Why become a flight instructor?

WHY BECOME A FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR?

When you speak with someone who was a flight instructor in the 1990s, you find that their experience was radically different from the experience that an instructor today enjoys.

Back in the day, flight instructors often had to sweep the hangar, “sell” prospects on discovery flights, work strange hours, or drive long distances from airport to airport to accommodate the rare student. Today, it’s a different ball game.

This past May, the Washington Post reported that Pilot-Hungry Airlines are Raiding Flight Schools. As more and more senior airline Captains and First Officers retire from major airlines due to the FAA-mandated age limit of 65 years, professional pilots from all walks of life are being recruited to backfill the ranks. Regional airlines often give hiring and retention bonuses of up to $50,000 to new recruits. In years past, a Flight Instructor would often have to work for years in a myriad of flying roles before he or she got the opportunity to fly a turboprop or turbojet powered aircraft for a small airline or freight company. Even when they did land a job with a regional airline, it was at a wage that would surprise most people not familiar with the industry at that time. Today, Instructors are being hired away as soon as their FAA licensing and flight time requirements are met. They are being paid a liveable wage from day one and have bright prospects for their future.

At AeroStar we understand the industry is changing rapidly and accordingly, the value of our flight instructors.

Our culture of high quality training and professional mentorship is how we’ve earned our reputation over the past ten years.

Aspiring pilots can begin their training with Aerostar – from their initial discovery flight through their private pilot rating, instrument, multiengine, commercial, ATP-CTP certification, and of course, type ratings; all at one campus location.

Students who invest in their training with us will be considered to fit our growing family of CFIs.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Invest in initial flight training with AeroStar.
  2. Earn your Private Pilot rating, and continue to earn your instrument, multiengine, commercial and CFI ratings.
  3. Apply, and be selected for, one of our respected CFI positions with a starting salary of $45,000 per year.
  4. Help other students learn as you build loggable flight hours toward your career goals!
  5. After one year of distinguished service, you’ll earn a $5000 retention bonus, plus our world-class Type Rating Training (your choice – A320 or B737)

You’ll leave AeroStar with the best possible training, PLUS valuable job experience working with an amazing team.  

Aerostar has long been known as a leading provider for ATP-CTP certification, as well as the popular Boeing 737 and Airbus 320 type ratings.  These two aircraft types are widely used by airlines in the United States as well as international markets.

AeroStar is one of the very first organizations in which a student can travel the whole journey from aspiring pilot taking a discovery flight, to working CFI building time and earning a good salary, to an ATP-CTP rated airline first officer candidate with a A320 or B737 type rating.  

Deidra Toye on Mentoring in Flight Training

Did you know that as of 2017 only 7.01% of pilots were women? With such a minimum number of women within the airline industry, AeroStar is a shining exception.

Since 2015, the CEO of AeroStar has been a woman: Deidra Toye. Under her leadership, AeroStar has gained recognition as one of the finest aviation-training providers in the world, by serving the needs of individuals as well as flight schools, colleges/universities, government agencies, and airlines across the globe.

In addition to her success in the flight training industry, she is Owner and Chief Operating Officer of Spectrum Aero Maintenance Services, also located in Kissimmee, FL (KISM). Deidra is not only AeroStar’s CEO, she is also mentoring her former mentor.

Deidra Wilson, CEO and owner of Aerostar Training Services talks about mentoring and flight training

Around 12 years ago, Deidra worked at American Flyers as a Customer Service Rep with Jason Gledhill. Gledhill went above and beyond his boss duties to help mentor Deidra about the aviation industry. When looking back on those days Deidra stated “I was super excited about aviation, and with that excitement, I wanted to learn all I could. Jason never stopped teaching me along the way.” With Gledhill’s invaluable advice, Toye was able accelerate her success advancing within the industry to own and operate a both leading aviation training and an aircraft maintenance organization.

In a twist of fate, Deidra is now mentoring Jason by offering him an A320 Type Rating course through AeroStar, which he has now successfully completed.  In response to her transforming from the mentee to the mentor, she said “To me, what’s satisfying, and I think Dave (Santo) would say the same, with us at AeroStar where we’re training so many pilots every day, all the time, as we travel across the world and we’re going to trade shows, and we’ll look up in the cockpit as board an airplane and there have been so many times where we’ve been like, hey, we know you; you graduated from AeroStar!” “it’s an amazing experience”. In addition, Toye spoke on the basics of her mentoring relationships. “It takes dedication on both sides. There have been times where “I’ll see a diamond in the rough, and be like, you know what, this person has so much potential, so much raw talent. And I’m just drawn to want to mentor them. But if they’re not a hundred percent into it and they’re not dedicated to it, at the end of the day, no matter how great they could be, if they’re not wanting to apply themselves to do it and they don’t have that passion for it, it’s not going to work out in the long run”.

At AeroStar Deidra has been able to utilize her mentoring expertize to help organize her team into becoming the best mentors for their students. In speaking of what she has learned from her mentor Toye stated “(Gledhill would) show me the fun side of aviation. How he mentors other people and how it’s important to mentor people throughout your aviation career. And from there I just really took it to heart and I adapted and adopted that mentality. And now I am delivering the same kind of message to my team and customers here at AeroStar.” Operating and growing two amazing companies, Deidra is becoming a prominent role model for Women in Aviation.

If you’re at Aerostar’s Kissimmee campus, you may find yourself in a casual conversation Deidra Wilson, having a great conversation about ATP CTP certification, type ratings, mentorship and pilot careers.

Will the US Government Shutdown Impact Your Flight Training?

How is the US Government Shutdown Impacting Flight Training?

AeroStar Training Services is open for business during the government shutdown.

Our instructors are holding courses, students are enrolling and graduating, and things are progressing as normal with a few exceptions.

  • Most flight training courses are being held as scheduled!
  • Our instructors are teaching
  • Our Redbird and A320 Sims are available
  • Students are completing lessons and logging time toward their goals!
  • We have an in-house Visa agent that can approve student visas.
  • We can issue FAA temporary licensing on -site so that pilots can start using their new licensing or type ratings right away.

That said, there are a few things that may have temporary delays:

Foreign License Certifications/Conversions – Are currently on hold.

FAA Medical Certificates – for student pilots and others are currently not being issued, although Aviation medical examiners may still issue certificates to qualified pilots at the time of a regular FAA physical exam.

https://aerostartyperatings.com/pilot-training-articles/type-rating/It’s a great time to upgrade your skills, get the credentials you need – everything from initial pilot training, ATP-CTP certification, B737 and A320 type ratings, and advance your career.

Have concerns? Give us a call at 407-888-9011 and let’s get your questions answered!

AeroStar A320 Certificate Graduate Helps Others as Student Mentor

Nicholas Chung is a person you might meet in the cockpit of a A320, in the sim at the AeroStar campus, or behind a camera as a freelance photographer!

Nicholas says – “I was born in Mauritius with Chinese grandparents, also live in Canada at the moment. Went to school in Mauritius and Canada. I’m the only pilot in my whole family on both sides.


My first interest in aviation came at the age of 2. I was fascinated with airplanes and anything that flies, after few years I got to jumpseat in an Airbus A300 and that’s when I realized I wanted to become a pilot.


I heard about Aerostar through a flight school where I used to instruct.

From time to time when AeroStar needs seat support for one of their students’ lessons, they call me and I drive over to fill in the seat of the copilot. I love doing that because it helps me keep current with the airplane and also helping students who struggles in few areas by giving them tips and suggestions. I always try to help them the best I can without interfering with the lesson or checkride.

Aerostar Training services has been good to me in many ways. The instructors are excellent and it was a blast to learn from these experienced airline pilots, especially those who flies the A320. 
Despite the challenge of learning a new airplane, the instructors were helpful and combining that with self-studying it was easy and fast. Big thank you for the staff as well who were helpful in the application process.

My plans for the future is to continue to move up the ladder and follow my dreams. I am working hard to achieve my goal of becoming an professional airline pilot, and if possible continue to mentor, instruct and help others achieving the same goal.”


Well, Nicholas, we’re behind your career dreams 100%

And we also love puppies!

Aerostar Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Special Rates on The Best Pilot Training

We have provided the best pilot training for 10 years! Time isn’t the only thing that’s flying by!

Our students are flying A320s and B737s for airlines around the world as first officers and captains, and many have “graduated” to other planes and positions as well.

We’re very proud of their success, so to celebrate, we’re doing what we do best – making the very best training in the most popular aircraft affordable so more students can enjoy great careers!

Best pilot training for 10 years

We’re offering our A320 PIC Standard course for just $11,800, for the February 4th and February 19th courses only.

Did you know – the A320 is so popular that Airbus is adding a second assembly line in the Mobile, Alabama facility?

“Airbus has confirmed that it will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for its new A220 assembly line in Mobile on Wednesday, Jan. 16. . . .

Airbus already has an extensive campus at the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley, where it assembles the A320 family of jets. The new project will add a second final assembly line (FAL) for the smaller A220 family of jets. That aircraft was developed as the C Series by Canada-based Bombardier, but has been renamed since Airbus took the lead role in a partnership to produce and market it.”

Airbus confirms Jan. 16 groundbreaking for new Mobile assembly line

Someone is going to have to fly all those planes, why not you?

Prepare for a career that’s hugely in demand with the best pilot training in the world. Many, many airlines around the world operate A320 aircraft. Our graduates have lots of opportunities to choose from!

Get started with our Enrollment Form. here.

Call Garfield Greene at 404- 888-9011 or write info@aerostartyperatings.com with any questions!

See you in the sky!

 

New Red Bird Simulator Lands at AeroStar

AeroStar has added another flight training device to our simulation efforts, a Red Bird FMX, which will be used to support Career Pilot Academy students here at our Kissimmee training campus. This device is the third recent addition to AeroStar’s simulation portfolio. We acquired an A320 simulator in late 2017 and a B737 simulator has also been purchased and will be delivered at the end of the year.

“With all the space our new hangar facility provides us with, we are able to bring a variety of simulators in-house and fully cater to our student’s training needs,” said Dave Hensely, AeroStar’s Training Center Manager. 

Red Bird FMX Sim Features:

• 50 Degree Total Pitch Movement

• 60 Degree Total Yaw Movement

• 40 Degree Total Roll Movement

• Electric Motion & Wrap Around Visuals

• FAA Approved

Red Bird Simulator

Red Bird

AeroStar Partners with Spirit Airlines for ATP-CTP Training & A320 Flow Through Program

Spirit

KISSIMMEE, November 15, 2018 — AeroStar Training Services announces a new partnership with Spirit Airlines. This partnership agreement will enable highly qualified pilots, who complete an A320 type rating at AeroStar, to interview for employment at Spirit.

AeroStar will also be involved in providing ATP-CTP training for Spirit. “This partnership is very exciting because it will give our successful students the opportunity to interview at a major airline,” said Captain Garfield Greene, AeroStar’s Director of Admissions.

Learn more about AeroStar’s aviation training programs at www.aerostartyperatings.com

About AeroStar Training Services, LLC

AeroStar Training Services provides the highest quality initial pilot training, ATP-CTP, Airbus & Boeing Type Ratings, and flight attendant training, for the global aviation industry by delivering tangible, timely, and cost effective results. AeroStar was founded by a team of experienced aviation professionals in 2008 with a vision that aviation training should be affordable, state-of-the-art, and provide an enjoyable learning experience for all students.

About Spirit Airlines, Inc.

Spirit Airlines, Inc. is an American ultra-low-cost carrier headquartered in Miramar, Florida. It is the eighth largest commercial airline in North America. Spirit operates scheduled flights throughout the United States and in the Caribbean, Mexico, Latin America, and South America. The airline operates bases at Atlanta, Baltimore, Atlantic City, Chicago-O’Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit, Houston, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, and Las Vegas. 

AeroStar Partners with ECA Group for FMS Free Play Training Technology Solutions

KISSIMMEE, FL. November 7, 2018 – AeroStar Training Services, LLC has finalized an agreement with ECA Group at this year’s EATS conference in Madrid, to bring iPad-based FMS free play training technology to our Airbus A-320 and Boeing B-737  type rating candidates. This is ECA Group’s solution to training centers’ need for FMS familiarization tools. It offers a free play and accurate simulation for a cost effective pricing, bringing a great added value before entering into simulator sessions. Pilots’ transition to complex flight management system is smoothly performed thanks to an easy-to-use interface and a complete set of available functions.

Looking to expand on this mutually beneficial relationship, the two organizations are discussing plans to expand their agreement and provide AeroStar with their full-line of aviation simulation training products. Deidra Toye, AeroStar’s CEO said, “We are thrilled to be working with ECA Group to bring this amazing tool to AeroStar customers, enhancing their training experience quality”.

Simulator Grand Opening a Success

Last week AeroStar invited members of the media and local officials to visit our newly expanded facility, which holds our A320 simulator and will soon also include a B737 simulator as well. Attendees were given a tour of the building along with the opportunity to take a demo flight in the sim. Remarks were made by Airport Director, Terry Lloyd, Kissimmee Mayor, Jose Alvarez, Orlando Economic Partnership’s Vice President of Business Development, Casey Barnes, and AeroStar’s CEO, Deidra Toye. 

Kissimmee Mayor, Jose Alvarez said the training center will help the city soar as a leader in aviation. “There’s so much future here. The potential jobs for pilots  is so much in demand right now and this is really going to help us with it,” Alvarez said. The event concluded with a ribbon cutting to mark the official launch of the training campus opening.

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