The Fastest Path to your Professional Pilot Career
Learning to fly as a Career Pilot can be one of the most rewarding jobs that a person can have, offering the spirit of adventure along with a proven immediacy of available pilot positions.
Program In Focus:
Academy of Aviation's 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. Complete this program in 6 to 8 months (from zero experience/time) and start flying as an airline pilot in 1.5 to 2 years.
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
the Shortest Time Frame (6-8 months: full time flying + priority scheduling.)
Guaranteed Flight Instructor Job to Reach Airline Minimums in 1.5 - 2 years.
Airline Partnership Recruiting Events for most current and top First Officer sign-on options.
Your steps to go from Zero Experience to Career Pilot:
With career-oriented training from the very first day, you will graduate from the Career Pilot Program in 8 months (from zero time), earning your Commercial Multi-Engine pilot certificate with Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI) certificates.
Gain Experience to Reach Airline Minimums
After successfully completing the program, you are guaranteed a flight instructor position training other students! Not working in a call center or just teaching ground school, dispatching or spending your days doing discovery flights like other schools. We feel that this is a very important question to ask when you're researching other schools.
Airline Tuition Reimbursement Begins
At 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.
Airline Pilot Job
After about 18 months as an instructor, you will be at airline minimums and be ready to start flying as First Officer with one of AOA's regional airline partners. As an AOA graduate, you have the flexibility and choice to fly for who you want.
Advancing to a Major Carrier
Flying 2 years as a First Officer, you'll be ready for advancement to a Captain position with a Regional and/or Major Carrier such as JetBlue, American Airlines, Delta and United Airlines. In less than 5 years from the day you started your Private Pilot course, you're achieving your dream career and six figure pay!
Airlines have selected Academy of Aviation as a preferred training provider, providing you with tuition assistance and more opportunities of who to fly for, as well as direct path to a major airline.
Graduate training in 8 months and flight instruct with Academy o Aviation.
Get there first. Interview with an airline at 300-500 hours total flight time.
Commit and start earning benefits/bonuses.
Fly for your airline in about 1.5 to 2 years after starting training.
Full Financing Available
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.
Loans are not available to International Students without a US co-signer.
Academy of Aviation provides up-front, fixed-cost pricing in a way that differentiates us from most other flight schools and academies. With over 20 years of experience, Academy of Aviation designs flight training programs with enough flight time for the vast majority of students to be successful.
Academy of Aviation never quotes prices based on unrealistic minimum flight time requirements. If you require extra training above and beyond what's included in your curriculum, we will first try to reallocate flight time from other parts of the syllabus before offering you extra flight training at an additional cost.
Because everyone's piloting skills are different, we can't guarantee that you won't need additional training and incur some additional expenses. But rest assured that Academy of Aviation has built a strong reputation for meeting our commitments, and providing highly effective flight training programs.
Academy of Aviation guarantees the fixed-cost quoted to you at the time of scheduling or at the time of making your first payment to reserve your class date.
Even if our advertised prices increase between the time you schedule and the time your training starts, you will receive the price originally quoted.
What is Academy of Aviation's Fixed Cost Pricing Policy?
Academy of Aviation provides up-front, fixed-cost pricing in a way that differentiates us from most other flight schools and academies. With over 20 years of experience, Academy of Aviation designs our flight training programs with enough flight time for the vast majority of students to be successful.
As a potential student and cosigner, there are three important facts you should know about Academy of Aviation’s payment structure:
Academy of Aviation receives payments incrementally throughout the program.
Academy of Aviation quotes a fixed price.
Refunds are issued in 15 days or less.
Academy of Aviation’s multi-disbursement payment structure allows us to determine a student’s ability to be successful in this career early in the program, prior to spending the entire amount of tuition. Unlike other flight training academies, Academy of Aviation’s program is structured so that Academy of Aviation is motivated to quickly discontinue those who are unlikely to excel at Academy of Aviation’s pace. With a fixed-cost pricing structure, Academy of Aviation does not benefit from having to provide more and more training at an hourly rate—a common tactic found elsewhere.
Students who apply with cosigners generally receive lower interest rates and can finance a larger portion of tuition costs. Essentially, as a cosigner, you agree to pay the student’s loan payments if he or she for some reason does not. Usually a family member or friend will sponsor a student’s airline pilot career financing. Having a cosigner qualifies the student for the following benefits:
Higher loan amount–up to full tuition.
Lower interest rate.
Establishment of good credit history for the student.
You can gain the maximum benefit of having a cosigner on the loan when the cosigner has a 640+ credit score. Applying with a cosigner reduces risk for the lender, therefore these applicants are eligible for rates as low as 4%.
Academy of Aviation's primary lender, Wells Fargo, offers flexible repayment options after the traditional 6 month post-school grace period has been exhausted. Wells Fargo offers up to 24 months of forbearance (no payments required) while flight instructors are building to 1500 hours of total time required to be hired by the Regional Airlines. These repayment plans give Academy of Aviation's graduates the ability to earn a salary as an airline pilot (and in many cases secure a signing bonus) before making full payments.
Most lenders offer a cosigner release option. After making as few as 12 consecutive on-time principal and interest payments, the borrower may request that the lender remove the cosigner from the loan entirely as long as the borrower has sufficient credit individually. After achieving a regional airline pilot job, it may be possible to refinance the loan at a lower rate and without a cosigner. Wells Fargo will work with Academy of Aviation Graduates to refinance their loans.
If a student discontinues training with Academy of Aviation, the refund will be issued directly back to the lender, not the student. This minimizes interest expense and protects the cosigner. A student may choose to discontinue the program at any time, for any reason.
Additional Benefits for the Cosigner
As a friend or relative of an airline employee, you can often take advantage of airline-employee friend/family benefits, including:
Free and/or discounted airline travel, including First Class
At Academy of Aviation, we are dedicated to providing an enriching, hands-on education to our students - at a reasonable price. Academy of Aviation takes pride as professionals, and the commitment to providing you a better learning experience.
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Career Pilot Program Details
The Fastest Path to your Professional Pilot Career
Full PPL-MEI Career Pilot Program, including:
Private Pilot Course
Instrument Rating Course
Commercial Single Engine Course
Shared Time Building within CSEL Course
Multi Engine Add On Course
Certified Flight Instructor Initial Course
Certified Flight Instructor Instrument Course
Multi Engine Flight Instructor Course
Total Tuition Estimate
Written Exams & Checkride Fees
TOTAL TO BORROW FOR LOAN
Total Estimated Logged Time
Single Engine Flight Hours
Multi Engine Flight Hours
Total Flight Time
Simulator (FTC) Hours
Airline Partnership Benefits / Bonuses
Guaranteed Flight Instructor Job
Housing and Transportation Options
Private Room AoA Student Housing
Shared Room AoA Student Housing
Private Crew/Hotel Room (FRG Only)
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Career Path from 6 Months to 15 Years
AOA Flight Instructor (Build Hours)
Salary Trajectory / Average Earnings Detail
x-axis: Years as a Pilot
y-axis: Approximate Yearly Salary ($k/yr)
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.
There are Many Alternative Career Pilot Program Paths To Consider
Go Beyond the Airlines!
Maybe the airline lifestyle isn’t for you! Here are some other Career Pilot paths to choose from that you can still obtain full funding to cover all of your tuition, non-tuition and housing costs.
A job for the adventurous!
Be the pilot that delivers an airplane to an exotic locale, a remote island or a brand new countryside. Fly a small plane halfway around the world, stopping off at local airfields and major hubs to refuel, refresh and ultimately deliver the goods.
Live your dream and save lives in the process.
Drop water into forest fires and rescue people, animals and the earth in an amazing way to utilize your flying skills.
Sightseeing and Tours
A leisurely flight for a leisurely career.
Island hopping, idyllic beach layovers and sunny days all add up to a pilot that loves both the job and the off-time.
Ambulance & Rescue
Save lives while you fly.
An air ambulance pilot is one of the most important kinds of flying. Transport doctors, trauma teams and patients, or rescue people who need immediate help.
Your office is in the cockpit.
Fly for a private company, or enjoy the air as a charter pilot. You'll be jetting through a career that can offer amazing perks and ample opportunities.
Your cargo is your passenger.
Don't want to deal with 6 AM calls and long waits while passengers board and deplane? Fly cargo for any of the overnight delivery services and spend your days all over the globe.
CFI - Flight Instructor
Be somebody's hero.
When you teach a student a life-changing skill, you will be remembered forever as the person who changed their lives. Be that hero.
Science and Research
Be the future.
Marry your love of science with your love of adventure as you pilot teams of researchers and scientists all over the world.
Government and Military
We want you!
Serve, protect and defend. Do you dream of flying an F-16, a Coast Guard Ocean Sentry or Air Force One? Start here.
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At 300-500 hours logged, it's time to start evaluating which Regional Airline is right for you! These airlines need pilots now, and we're seeing quarterly changes to their sign-on offers/perks/benefits. You can have your pick of which perks suit your personal career goals best. Some perks include:
- Highest Average Salary
- Sign on Bonus.
- Tuition Reimbursement.
- Greatest Seniority gain while working as a Flight Instructor logging hours.
- Quickest Upgrades.
- Preference in which Major Carrier you ultimately want to work for.
- Travel perks for yourself and family.
For some people, staying close to home is important, and others want the highest salary or best combination of sign-on bonus and tuition reimbursement.