Academy of Aviation Flight School - Flight Training Courses

Further Your Training at Academy of Aviation.

Become an Airline Pilot

A Wells Fargo Collegiate® student loan may help you pay for the costs associated with your professional and commercial flight training program.1 Eligible students may receive:

  • •No payments until you graduate or leave school2
  • •No application, origination, or early repayment fees
  • •Competitive fixed or variable interest rate options
  • •Funds up to the cost of education minus other financial aid3
  • •A quick and easy application process
  • •Wells Fargo’s best-in-class service from initial application through the last payment

A cosigner may help you qualify for a private student loan and potentially get a lower interest rate but is not required to apply.

Borrowers may request an aviation internship forbearance that would temporarily postpone monthly payments while completing their flight training hours4. Individuals qualifying for the aviation internship forbearance are able to postpone monthly payments up to 24 months after completing school.

When it comes to financing your education, be sure to look at all of your options – including grants, scholarships, and loans from all sources – and make careful comparisons among all your choices. If you determine that a private student loan is right for you, we can provide loans to help meet the needs of nearly every student.

For more information you can call: 1-877-451-5039.

1. Wells Fargo private student loans are subject to credit qualification, completion of a loan application/consumer credit agreement, verification of application information and, if applicable, a self-certification form, the school’s certification of loan amount, and the student’s enrollment at a Wells Fargo-participating school.
2. Students are not required to make payments while in school; repayment begins 6 months after you graduate or leave school. The maximum in-school period is 7 years after the date of first disbursement. Interest accrues during any deferment periods, including the in-school period, and is capitalized to the loan upon entering repayment.
3. Loan amount is dependent on the loan product, other financial aid, creditworthiness, and other factors. Aggregate and annual loan limits apply. The cost of attendance is determined and certified by the educational institution.
4. Interest continues to accrue during any forbearance period and will be capitalized to the account upon entering repayment.

Pilot Career Trajectory

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Domestic Admissions: (508) 784-7174
International Admissions: +1 516-962-0339

Flight Training Courses at Academy of Aviation:

Private Pilot

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

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.

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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.

Career Trajectory / Average Earnings ($k/year approx.)

Career Path from 6 Months to 15 Years
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  • $175K
  • $150K
  • $125K
  • $100K
  • $75K
  • $50K
  • $25K
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  • CFI ≈$30k
  • CFII ≈$32k
  • MEI ≈$34k
  • First Officer ≈$55k
  • Captain ≈$75k
  • First Officer ≈$125k
  • Captain ≈$225k
  • Training
  • 6 Mo
  • 7 Mo
  • 8 Mo
  • Yr 2
  • Yr 4
  • Yr 8
  • Yr 15
Flight Training
AOA Flight Instructor (Build Hours)
Regional Carrier
Major Carrier

Flight Training - Earn your PPL, IR, CPL, CFI licenses and ratings.
CFI (Certified Flight Instructor) - Train students and build hours.
MEI (Multi-Engine Instructor) - Train students in Multi Engine aircraft.
CFII (Certified Flight Instructor Instrument) - Train students for their Instrument rating.

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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

Fort Lauderdale, FL
Fort Lauderdale, FL
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London, England, UK
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