Academy of Aviation Flight School

"Learn To Fly In The Carolina Sky"

Get Your Private Pilot License at Gastonia Municipal Airport (KAKH) in Charlotte/Gastonia, North Carolina

Academy of Aviation Charlotte/Gastonia, NC Pilots

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 Airlines.

We are a Cessna Pilot Center and Cessna Authorized Service Facility.
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Academy of Aviation is a Liberty University Flight Training Affiliate.

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Information for career airline and private recreational flight students.

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

Domestic Student Admissions (for both Recreational and Career Pilot Students)

Call or Text: (516) 613-4556

International Student Admissions

Call or Text: (516) 613-4698

Academy of Aviation Course Catalog

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CFI Employment Information

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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 years.

As of July 1, 2018, the City of Gastonia has awarded Academy of Aviation (AOA) the management contract for Gastonia Municipal Airport (KAKH).

Visit us today and see why Academy of Aviation is an excellent choice for your flight training. Contact us for all funding options for our Career Pilot program.

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We are a Cessna Pilot Center and Cessna Authorized Service Facility.

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We are an Approved PSI True Talent (ex-CATS) Testing Center.

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"Learn To Fly In The Carolina Sky"

Why should I train at Academy of Aviation?

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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.

Do your research. Choose a school that includes:

Airline tuition reimbursement programs.
• All certifications, from Private Pilot License to Certified Flight Instructor Multi Engine certificate.
• Fastest track training with truly fixed-cost guarantees.
• Financing options and guidance is a specialty of ours.
Partnership programs with get-there-first paths to the major airlines.

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 Instructor Course.

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?

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Academy of Aviation's New Cessna In Action!

The Gaston Gazette highlights our Textron Aviation 2020 Top Hawk Program winner.

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Academy of Aviation in Gastonia, NC is gaining some great attention down in North Carolina. Here is a cool article about our General Manager of AOA Gastonia, and some information about our newest location. Click to open the full article.
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"New operator of Gastonia airport sees clearer skies ahead." Read Article...
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(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,

Academy of Aviation Charlotte/Gastonia Student Achievements
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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

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Flight School Location Details

Academy of Aviation Locations:


Farmingdale, NY
Republic Airport

White Plains, NY
Westchester County Airport

Charlotte/Gastonia, NC
Gastonia Municipal Airport

Atlanta, GA
Falcon Field