Private Pilot Program
The adventure of flying begins with your private pilot’s certificate. With this license you can venture out into the world of aviation. Whether you plan to fly for fun, give rides to friends and family, provide yourself with transportation, or simply build time and experience for future ratings, it all begins with the private certificate.
While achieving the private certificate, you will receive instruction in the basic operations of an airplane. Although some people try to finish much of the ground training before they start flying, we feel that the best approach is to integrate the ground training with the flight training. You will be in the cockpit from day one getting hands-on practical experience. Ground training will cover diverse topics such as airport operations, radio procedures, weather, navigation, and more.
The first major goal for you is to fly the airplane solo. During your solo flight training you will learn manueuvres such as emergency procedures and takeoffs and landings, as well as how to operate safely at a tower-controlled air port. The first solo flight is an experience that is never forgotten. After solo, you will move onto more advanced lessons covering areas such as night and cross-country flying.
Commercial Pilot Program
Whether your professional goal is to fly a Boeing 747, a crop-duster, or a Cessna 172 for hire, you must obtain a commercial pilot’s certificate. The commercial training focuses on advanced aerodynamics, professionalism, passenger considerations, and the rules and regulations that govern commercial operations. Additionally, the commercial training program will teach you to fly an airplane to higher and more precise standards than were required in the private training program. As a commercial student you will also learn to master the operation of a complex-aircraft.
Most of the students opt to earn an INSTRUMENT RATING after their private in the States. This is a great way to build the required hours between the private certificate and the commercial certificate. The CAAP minimum hourly requirement for instrument rating is 20 hours simulated Instrument Flight Training and 20 hrs of simulator and 120 hours of minimum PIC time.
Instrument rating refers to the qualifications that a pilot must have in order to fly under IFR (Instrument Flight Rules). It requires additional training and instruction beyond what is required for a Private Pilot certificate or Commercial Pilot certificate, including rules and procedures specific to instrument flying, additional instruction in meteorology, and more intensive training in flight solely by reference to instruments.
Testing consists of a written exam and a practical test (known more commonly as the check ride). The check ride is divided into an oral component to verify that the applicant understands the theory of instrument flying and an actual flight to ensure the pilot possesses the practical skills required for safe IFR flight.
Instrument flying is a serious business. It is demanding. It takes active thinking. When a pilot gets the instrument rating he is authorized to evaluate weather, dispatch the flight, and is then challenged to fly the airplane in the same air traffic control system and weather systems that the two-crew turbine airplanes are using. The day after the rating is earned, a pilot is free to fly IFR to Atlanta Hartsfield on a dark and stormy night with passengers.
Multi Engine Rating
If you want to fly higher, farther and faster, you’ll need an airplane multi-engine rating in addition to a private pilot certificate or commercial pilot certificate. The multi-engine rating is also a necessary step for any professional pilot, and is known to be one of the more enjoyable (albeit expensive!) training programs during professional pilot training.
An applicant for a multi-engine rating is usually already a private pilot or commercial pilot. Rarely, a student pilot will choose to obtain a private pilot certificate in a multi-engine aircraft.
Beyond systems, controllability and performance, a multi-engine rating is pretty simple. While it is more costly to train in a twin-engine aircraft, the training is necessary for a professional pilot.
Flight Instructor Course
If you’re interested in becoming a flight instructor, then you’re in luck — flight instructors are pretty high in demand right now, and this particular career path is expected to remain in demand for quite a few years, according to some experts.
Pilots choose to become flight instructors for many reasons. For many, it’s a dream job and a primary source of income. For others, it’s the next step on the way to becoming a commercial pilot or an airline pilot. And for some, it’s a hobby that they can enjoy as a side job or just for fun. Most — if not all — flight instructors will tell you that they learned more after becoming a certified flight instructor (CFI) than they knew going into it.