Florida Aviation Academy is conveniently located at Pompano Beach Airport (KPMP) in Greater Fort Lauderdale Florida.  With three large runways and an air traffic control tower, KPMP is an ideal training ground for soon to be commercial pilots. With more than 300 days of sunshine a year, your training will not be hampered by frequent weather delays.

Our facilities are touted as the best in the vicinity, offering spacious instructional rooms, a student study lounge, weather briefing and flight planning areas, and a state of the art Redbird FMX full motion flight simulator.

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Commercial Pilot Shortage

If you are interested in becoming a commercial pilot, there has never been a better time.   Research from the Federal Aviation Administration and the 2012 Boeing Pilot & Technician Outlook indicate a growing shortage of pilots over the next 20 years.  The demand for pilots will quickly outpace the number of pilots who are trained, so pilots will be in great demand over the next 20 years and possibly longer.

Both the increased worldwide demand to move goods and people by air, as well as changes in the mandatory retirement age for commercial airline pilots have created an unprecedented need for pilots now. 

Accelerated Flight Training

Florida Aviation Academy has taken a unique approach to training commercial pilots. As a philosophy we keep a low student/instructor/aircraft ratio at the school so that we can immerse the students in their studies with special emphasis on flying. (We only admit 2 students per aircraft and 2 students per each Flight Instructor)

Florida Aviation Academy’s 0 hours to Commercial License takes just 16 weeks in comparison to the 8-12 months it will take at most other Florida commercial pilot schools and colleges for the same program. During this time, the student will

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earn their Private Pilot License, Instrument Rating and ultimately earn their Single or Multi Commercial Pilot Licenses, or both at 250 hours. This program is designed for individuals who want to become professional pilots. It prepares them for the fast paced and multi-tasked environment that is common to all Air Carriers.

Each instructor has only one or two full time students and all instruction is one-on-one, in contrast to the traditional classroom approach. This method allows individualized attention and is custom tailored to maximize the efficiency of each student’s program. Every student is scheduled for two, two-hour lessons with their instructor. The time in between is used for studying on computer stations or watching the audio-visual tapes that compliment each day’s lesson. Students typically spend 6-8 hours a day at the school, 6 days a week under this program.

This accelerated program offers many benefits for the student. Immersion in both theory and flight leads to a steeper learning curve over time with better retention rates, translating to cost savings for the student on many fronts. Our students are also more proficient and safer in their flying. This is simply due to the fact that flight lessons take place twice a day 6 days a week rather than the 3-4 times per week available at most other schools. Practice makes perfect. Practice often and… Our training method also allows the students to return to their home or job in a much shorter period of time reducing day to day living expenses at least by half.

Florida Aviation Academy limits the student count so that there are no scheduling problems with either the instructors or the aircraft and we can deliver what we promise. We have an excellent success rate for being on time and within budget. In addition we have a first time pass rate of better than 98% for written tests with an average score of 91% (The minimum passing grade for the written test are 70% but we do not believe in 70% pilots), and the first time pass rate of better than 93% for the practical exams.

This approach which we hope you will like, has one additional benefit. Having low student/instructor ratios allows us to follow each student’s progress on a daily basis so that they are kept on track with their scheduled programs. The daily briefing that the chief instructor has with each instructor allows us to address any learning challenges immediately. Our accelerated programs, one-on-one attention and continuous quality control are what separate Florida Aviation Academy from every other flight training institution. Everything we do is a function of this mission.