Get Your Private Pilot License at Gastonia Municipal Airport (KAKH) in Charlotte/Gastonia, North
Academy of Aviation's location near Charlotte welcomes and teaches both career airline and
private recreational flight students.
Earn your Private Pilot License (PPL) and fly the sunny skies on your own time, on your
own schedule, in visual flight rules (VFR) conditions. Or earn additional ratings and go
all the way to your airline transport pilot (ATP) certificate, to fly for Regional and Major
We are a Cessna Pilot Center and Cessna Authorized Service Facility.
Click below for detailed information about our ACCSC Accredited Program
Earn your Private Pilot License or step into our full Accelerated Career Pilot
Program. The choices are always yours.
Full financing available now for our Career Pilot
Program. Recreational Private Pilot programs are also available. Flight Training in
the Charlotte/Gastonia metropolitan area of North Carolina gives the aspiring pilot a unique
experience of learning to fly close to one of busiest airspaces in the country near
Charlotte Douglas International, in addition to mountain valley, forest and coastline areas
of North and South Carolina.
The Academy of Aviation Full PPL-MEI Career
Pilot Program will take you through your Private Pilot certification, Instrument,
Commercial Single Engine and Multi Engine ratings, Certified Flight Instructor Initial
certification and Instrument rating, and Multi Engine Flight Instructor rating.
We want to be your one-stop shop to go from first flight to first officer in about two
Contact our Gastonia location's Admissions Department today to schedule a campus tour, or
test drive our fleet by booking a New Enrollment Orientation Flight: Call (631)
777-7772 or fill out our Online Form for more information.
As of July 1, 2018, the City of Gastonia has awarded Academy of Aviation (AOA)
the management contract for Gastonia Municipal Airport (KAKH).
We are quickly becoming a prominent destination flight school in the northeast and southeast.
Though we are not the oldest flight school in the Carolinas, Academy of Aviation's expansion into the
Charlotte area has been a wonderful experience, compounded by the fact that we were awarded the FBO position at Gastonia
Municipal Airport. This means that you, the flight student, will always have access to fully
maintained and fueled airplanes, prepared and equipped facilities to relax and concentrate on your
training, and a home base that prides itself on efficiency and professionalism.
We are dedicated to operating with total convenience and flexibility.
The most important goal for you as a student and for us as your pilot school is to ensure that you
learn to fly safely and without the added pressure of somebody else's agenda. If you already have a
busy work or school schedule, we will work with you to maintain a safe, sane and progressive flight
training schedule. Your have to want to become a pilot to do this, and you have to be happy with the
school that you choose. We pride ourselves with easy, flexible scheduling and we'll go above and
beyond the usual benchmarks to make sure that your flight dreams are fulfilled.
Ask Us. We are here to help.
We understand that choosing the right aviation school can be overwhelming with so many options. But
when you are moving up in the career airline pilot world, seniority plays a significant role.
Getting there first is essential, because as you advance in your career, your time in the cockpit
determines your upward mobility as much as your skills behind the controls. The best flight schools
in the USA will teach you skills and concepts in a manner laid out with a concentration on specific
curriculum structured to get you there faster, which is a clear-cut advantage that a Part 141 school
like Academy of Aviation has over Part 61 schools. The best schools will be proactive in your flight
education, along with providing multiple locations, modern and working aircraft and job placement
for you to successfully be able to prepare yourself for the airline lifestyle.
How do I choose a flight school? Ask the right questions.
Are all of your fees and exams included in the price you are quoted? If the school's advertised
prices increase between the time you schedule and the time your training starts, are you guaranteed
that your price will remain the quoted contracted price?
Don't fall for underhanded tactics from heavily advertised schools that may not put the flight
student first. Smaller and more selective schools will usually be more attentive to the actual
student, rather than their bottom line.
What is really included in the contract that you sign? Essentially, your program should include
everything. These are the 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 and the Multi Engine Flight
Your total logged time should be fully laid out in a syllabus and training plan, and will conform to
the minimums of what the FAA allows, with pre-contracted and expected room to expand the time frame
if you need more help.
Are a school's posted prices based on realistic flight time requirements and provide up-front
pricing, and do they charge a lot more money if you go over your program time?
A difficult and important question to ask is, will your school pull the plug on your training if
they truly feel that you will not succeed as a pilot, or will they continue to train you at an
hourly rate once you go over your contracted time, mounting up the bill while you may be struggling
and potentially failing your courses?
(Clark, John "Some of the Academy of Aviation staff members who have begun work at the
Gastonia Municipal Airport since the company took over operations there on July 1." The
Gaston Gazette, 5 Aug. 2018,
Charlotte, NC campus student Andrew Clement celebrates a successful commercial check ride with
CFI Jonathan Marshall. #flyaoa
Anthony Lanni and DPE Darin Murphy at KAKH in Gastonia. The student did all his training at KHPN
in New York and did the check ride at our location in Charlotte/Gastonia. Awesome job and great
use of multiple AOA campuses! #flyaoa
Kurt Holtzclaw passes his Commercial-Multi with CFI Riley O’Quin. #flyaoa
Farmingdale, Long Island, New YorkKFRG White Plains, New YorkKHPN Charlotte/Gastonia, North CarolinaKAKH Atlanta, GeorgiaKFFC
FAA Part 141 Approved. FAA Part 61 Courses are also
available. Veterans: Use your benefits towards flight training. ACCSC Accredited: Setting standards of educational quality. International Students: F-1 Visa Commercial Pilot plus Flight Instructor
Program. BPSS Approved: The Bureau of Proprietary School Supervision (BPSS)
oversees and monitors non-degree granting proprietary schools in New York State. EASA Approved: AOA provides students a full EASA ATPL Theory program and
testing all in a single location.