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Flight Training - Become a Pilot

Prestige Aviation Academy uses the most advanced Flight Training System, featuring Sportys- Sport/Private Pilot, Instrument, Commercial Courses, you’ll quickly become a knowledgeable, competent pilot. Our scenario-based interactive instruction programs available through Piper Pilot Centers work hand in hand with your actual flight experience – allowing you to prepare for your next training flight before you even take off. So you can learn at your own pace.

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Private Pilot

The Private Pilot Certificate, internationally referred to as the Private Pilot License (PPL), allows students to obtain the foundational knowledge and skills for all future aircraft pilot training. As a Private Pilot, you can fly an airplane day and night in visual flight conditions and carry passengers (friends, family, co-workers, etc.). You cannot fly for paid compensation or hire. However, you can share the operating expenses with your passengers.

Requirements

  • Be at least 16 years old to fly solo.
  • Be at least 17 years old to receive your private pilot certificate.
  • Be able to read, speak, and understand the English language
  • Obtain at least a current third-class medical certificate
  • Perform basic math: adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing.
  • Be able to attend flight school at our state of the art facility in Orlando, Florida.

Course Overview

The Private Pilot course is the first course taken by new student pilots. Prestige values the importance of a strong foundation and provides a blended instructional approach that includes our Ground School, and Aviation Skill Development. You will learn basic aerodynamics, FAA regulations, aircraft weight balance, and aircraft performance in the classroom training. Flight lessons within the course include maneuvers and procedures required for students to solo the aircraft and conduct a daytime cross-country flight. As an FAA-rated flight school, our training ensures ACS (Airman Certification Standards) for all students.

Upon the successful completion of the Private Pilot course, students will have gained the aeronautical experience necessary to apply for an FAA Private Pilot Certificate (PPL), the first step to becoming a Professional Pilot.

All Private Pilot training flights are conducted in new Technological Advanced Aircraft (TAA). Aircraft delivered in 2016 are also equipped with WAAS-capable instrument-certified GPS. We are proud to offer pilot training using Piper PA-28-181, one of the safest aircraft ever built.

Course Duration

Full-time students enrolled in the Professional Pilot program will have 5 lessons per week. Students who truly dedicate themselves to completing their PPL by studying hard and making pilot training their top priority, are able to complete within a 3-month period. Part-time students that are working or enrolled in school may find that their PPL takes 4-6 months to finish based on their available schedules.

Course Training

The FAA requires students to log a minimum of 35 total flight hours in order to be eligible for the Private Pilot’s License (PPL); however, with today’s technology, fewer than 5% of pilots complete their training within the minimum flight requirements. From our experience, students need a minimum of 50 airplane flight hours to meet the PPL requirements. Students that progress quickly through the courses are proficient at English, usually fly 2-3 times per week, work hard in their ground lessons, and study independently. They have also taken courses through our Prestige Aviation Academy before arriving at flight school.


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Instrument Rating

The Instrument Rating is the next logical step, after the Private Pilot License, for pilots looking to expand the flight territory in which they can safely operate, and to increase their overall business/personal flight capabilities. The certification itself is supplementary to the Private Pilot or Commercial licenses, and qualifies the pilot to fly under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR).

Requirements

  • Be at least 17 years old.
  • Have at least a private pilot certificate.
  • Be able to read, speak, and understand the English language
  • Hold at least a Third Class Medical Certificate.
  • Pass the FAA computer-based exam, which consists of multiple‑choice questions.
  • Pass a practical test (check-ride) with an FAA Inspector or Designated Examiner.

Course Overview

The Instrument Pilot Course is designed to teach pilots to operate aircraft in low-visibility environments, such as heavy cloud cover or heavy rain. The flight lessons in the course provide pilots the knowledge to rely solely on instruments to navigate the aircraft in situations where they cannot rely on visual instincts.

As many pilots can attest, weather conditions do not always permit the sole reliance on visual flying tactics, which hinders the ability to fly on certain days. The Instrument Rating is essential for any pilot looking to improve flight safety and proceed with their pursuit of a career in flying. Pilots without the rating are prevented from operating aircraft in certain weather conditions where visibility is greatly reduced, which limits their maximum allowable altitude, restricts the ability to operate the aircraft at night, and more.

Holding an Instrument Rating also allows pilots the ability to operate under an IFR flight plan which provides Air Traffic Control services not available to VFR pilots except upon special request, such as traffic advisories, airspace transitions, and vectors. When operating in high-volume airspace, these privileges are a significant advantage.

Course Duration

Full-time students enrolled in the Professional Pilot Pathway program will have 3-5 lessons per week. Students who truly dedicate themselves to completing their Instrument Rating, studying hard and making pilot training the top priority, can complete within 2 months.

Part-time students that are working or enrolled in school may find that their Instrument takes 2-3 months to finish based on scheduling limitations. However, our course duration are estimates, and we highly encourage you to chat with an Admissions Representative directly about your training needs and availability for a customized approximation.

Course Training

Unlike other flight schools, Prestige Aviation Academy has FAA-certified simulator facilities, saving students a significant amount of money as they are able to supplement training for their Instrument Rating in a resource that minimizes operational costs. Our Flight Simulator Team performs routine tests on each of the devices to ensure that our students are experiencing flight training the simulator sin a way that properly prepare them to execute the same maneuvers in an actual airplane. The FAA requires students to log a minimum of 35 total flight hours in order to be eligible for the Instrument Rating; however, less than 5% of pilots complete their training within the minimum flight requirements. We find that many Prestige Aviation Academy students complete their Instrument Rating in approximately 55 total flight hours.

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Commercial Training

The FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate, internationally referred to as Commercial Pilot License (CPL) qualifies pilots to be financially compensated for piloting an aircraft. Unlike the Private Pilot Certificate, which is designed for recreational use and only permits the licensed pilot to share the cost of the flight, a CPL is the key to earning money through your service as an aircraft pilot.

Requirements

  • You must hold a Private Pilot Certificate with an Instrument rating.
  • Be able to read, speak, and understand the English language
  • You must be 18 years of age or older.
  • You must hold at least a Third Class FAA Medical Certificate.

Course Overview

Offering four different commercial pilot course options to suit the individual needs of our aspiring career pilots, our flight school prepares students for prosperous aviation careers through a strong emphasis on safety and professionalism.

  • Multi-Engine Commercial Add-On: The Commercial Multi-Engine Land (CMEL) course is conducted in a multi-engine Piper Seneca II training aircraft, which is defined as “complex” because it has a constant speed propeller and retractable landing gear. The course is essential for aspiring airline pilots and covers topics such as Slow Flight, Stalls, and VMC Demos, focusing on proper procedures for complex emergency situations.

  • Single-Engine Commercial Add-On: Though not required, the Commercial Single-Engine Land (CSEL) Initial course is a logical step for some pilots based upon their career track. The course is conducted in a single-engine Piper training aircraft and covers Chandelles, Eights-on-Pylons, and Lazy Eights, perfecting the use of a rudder. Students that have completed the CMEL course, may enroll in the Single-Engine Add-On Rating course which covers the same topics as the CSEL Initial but is conducted in the Piper PA-28-181 as complex aircraft training requirements have already been met.
Prestige Aviation Academy’s unique Commercial Pilot courses allow students to enroll directly after completing their Instrument Rating, rather than having to first build additional flight time. All four of our Commercial courses cover procedures required for students to meet the FAA Commercial Pilot Training Airman Certification Standards. Mastering maneuvers essential for complex aircraft operation in Piper aircraft, Commercial Pilots are thoroughly prepared for the jet cockpit of their dreams.

Course Duration

Full-time students enrolled in our accelerated Professional Pilot Pathway program will have a minimum of 20 hours of flight lessons per week. Students who truly dedicate themselves to completing their Multi-Engine or Single-Engine Initial CPL, studying hard and making pilot training the top priority, can complete a course within 4 to 6 weeks; the Single-Engine Add-On is often complete in as little as 1 week. Part-time students that are working or enrolled in school may find that their CPL courses take 2-3 months to finish based on scheduling limitations. However, our course duration is an estimate, and we highly encourage you to chat with an Admissions Representative directly about your training needs and availability for a customized approximation.

Course Training

The FAA requires students to log a minimum of 65 total flight hours in order to be eligible for the Commercial Pilot Multi-Engine Land Certificate, 18 for the Single-Engine Initial Certificate, and 10 for the Single-Engine Add-On Rating. We find that most Prestige Aviation Academy students complete within the required total flight hours for each of our Commercial Pilot courses.

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Multi-Engine Training and Time Building

Prestige Aviation offers structured, efficient, cost-effective multi-engine training in our modern PA-34-200T. While our multi-engine courses are primary designed to be completed in an accelerated fashion, we have options for students who can't commit to an accelerated program. The programs below will prepare you for your multi add-on or ATP practical test!.

Requirements

  • Holder of an FAA Private Pilot
  • Be able to read, speak, and understand the English language
  • License or Commercial Pilot certificate.
  • At least a 3rd class FAA medical certificate.

Training Programs

3 Day, 13 Hour Multi Add-On Course
Ground and Flight instruction necessary for Practical Test Including:

  • Multi-Engine Aerodynamics/refresher training
  • Aircraft systems training
  • 6 Hours Dual in Piper PA-34
  • 2 hours in PA-34 for Checkride
  • 5 Hours of Ground School
Package Price: $3,300

5 Day, 17 hour Multi Add-on course
Ground and Flight instruction necessary for Practical Test Including:

  • Multi-Engine Aerodynamics training
  • Aircraft systems training
  • 10 Hours Dual in Piper PA-34
  • 2 hours in PA-34 for Checkride
  • 5 Hours of Ground School
Package Price: $4,800

5 Day, 22 hour Multi Add-on course
Ground and Flight instruction necessary for Practical Test Including:

  • Multi-Engine Aerodynamics training
  • Aircraft systems training
  • 15 Hours Dual in Piper PA-34
  • 2 hours in PA-34 for Checkride
  • 5 Hours of Ground School
Package Price: $6,700

Additional costs not included:

  • Charts or other pilot supplies
  • Examiner fee ($500-550)

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Rusty Pilot

BEEN OUT OF THE COCKPIT FOR A WHILE? HERE'S HOW TO GET BACK IN!

Think you've lost too much and forgotten everything? Afraid it'll be like starting over? No worries, Rusty Pilots will get you back in the left seat fast!

Requirements

  • Be able to read, speak, and understand the English language

No Checkride Required. You Can Do This.

You may have forgotten that pilot certificates never expire. Once a pilot, always a pilot. You never have to take another test or worry about another checkride. All you need is a Flight Review (formerly known as a Biennial Flight Review). That's it. A little brush-up with your local CFI, enough flights to demonstrate competence again (minimum one hour), and – presto! – you're back in the air. Seriously, that's all it takes.

A Rusty Pilots Seminar Gets You Started

Prestige Aviation has put together a fun, interactive program that gives you all the information you need to get current again. Our dynamic presenters will bring you up to speed on hot-button issues like medical reforms, weather briefings, preflight planning, FARs, and airspace. You’ll leave the seminar with a logbook endorsement attesting that you've completed three hours of ground training toward your Flight Review

HOW MUCH INSTRUCTION WILL I NEED TO GET CURRENT?

It depends on how long you've been away from flying and how experienced you were when you stopped. Generally, the longer it's been since you flew the more instruction you'll need to get current, but not always. Your CFI may be able to give you at least a rough idea after your first ground and flight sessions.

What you will learn?:

  • Flight planning and preflight
  • Airspace and sectional charts
  • Flight and airport requirements
  • Technology in the cockpit
  • Operating in special airspace