Academy of Aviation Flight School

Flight Training Courses

Private Pilot details

FAA (Minimum) Requirements: Get started at any age but you must be 16 years old to fly solo; Be 17 years of age to take your Private Pilot Course checkride; Obtain a 3rd Class FAA Medical Certificate (or higher); English proficiency.

Sport & Recreational

FAA (Minimum) Requirements: 17 years of age, 20 hours for Sport; 30 hours for Recreational.

Instrument Rating

FAA (Minimum) Requirements: Hold at least Private Pilot certificate, 50 hours cross-country PIC, 40 hours actual or simulated instrument time.

Commercial Pilot details

FAA (Minimum) Requirements: 18 years of age, 190 hours FAA Part 141 (Farmingdale and White Plains locations); 250 hours FAA Part 61.


FAA (Minimum) Requirements: Hold at least Private Pilot certificate, Have an endorsement from a CFI (Certified Flight Instructor.)

Certified Flight Instructor (CFI)

Teach, learn, build flight experience and log flying hours.

Air Transport Pilot (ATP)

First officers — also known as co-pilots — must hold an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate, requiring 1,500 hours total time as a pilot.

Bush Pilot details

Bush flying involves operations in rough terrain where there are often no prepared landing strips or runways, frequently necessitating that bush planes be equipped with abnormally large tires, floats, skis or any other equipment necessary for unpaved runway operation.

Aerobatics/UPRT details

"What will you do!?" A variety of previous aviation accidents, in fact 50% of all fatal aviation accidents, prove the need for Aerobatics Training and Upset Prevention & Recovery Training (UPRT) exists, not only for airline pilots but for pilots of any kind.

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More Information

For Further Reading:

  • The authoritative source for information is, as always, the FAA website.
  • Detailed description of what is expected on the flight proficiency elements can be found in the FAA PTS information page.
  • Read more about the detailed requirements and the privileges these licenses give you.

Flight School Admissions

Call our Admissions Team below or fill out our Online Form.

Domestic Flight School Student Admissions and Flight Training Information

Call or Text: (516) 613-4556

International Flight School Student Admissions

Call or Text: (516) 613-4698

CFI Employment Information

Full CFI employment info HERE.

General Information

For all non-educational inquiries, rentals, maintenance, Enrollment Orientation Flights, gift certificates and general information:
Call  (631) 777-7772

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Academy of Aviation
Diamond DA62 multi-engine rating

Academy of Aviation Locations:


Farmingdale, NY
Republic Airport

White Plains, NY
Westchester County Airport

Charlotte/Gastonia, NC
Gastonia Municipal Airport

Atlanta, GA
Falcon Field