Academy of Aviation

Welcome to the Academy of Aviation location at Gastonia Municipal Airport (KAKH) in Charlotte/Gastonia, North Carolina.

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

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We welcome and teach both career airline and private recreational flight students. Learn to fly for work or for fun.

Full student housing is available. Fully furnished. Utilities and Wi-Fi included. Click here for more information.

A full student Financial Aid option is available 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.

Contact our Gastonia location's Admissions Department today to schedule a campus tour, or test drive our fleet by booking an introductory discovery flight: (704) 869-7844 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).

Visit us today and see why Academy of Aviation is an excellent choice for your flight training.

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

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Private Pilot Lessons and Commercial Flight School in Charlotte/Gastonia, North Carolina.

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...

(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/Gastonia based Flight School at Gastonia Municipal Airport

We are more than a place for getting a pilot license. At Academy of Aviation you will not only become a fully qualified pilot, but you will also meet with some of the people who are running the aviation businesses of today and tomorrow. You will have the opportunity to learn firsthand what to expect in your future careers and what the aviation business is beyond the flying. Our past students and instructors are routinely returning to our school to pass their newly gained experience on to people like you who are eager to make the jump and spread their wings.

Why Choose Academy of Aviation? Convenience and Flexibility.

There is a growing demand for professional airline pilot training and recreational flying lessons in the Charlotte area and we are here to support you in whatever your pilot license aspirations may be. Our flight school prides itself in offering flexible scheduling for customers with a busy work or school schedule. We map out your flight lessons to keep you progressing quickly without compromising efficiency or safety.

Ask Us. We are here to help.

We understand that choosing the right aviation school can be overwhelming with so many options. Flight training curriculum isn't the easiest to understand as a new pilot. Our Admissions Department is ready to answer your questions about flying lessons and we'd be happy to help you compare flight schools that you are researching. This is a huge decision and you want to choose a school that fits your training needs. We look forward to assisting you with this decision, sharing our passion for cloud cruising and supporting your amazing choice of becoming a pilot.

Student Housing Information

Housing is located a 5-minute walk across the street to the campus. Completely furnished with kitchen cooking supplies fully stocked. Wi-Fi and utilities are included. Washer and dryer on premises.

A shared room is $650/month
A private single room is $1000/month


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