Welcome to Academy of Aviation's Accelerated Career Pilot Program.
Take advantage of our exclusive 5-Month Zero-To-MEI Pilot Pathway.
Fly the Faster Track.
Go from Zero Experience to Multi-Engine Commercial Pilot with CFI Ratings in Just 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 graduation.
• Grants and scholorships are available now.
Financing Your Flight Training: Full Financing is Available for Career Students.
Sallie Mae Loan Features• Multiple repayment options plus a choice of competitive fixed and variable interest rates, providing even more flexibility.
• No origination fees and no prepayment penalty.
• Auto debit savings: Receive a 0.25 percentage point interest rate reduction for enrolling in and making monthly payments by auto debit.
• Rates that reward creditworthy borrowers.
• A quick credit result—Applying online is fast and easy. It only takes about 15 minutes to apply and get a credit result.
• Current Interest Rates Info
Why Is This Stuff Important?
You're Comparing Schools. You need this information. The section below is a
lot to read, but please become educated.
Our price "all in" is $22,000 - $15,000 less than major competitors. That's right, tuition alone for major competitors is $80,000-$90,000, and when you add in exams, checkrides, pilot supplies and other non-tuition fees, you're looking at $95,000-$100,000+. Do your reaearch.
• Part 141 curriculum approved at every campus 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 aerospace by flying each course of your program at a different campus location. Fly a little in upstate and downtown New York, tour the Carolina skies and cruise with the big boys in Atlanta. You cannot do that at other schools.
• You've worked hard to become a CFI and we're not going to stick 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 those necessary hours to get you to 1500. And on that note, if you end up enjoying teaching (like we do,) we're not going to give you the boot 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 choices. You should also research how your school choices measure 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.
Academy of Aviation offers Career Flight Training with a truly fixed cost starting from Zero Experience:
This is an "all-in" tuition program price. We invite you to please do your research and really understand what that means when shopping around.
Academy of Aviation's Career Programs include:
• The full Accelerated Career Pilot Program to go from Zero Experience to Commercial
Multi-Engine pilot certificate with Certificated Flight Instructor - CFI CFII MEI.
• Examiner and Knowledge Test Fees
• ALL Training Materials
• Non-tuition Fees
• Pilot Supplies
If you already have experience, custom programs are also available.
Why Are We Different?
We get it. Listing accomplishments feels a little ostentatious, but we have pride in our achievements as a growing flight school, and we insist that you know exactly what is available out there before you make a decision about where to attend. This is a HUGE venture and investment on your part, and this information will help you out, wherever you ultimately decide to train. That said, Academy of Aviation is the only Flight School in the nation to have realized ALL of the following under one roof:
• ACCSC Accredited Flight School.
• Our Multiple Campuses are all Part 141 Approved.
• Approved EASA Testing Center and offers EASA ATPL Frozen Course, all in one place.
• 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.
Program In Focus:
Academy of Aviation's Accelerated Career Pilot Program provides you with training, resources and airline partnerships which are fundamental to becoming a professional pilot, flying for a major airline or piloting an aircraft in any alternative type of aviation career (some ideas here...). Complete this program in as little as 5 months from zero experience/time.
- Pilot Certifications/Ratings Included: Private Pilot, Instrument Rating, Commercial Single Engine, Commercial Multi Engine, Certified Flight Instructor, Certified Flight Instructor Instrument, Certified Flight Instructor Multi Engine.
- Airline-Oriented and Alternative Career Pilot Path training from the first day of flight instruction.
- Fixed Cost in truly the Shortest Time Frame (5 months: full time flying + priority scheduling.)
- Guaranteed Flight Instructor Position.
- Start from Zero Time with no experience.
- 5 Month Accelerated Career Pilot Program.
Your steps to go from Zero Experience to Career Pilot:
Training BeginsWith career-oriented training from the very first day, you can graduate from the Accelerated Career Pilot Program in 5 months (from zero time), earning your Commercial Multi-Engine pilot certificate with Certificated Flight Instructor - CFI CFII MEI.
Gain Experience to Reach Your Career Pilot GoalsAfter successfully completing the program, obtain a flight instructor position training Academy of Aviation students from around the globe. Not working in a call center or just teaching ground school, dispatching or spending your days doing discovery flights like many other schools.
The majority of flight schools don’t have the student enrollment to support an ongoing need of "flying" Flight Instructors. Academy of Aviation is already a top choice for US students, and with our International Students, we have students from all over the world arriving to fly with us.
Airline Cadet Program Benefits BeginAt 300-500 hours total flight time, Academy of Aviation will arrange direct meetings with our partnered Regional Airline Recruiters. Take your pick of which airline supports you in your overall career goals and personal needs.
Prepare for your Career Pilot JobAs an AOA graduate, you have the flexibility and choice to fly for who you want. Some of our graduates fly corporate, some fly cargo, some fly aerobatic with a company such as Red Bull, and one of our graduates (AoA student pilot Julia Persson, below) even chose to fly sightseeing tours in Africa!
Regardless of the current COVID-19 pandemic's effects, commercial aviation will resume, and by that time you will be First Officer qualified. After about 18 months as an instructor, you will have logged the 1500-hour airline minimums and be ready to apply as a First Officer with one of AOA's regional airline partners.
Broaden Your Job Search Abroad and Be Ahead of The GapAirlines in other countries not only have lower-hour hiring requirements, but have not been affected by the pandemic as severely as others have. If you truly want to embrace the career choice of being a pilot, then don’t be afraid to globe-trot to give your career a boost while others are anticipating the US airlines to recover.
When Boeing projected a massive global pilot shortage for the next 20 years, becoming a pilot became an easy choice. Even with the effects of the pandemic, the pilot shortage issue didn’t just disappear- it's become modified in that the shortage/gap has closed a bit in order to prevent the spread of COVID. The demand for travel and the need for air transportation is still essential to the entire world.
Therefore, take advantage of the fact that "dim" job markets increase the demand for the most skilled and educated employees. Have the foresight to earn the credentials exceeding your peers that have attended schools that place advertising budgets over proper training. When the aviation industry bounces back, you'll be way ahead.
Furloughed pilots and new hires will filter back into the workforce to replace those that either hit the mandatory retirement age or those that opted to retire early, incentivized by the airline pause in operations during the height of COVID. Be the pilot most prepared to advance.