Academy of Aviation

How to Become a Pilot in 2019's Market

The 5 real steps to your Pilot's License

We get many potential students asking what steps they will have to take to become an airline pilot, and we would like to demystify the process.

Learn to fly at Academy of Aviation. We welcome both Airline and Private Recreational Pilots.

One of the most compelling comparisons between Academy of Aviation and a community college is the time factor.

Unlike a four-year college course, we get you into the air for the full duration of your training.

If you’ve got your heart set on a career as an airline pilot, our career-oriented programs will put you on a direct course to your goal in much less time, and for less money.

A central distinction between an independent FAA-certified instructor and the Career Pilot track at Academy of Aviation is determined by our ACCSC Accreditation.

You can train at a school recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

ACCSC serves as the designated institutional accrediting agency for 700 trade and technical schools that provide quality vocational education to over 150,000 students each year.

As an enrollee of Academy of Aviation's Career Pilot program, you will be guaranteed a Certified Flight Instructor job upon graduation.

Your guaranteed position as an AOA flight instructor is a crucial career step to build the experience and flight time you need; in about 18-22 months, you will build the flight experience required for the ATP Certificate and 1500-hour airline hiring minimums.

The Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate is the highest level of aircraft pilot certificate and is needed to fly for a Commercial Airline.

A Full student financing option is available for our Career Pilot program.

Step 1: Choose a Flight School

Learn to fly in a small aircraft with a flight instructor at your side.

AOA Advantages:

Step 2: Private Pilot License

Training always starts with your Private Pilot License.

Your PPL:

Step 3: Commercial Pilot License

You can be compensated for transporting people and property.

Your CPL:

Step 4: Gain Employment

Academy of Aviation graduates are guaranteed a Certified Flight Instructor job.

Your CFI License:

Step 5: Advance in the Field

We participate in Cadet Programs with all major regional airlines.

Cadet Info:

We've compiled a fun list of some of our favorite flight training and aviation articles for you to enjoy (tap here to go directly to our Flight Training courses).

How Much Do Pilots Make? Salaries From the Regionals to $400,000 Captains in Asia - Read about how and where you can make hundreds of thousands of dollars a year doing what you really love; flying airplanes.

Insider Series: How Are Major Airlines’ Pilots Trained? - A fun read about the complexities of learning to fly a 747 and the disaster training that you'll most likely never need in the real world.

What do long haul airline pilots do during cruise? - Wondering if your five-hour flight is all cockpit time, or is there a free moment for coffee? Read this interesting chat session and see what down-time on a flight crew is really like.

Here’s Why It’s a Great Time to Be an Airline Pilot - Here are some real facts about why it's a job-seekers' market in the aviation industry today.

Q&A With The Pilot - Squealing noises? 3/2 seat configuration? Deadheading? Read answers to questions you probably never thought about.

Q&A With The Pilot, 2 - We loved the first one, so here's the second installment. And what's up with Seat 13A??

Q&A With The Pilot, 3 - Back for more. Find out when and why a 757 cockpit's side window is opened for fresh air.

Q&A With The Pilot, 4 - These Q&A sessions are too good to resisit for aviation enthusiasts. Our caps off to Patrick Smith for his amazing blog.

How To Speak Airline: A Glossary for Travelers - Pretty self explanatory, although we think flight training students would get a kick out of this also.

Thank You, Pilots - A personal story about knowing you're in good hands.

How Becoming A Pilot Improved My Non-Aviation-Related Career - A different take, but an intersting one none the less.

Boeing Powers Up 777X Test Aircraft's Systems - One for the techies... a first look and final-body-join video. Awesome stuff from Boeing!

JANET, America’s Most Secret Airline, Is Hiring - Career goals: fly the non-existent skies!

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Academy of Aviation Flight School - Our Goal

Full student financial aid options are available. No payments until 6 months after completion.

Steps To Become An Airline Pilot

What steps will you will have to take to become an airline pilot?

We would have created a step-by-step guide detailing the process right here:

Become An Airline Pilot Checklist

Commercial Pilot Course

Become A Commercial Airline Pilot.

US Citizens and Permanent Residents

International Students

Become A Flight Instructor

Get Paid To Fly.

US Citizens and Permanent Residents

International Students

Private Pilot License Course

Your first step in flight training.

US Citizens and Permanent Residents

International Students
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Academy of Aviation Flight School - Services & Information

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

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Academy of Aviation Flight School - Contact

Ready to Fly? Get in touch by phone or contact us online.

Call our Admissions Team or fill out our Online Form to enroll.

Domestic Admissions:
(508) 784-7174

International Admissions:
+1 516-962-0339

Location Information

and points of interest:

  • Republic Airport (KFRG) in Farmingdale, New York is just minutes away from JFK International and Spadaro Airports. Between these two airports, you will have the experience and competence to travel anywhere in the World. Your flight training here will make you capable of (and comfortable with) flying into complex controlled airspace like JFK, and show you what it is like to be landing at an airport where you are the sole arrival and departure of the day. We have 11,000 foot runways and grass strips for you to jumpstart your flight training.

  • KFRG Map and Directions

  • Also, just minutes to the north, we have mountains and many different types of terrain for you to familiarize yourself with- an integral factor in your comfort level at the controls of an aircraft is knowledge and recognition of your surroundings. We feel this locale is absolutely perfect for everyone- from first time flyers to long time pros.

  • Westchester County Airport (KHPN) in White Plains, New York is home of a dynamic General Aviation community as well as a focal point for Charters and Business aviation. Your training here will benefit from the exact same conditions that we enjoy in Farmingdale - experience in dense controlled airspace as well as flying to small and large uncontrolled airports just minutes away.

  • KHPN Map and Directions

  • Gastonia Municipal Airport (KAKH) in Gastonia, North Carolina is located just outside of Charlotte in the Piedmont region of central North Carolina, which consists of gently rolling terrain frequently broken by hills, river and creek valleys, and low, isolated mountain ridges. The highest point in Gaston County is King's Pinnacle, a rocky monadnock which sharply rises over 800 feet (240 m) above the city of Gastonia. King's Pinnacle rises 1,690 feet (520 m) above sea level, and is part of Crowders Mountain State Park.

  • KAKH Map and Directions

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