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FAPA provides future pilots with the knowledge and advice they need to make important career decisions. We are experts on everything from the history of the career, to financing training and education in today's market.

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1. Becoming an Airline Pilot: The Good, the Bad, the Useful
There's no way to avoid paying your dues to reach an airline cockpit, but there are quite a few strategies that can make the process much easier. We'll tell you about them here.

2. Business Aviation: How It Differs From the Airlines
Business aviation pilots now fly some of the most sophisticated airplanes on earth to destinations all around the globe. Pay and benefits are top notch. Here’s why Biz Av is no longer just a fall back job.

3. Choosing a Flight Training School
Many of a pilot's flying techniques and aviation knowledge begin at the first flying lesson, choosing the right school to earn your certificates can be critical to future success.

4. Flight Training Schools Comparison
Our comparison chart offers a look at some of the top flight training companies in the U.S. The challenge of course, is deciding which one will deliver the kind of flight training you want.

5. Scholarships To Help Pay for Flight Training
There’s no denying that the education to become a pilot is just as expensive as every other profession these days. But we’ve done the work here to point out over 500 scholarship options just waiting for you to apply.

6. Choosing an Aviation College
We take a look at some of the decisions future aviators must make as they try to decide whether they’ll earn a four-year degree from a local academic institution, or a school that offers a degree in an aviation-focused setting.

7. Aviation Colleges Comparison Table
Let’s assume for a moment that you know you want to earn a degree while you learn to fly. How do you decide where to go and what program to choose?

8. Vets Stop Here for G.I. Bill Details
Veterans of the U.S. military Post 9/11 are eligible for a variety of educational assistance through the VA, including help paying for flight training. All you need to begin is a copy of your DD-214.

9. Professional Pilot Degree Institutions
No one doubts the value of a college degree to a career as a professional pilot. But if you know you’re after a degree in an aviation subject, how do you pick the right school? Here’s where FAPA can help.

10. Airline Pilot Careers: The Best Days Are Right Here, Right Now
Too many potential aviators have turned away from an airline career because the money equation had changed. Guess what, it’s changed again but this time in favor of new pilots.

11. What You Must Know to Earn an ATP
Because all Part 121 operations in the U.S. demand an ATP, here’s a valuable summary of requirements for the FAA Airline Transport Pilot Certificate, current as of October 6, 2016.

Meet the FAPA team

Craig Washka

Customer Service Representative

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Craig Washka joined the FAPA.aero Team in October 2009 and is currently serving as a Customer Service Representative. He brings over thirty years of aviation experience to the table and understands the needs of our customers.

Craig has a true passion for people and aviation and looks forward to guiding FAPA.aero customers to succeed with their professional goals.

Client Testimonials

Mark

Hired at United Airlines

I've had the pleasure of working with Judy Tarver over the past few years and highly recommend her and her team for any airline prep. Judy came to us at Comair during our shut down to provide instruction on resume writing and interview tactics and spent several days speaking to our group in each of our crew bases. Judy has an extensive interviewing background and knows everything there is about resume writing and helped many of us seek new employment at other carriers. I was able to work with Judy during my recent interview with United airlines and her prep was spot on. I had complete confidence on how to answer each question presented and had a great feeling when the interview concluded. I have been recently hired on at United and no doubt Judy played a huge role in this success. I highly recommend her for ANY airline interview you may have coming up. Look no further as Judy is clearly the best.