Academy of Aviation Flight School

Talking Aviation


Visit here often to read what pilots, instructors, people in the flight school industry and people interested in the current state of flight training have to say about aviation. Also Academy of Aviation news and announcements will keep you updated on special events at all of our locations.

International Student News

Don't go home. Transfer to an F-1 or M-1 School.


Stay in the USA and continue your online classes, plus Pilot Training, and avoid ICE policy changes.

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AOA Webinar

Using your VA GI Bill for Flight Training


View the webinar and important associated links.

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Investing In Our Students and Graduates

The AOA Difference


How Academy of Aviation is devoted to our Flight Students and graduates.

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Cessna vs X-Wing

Perhaps George Lucas was a small plane buff, and perhaps...


I know, it's a stretch.

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The Mysterious Cessna 620

Twice the fun as the Cessna 310, but you'll never fly it!


From the "where is it now" annals of aeronautical history.

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The Man Who Ate a Cessna

The incredible story of Michel Lotito.


He consumed an entire Cessna 150, in addition to many other odd snacks.

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"Ze Plane!"

The Fantasy of the Fantasy Island Seaplane


Mr. Roarke and Tattoo bring you the Grumman G-44 Widgeon.

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Space Sim

Flight Training in Outer Space!


Dock your own SpaceX Dragon 2 to the International Space Station.

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Walkthrough Video

F-15 Cockpit


From a model plane to a modern cockpit.

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Port Washington and Pan American

The Beginnings of Transatlantic Flight


How a small seaport in Long Island contributed to aviation history.

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The Gossamer Condor

A flying bicycle?


The 10-year-old daydreamer in me loved this, and so will you.

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Who's "Learning To Fly in the Carolina Sky?"

Positive people and passionate pilots.


We're proud to become your destination east-coast flight school.

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Domestic Travel Upswing

A definite improvement in the confidence in our industry.


June gains heading toward a summer upswing for the flight industry.

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Fast Data

The current upward trends in aviation.


Flight tracking as as countries begin to recover and restart after COVID-19.

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June 3, 1930

This Day in Aviation History


Miss Amy Johnson, Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

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NYC Aerial Tour Video

Watch the video recap now!


Take a real ride around Manhattan with Academy of Aviation.

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Reopening Resources

Getting you back into the sky.


Excellent resources for student pilots who need some inspiration.

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May 25: AOA RTS (Return To Service)

Academy of Aviation will be accepting new enrollments starting May 25.


We will be following a strict protocol to ensure the health and safety of students, instructors and staff.

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AOA Student Spotlight

Dr. Daniel Herron: 'New York Magazine: Diary of a Hospital' exclusive.


An AOA flight student takes you through a riveting account of his experience on the front line inside the COVID-19 unit at a Brooklyn, NY hospital.

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Blue Angels and Thunderbirds NYC Flyover

Views from an Academy of Aviation rep, and around the web.


Paying tribute to First Responders.

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Real Talk

Looking Ahead at Flight Training After the Covid-19 Outbreak.


What happens to the future of our future pilots?

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AOA's New Cessna in Action

The Gaston Gazette highlights our 2020 Top Hawk winner.


Though we are still on lockdown in our New York locations, our Gastonia, NC location is flying.

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APRIL 1, 2020

Where we stand right now.


Writing an account of our experience during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic seems daunting because it is still very much a real danger, but here is our story as it still unfolds.

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MARCH 17, 2020

Modified Academy Plan of Action


After a full review of daily operations at the Academy, several areas have been identified that will significantly reduce personal interactions while still providing our students with the training they need.

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AOA STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

Career Student Rakesh Takes the Pilot's Seat.


Rakesh, a commercial pilot and an aspiring CFI at Academy of Aviation discusses his journey OF FLIGHT.

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2020 TOP HAWK WINNER

Textron Aviation names AOA as a winner of the 2020 Top Hawk Program.


Cessna partners the world’s leading training aircraft with top pilot training programs around the country.

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F-1 VISA

Academy of Aviation is approved to issue the F-1 Visa to international students.


F-1 Visa Commercial Pilot plus Flight Instructor Program with work opportunity as a US Certified Flight Instructor.

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AEROBATICS TRAINING

Experience the total freedom and excitement of aerobatic flight training.


Improve your pilot skills in precision and coordination. Become a safer pilot and strengthen your self confidence.

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OPEN HOUSE!

FREE and open to all at our FRG campus!


This event at our Republic Airport, Farmingdale, NY campus has been postponed. Read blog for further infotmation.

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A NEW TUNNEL IDEA

Lengthening the Runway at Gastonia Municipal Airport.


Doing some internet-based research, I found an article from the Gaston Gazette about the runway at our school's FBO in North Carolina.

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STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS

Celebrating many of our student milestones of 2019.


We are fortunate that many of our students like to be recognized on social media, so we'd like to acknowledge some of them here.

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FUTURE PILOTS

High school students enjoy classroom learning and flight training sessions.


Academy of Aviation in Farmingdale welcomed students and future pilots from August Martin High School in New York City on Oct. 24, 2019.

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WE RUN THIS AIRPORT, AND THAT'S COOL!

Academy of Aviation as the FBO of Gastonia Municipal Airport.


AOA is growing our roots in North Carolina's aviation community and the neighborhood community itself.

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THE VOCATIONAL TRAJECTORY

The Big Picture on Tuition Expenses and your Career Earning Potential.


There is no "one single path" that has any significant monetary and quality-of-life benefits over another.

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AUTUMN IN THE NORTHEAST

Training doesn't stop with the summer.


Flying in the Northeastern United States in the fall months is perhaps the best time to enjoy the splendor of this side of the country.

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WINTER FLYING IN NEW YORK

A blog response to a social media comment.


We usually don't like to give attention to Facebook/social media spamming/trolling/baiting comments, but one that we received this week hit home (literally!)

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THE PILOT SHORTAGE IS HERE

How the pilot shortage is real and being felt around the globe.


We'd like to talk about the current pilot shortage and why it is a great time to consider becoming a professional pilot.

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ALTERNATIVE CAREERS FOR PILOTS

Maybe airline life isn't for you? Discover alternate career pilot paths.


If the airline lifestyle really isn’t for you but flying as a career is, we'd like to introduce you to other Career Pilot paths.

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FLIGHT SCHOOL AS SOCIAL MOTIVATOR

Expanding the social and community role of the traditional flight school.


Our Charlotte/Gastonia location is an example of a flight school expanding the scope of just being a school and entering the role of neighborhood patron.

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FROM ARCHITECT TO AVIATOR

Follow along as I document my journey to Airline Transport Pilot.


Follow along as Daniel takes us on his personal journey with the help of Academy of Aviation.

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TL AIRCRAFT AGREEMENT

AOA and TL Aircraft agreement to test the new TL Sirius.


Both companies are seeking solutions for the new aircraft inventory shortages facing large vocational flight schools and trying to address the cost of flight training for future career pilots.

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FLIGHT SCHOOL VS. COLLEGE

Debunking the misconception that you need a four-year degree to fly for the majors.


You will be wasting time and money going to a private or community college that offers a flight program along with a four-year Bachelor’s Degree instead of choosing a Part 141 accredited flight school.

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HOW TO BECOME A PILOT

We've compiled a step-by-step guide on exactly how to become an airline pilot.


If you are considering becoming a pilot for fun or for a career, it is important to understand the educational process and choose the learning path that is right for you.

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FROM HIGH SCHOOL TO FLIGHT SCHOOL

For airplane enthusiasts, going from high school to flight school has never been easier.


Why don't you follow your dreams and set your goals to learn to become a real airline pilot?

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WHAT MOTIVATES YOU TO BECOME A PILOT?

People fly planes for many different reasons. Get inspired here.


There are countless reasons why you should pursue a career as a pilot, and the reasons can be as simple as a childhood dream and as complex as a lifelong goal.

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CELEBRATING WOMEN IN AVIATION

We celebrate the accomplishments made by female aviators.


In the century after Blanche Scott accidentally became the first female to pilot and solo in an airplane, we have seen many accomplishments made by women in every corner of the world.

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2019 BILL WEAVER SCHOLORSHIP

The recipients of the 2019 WAA Bill Weaver Aviation Scholarships were announced.


The WAA Safety Day event on June 4th and 5th was held at the Westchester Marriott Hotel in Tarrytown, NY.

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THE EXCITEMENT OF SPIN TRAINING

Stalling, spinning and recovery - and teaching, learning and using those skills.


Spin training skills, or "stall awareness, spin entry, spins, and spin recovery procedures," are arguably some of the most important natural abilities a pilot can learn.

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PLAY OUR FREE ONLINE ARCADE GAME!

Enjoy our first online game geared towards mobile users. Desktop users can play too!


Grab the stars and avoid the dangers! Enjoy our first online game geared towards mobile users, and in the process, decide to change your life and become a real airline pilot!

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Academy of Aviation

Academy of Aviation Locations:

KFRG

Farmingdale, NY
Republic Airport

KHPN
White Plains, NY
Westchester County Airport

KAKH
Charlotte/Gastonia, NC
Gastonia Municipal Airport

KFFC
Atlanta, GA
Falcon Field