Academy of Aviation Flight School - Services and Information

Airplane and Flight Simulator Rentals,
seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

BFR / IPC / Fleet

We are a Cessna Pilot Center and Cessna Authorized Service Facility.

Academy of Aviation is happy to rent aircraft to licensed pilot for both time building and leisure purposes. Before any licensed pilot can rent our airplanes you must first read and sign a copy of our Rules and Regulations.

We fly 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Our office is open 7 days a week from 7:00-19:00.

We have some of the most competitive pricing in New York area for both single engine and multiengine! Academy of Aviation has recently added Diamond DA42's, DA20's and Brand New Cessna 172's to our fleet.

Please call (631) 777-7772 and talk to our front desk or fill out our online form below for up-to-date prices.

Proficiency Requirements:

For insurance purposes all pilots must ensure their proficiency as follows:

  • Licenced pilots with less than one hundred fifty hours total flight time must have acted as pilot-in-command, or completed a currency check on an Academy of Aviation aircraft in the past thirty days.

  • Licenced pilots with one hundred fifty hours or more total flight time must have acted as pilot-in-command, or completed a currency check on an Academy of Aviation aircraft within the last sixty days.

  • Recreational Pilot Permit holders with less than one hundred and fifty hours total flight time must have acted as pilot-in-command, or completed a currency check on an Academy of Aviation aircraft in the past 14 days. When total time exceeds one hundred and fifty hours, currency then becomes 30 days.

  • Licenced pilots and Permit holders must have completed a minimum 1.0 hour long Annual Check-out with one of our Instructors in the previous 12 months.

  • Licenced pilots and Permit Holders must complete a flight that is at least 0.5 in duration in order to be current. Currency cards will only be updated at the completion of a flight of 0.5 or more of Hobbs time.

  • Student Pilots must have flown either dual or solo in the past fourteen days, and authorization of this flight, must be made by an instructor of Academy of Aviation. Authorization of these flights, are also at the discretion of the instructor on duty, pending other variables (wind conditions, etc.)

  • All PILOTS who do not meet the above requirements will be required to complete a currency check-out ride with an Academy of Aviation instructor. Duration of this flight for single engine pilots is at the discretion of the instructor on duty.

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Academy of Aviation Flight School - Biennial Flight Review

Our professional instructors will work with you
for your biennial flight review.

The goal of the review should be established prior to beginning the review. We will make sure that you understand all the elements of the oral and practical portions of the flight review prior to initiating the review.

For the purposes of the flight review you can either rent one of our airplanes or you can have the flight review conducted with your own airplane. Please call us for more details.

You can read more about the flight review in this AOPA article:
"Pilot’s Guide to the Flight Review"

Take your biennial flight review at AOA


Academy of Aviation Flight School - Instrument Proficiency Check

set your expectations about the
Instrument Proficiency Check.

There are two sets of rules for flying any aircraft: VFR and IFR. VFR stands for Visual Flight Rules and IFR means Instrument Flight Rules. Depending on the weather conditions, a pilot may opt for one set of rules or the other.

"Knowledge is key to safe instrument operation, but it needs to be much deeper than the ability to recite rules and regulations. Scenario-based training is a very effective way to test a pilot’s knowledge in the context of real-world IFR flying."

Please read this article from the FAA to set your expectations about the Instrument Proficiency Check:
"Instrument Proficiency Check (IPC) Guidance"

Below are some key points to understand about the Instrument Proficiency Check from the IPC Guidance manual linked above:


61.57 Recent flight experience: Pilot in command.
c) Instrument experience.Except as provided in paragraph (e) of this section, no person may act as pilot in command under IFR or in weather conditions less than the minimums prescribed for VFR, unless within the preceding 6 calendar months, that person has:
  1. For the purpose of obtaining instrument experience in an aircraft (other than a glider), performed and logged under actual or simulated instrument conditions, either in flight in the appropriate category of aircraft for the instrument privileges sought or in a flight simulator or flight training device that is representative of the aircraft category for the instrument privileges sought --
    1. At least six instrument approaches;
    2. Holding procedures; and
    3. Intercepting and tracking courses through the use of navigation systems.

(d) Instrument proficiency check. Except as provided in paragraph (e) of this section, a person who does not meet the instrument experience requirements of paragraph (c) of this section within the prescribed time, or within 6 calendar months after the prescribed time, may not serve as pilot in command under IFR or in weather conditions less than the minimums prescribed for VFR until that person passes an instrument proficiency check consisting of a representative number of tasks required by the instrument rating practical test.

  1. The instrument proficiency check must be --
    1. In an aircraft that is appropriate to the aircraft category;
    2. For other than a glider, in a flight simulator or flight training device that is representative of the aircraft category; or
    3. For a glider, in a single-engine airplane or a glider.
  2. The instrument proficiency check must be given by --
    1. An examiner;
    2. A person authorized by the U.S. Armed Forces to conduct instrument flight tests, provided the person being tested is a member of the U.S. Armed Forces;
    3. A company check pilot who is authorized to conduct instrument flight tests under part 121, 125, or 135 of this chapter, and provided that both the check pilot and the pilot being tested are employees of that operator;
    4. An authorized instructor; or
    5. A person approved by the Administrator to conduct instrument practical tests.

Instrument flight rules


Academy of Aviation Flight School - Fleet

Academy of Aviation's Fleet features a wide range of airplanes and includes a state-of-the-art flight simulator.

*Availability varies by location.

We are a Cessna Pilot Center and Cessna Authorized Service Facility. Our aviation training facility is Cessna Certified. More pilots have learned to fly in a Cessna than any other name in the business. Cessna aircraft make flight training vehicles for classroom education and flying lessons. They are easy to fly, stable, sporty, and fun. Cessna aircraft offer extreme visibility, comfortable interiors and the latest in modern avionics.

Diamond DA20

The Diamond DA20’s graceful lines and sporty looks belie its utility and durability. An incredibly fun aircraft to fly, the DA20 earns its stripes in worldwide high utilization flight training day in and day out. It has been the standard and sole US Airforce pilot candidate initial flight screening aircraft for the past decade.

Flight schools worldwide appreciate the DA20’s robustness, performance, ramp appeal and economy of operation. It’s used to train from first flight through night VFR and IFR (in VMC), including instructor ratings, thanks to the spin certification. The DA20’s instrumentation and avionics are designed for safety, positive learning transfer, reliability and value.

Diamond DA40

Whether you are a new aviator looking for the perfect first airplane, an experienced IFR pilot with discerning tastes or a forward thinking flight school, the Diamond DA40 is the smart choice. The durable and aerodynamically efficient composite airframe, powered by the bulletproof IO360 Lycoming, offers a perfect balance of performance and superb handling, making the DA40 a great airplane for travel, leaseback, and training alike.

The DA40 is an all round practical and versatile multi-use four seat airplane for the 21st century. Combining the best qualities of its venerable predecessors, like the Cessna 172 Skyhawk and 182 Skylane, the DA40 does it all, with a modern twist. Personal flying, instruction, cross country transportation, the DA40 offers a unique blend of practicality, performance, and value.

The DA40 is equipped with the latest industry leading avionics by Garmin, new and improved engine gauges and centrally located conventional standby instrumentation for conventional and partial panel training.

The G1000 is a seamlessly integrated package that makes flight information easier to scan and process. Its revolutionary design brings new levels of situational awareness, simplicity and safety to the cockpit.

G1000 seamlessly integrates built-in terrain and navigation databases, providing a clear, concise picture of where you are and where you’re heading. Using information from the built-in terrain, U.S. and Canadian obstacles databases, G1000 displays color coding to graphically alert you when proximity conflicts loom ahead. In addition, you can augment G1000 with optional Class-B Terrain Awareness and Warning System (TAWS) for an extra margin of safety in the air.

Cessna 172 RG Cutlass: The Cessna 172 RG is a Complex Retractable Landing Gear Airplane. Due to the retractable landing gear the airplane has less drag and offers more speed. This aircraft it meant for advanced personal or commercial training and long cross country trips in shorter time.

Cessna 162 Skycatcher: Good looks run in the family, and the new Cessna SkyCatcher is no exception. This extraordinary new aircraft strikes a perfect balance of efficient innovations, state-of-the-art technology and classic good looks. From its Cessna high-wing design and aluminum exterior to its modern styling, the SkyCatcher embodies everything you've come to love about Cessna's traditional single engine aircraft and so much more.

Beechcraft Baron/BE58: The Baron is the perfect balance of horsepower combined with peace-of-mind, twin-engine redundancy and security. With seating for six, large cargo doors and two baggage compartments, the Baron G58 offers great flexibility for both business and pleasure.

Cessna 152: The Cessna 152 is by far the most popular training aircraft that has ever existed. The 152 series is a very economical, durable & reliable training platform. Even though the 152 is a 2 seat trainer we have many experienced private and commercial pilots that choose to rent the 150 because of the wonderful aerodynamics, ease of use and stability the aircraft has to offer, oh and let's not forget that the 152 is spin certified for those adrenaline junkies. The 152 may not be the biggest or fastest of the fleet but if you can fly a 152 you can pretty much fly anything and it sure is fun to fly.

Cessna 172: The Cessna 172SP G1000 is in a class all its own. The 172SP G1000 is a fully automated flying platform that not only offers more speed and load capabilities then the R model but it is also contains the future of aviation. Until now only jetliners had the budget for what the G1000 is stacked with. We're talking onboard weather, traffic, fuel planning, auto pilot integrated with the most advanced Garmin GPS, XM Radio, Terrain and the list goes on and on. This aircraft eliminates all surprises and if you are looking for a career in aviation the Skyhawk G1000 will bring you there. So come down and see it for yourself because my words definitely fall short.

Diamond DA42: The Twinstar DA42 is not just a new airplane with glass cockpit.Learn to Fly on Diamond Twinstar DA42 It is an airplane like no other general aviation airplane you've flown. Smooth, quiet and fast - it almost feels unreal. Its performance is unmatched by any twin-trainer, and with the G1000 cockpit it is a true gem for both business flyers and commercial pilots going into the airlines.

Sirrus SR20: It’s the plane that put Cirrus on the map and transformed an industry. The SR20 is the perfect dual-role airplane: easily manageable for the newer pilot and perfectly suitable for business use.

Beechcraft Bonanza G36: The Bonanza G36 is powered by the latest technology in integrated cockpit avionics, the Garmin G1000 NXi. With an improved graphical interface, more powerful hardware, higher resolution displays, added functionality to improve situational awareness, and optional wireless technology, managing the flight deck has never been easier.


Academy of Aviation is the only flight school in the Northeast United States that has a full motion G1000, Enterga and tradaditional gauge instrument flight simulator. Immersing the pilot in the simulation is essential to selling sensation of flight. Sitting in a corner at a desktop trainer might help to train certain skills, but it will never be confused for real flight. You have to isolate the pilot and instructor from the outside world so that they can be totally focused on the simulation. That's why the Redbird FMX comes equipped with a light-weight aluminum cockpit enclosure. Not only does this help to immerse the pilot in the simulation, but it also isolates the student and instructor from outside distractions that can easily derail a training session.

A great visual system is essential for a training device to be truly effective and versatile. And if you want to train complex maneuvers such as turns around a point, circling approaches or even basic pattern work, one forward looking screen is not going to cut it. That's why we equipped the Redbird FMX with six monitors dedicated only to external views. This high-quality, wrap-around visual system helps to sell the sensation of flight and enhances training at all levels by allowing you to train procedures and maneuvers that are not possible with other flight training devices.

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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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