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Flight School Profile

Full Name Short
Name
Year
Co.
Start
Year
Prog.
Start
#
SE
A/C
#
ME
A/C
#
TP
A/C
#
TJ
A/C
Total
A/C
#
SE
Sims
#
ME
Sims
#
TP
Sims
#
TJ
Sims
Total
Sims

Aerosim Flight Academy

AFA

1989

1989

57

12

0

0

69

12

6

0

1

19

Airline Transport Professionals

ATP

1983

1990

56

85

0

1

142

3

27

0

5

35

American Flyers

AF

1939

1939

60

3

0

0

63

0

27

0

1

28

Career Pilot School

CPS

2007

2007

6

2

0

0

8

1

1

1

0

3

FlightSafety Academy

FSI

1951

1967

65

21

0

0

86

0

4

1

1

6

US Aviation Academy

USA

2003

2008

53

9

4

0

66

3

2

0

0

5

Westwind School of Aeronautics

WSA

1985

1999

25

4

6

0

35

2

1

0

1

4

Totals

 

 

 

322

136

10

1

469

21

68

2

9

100

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How Much Will You Spend?

Prices reflect completion through CFII and MEI (see exceptions in notes below)

School Months Tuition Books Check Rides Room Board Total School

AFA

12

$74,916 

$3,200

$0

$9,400

-

$87,516 

AFA

ATP

3

$49,995 

$500

$4,000

$4,400

-

$58,895 

ATP

AF

6

$62,500 

Inc.

$4,500

$4,800

$2,500

$74,300 

AF

CPS

3

$43,915 

Inc.

Inc.

-

-

$43,915 

CPS

FSI

14

$79,486 

Inc.

Inc.

$8,736

-

$88,222 

FSI

USA

12

$41,000 

$1,500

$650

$6,000

-

$49,150 

USA

WSA

10

$70,500 

$0

$0

$5,500

$6,000

$82,000 

WSA

Averages

8

$60,330

$743

$1,307

$5,548

$1,214

$69,143 

 

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What Will You Accomplish?

School Program Name Total Log
Hours
ME A/C
Hours
ME
SIM Hours
Total Jet
SIM
Total Jet
A/C
School

AFA

Professional Pilot

209

49

10

32

0

AFA

ATP

Airline Career Pilot

270

115

50

0

0

ATP

AF

Nexus Program

200

20

0

0

0

AF

CPS

Accelerated Career Pilot Program

252

25

10

20

0

CPS

FSI

Professional Pilot

254

72

27

0

0

FSI

USA

0 - CFIi

242

12

0

0

0

USA

WSA

Airline Pilot Direct Track

361

51

7

0

0

WSA

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Notes:

The information above is provided by each flight school. All amounts are estimated.

AFA:  Aerosim Technologies, Inc. purchased Delta Connection Academy from Delta Air Lines in Dec 2009, and the flight school is no longer affiliated with Delta Air Lines. The name changed in August 2010. Pricing and course including Jet Bridge.

ATP:  ATP's track record of airline placements makes ATP students eligible for the Sallie Mae Smart Option loan. ATP students receive airline-oriented flight training at a fixed cost. Graduates of the Fast Track Airline Career Pilot Program receive a guaranteed flight instructor position with ATP (for details see - ATPFlightSchool.com/guarantee). Students who do not hold a private pilot certificate may complete their Private Pilot certificate, including 85 hours of total time, for an additional $9,995.

AF:  Room and board costs are estimated and vary by location.

CPS:  Career Pilot School is an FAA Part 141 approved flight school, specializing in providing flight instruction to those aspiring to become professional pilots. CPS employs only the finest flight instructors and prides itself on providing individualized, one on one instruction to its students. The CPS Accelerated Career Pilot Program takes a student from Instrument pilot through flight instructor (CFI, CFII, MEI) ratings in 3 months, logging 290 hours in the process of which 100 hours are true, flown from the left seat multi engine PIC. Students who enter the Career Pilot Program without their Private Pilot License may complete their PPL for an additional $6995.00

FSI:  Company states its goal is to instill in its customers the importance of professionalism and the airmanship required to meet Airline Standards. FlightSafety includes in the Professional Pilot Program the Private, Instrument, Commercial Multiengine, Commercial Single Engine, CFI-A, CFII and MEI. FlightSafety owns a fleet of 86 aircraft, and follows a progressive and comprehensive maintenance program as an FAA approved repair station. FlightSafety Academy, is an approved Part 141/61 school by the Federal Aviation Administration (January 1976); by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of State for non-immigrant training (July 28, 1967); is licensed by the Commission for Independent Education – school number 1950; as well as an accredited member of the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges.

USA:  98% of USA's CFI graduates end up working for USA. In-house Fueling & Maintenance. FAA Part 141 School with Self-Examining Authority. A Wide Variety of Pilot Financing Options Through University Programs, VA Benefits and More. Simulators: SE/ME convertible making a total of 5 simulators. Tuition: Fuel is included up to $4.50. Checkrides: (through CFI/I). Books: Includes iPad with software. This institution is part of a CFI Pipeline Program with American Eagle Airlines. See the "standing notes" under American Eagle.

WSA:  Westwind has been training pilots since 1985. With our fleet of more than 25 new aircraft and flight simulators, our experienced Flight Instructors, and our modern facilities, you can be assured of receiving the highest quality of Professional Flight Instruction while you are attending school here. The training Westwind School of Aeronautics provides is recognized by airlines from around the world. Many of our graduates are enjoying successful careers flying airliners and corporate jets as a result of the excellent training received at Westwind School of Aeronautics. While some schools will train you to achieve the minimum training necessary to obtain your license, Westwind School of Aeronautics trains you to be the safest, most proficient pilot you can be, which gives you a better opportunity for a successful career. To learn more about Westwind School of Aeronautics or to arrange a tour, visit their website at westwindaviation.com or email admissions at Jdenman@WestwindAviation.com or call 623-869-6973.

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Tom Hiltner

Vice President - Operations

TomHiltner

Tom Hiltner is a native of Margate, NJ and has been a part of the FAPA.aero team since 2012.  Since then he has progressed from Director of Content and Communications to Vice President of Operations. Tom is responsible for the products offered by FAPA.aero to its members, as well as planning and executing pilot career conferences and Job Fairs around the country. As an active airline pilot, Tom understands how important achieving career goals is to each and every pilot he serves. 

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