Academy of Aviation

Accelerated Career Pilot Program

The 5-Month Zero-To-MEI Pilot Pathway

Fly the Faster Track.
Go from Zero Experience to Multi-Engine Commercial Pilot with CFI Ratings in Just 5 Months. A typical 5-Month (22 week) Program will look like this:

• 8 Weeks for your Private Pilot License
• 3 Weeks for your Instrument Rating
• 4 Weeks for your Commercial Pilot Certificate
• 1 Week for your Multi Engine Add-on
• 3 Weeks for your CFI Initial Rating
• 2 Weeks for your CFII Rating
• 1 Week for your MEI Rating

The Advantages of AOA:
• Tuition Reimbursement is available for you after graduation.
• CFI and Charter employment opportunities with AOA and partner companies is available to you after graduation.
• Grants and scholorships are available now.

Full Financing is Available for Career Students.

Sallie Mae Loan Features

• Multiple repayment options plus a choice of competitive fixed and variable interest rates, providing even more flexibility.
• No origination fees and no prepayment penalty.
• Auto debit savings: Receive a 0.25 percentage point interest rate reduction for enrolling in and making monthly payments by auto debit.
• Rates that reward creditworthy borrowers.
• A quick credit result—Applying online is fast and easy. It only takes about 15 minutes to apply and get a credit result.
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Academy of Aviation offers Career Flight Training with a truly fixed tuition cost, starting from Zero Experience:


This is an "all-in" tuition program price. We invite you to please do your research and really understand what that means when shopping around.

Academy of Aviation's Career Programs include:

• The full Accelerated Career Pilot Program to go from Zero Experience to Commercial Multi-Engine pilot certificate with Certificated Flight Instructor - CFI CFII MEI.
• Examiner and Knowledge Test Fees
• ALL Training Materials
• Non-tuition Fees
• Pilot Supplies

If you already have experience, custom programs are also available.

Why Are We Different?

We get it. Listing accomplishments feels a little ostentatious, but we have pride in our achievements as a growing flight school, and we insist that you know exactly what is available out there before you make a decision about where to attend. This is a HUGE venture and investment on your part, and this information will help you out, wherever you ultimately decide to train. That said, Academy of Aviation is the only Flight School in the nation to have realized ALL of the following under one roof:

• ACCSC Accredited Flight School.
• Our Multiple Campuses are all Part 141 Approved.
• Approved EASA Testing Center and offers EASA ATPL Frozen Course, all in one place.
• Veterans.
• 100% Flight Training Financing
• Airline Partnerships.

Like we say in our blogs and our website pages, do your research and PLEASE ask why all of these things matter in the flight training industry, and how the above points can benefit you as a student pilot. Ask one of our admissions reps about anything at all. We'll talk to you and try to give you the most qualified answers to your flight training questions, even if you decide to go elsewhere. We are all human, and we genuinely care about safety, quality and success in the aviation industry.

Why Is This Stuff Important?

• Our price "all in" is $22,000 - $15,000 less than major competitors; that's right, tuition alone is $80,000-$90,000, and when you add in exams, checkrides, pilot supplies and other non-tuition fees, you're looking at $95,000-$100,000+.

• Part 141 curriculum approved at every campus means an absolute interest in training quality and safety. The ability to utilize Part 141 and Part 61 training on a course by course and individual student performance basis allows faster completion and more hours available to students if there is a need for additional training for proficiency.

• Fly every type of aircraft in our fleet during your program, or stick to one or two. We want you to have fun!

• Experience different aerospace by flying each course of your program at a different campus location. Fly a little in upstate and downtown New York, tour the Carolina skies and cruise with the big boys in Atlanta.

• Some schools promote an Airline Transport Pilot Certification Training Program (ATCP or FAA-Approved 14 CFR Part 142 Airline Training) as a “perk” to their program. But, traditionally, this exact training is provided by the airline you are hired by as a First Officer. Therefore, something that is part of your onboard training with any typical regional airline isn't advertised to look like one of our "perks".

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Program In Focus:

Academy of Aviation's Accelerated 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 (some ideas here...). Complete this program in as little as 5 months from zero experience/time.

  • 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 truly the Shortest Time Frame (5 months: full time flying + priority scheduling.)
  • Guaranteed Flight Instructor Position.
  • Start from Zero Time with no experience.
  • 5 Month Accelerated Career Pilot Program.

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Your steps to go from Zero Experience to Career Pilot:

Training Begins

With career-oriented training from the very first day, you will graduate from the Accelerated Career Pilot Program in 5 months (from zero time), earning your Commercial Multi-Engine pilot certificate with Certificated Flight Instructor - CFI CFII MEI.

Gain Experience to Reach Your Career Pilot Goals

After successfully completing the program, obtain a flight instructor position training Academy of Aviation students from around the globe. Not working in a call center or just teaching ground school, dispatching or spending your days doing discovery flights like many other schools.

The majority of flight schools don’t have the student enrollment to support an ongoing need of "flying" Flight Instructors.

Airline Cadet Program Benefits Begin

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.

Prepare for your Career Pilot Job

As an AOA graduate, you have the flexibility and choice to fly for who you want. Some of our graduates fly corporate, some fly cargo, some fly aerobatic with a company such as Red Bull, and one of our graduates (AoA student pilot Julia Persson, below) even chose to fly sightseeing tours in Africa!

Regardless of the current COVID-19 pandemic's effects, commercial aviation will resume, and by that time you will be First Officer qualified. After about 18 months as an instructor, you will have logged the 1500-hour airline minimums and be ready to apply as a First Officer with one of AOA's regional airline partners.

Broaden Your Job Search Abroad and Be Ahead of The Gap

Airlines in other countries not only have lower-hour hiring requirements, but have not been affected by the pandemic as severely as others have. If you truly want to embrace the career choice of being a pilot, then don’t be afraid to globe-trot to give your career a boost while others are anticipating the US airlines to recover.

When Boeing projected a massive global pilot shortage for the next 20 years, becoming a pilot became an easy choice. Even with the effects of the pandemic, the pilot shortage issue didn’t just disappear- it's become modified in that the shortage/gap has closed a bit in order to prevent the spread of COVID. The demand for travel and the need for air transportation is still essential to the entire world.

Therefore, take advantage of the fact that "dim" job markets increase the demand for the most skilled and educated employees. Have the foresight to earn the credentials exceeding your peers that have attended schools that place advertising budgets over proper training. When the aviation industry bounces back, you'll be way ahead.

Furloughed pilots and new hires will filter back into the workforce to replace those that either hit the mandatory retirement age or those that opted to retire early, incentivized by the airline pause in operations during the height of COVID. Be the pilot most prepared to advance.

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Flight School Admissions

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Academy of Aviation Course Catalog

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Academy of Aviation Location Information:
Farmingdale, NY (KFRG)
Westchester, NY (KHPN)
Charlotte/Gastonia, NC (KAKH)
Falcon Field/Atlanta, GA (KFFC)

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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.

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

Accelerated Career Pilot Program Fixed-Cost Pricing Guarantee

Fixed-Cost Pricing

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, changing the type of aircraft you fly for certain portions of training, and implementing simulator time before offering you extra flight training at an additional cost. The goal of Academy of Aviation is to ensure that you are prepared for a career as a pilot no matter the avenue of the aviation industry you choose.

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.

Price Guarantee

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.

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.


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.

Aircraft Ferrying

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.

Aerial Firefighter

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.

Business Pilot

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.

Freight Pilot

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.

Start your commercial pilot career

Academy of Aviation Locations:


Farmingdale, NY
Republic Airport

White Plains, NY
Westchester County Airport

Charlotte/Gastonia, NC
Gastonia Municipal Airport

Atlanta, GA
Falcon Field