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"Learn To Fly In The Carolina Sky" Charlotte/Gastonia Campus Information
Earn your Private Pilot License (PPL) and fly the sunny skies on your own time, on your own schedule, in visual flight rules (VFR) conditions. Or earn additional ratings and go all the way to your airline transport pilot (ATP) certificate, to fly for Regional and Major Airlines. As of July 1, 2018, the City of Gastonia has awarded Academy of Aviation (AOA) the management contract for Gastonia Municipal Airport (KAKH).
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"Every Top Gun Starts With a Dream"
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Now it's your turn to be the star.
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"Learn To Fly In The Carolina Sky"
Why should I train at Academy of Aviation?
AOA Student Saman Atabakan passes his Private Pilot checkride in Gastonia.
We are quickly becoming a prominent destination flight school in the northeast and southeast.
Though we are not the oldest flight school in the Carolinas, Academy of Aviation's expansion into the Charlotte area has been a wonderful experience, compounded by the fact that we were awarded the FBO position at Gastonia Municipal Airport. This means that you, the flight student, will always have access to fully maintained and fueled airplanes, prepared and equipped facilities to relax and concentrate on your training, and a home base that prides itself on efficiency and professionalism.
We are dedicated to operating with total convenience and flexibility.
The most important goal for you as a student and for us as your pilot school is to ensure that you learn to fly safely and without the added pressure of somebody else's agenda. If you already have a busy work or school schedule, we will work with you to maintain a safe, sane and progressive flight training schedule. Your have to want to become a pilot to do this, and you have to be happy with the school that you choose. We pride ourselves with easy, flexible scheduling and we'll go above and beyond the usual benchmarks to make sure that your flight dreams are fulfilled.
Ask Us. We are here to help.
We understand that choosing the right aviation school can be overwhelming with so many
when you are moving up in the career airline pilot world, seniority plays a significant
Getting there first is essential, because as you advance in your career, your time in the
determines your upward mobility as much as your skills behind the controls. The best flight
in the USA will teach you skills and concepts in a manner laid out with a concentration on
curriculum structured to get you there faster, which is a clear-cut advantage that a Part
like Academy of Aviation has over Part 61 schools. The best schools will be proactive in
education, along with providing multiple locations, modern and working aircraft and job
for you to successfully be able to prepare yourself for the airline lifestyle.
Do your research. Choose a school that includes:
• Airline tuition reimbursement programs.
• All certifications, from Private Pilot License to Certified Flight Instructor Multi Engine certificate.
• Fastest track training with truly fixed-cost guarantees.
• Financing options and guidance is a specialty of ours.
• Partnership programs with get-there-first paths to the major airlines.
How do I choose a flight school? Ask the right questions.
Are all of your fees and exams included in the price you are quoted? If the school's
prices increase between the time you schedule and the time your training starts, are you
that your price will remain the quoted contracted price?
Don't fall for underhanded tactics from heavily advertised schools that may not put the flight student first. Smaller and more selective schools will usually be more attentive to the actual student, rather than their bottom line.
What is really included in the contract that you sign? Essentially, your program should include everything. These are the Private Pilot Course, Instrument Rating Course, Commercial Single Engine Course, Shared Time Building within CSEL Course, Multi Engine Add On Course, Certified Flight Instructor Initial Course, Certified Flight Instructor Instrument Course and the Multi Engine Flight Instructor Course.
Your total logged time should be fully laid out in a syllabus and training plan, and will conform to the minimums of what the FAA allows, with pre-contracted and expected room to expand the time frame if you need more help.
Are a school's posted prices based on realistic flight time requirements and provide up-front pricing, and do they charge a lot more money if you go over your program time?
A difficult and important question to ask is, will your school pull the plug on your training if they truly feel that you will not succeed as a pilot, or will they continue to train you at an hourly rate once you go over your contracted time, mounting up the bill while you may be struggling and potentially failing your courses?
Academy of Aviation in Gastonia, NC is gaining some great attention down in North Carolina. Here is a cool article about our General Manager of AOA Gastonia, and some information about our newest location. Click to open the full article.
The Gaston Gazette highlights our Textron Aviation 2020 Top Hawk Program winner.
"New operator of Gastonia airport sees clearer skies ahead." Read Article...
Clark, John "Some of the Academy of Aviation staff members who have begun work at the Gastonia Municipal Airport since the company took over operations there on July 1." The Gaston Gazette, 5 Aug. 2018, www.gastongazette.com/news/20180805/new-operator-of-gastonia-airport-sees-clearer-skies-ahead.