often no prepared landing strips or runways.

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